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DuPage Children's Museum Welcomes the New Year with Bubble Bash 2010-Blast Off!

Bubbles floated confetti-like through the air as the crowd shouted Happy New Year at DuPage Children's Museum's 2010 Bubble Bash. Photo credit: Rick Beato.

Bubbles floated confetti-like through the air as the crowd shouted Happy New Year at DuPage Children's Museum's 2010 Bubble Bash. Photo credit: Rick Beato.

More than 900 children, parents and grandparents launched the New Year at DuPage Children's Museum's annual Bubble Bash on Friday, December 31, 2010. Guests were initially welcomed by showers of bubbles, foreshadowing the creativity and imagination that was planned for the morning.

“Blast Off” was the outer-space theme of this year’s event, making the annual countdown to noon led by Naperville Mayor A. George Pradel even more meaningful. In addition to access to the engaging exhibits, space-themed activities were featured throughout the Museum’s three floors. In the Art Studio and the Good Show! Gallery, visitors made Rocket Shaker Noise Makers and Aliens or Astronaut Masks to use at the countdown. On the second floor, children and adults were engaged in story telling and story reading by Museum favorite Ben Webber, appropriately dressed as a NASA-inspired space explorer. Children were also invited to decorate glow-in-the-dark stars and planets to put up in a specially-staged, black-light-lit constellation room. On the lower level, families were able to make Jet Packs, take a commemorative group photo against a space-themed backdrop and decorate and eat a “full moon” cookie while enjoying Tang® and other refreshments. Cookies were generously donated by Whole Foods/Naperville and local Starbucks stores provided coffee, a welcome treat for grown ups attending.

Mr. Singer and the Sharp Cookies, a group known to get their audiences involved and up on their feet, were on-hand for musical entertainment throughout the morning and to help everyone say goodbye to 2010 and welcome to 2011.

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