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Positively Philadelphia: Please Touch Museum’s New Year Countdown

(The rotunda of the Please Touch Museum, in Fairmount Park, which hosts a noontime New Year's Eve celebration.  Photo by Lauren Lipton)

(The rotunda of the Please Touch Museum, in Fairmount Park, which hosts a noontime New Year’s Eve celebration. Photo by Lauren Lipton)

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By Lauren Lipton

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) —  Are you getting ready for the big ball drop on New Year’s Eve?   The Please Touch Museum is, with a pair of special events geared to the very young among us.

“Every year, we have a fantastic event.  It happens every New Year’s Eve, and it happens at 12 (noon) and 1 (pm),” says Tory Harris, with the Please Touch Museum.  “It’s basically our ‘Countdown to Noon’ celebration, where parents and children and grandparents can come out and watch our ball drop at 12, and then we do it again at 1.”

Harris says it’s a memorable event for young folks:

“The ball drops from the ceiling, there are confetti cannons.  It’s so great.  And then the kids get to pick up the confetti and collect it and run around with it. They really just have a great time,” she says.

And she adds that it’s not just for kids.

“Sometimes little ones and sometimes adults can’t make it ’til 12 midnight, so this way they get to celebrate and have all the fun and the revelry of New Year’s, but at 12pm!   And there’s a big dance party, and it’s just a lot of fun for the kids.”

And the adults.

“Of course!  The adults absolutely love it.”

And, for this week, that’s “Positively Philadelphia!”

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