Get a jump on 2016 at the tenth annual Noon Year's Eve party at Cleveland Metroparks Zoo. From 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Thursday, December 31, celebrate the New Year twelve hours early with a special countdown to a ball drop over the Zoo's Welcome Plaza at noon.
Fun for the whole family, Noon Year's Eve features music, dancing, crafts, an ice carving demo, 'ReZOOlutions' and a special Professor Wylde's Live Animal Show featuring a crew of critters. All activities are included free with Zoo admission; guests are encouraged to arrive early to avoid any traffic delays.
After Noon Year's Eve, the party continues at Merwin's Wharf. From 1 p.m. to 7 p.m., head to Merwin's Wharf with the whole family. There will be a tasty kid-friendly buffet, fun mocktails for kids, face painting, balloon animals and a LIVE magic show. For the event's full menu, visit merwinswharf.com.
Tickets for the kid-friendly buffet are $10 for kids 12 and under and $15 for adults. To make a reservation, call 216-664-5696. Merwin's Wharf is located at 1785 Merwin Avenue in Rivergate Park in Cleveland's Flats.
Northeast Ohio's most-visited year-round attraction, Cleveland Metroparks Zoo is located at 3900 Wildlife Way and open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Online admission is $12.25 per person, $8.25 for kids ages 2 to 11; and free for children younger than 2 and Zoo members. Parking is free.