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Thousands celebrate Noon-Year at zoo

Posted at 4:04 PM, Dec 31, 2019
and last updated 2019-12-31 19:49:37-05

Thousands of people celebrated 2020 early at Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium Noon Year’s Eve.

At noon, the zoo dropped 4,000 mini beach balls instead of balloons. The zoo said the beach ball drop is more eco-friendly, helping keep waste out of the landfill.

Kids we talked to said 2020 is going to be a good year; they have a lot to be excited about.

“I'm excited to be 10 years old,” Gabby Hemmingsen said.

“4H and riding horses,” Czandrya Morgan (9) said.

“Seeing fireworks and riding horses,” Cytara Morgan (6) said.

“Going to Puerto Vallarta,” Cruz Peterson (4) said.

“Going camping,” Mavric Morgan (12) said.

“Probably going to college,” Luana Marino said.

“Being in first grade,” Isabelle Hemmingsen (6) said.

“I want to see Emma my babysitter,” Carter Hemmingsen (4) said.

The zoo is open during its regular winter hours on New Year’s Day, from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.