The Niantic Children’s Museum’s family-friendly New Year’s Eve event, Countdown to Noon, is going virtual this year. Enter to win a chance for your family to be the ONLY in-person attendees & get to release all the balloons! Read on for details.

Due to COVID restrictions, the Museum is adapting the Countdown celebration to be a live Facebook broadcast. Families will still be able to virtually enjoy our popular science demos and learn all about the Museum animals, New Year’s traditions from around the world and have some New Year’s food fun. The Museum has even found a COVID-friendly twist for its popular Noon Balloon Drop tradition.

Enter to Win

Through the Museum’s online Countdown Contest, one lucky family will get the special privilege of being the only in-person attendees at the Balloon Drop and get to release all the balloons! The grand prize also includes exclusive use of the Museum from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.; a meet and greet with two of our Museum animals; Museum animal plushie; Countdown to Noon Party Craft Box and two Museum passes for future use. Raffle tickets for the Countdown to Noon Contest are $5 each or 5 for $20.

A Little Something for the Grown-Ups

For the grown-ups, the Museum is raffling off a four-course gourmet dinner for two prepared by the award-winning chefs at Gourmet Galley. The meal includes hors d’oeuvres, salad, entrée, dessert and a special bottle of champagne. Raffle tickets for the dinner are $20 each or 3 for $50.

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Countdown to Noon is sponsored by Dominion Energy, Boats Inc., Hamilton Point Investments, Lawrence & Memorial Hospital, Chelsea Groton Bank and Carriage House of New London.

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