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Countdown 2 Noon

9:00 am - 3:00 pm

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Celebrate New Year’s Eve before nap time! Countdown2Noon is one of Please Touch Museum’s most popular annual events. With live music, a countdown performance, and a traditional New Year’s Eve ball drop, get into the party spirit and ring in the new year together!


Schedule of Events:

Confetti Bag Decorating
9 am – 12:30 pm
Centennial Depot, Lower Level
All Ages with adult caregiver
Decorate your ultimate New Year’s Eve Confetti Bag, then bring it to the ball drop so you are ready for the ‘fetti!


Creative Arts Studio
10 am – 2 pm
Creative Arts Studio, Lower Level
All ages with adult caregiver

Make your own Mummer’s Inspired outfit and parasol.


Squiggles Meet & Greet
10 – 10:30 am and 2 – 2:30 pm

Outside the Playhouse Theatre, Lower Level
All ages with adult caregiver
Ring in the New Year with Squiggles as you pose for pictures with our PTM countdown ball!


Storytime Countdown
10:30 am and 1:30 pm
Storytime Cabin, Main Level
Ages: 3+ with adult caregiver
Get cozy and listen to stories, sing songs, and build literacy skills with stories that celebrate counting and the New Year!


Avalon String Band
Hamilton Hall, Main Level

11-11:30 and 1 – 1:30
All Ages with adult caregiver
Get your parasols ready to strut and dance as we celebrate New Year’s Eve in the most Philadelphia way possible – with the Avalon String Band!

Ball Drop
11:45 am – 12 pm & 12:45 – 1 pm

Hamilton Hall, Main Level

All Ages with adult caregiver

10…9…8… Meet at the torch for the ultimate countdown!  Ball drops at 12:00 p.m. and 1:00 p.m.

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Performing Arts

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Play Without Boundaries

Play Without Boundaries is a program and early opening for children with learning and developmental disabilities and those on the autism spectrum. It is a free event with registration. Enjoy the museum before it is open to the public with activities and experiences designed especially for this program, including sensory toys, performances and guest presenters. The Museum will be calmer and quieter with fewer people and reduced lighting and sound in exhibition areas.

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