Friday, January 4, 2013

Happy New Year! DCM's Countdown to 2013

For hundreds of children dancing Monday inside North Central College's Wentz Concert Hall in Naperville, it didn't matter that the stroke of midnight was 12 hours away.

Nearly 600 children and their parents donned tiaras reading "Happy New Year" and blew noisemakers — as well as lots of bubbles — to celebrate the new year at the DuPage Children's Museum's annual Bubble Bash.
The event has been a tradition for almost a decade and features music, giveaways, entertainment and a countdown to noon for children whose bedtimes land well before midnight on New Year's Eve.
"It's a way to bring what is traditionally an adult holiday to families," museum spokesman T.J. Hicks said.
Children were allowed to storm the stage and dance to tunes like "Jingle Bell Rock" performed live by Jeanie B. and the Jellybeans, as well as toss beach balls and wiggle in Hula-Hoops. And to ensure the Bubble Bash lived up to its name, Geoff Akins dazzled both children and grown-ups with his "bubble master" skills.
Akins, of Barrington, used his hands, machines, wands and even a Hula-Hoop to create bubbles of all sizes, and even different shapes, including a square one.
His interactive show got lucky volunteers into the act, including two children who were encircled with giant bubbles.
The bubbles and the music brought 7-year-old Julia Ham of Plainfield to her feet in applause. The bash is an annual tradition for Julia, her 3-year-old sister and their mother Lori, who said it's a great way for the kids to have their own New Year's party.
Article courtesy of Elisabeth Mistretta of the Daily Herald, December 31, 2012.

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