Some of the youngsters calmly toasted the New Year by clinking plastic glasses filled with apple cider, while many others raucously pounced on the fallen balloons to pop as many as possible during what can only be described as a full-on frenzy.
A crowd, consisting mainly of children and families, gathered in Heritage Hall at the Tony's Pizza Events Center to celebrate the fun, free, "Noon Year's Eve" event.
More than 275 people - all of them children and families - attended the event at the Children's Museum in the City of Poughkeepsie, according to event organizers.
This is the fifth year Provo Beach has hosted the Noon Year's Eve event, but for several years prior to that it was organized by The Shops at Riverwoods, Jenkins said.
The event included a pancake breakfast bar and full access to the Discovery Center.
Jenkins said that in addition to being geared towards children, the balloon drop provides a special and unique touch that the kids love. "They get to enjoy part of New Year's like their parents do, and then hopefully the parents can also go out later and enjoy themselves". Attendee Pierce Jacquinot learned about one of his favorite topics before the New Year.
Activities like this really give him a chance to be creative, she said. "It was pretty cool to see the snow shoes".
Abby Lojewski, 8, said the celebration was "awesome".
"I think it's important to keep those traditions going, something for families to do to pass on from generation to generation and create a memory", Durham Museum director of marketing Jessica Brummer said.