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"We have lots of families in the areas and lots of little ones that may not necessarily want to stay up until midnight on New Year's", Knight said, "and I think it's a fun way to bring families into the library to celebrate the new year in a safe, fun atmosphere".

For parents with kids excited for 2018, there's a New Year's Eve celebration that is just for them.

Volunteers from the Mid-Hudson Children's Museum had just released dozens of multicolored "Happy New Years" balloons from two plastic bags on the ceiling following a countdown to noon.

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Kids under one get in for free, otherwise tickets are $15.

For Melissa McGuinness and her 4-year-old son, Noah, Saturday's New Year's at Noon was a first.

"[It's something] the kids really, really enjoy", Knight said, and this year was no exception. "It's an affordable and fun event where the kids get to participate in a ball drop without having to stay up until midnight".

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Museum directors say this is all about celebrating the holiday as a family.

The event is happening December 31st, from 6:00pm-8:00 p.m. with a countdown. They then handed out more than 100 balloon rockets at 11 a.m. and let the kids shoot them off. They fed the blocks into the device and watched as they twirled in the air.

And for families looking for a memento from the New Year, a New Year's Eve-themed backdrop with stage lights on either side of it provides a way for people to take cool pictures to remember the night.

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