Millions of people across the country are counting down until midnight, but for some, staying up can be a challenge.

Colonie Center was the site of the seventh annual Noon Years Event Balloon Drop Sunday afternoon.

Hundreds of parents, grandparents and their kids packed the Colonie Center Court where they celebrated New Year’s Eve with a twist.

The theme of this year’s event was “Around the World.”

Kids traveled from station to station, learning about different countries, while also celebrating the anticipation of a new year.

“We just came for some fun. Really excited about the balloon drop. I don’t know if they’ll be able to make it to midnight so this will be a fun way to celebrate,” said Stephanie McDonald, who attended the event with her children.

“Very crowded but it’s good though. We’re inside keeping warm and inside having fun with family and friends,” said Leo Rouse, who attended the event with his children.

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