Published DateHOLDERNESS — Squam Lakes Natural Science Center is participating in Dreamnight for the first time this June. Dreamnight is a global project for children with chronic illness and disabilities.
Dreamnight began in 1996 at the Rotterdam Zoo in the Netherlands as an annual evening at the zoo for children with cancer from a local children's hospital. The event grew over ensuing years, with more children, in cooperation with more hospitals and institutions. Additional zoos joined in 2000 and Dreamnight has since grown to over 200 participating institutions in 35 countries around the world. The mission of Dreamnight is to hold an annual and cost-free evening out at the zoo, in early June, for chronically ill and disabled children and their family members. Squam Lakes Natural Science Center is the first institution in northern New England to participate in Dreamnight.
Dreamnight will be an after-hours event featuring hands-on science stations, live music and puppets, face painting, crafts, live animal presentations, snacks, and goody bags. In addition, the live animal exhibit trail will be open for guests of Dreamnight to enjoy. Dreamnight is made possible with financial support from Lincoln Financial Foundation and Bank of New Hampshire. With additional in-kind support from A.M. Rand Hardware in Plymouth, Cabot Cheese, E.M. Heath Supermarket in Center Harbor, and Stonyfield Farm.
"Squam Lakes Natural Science Center is excited to be participating for the first time in this international event," said Amy Yeakel, Education Program Director at Squam Lakes Natural Science Center. "As an accredited member of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums we are able to learn about and participate in these sorts of initiatives. We hope to have many families enjoy this special evening."