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Ring in the new year at Peepsfest at Steelstacks


Just Born Quality Confections and ArtsQuest will drop a 400-pound PEEPS Chick to ring in 2020 at PEEPSFEST at SteelStacks in Bethlehem Dec. 30 and 31.

The 11th anniversary of the, two-day festival is highlighted on its first day, Dec. 30, by a fireworks display during the PEEPS Chick Rising Ceremony at 5:15 p.m.

The family fun also includes the Family Disco Lounge featuring live music by Jason Didner & the Jungle Gym Jam Dec. 30 and Rolie Polie Guacamole Dec. 31.

The massive PEEPS Chick, weighing in at 400 pounds and standing 4 feet, 9 inches tall, will then descend for the countdown to the new year at 5:15 p.m. Dec. 31, followed by a display of fireworks.

Dedicated to providing inclusive family fun for all, Just Born Quality Confections and ArtsQuest will also host a performance by “We Kids Rock” at 4:30 p.m. just before celebrating with the PEEPS Chick Rising Ceremony at 5:15 p.m. Dec. 30. The rising ceremony encourages families to come out to enjoy the fireworks and festivities without the massive crowds of more traditional New Year’s Eve celebrations.

This year’s PEEPSFEST offers the following additional events for the entire family:

• Learn the exciting side of chemical reactions as DaVinci Science Center presents “Mixing Matters,” through experiments such as exploding soap monsters and have fun with liquid nitrogen, at 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. Dec. 30.

• Join ArtsQuest Center chefs in the “Cooking with PEEPS Demos” at PBS39. The 20-minute presentations showcase creative ways to have fun in the kitchen with PEEPS, at noon, 2 and 4 p.m. Dec. 30 and 31.

• Watch the “Mascot Dash” and participate in the “Kids Fun Run” at noon Dec. 30.

• Get crafty at the “Creativity Table” with the Banana Factory Arts Center Dec. 30-31

• Enjoy “Live Animal Presentations” by the Wildlands Conservancy at 2:30 and 4 p.m. Dec. 31.

PEEPSFEST is presented by Just Born Quality Confections and the nonprofit ArtsQuest. Festival hours are 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Dec. 30 and 31. Admission is free, although a few select activities, such as the Family Disco Lounge and PEEPSFEST 5K, require an admission ticket or additional charge.

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