Quad-Cities children received their New Year's celebration early Monday at Bettendorf's Family Museum.
The 2013 kick off happened at noon rather than midnight, but the kids did not seem to mind. Hundreds of children and their parents filled the museum's first floor, like a human-sized anthill overflowing.
Along with the museum's usual exhibits in all their hands-on glory were games, music, party hats, noisemakers and -- of course -- confetti.
Sprinkled among it all were the ever-present sounds of laughter, shrieks, noisemakers and musical instruments. There also were a lot of "things" -- some that made smoke, some that made light, some to be pushed and pulled, and some to be crawled over, under and through.
"It's actually really great," Amanda Overton, of Carbon Cliff, said as she and her daughter, Allison, took a break near a wall. "We come every year. The kids really like it."
Mrs. Overton -- whose husband, Jon, and son Logan, 4, were also there -- said there were more activities this time than in previous years.
"And they're all kid-friendly," she said. "That's the best part about it."
Allison, 7, insisted she did not know what she had planned for 2013. But she said she liked the face painting at Monday's event which left her cheek with a flower or star burst.
Lance Holloway, 6, was certain what he was looking forward to in 2013.
"Oh, basketball. Basketball," said Lance, who was at the museum with his brothers, his mother, his aunt and his cousins. He also said he wants to do well in school.
Moments before noon, the museum staff crowded the mezzanine above the main floor as the crowd milled thick below them. When the clock hit 12, staffers launched confetti into air, showering everyone with strips of multi-colored confetti.
Lance quickly forgot about basketball and began jumping into the air, trying to grab the confetti before it hit the ground. He was joined by his brothers and cousins.
Today is Friday, Dec. 13, the 347th day of 2013. There are 18 days left in the year. 1863 -- 150 years ago: Merry sleigh bells jingle in our streets in the wake of a driving northwest storm of snow and rain. 1888 -- 125 years ago: Thomas Campbell was elected commander of John Buford Post 243, Grand Army of the Republic. 1913 -- 100 years ago: Thomas B. Reidy was named consul of C.W. Hawes Camp No. 1550, and L.H. Eihl was named consul of Camp 29, Modern Woodmen of America. 1938 -- 75 years ago: Rock Island aldermen last night upheld the view of a petition signed by 150 businessmen that the city should not install parking meters. 1963 -- 50 years ago: Total volume during the Christmas mailing season may reach 12 million pieces in Rock Island, according to Rock Island Postmaster Carl J.L. Wessel. 1988 -- 25 years ago: The aromas filling the air at the Rock Island Lines depot in Rock Island soon will be prime rib and roast duck rather than sawdust and plaster. A tourist train will be offering dinner excursions in mid-February or early March, according to Dan Carmody, executive director of the Development Association of Rock Island.