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Countdown to Noon at the Children's Museum of Indianapolis

How the kids had fun and didn't have to stay up too late

INDIANAPOLIS--The kids didn't have to stay up past their bedtime to ring in the new year at the Children's Museum of Indianapolis. The annual countdown at the Museum is to noon, not midnight, and it happened Sunday.

The festivities included a countdown to the water clock, which has been at the museum since 1989, and was designed by French physicist Bernard Gitton. 

It all works through suction, vacuums and gravity, said an explanation from the museum. 

The clock has a computer panel tied to it allowing staff to change the time by manually adding or subtracting water on the minutes or hour side using solenoid valves located below the floor. The clock does adjust itself every 30 minutes and 6 hours based on the computer clock, but when it’s a whole hour changing (such as daylight savings time) you have to manually add or subtract water. 

Jeanne White Ginder, Ryan White's mother, was also at the Children's Museum, with presentations of the power of children, through the weekend. Her message is anti-bullying. Her son was diagnosed with AIDS in the 1980s, which he contracted from a blood transfusion for hemophilia.  He died at age 18 in 1990.

The new year came in (12 hours early) with a performance of Auld Lang Syne by Zak Morgan.

PHOTO: Children's Museum of Indianapolis

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