End the year, including a countdown to 12 o’clock – 12 o’clock noon – with special family fun on Dec. 31 at The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk.

The Aquarium’s “Noon Year’s Eve” celebration offers bonus activities for families with younger children who want to celebrate the end of 2017 together, but not at the stroke of midnight.

From 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., a disc jockey will provide the beat, as well as the countdown to 12 o’clock; 12 o’clock noon, that is.

Also on hand will be three strolling entertainers: “bubble-ologist” Kim Winslow, magician Greg Dubin, and family comedy and juggling by Peter Straus.

Dec. 31 also is the final day to experience “Flurry Zone! An Indoor Snow Experience.” No matter the weather outside, The Maritime Aquarium is guaranteeing a snowy forecast inside the popular family attraction, thanks to a special snow machine that is producing an hourly flurry each day in December.

From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., every hour, on the hour, snow falls from the ceiling of Newman’s Own Hall (where the seals are). Each squall lasts for about 5 minutes, but – magically – shoveling is not required.

The “Noon Year’s Eve” entertainment, and “Flurry Zone! An Indoor Snow Experience,” are free with Aquarium admission.

Get details about all of The Maritime Aquarium’s events, exhibits and IMAX® movies, including “Star Wars: The Last Jedi,” at

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