Children rang in the new year with a juice toast at noon on Dec. 31 as part of the Brevard Zoo's "Noon Year's Eve" celebration.
PHOTO BY CHRIS BONANNO
Children got a jump start on ringing in 2019 on New Year’s Eve as they celebrated “Noon Year’s Eve” on Dec. 31 at the Brevard Zoo.
“Not everybody can stay up until midnight on New Year’s Eve so Noon Year’s Eve is an opportunity for the whole family to celebrate the new year together,” said Elliot Zirulnik, communications manager at the zoo. “We have a ball drop, we have music, we have games, you can decorate a hat and we have a juice toast at noon.”
The festivities were a welcome occurrence for at least one parent in attendance.
“It’s great that we can do it in the morning versus making him stay up really late at night so it’s fun,” said Tracye Luley of Melbourne who was with her 5-year-old son, Elliott.
Zirulnik noted that Noon Year’s Eve was part of the zoo’s “Holiday Happenings” which include educational programs, “Jolly Days,” and other promotions that included DJs, games and giving some of the zoo animals gifts, that were what Zirulnik called “enrichment items.”
The celebration was set to conclude with a pair of winter camps that include a three-day “Amazing Animals” camp that runs from Jan. 7-9.
Zirulnik added that those interested in more information about the camp should visit brevardzoo.org