Children's museum hosts New Year's Eve Bash

Laura Garcia By Laura Garcia

Dec. 31, 2017 at 8:51 p.m.
Updated Jan. 1, 2018 at 6 a.m.

Children reach up during a balloon drop at the Princess and Superhero New Year's Eve Bash at Children's Discovery Museum of the Golden Crescent. The fifth annual event occurred Sunday, and more than 200 area children and their family members attended.

Children reach up during a balloon drop at the Princess and Superhero New Year's Eve Bash at Children's Discovery Museum of the Golden Crescent. The fifth annual event occurred Sunday, and more than 200 area children and their family members attended.   Evan Lewis for The Victoria Advocate

The tiniest of revelers rang in the new year Sunday morning at the Children's Discovery Museum of the Golden Crescent.

Everyone was there: the Hulk, Captain America, Batman, Wonder Woman and all the princesses in the land.

Six-year-old Brynnley Laake of Victoria was dressed as Princess Anna of Arendelle from her favorite film, "Frozen."

This was a day she was looking forward to, and the event did not disappoint.

Just before the clock struck 12 - noon that is - more than 250 attendees gathered for a countdown.

About 1,000 balloons of every color were released and all the superheroes and princesses were ecstatic.

Parents and grandparents watched and had cameras ready as their little ones grabbed at the balloons.

The fifth annual Princess and Superhero New Year's Eve Bash was a hit with face-painting, arts and science demonstrations and a dance party.

Executive Director Selena Milstead said she saw lots of regulars and new visitors.

"It was a great turnout with lots of smiling faces," she said.

This was the first New Year's Eve celebration since the children's museum officially opened in March.

About 13 volunteers from Trinity Episcopal School wore blue capes and facilitated activities during the event while six volunteers from Kohl's made about 150 waffles with all the toppings for the VIP guests.

"I don't know what we would've done without them," Milstead said.

She said the event provided children a chance to be a part of the new year's celebration in an environment that is fun for them.

Brynnley's mother, Summer Laake, 32, said it was also an opportunity for the kids to exert some energy on a rainy day.

She brought 1-year-old Remington in a caped Superman romper.

"It's fun because you can let them run around," she said. "You don't have to worry about them."


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