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That was the countdown for dozens of children in Eldersburg on Saturday as they rang in 2018 a bit earlier than most.

Volunteers from the Mid-Hudson Children's Museum had just released dozens of multicolored "Happy New Years" balloons from two plastic bags on the ceiling following a countdown to noon.

Corona said the convention center has come to expect between 500 and 700 people for Pueblo's largest kid-centered New Year's Eve celebration.

Kids could also run around and play inside the expansive Children, which has a jungle gym as well as hands-on games that let kids get scientific. Many were dressed up for the celebration, and some even had face paint for the festivities.

"Every year we do this Noon Year's Eve for the kids to celebrate New Year's", said convention center General Manager Jessica Corona.

You don't have to be an adult to bring in the New Year with a bang.

McGuinness, of Sykesville, stood with Noah as he iced his ice cream cone and added Skittles. And, McGuinness added, it's a great chance for them to experience what New Year's Eve is like without having to stay up too late.

Many kids told 6 News they weren't sure of what the start of the new year means other than a time for fun.

"Especially on a day like today when it's so cold outside, it's just nice to get out and participate in one of the really fun events that the community has going on", said Katie Brown, mother of 2-year-old Elliot Werkowitch.