Champlin youth get an early start celebrating the New Year

Champlin youth get an early start celebrating the New Year

by Eric Hagen

Staff Writer

 

About 100 people rang in the new year 12 hours early at Springbrook Nature Center.

James Maher, 2, of Champlin gingerly pets a fox snake with one finger. (Staff photo by Eric Hagen)

James Maher, 2, of Champlin gingerly pets a fox snake with one finger. (Staff photo by Eric Hagen)

When the clock struck noon Dec. 31 balloons, instead of champagne corks, were popped, but like Times Square in New York City, confetti rained down on everyone’s heads.

Before recognizing the coming of 2014, the 68 kids and their parents at Springbrook Nature Center’s Noon Year event created colorful masks, ventured briefly in the frigid outdoors to go snowshoeing or warm up with some hot apple cider or hot chocolate by a roaring campfire and watched in awe as Tara Rogness, Springbrook’s interpretative program specialist, showed them a fox snake, a snapping turtle and boa constrictor.

William Maher, 6, of Champlin is in awe as the confetti falls around him. (Staff photo by Eric Hagen)

William Maher, 6, of Champlin is in awe as the confetti falls around him. (Staff photo by Eric Hagen)

 

Contact Eric Hagen at eric.hagen@ecm-inc.com

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