Some fun First State events to dive into this weekend

1. Just because kids can’t sip champagne or party at clubs, that doesn’t mean they have to settle for a watered-down New Year’s Eve party.

At the Winter Carnival, children will get a chance to ring in 2018 with a fresh twist featuring a balloon drop at noon, plus lots of entertainment.

Kids will get to experience a steampunk Santa/Victorian Father Christmas, members of the 501st Legion (Delaware’s Star Wars cosplayers), martial arts by Rigby’s Karate, performances of “Jack & the Beanstalk” by the Rehoboth Children’s Theatre and much more.

At noon, balloons will rain down from the ceiling onto children, giving them a ball-drop experience.

The Winter Carnival will be held at Kent County Public Library, 497 S. Red Haven Lane, Dover from 9 a.m. to noon, Saturday. COST $5; free for ages 18 months or younger. INFO Kent County Public Library on Facebook or 744-1919.

2. Beloved Delaware band Lower Case Blues will capitalize on ushering you into the New Year.

The power trio has shared the stage with big names like Buddy Guy, Blues Traveler and Robert Randolph.

The Rehoboth Beach band’s accomplishments include gigging at the Firefly Music Festival in 2012.

Lower Case Blues will get you dancing into 2018 at Dogfish Head Brewings & Eats, 320 Rehoboth Ave., Rehoboth Beach from 10 p.m. to 1 p.m., Sunday. COST Free. INFO or 226-BREW.

3. The Brandywine Zoo gives new meaning to “party animal” – at a Zoo-year’s Eve fest.

Properly dubbed “Noon Year’s Eve,” kids will enjoy games, crafts and a toast with sparkling cider at the event as the clock strikes 12 (noon, that is!).

Since the celebration is in the zoo, make sure your kids are dressed for the weather.

Festivities will be at Brandywine Zoo, 1001 N. Park Drive, Wilmington from 11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m., Sunday. COST $5 for ages 3 or older. INFO or call 571-7747.