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Celebrate New Year’s Eve with the family

While New Year’s Eve is typically a celebration for adults, a local zoo is letting kids get in on the fun with an annual celebration held in the middle of the day.
Amanda Amsel
Dec 27, 2012

“We have a variety of activities designed to help kids celebrate New Year’s Eve,” said Joe Yachanin, marketing and PR specialist for the zoo. “Some of these activities include a ball drop on the welcome plaza, a dance party and Professor Wylde's Animal Show.”

Want to go?
What: Noon Year’s Eve at the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo
When: 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Monday, December 31
Where: Cleveland Metroparks Zoo, 3900 Wildlife Way, Cleveland
Cost: $8.25 for adults, $5.25 for children 2 to 11 years old and free for kids under 2 years old
Info: www.clemetzoo.com

The celebration starts at 10:30 a.m. with a live performance of Professor Wylde's Animal Show. This show, which is on winter hiatus except for Noon Year’s Eve, features a close-up look at some of the zoo’s most popular animals.

“The animals that perform rotate, so it is hard to say what animals you will see,” Yachanin said. “Some animals that could be part of the performance include vultures, owls, storks, possums, foxes and large snakes.”

After the performance the party will continue with ice-carving demonstrations, a dance party hosted by Radio Disney and eco-friendly craft workshops.

“Kids can also get their pictures taken with zoo costume characters,” Yachanin said. “While supplies last there will also be complimentary beverages and snacks.”

A variety of sponsors will also have kid friendly activities at the celebration to help kids and their families ring in 2013.

Kids are also invited to write down their 2013 rezoolution and post it on a wall for all to see.

“At noon the celebration will commemorate 2013 with a countdown and a ball drop,” Yachanin said. “The kids really enjoy this part of the celebration and it is always fun to see them sitting on their parent’s shoulders and counting down.”

While it is weather dependent, it is estimated that thousands of people will attend this event.

After the event the zoo will continue to be open if parents want to take their children on a tour.

For more information on Noon Year’s Eve at the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo, visit www.clemetzoo.com.