Springbrook plans to ring in the NOON Year!

Ring out the old and usher in the new in Springbrook Nature Center’s second annual Ringing in the NOON Year! Monday, Dec. 31, 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., with a plethora of fun-filled activities slated for both indoors and outdoors.

Lots of fun is in store, both indoors and outside, at Springbrook Nature Center’s Ringing in the NOON Year! File photo by Elyse Kaner

Lots of fun is in store, both indoors and outside, at Springbrook Nature Center’s Ringing in the NOON Year! File photo by Elyse Kaner

Last year the lack of snow put the kibosh on outdoor activities. But this year the celebration extends beyond the warmth of the interpretive center and into a wintry forest landscape.

Craft making and cooperation games are planned for the indoors, as well as the exciting count down to noon and a balloon drop at noon. However, this year, instead of balloons, snowmen beach balls will fall from on high. Kids will take the beach balls home with them.

Outdoors, a scavenger hunt on the trails is once again planned. A snow sculpture contest and big dig, where kids discover trinkets in the snow, will be featured. Snow shoes are available in kids and adult sizes for $5 (driver’s license required). And what is a mega Springbrook event without a bonfire?

“We think this is the perfect way to celebrate the new year with the younger set of kids without worrying about driving on icy roads or late at night,” said naturalist Tara Rogness.

Prior to last year, Springbrook celebrated the new year from 7 to 9 p.m. on New Year’s Eve.

The move to a time slot earlier in the day allows kids to experience a count down without waiting until the wee hours of the night, with many sometimes dropping off to sleep before the official 12 a.m. start to the new year, according to Rogness.

Concessions will be available.

Pre-registration is required and there is a limit of 100 participants. The cost is $4 per person.

The center is located at 100 85th Ave. N.E., Fridley. For more information, visit www.springbrooknaturecenter.org or call 763-572-3588.

Elyse Kaner is at elyse.kaner@ecm-inc.com

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