A party to ring in the new year turned into one of the most popular events at the Fairbanks Children’s Museum in recent years, according to the museum’s director of education and outreach.

Hundreds swarmed the downtown institution on Tuesday when the museum hosted its fourth annual Noon Year’s Eve party with glitter Play-Doh, a balloon drop, a dance party and a photo booth with New Year’s Eve props.

“We do it because there is not a whole lot in our town that is for children, and it’s just a fun celebration of the new year,” said Jessica Farr, director of education and outreach.

At one point, the line to get into the museum was so long that it went out the door.

The museum counted more than 400 visitors, including children and adults, on New Year’s Eve, according to Farr.

Children made paper party hats, colored pictures with the new year — 2020 — on them and played with magnet blocks and other toys available at the museum.

The party culminated with a balloon drop at noon—an idea the museum replicated from other children’s museums, Farr said.

Then the balloons became a source of fun as children used them to bonk each other. A DJ played dance music and some of the moms started moving and grooving.

The big turnout came as a surprise to Farr.

“I actually thought it would be a little less well attended because it was a Tuesday,” she said.

The Noon Year’s Eve party has grown each year the museum has hosted. Farr is planning to expand the balloon drop for next year, she said.

The Fairbanks Children’s Museum hosts multiple special events throughout the year.

Al dance known as the Pint-Size Prom is scheduled for Feb. 29.

Contact staff writer Amanda Bohman at 459-7545. Follow her on Twitter: @FDNMborough.