Countdown to Noon

Save the Date!

Celebrate the Noon Year with us.


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


December 31, 2024


The Balloons Drop at Noon!

Ring in the New Year a little early with a 300+ 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!

The 2023 event has SOLD OUT.

Special Guests
Wildlife Encounters of New Hampshire

Shows at 10:30am & 12:30pm

Special Guest
Captain America & Black Panther

Meet & Greet at 10am – 1pm

Special Guest
Allison with Fairy Hair

10:30am – 12:30pm

Animals, Activities & More!

Start 2024 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 & 12:30pm, 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.

Visiting community organizations:

STARLAB returns!

Explore the stars with STARLAB, the Museum’s portable, inflatable planetarium. This 20-minute program leads you through a learning journey of the stars, constellations and seasons with some stories from Greek Mythology along the way.

For ages 6 and up. Additional fee/special ticket required. Children under 8 must be accompanied by an adult. All parties must have a STARLAB ticket.

STARLAB times:

  • 10:05
  • 11:00
  • 11:30
  • 12:05

Please note that each show limited to 25 people.

Thank you to our Countdown Sponsors


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