Countdown to Noon

Ring in the NOON Year!

Join us in celebrating the new year with a 250+ balloon drop at noon!


East Lyme Community Center
41 Society Road, Niantic, CT 06357


December 31, 2022


The Balloons Drop at Noon!

Members: $10 per person
Non-Members: $12 per person

Museum Member Discount: Enter the code MEMBER at checkout to receive $2 off per ticket.

Ring in the New Year a little early with a 250+ balloon drop at noon! Join the Museum and East Lyme Parks & Recreation for southeastern Connecticut’s premier New Year’s event for children and families!

Pre-registration required. No tickets will be sold at the event. Limited tickets available.

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Special Guests
Wildlife Encounters of New Hampshire

Shows at 10:30am & 1pm

Special Guest
Captain America

Meet & Greet at 10am – 1pm

Special Guest
Black Panther

Meet & Greet at 10am – 1pm

Animals, Activities & More!

Start 2023 off with a one-of-a-kind experience! Wildlife Encounters of New Hampshire is coming to Countdown to Noon!

Children will squeal with excitement as they meet animals such as a serval cat, porcupine, and arctic fox, along with interactive animals such as a mini pig, pygmy goat, and giant rabbit.

In addition to our animal show at 10:30am & 1pm, we’re having our fellow community organizations come with some hands-on crafts and activities for all ages. Plus special guest appearances from Captain America & Black Panther!

The Rolling Tomato will be on hand with pizza to purchase. And you can savor the event for years to come with a photo from our photo booth.

New Year’s Raffles

Feeling lucky this New Year? Enter to win one of two Countdown to Noon raffles!

Something for the kids:
Get the Museum All to Yourself!

One lucky family and their friends (up to seven people) will get two hours of private play at the Museum.

Raffle Tickets: $5 for 1 or $20 for 5

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Something for the grown-ups:
Dinner for Two

Enter to win a four-course gourmet dinner for two prepared by the award-winning chefs at Gourmet Galley! Winner will be selected and notified on 12/27/22.

Raffle Tickets: $20 for 1 or $50 for 3

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