7th Annual Worldwide Dreamnight at the Sacramento Zoo
A special evening for children with disabilities.
Last Friday evening, June 1st, the Sacramento Zoo quietly opened its doors exclusively to children who have disabilities, are chronically ill or who have special needs during Dreamnight. The free event drew more than 1,000 people from the Sacramento region and gave families an opportunity to visit the Zoo in a relaxed environment with other children and families who face similar challenges.
“The event holds a unique place in the hearts of all who participate in the event,” said Mary Healy, Director/CEO. “It is an opportunity to share the Zoo with a special group of children and their families.”
This is the seventh year that the Sacramento Zoo has participated in Dreamnight, a worldwide event that is held the first Friday of June at zoos across the globe. The event included a dance presentation by Star Dancers and Twinkle Stars, crafts, animal encounters, music, food and magic shows. It gives families the opportunity to enjoy a special evening in a supportive environment. Local children’s hospitals and organizations that support children with special needs are invited to spread the word about the event each year.
The evening would not be possible without the help of sponsors, including Chipotle, Service Systems Associates and I Can Do That! Very Special Arts. Dreamnight also included booths from local nonprofits who had tips and information to share with families including UC Davis Children’s Miracle Network, UC Davis Mind Institute, Warmline, Camp Lotsa Fun, and Dandelion Magazine .
Sacramento Zoo – Celebrating 85 years!
Open since 1927, the Sacramento Zoo is home to more than 500 native, rare and endangered animals and is one of over 200 accredited institutions of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums. Located near the corner of Land Park Drive and Sutterville Road in William Land Park, the Zoo is wholly managed by the non-profit Sacramento Zoological Society. This Sacramento treasure inspires conservation awareness through education and recreation. Open daily from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm, general admission is $11.25; children ages 2-11 are $7.25 and one and under are admitted free. Parking is free throughout the park or ride Regional Transit bus #6. For information, call 916-808-5888 or visit saczoo.org.
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