The Chattanooga Zoo along with the City of Chattanooga’s Therapeutic Recreation Program will host the annual Dreamnight event on Friday, from 5:30-8:30 p.m. at the Zoo’s location at 301 N. Holtzclaw Ave.
Dreamnight is an open house event for special needs children and their families or caretakers. Dreamnight offers a VIP Zoo visit that acknowledges and accommodates the unique circumstances that generally limit relaxing outings for these families during normal operating hours.
“We are so honored to be part of such an amazing event,” said Elaine Adams, therapeutic recreation coordinator. "Dreamnight is a special evening that allows individuals to showcase their abilities not their disabilities. It is truly a magical night.”
Each year the event is sponsored by Unum and offers behind-the-scenes tours, up-close animal encounters, bounce houses, face painting, food and more.
"Dreamnight is one of our employees’ favorite volunteer activities that we sponsor each year,” said Cathy Barrett, community relations manager for Unum. “We understand the impact a disability can have on a family. Dreamnight provides an opportunity for children and their families to be around others who share similar circumstances and enjoy the zoo without the crowds that regular zoo hours bring."
Chattanooga Zoo Executive Director Darde Long added, “This is an event that we really look forward to each year. Being able to offer these families a relaxing outing and some personal time with the animals is very rewarding to our staff. We love seeing the smiles,” she said.
Admission to Dreamnight is free and reservations are required to attend. For more information and to make reservations, call 697-1319.