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Some children in Harrisburg rang in the New Year a little early today -- at the "Noon Year's Eve" celebration held at the State Museum of Pennsylvania.

Nearly 500 families spent their afternoon working on all kinds of space-related crafts, attending the museum's newest planetarium show "Earth, Moon and Sun" and learning about the solar system.

Face painting and meteorite discussions were also part of the event. Parents say it gives kids an opportunity to learn and have fun.

"Oh they were so excited to come before we even got here. They've been counting down the days and they're really enjoying it," said Katie Richards, who brought her three children to the event.

The museum has held their "Noon Year's Eve" celebration for at least 15 years.