Welcoming the new year with activities in downtown Green Bay

People downtown Green Bay waiting for more New Year's Eve festivities to begin. (WLUK/Pafoua Yang) 

GREEN BAY (WLUK) -- As Elizabeth Charles of De Pere sat at the Neville Museum with her six-year-old son, she told FOX 11, "I feel like it's just May, I mean what happened to summer? I feel like the time is going by so fast."

She was astounded at how fast 2018 arrived. But that's okay, because that means 6-year-old Emmit got to take part in some fun New Year's eve activities.

Emmit said he was excited to see Bruce the Spruce and to color a picture of Green Bay's lucky llama.

Museum educator, Ryan Swadley, said along with crafts and refreshments, this year, something new was added to the list.

"The musicians are new this year, that's the partnership we were kind of working with for a while at East High School."

Swadley said this year, the horse wagons had to be cancelled due to the cold weather but he said that didn't stop visitors from coming out.

"Its been going on for 25 years now," Swadley said, "The idea is to provide free or low cost activities for families to do for new year's eve together."

Families were also invited to explore the art exhibits in the museum.

Brad Hotchkiss and his family took part in some of the activities including taking free pictures from the photo booth area.

"They love coming here," Hotchkiss said, "They love seeing all the new display and he likes coloring and they like the discovery room over there."

Hotchkiss said at the end of the day, he hopes next year will be just as good as 2017.

He said, "I want us to stay healthy, I want us to stay happy and I just want everyone to have fun in the new year."

The YMCA and the Kroc Community Center also held activities this for families.

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