Count Down to Noon at New Year’s Eve Celebration for Families at Maritime Aquarium

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On Dec. 31, count down to 12 o’clock — 12 o’clock noon — in a special “Noon Year’s Eve” celebration geared for families at The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk.

— an announcement from the Maritime Aquarium

The aquarium’s “Noon Year’s Eve” party offers fun midday activities for families with younger children who want to celebrate the end of 2019 together, but not at the stroke of midnight.

Guests also can “string” in the new year on New Year’s Day during a performance by a string quartet from the Norwalk Symphony Orchestra.

Greg Dubin magician Maritime Aquarium

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Street magician Greg Dubin will entertain guests with his sleight-of-hand tricks between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. during “Noon Year’s Eve” at the Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk on Dec. 31

“‘Noon Year’s Eve’ is a fun way for parents and children to count down to 2020 together, but without the kids needing to stay up way past their bedtimes,” said aquarium spokesman Dave Sigworth.

“And the string quartet’s performance on New Year’s Day will set a lovely calming musical tone for starting the new year.”

During “Noon Year’s Eve,” from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., a disc jockey will provide the beat, as well as the big countdown to 12 o’clock; 12 o’clock noon, that is.

Special strolling entertainment will include street magic by Greg Dubin and popping-fun designs by “bubble-ologist” Kim Winslow.

In addition, Dec. 31 will be the final day for the aquarium’s special indoor hourly snow squalls. “Flurry Zone! An Indoor Snow Experience” produces a brief snowfall every hour on the hour, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., in Newman’s Own Hall.

Bubble-ologist Kim Winslow at Maritime Aquarium

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“Bubble-ologist” Kim Winslow is one of the special performers who will entertain guests between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. during “Noon Year’s Eve” at the Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk on Dec. 31

Can’t make it to the aquarium on Dec. 31? The Maritime Aquarium is open on New Year’s Day, with regular hours of 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and will feature a special performance by a string quartet of the Norwalk Symphony between noon and 2 p.m.

If You’re Going …

  • The “Noon Year’s Eve” activities, “Flurry Zone!” and the quartet performance all are free with Aquarium admission, which is $26.95 for adults, $24.95 for seniors (65+), and $19.95 for children 3-12. Kids under 3, and Maritime Aquarium members, are free.
  • Admission also includes a choice of a spectacular IMAX movie, shown on a six-story screen: “Great Barrier Reef” at 11 a.m. and 2 & 4 p.m.; “Superpower Dogs” at noon & 3 p.m.; and “Dolphins” at 1 p.m.

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