Families celebrate New Year together

ERIE, Pa. -- It was fun for the kids and grown ups at the Erie Playhouse as guests were treated to free snacks and face painting before a performance of Annie on New Year’s Eve. 

"I'm having a lot of fun, because I like getting my face painted and I like horses, and I got a horse balloon animal,” said Debella Durkin, 8, of Erie.

North East resident Stephanie Abercrombie said, "You know, popcorn, candy, cookies, right. Everybody loves that."

Abercrombie’s son and daughter had also gotten face paint that announced “2018.” 

"This is really nice that they're doing a special even prior to the performance to get people excited. Something for the kids, too,” she said.

Across the region, in Summit Township, some people brought in the new year with a splash at “A Night in Neverland.”

"Like all of us all have kids. So, we can't really do nothing, but we've got to keep the kids occupied on New Year's, too. It's all about the kids these days,” said Tony Salajcik of Madison, Ohio.

Salajcik was looking forward to the beach ball drop at Splash Lagoon with about 20 people that traveled with him, including his own kids and the families of several friends.

Taylor Bennett, 9, was in the group. She said, “Me and (my friend) have been going on a lot of rides together and just been hanging out."

The Akron, Ohio resident said she was thinking about goals for 2018.

"To clean my room more."

Back at the Erie Playhouse, Abercrombie had her own resolutions.

"To lose weight,” she said. “Everyone wants to lose weight, but I was just talking to my daughter. It would be really nice for her to be in an Erie Playhouse play this year."

The Erie Playhouse cancelled the Saturday performance of Annie due to inclement weather. It has rescheduled the show for Saturday, Jan. 6 at 2 p.m.

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