Dec 31, 2023
Help Port Discovery ring in 2024 with the annual Noontime New Year Event. Take a family photo in front of our New Year’s Eve backdrop. Make your own confetti cannon or number template. Write or draw your resolution on our Wish Tree. Watch a comedy show and make your own jokes or listen to stories and play musical instruments. Participate in a sensory exploration. And don’t forget to countdown to noon! This year, we will also offer a sensory friendly countdown.
STEAM Confetti Cannons
Make your own confetti and confetti cannon from a variety of recyclable materials. Then test your creation while exploring physics, engineering, color, and shape.
Colorful Countdown Numbers
Select, color, and decorate a number template that you can use to help countdown to noon at the museum or the new year at home.
Top-Hat Headbands and New Year’s Eve Glasses
Accessorize your New Year’s Eve outfit by making your own mini top-hat headband using party cups or New Year’s Eve glasses using pipe cleaners.
The Wish Tree
Write or draw messages and resolutions for the new year to attach to our wish tree.
Popsicle Stick Noisemakers
Ring in the new year by constructing your very own noisemaker. How many different types of noisemakers could you make using popsicle sticks?
Welcome Aboard Photo Area
Stop by our photo area and take family pictures in front of our New Year’s Eve backdrop. A variety of photo props will be available for kids and their adults.
What Time Is It?
Explore time with a variety of activities. Construct a clock and learn how to tell time. Discover the relationship between reading a clock and fractions. Make your own clock book of time.
New Year Around the World Scavenger Hunt
A self-guided, museum-wide scavenger hunt geared for older children and families. Seek out special markers within our exhibits and answer riddles about how different countries celebrate the new year.
“All-Star Cabaret”: Captain Lyra’s StaRRRsearch
The All-Star Cabaret is a series of shows featuring museum characters. In “Captain Lyra’s StaRRRsearch”, the pirate Captain Lyra will re-tell one of her nautical adventures—starring you! Use props, prompts and your own unique talents in this interactive, dramatic arts experience.
“All-Star Cabaret": Teddy & Peake’s Comedy Routine
The All-Star Cabaret is a series of shows featuring museum characters. In “Teddy & Peake’s Comedy Routine”, the puppets Teddy and Peake will perform a comedy show for all-ages. Watch different styles of comedy and get the opportunity to tell some jokes of your own.
“All-Star Cabaret”: Gee-Pop and the Fizz’s Holiday Spectacular
The All-Star Cabaret is a series of shows led by some of the museum’s favorite characters. In “Gee-Pop and the Fizz’s Holiday Spectacular”, Port Discovery’s “Once Upon a Time” grandparents will sing classic holiday tunes and engage in wacky hijinks.
Sensory Friendly Programming
Countdown to Noontime: Sensory Friendly Version
A communal countdown designed to accommodate individuals with sensory sensitivities. Featuring low audio games, no noise confetti, and a silent countdown with guest volunteers.
Sensory Exploration Table
Explore and engage in sensory activities at one of our tables. Discover cool substances you can touch.
A story time for our younger visitors. Listen to books, play musical instruments, and participate in scarf play.