Museum members and visitors gathered New Year’s Eve morning for our annual Bubble Bash event, Bubble Bash 2011 All Aboard! Next Stop 2012. The event featured live music, train-themed activities, light refreshments and a countdown to noon led by Naperville Mayor A. George Pradel.
Naperville Mayor A. George Pradel leads the countdown to noon
Bubbles filled the room when the clock struck noon
Award-winning musicians The Boogers rocked and rolled in the New Year with original hits as well as classic children’s songs with a twist. Incorporating elements of punk rock, this band of talented musicians had toes tapping, hands shaking and children and adults dancing to the beat.
Children dance to the rock and roll sounds of The Boogers
Children created train-themed hats, such as a conductor or engineer, and train noisemakers used during the New Year’s countdown celebration. In addition to everyone enjoying the Museum’s three floors of exhibits, family photographs were taken in front of a commemorative Bubble Bash backdrop.
|Painting Train Cars Making Box Car Shakers|
This year’s Bubble Bash theme tied in with the Museum’s latest exhibit, which opened in September 2011. Trains – Get on board! encourages kids and adults to discover the wonder of train transportation by exploring exhibit stations that incorporate art-, math- and science-based learning opportunities; role playing activities and model trains.