ROCHESTER, NY – To celebrate the New Year, the Rochester Museum & Science Center has invited the community to a “Noon’s Eve” celebration for their children who likely won’t be able to stay awake until midnight.
Donnell Brown was one of several parents who took their children to the museum to close 2021.
“We have the pandemic and everyone’s inside so it pays to really be able to go out and bring the kids to something like that and let them have a little fun,” Brown said.
The children of the museum received tools to make their own noise makers and headbands for 2022.
“It’s very important for children to welcome a new year, a new time, a new time in their lives,” said Kevin McNally, Adult and Program Coordinator for RMSC. “So being a resource in the community for families to have this experience is very important.”
Brown believes his children got the most out of this experience.
“It gets kids thinking and really getting involved,” Brown said. “I think it’s very, very important.”
As he watches his children make their noises, Brown hopes 2022 may be the year the pandemic is put in the rearview mirror.
“It was quite difficult for everyone, especially the children,” he said. “My hope for this year is that by 2022 things will improve.”
The Rochester Museum & Science Center wanted to start the new year in style by combining liquid nitrogen with water.
Tim Cawley, who led the experiment, says it was to show that the New Year will be filled with new experiences.
“It’s the best part of ripping that last page of the calendar,” Cawley said. “What is behind you, you cannot change the past. You just have to look to the future and do what is best for you.”