Annual Make Believe Midnight Sparks Lincoln's New Year Celebration


Lincoln, Neb.-- The countdown to the New Year began a little earlier than you may expect.

The Lincoln Children's Museum held it's annual Make Believe Midnight - a New Year celebration for all of Lincoln's families.

And about 1,000 people were expected to show up, according to the museum's Executive Director Paul Durban.

Brittany Johnson is one such person.

Johnson brought her boyfriend, Jake Peterson, and her four-year-old daughter, Alexis, to help ring in the New Year.

"It's a lot, a lot of fun," Johnson said, "and there's a lot of kids in here and she's been running around like crazy."

The museum filled the night with celebratory hats, a balloon dropping celebration (instead of a traditional ball dropping), and fresh bubble wrap for children to hop around on.

The bubble wrap was a huge favorite.

"We're catering to [parents]," Durban said, "we're listening to the parents and the kids, finding out what their needs are and tailoring a lot of our events - not just Make Believe Midnight - but most of our events are tailored to a family's wants and needs."

Durban said the early party allows children to celebrate, and then get to bed early for a typically busy New Years Day.

It also allows parents to get a sitter for later in the evening so that they can make plans for themselves.

For Peterson and Johnson, that's exactly what they're doing.

"All the adults get to have something to do on New years", Peterson said, "but the kids need to have something to do. So, when we found out about [Make Believe Midnight] a couple of weeks ago, we were just excited to bring [Alexis] out."


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