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 Saturday, April 19, the 109th day of 2014. There are 256 days left in the year.
1864 -- 150 years ago: Miss McCorkindale has opened millinery rooms over Gimbel's dry goods store, where she offers a choice lot of millinery goods, which she will manufacture to order. 1889 -- 125 years ago: The little South Park Presbyterian chapel celebrated it first Easter decorated with flowers for an afternoon worship service attended by a large congregation. 1914 -- 100 years ago: The Wennerberg Chorus of Augustana College has returned from a 2,000-mile tour in the Eastern states and Illinois. 1939 -- 75 years ago: Col. Charles Lindbergh has stated that he is convinced that Germany's air force is equal to the combined sky fleets of her potential European foes. 1964 -- 50 years ago: Small gas motors may be permitted on boats in the lake to be built in Loud Thunder Forest Preserve. The prospect was discussed yesterday at a meeting of the Rock Island County Forest Preserve Commission. 1989 -- 25 years ago: The annual Dispatch/Rock Island Argus Spelling Bee continues to be a family tradition. Ed Lee, an eighth-grader at John Deere Junior High School, Moline, is the 1989 spelling bee champion from among 49 top spellers in Rock Island, Henry and Mercer counties. He advances to the competition in Washington, D.C. Runnerup was Ed's sister, Susan.