New Year’s Eve fun at Sandcastles, library

January 2, 2019

As the rain and snow fell Monday night and people awaited the ball drop in downtown Ludington, there were many parties to celebrate New Year’s Eve — including at Sandcastles Children’s Museum and the Ludington Library.

Young children and parents counted down the seconds to when the clock struck 7:30 p.m. for the annual balloon drop at Sandcastles.

Kids gathered below the two nets that each suspended about 400 balloons from the ceilings of the first and second stories of the museum. Then the nets were let loose and the balloons cascaded down into the open arms of the children. Some kids kept the balloons as newfound treasures, and some kids just wanted to stomp the balloons and hear them pop.

“It’s fun to see everybody, the families interacting,” said Cathy Dalton, the museum manager. “Plus, it’s warm inside. It’s not raining in here.”

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