Saskatchewan kids celebrate New Year's Eve early; parents reminded to drive safely

Several people were out celebrating New Year's Eve well before the clock struck midnight.

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This eager kid was one of many enjoying the Saskatchewan Science Centre's noon year's eve celebration in Regina. (Neil Cochrane/CBC)

Twelve hours before the clock struck midnight, the Saskatchewan Science Centre was kicking off its own New Year's Eve celebration Thursday: noon year's eve.

Hundreds of families made it out for the celebration.

"This is our annual noon years eve celebration. It's our big, giant family party, where everyone from all ages is welcome," said Jessica Brickford, who works at the Science Centre.

"We count down [at] noon, so you don't have to stay up late for it."

Jessica Bickford, of the Saskatchewan Science Centre, says the yearly noon year's eve is a big hit with parents and family. (Neil Cochrane/CBC)

There were other kid-friendly options throughout the day, too, like evening activities at the Royal Saskatchewan Museum.

In Saskatoon, parents could take the enchanted forest holiday tour.

Or, if the kids are all set with someone to take care of them and parents have plans of their own, the Regina police said people should factor in safety when having fun on New Year's Eve.

Parents, be safe: Regina police

"Just plan a safe ride home," said police spokeswoman Elizabeth Popowich.

"Put that into your new years planning. And make sure that you get home safely and that you don't cause harm to yourself or anyone else."

Saskatchewan Government Insurance said last year there were 99 alcohol or drug-involved collisions, resulting in three deaths and 44 injuries between Dec. 1 and Jan. 3.

But there are a lot of safe options for avoiding impaired driving, like cabs and designated drivers.

Or, revelers can ding in the new year with free transit rides in Regina, Saskatoon, Prince Albert and Moose Jaw, and start off 2016 safely.

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