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Chabot Space & Science Center Hosts 17th Annual New Year’s Eve Balloon Drop to Ring in 2017

Sheryl Stuart, 510-336-7379, sherylgs@chabotspace.org

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December 31, 2016 – OAKLAND, Calif. – Chabot Space & Science Center announces the 17th Annual New Year’s Eve Balloon Drop, a daytime celebration for families. To ring in 2017, hundreds of balloons drop from the ceiling to celebrate the New Year global style. When it’s 11a.m. in Oakland, it will be 2017 somewhere on the planet. To mark the occasion, Chabot will drop balloons on eager, waiting children in the photo-friendly celebration. Each child will receive a small prize to commemorate the event.

At exactly the stroke of 11a.m., 1p.m., and 4p.m. Pacific Standard Time, the balloons will fall and the celebration begins. The family tradition continues with an environmental focus. Over 1,000 balloons will be turned into compost instead of ending up in a landfill. The latex balloons are made from natural rubber and are biodegradable.

The New Year’s Eve Balloon Drop began at Chabot Space & Science Center as an approach for families to celebrate the New Year with children without having to stay up past their bedtimes. It’s also a method to teach children about the turning Earth and its time zones. For instance, when it’s 4:00p.m. Pacific Standard Time, it is midnight Greenwich Mean Time at zero degrees longitude on the prime meridian. That is when people in London, England are ringing in the New Year while it’s still afternoon in Oakland.

Tickets for the New Year’s Eve Balloon Drop are $5 per child, plus admission to Chabot Space & Science Center. The countdown starts precisely at 10:45am, 12:45pm, and 3:45pm and space is limited. Tickets are available in advance. To purchase tickets or to make reservations, call the Box Office at (510) 336-7373 or go to Chabot’s website at chabotspace.org.


Chabot Space & Science Center, is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit interactive science center whose mission is to inspire and educate students of all ages about Planet Earth and the Universe. Founded in 1883, the Center is located at 10000 Skyline Blvd. just off Highway 13 in the Oakland hills. For more information, visit www.chabotspace.org.