Families show up for the “Midday New Year’s Eve” at the museum


OWENSBORO, Ky. (AP) – Shortly before noon on Friday, the Owensboro Science and History Museum was filled with children waiting for the 12 p.m. clock to tick.

Not far from the mammoth bones, a DJ played children’s music and dance tunes. Parents took cell phone photos of dancing children or themselves rocked to the beat of the music. Above us, wrapped in nets, 1,000 balloons of different sizes were waiting to fall.

The DJ warned the crowd: it’s going to be loud when the balloons drop, he said. He wasn’t wrong.

When the time came, balloons cascaded over the crowd. Immediately the room filled with loud noises and noises, as the children happily chased after and stomped on the balloons. The loud pops almost drowned out the music.


On Friday, the Science and History Museum celebrated the 16th “Midday New Year’s Eve” for families, and nearly 500 children, parents and guardians were in attendance. The event occupied three levels of the museum, with kids doing crafts downstairs and in the SpeedZeum, and with kids busy upstairs in the PlayZeum.

“Everyone is having a good time,” said museum director Kathy Olson.

Downstairs, before the balloon was dropped, Brittany Gooley was helping 5-year-old Raquel Maddox make a hat by folding a newspaper. The event is nothing new to them, said Gooley.

“We’ve been doing this for the past two years,” Gooley said. “We’ve been there before and she appreciated it.

“With school coming out and COVID, we wanted to get out of the house and do something fun,” Gooley said. “She loves arts and crafts.”

Last year, the event was virtual, due to the pandemic. With Daviess County back in the red zone due to the number of new COVID-19 cases, the museum has taken precautions to distribute people and ventilate the building.

“We opened the doors to Third Street and the emergency exit to Daviess Street,” Olson said before the balloon was dropped. “We wanted to ventilate the spaces.

The craft tables were also spread out downstairs. The chemistry show, which normally brought people together for a long time, was excluded from this year’s event, Olson said.

Olson said when the volunteers organized the event, she wondered if people would attend. But the “you open the doors and people flock,” Olson said.

Jessica Page brought Carlee Page and Emoree Page to the museum, and the three sat down at a table to work on the crafts. The family, originally from Lewisport, is still a bit new to the area.

“It sounded like fun, and we’ve never been here before,” said Jessica Page.

“I think they just liked looking at the museum,” Page said. “They love to dance, so they’re all on the DJ.

“We can’t wait to see the different exhibits they have,” Page said. “We’re always looking for something to do with the kids.

In the SpeedZeum, Carolyn Greer, a drama teacher at Owensboro High School, helped kids create “rocks of resolution.”

“The idea is that they take a New Years resolution and draw the resolution on the rocks,” Greer said. “It was very popular.

“There were some very artistic kids,” Greer said. “It has been impressive. “

Greer had brought in members of the OHS Rose Curtain Players to volunteer at the event. The OHS group has been part of Noon Year’s Eve for several years.

“We kind of see ourselves as the Rose Curtain players in the community,” said Greer.


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