Chattanooga Zoo Hosts Legoland Master Model Builder And Dreamnight

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

The Chattanooga Zoo will host Joshua Bohn, a master model builder at Legoland Discovery Center Atlanta on Thursday and its annual Dreamnight event on Friday.

A lifelong Lego lover and five-year brand veteran, Mr. Bohn has the Brick Factor to make the Legoland Discovery Center Atlanta experience engaging and fun for guests of all ages, said officials.  Mr. Bohn will create a Lego masterpiece at the Chattanooga Zoo starting at 4 p.m. on Thursday. 

“I plan, ultimately, to be a role model for the future generation of Lego enthusiasts,” said Mr. Bohn. “I am excited to help inspire creativity, entertain and laugh alongside them; and to help bolster their knowledge and skill as Lego builders.”

Enjoying the creation of the Lego masterpiece is free with regular Zoo admission.  

The Chattanooga Zoo along with the city of Chattanooga’s Therapeutic Recreation Program will host the annual Dreamnight Friday from 5:30-8 p.m. at the Chattanooga Zoo. Dreamnight is an open house event for all special needs individuals 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 goody bags, games, bounce houses, face painting, costume characters, 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 CEO and President 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 all their smiles.” 

Admission to Dreamnight is free and reservations are required to attend. For more information and to make reservations, call the Zoo Gift Shop at 697-1319.



Tennessee Highway Patrol To Hold Youth And Junior Trooper Academy In July

The Tennessee Highway Patrol announces its Youth and Junior Trooper Academy for pre-teens and teens.    The THP summer program will offer two sessions beginning July 11-15 for Middle School grades sixth through eighth.  The second session will be July 18-22 for High School grades ninth through twelth.   The program is designed to educate youth who may ... (click for more)

Booker T. Washington Pool Open For Summer

The Olympic-sized pool at Booker T. Washington State Park opened for the 2016 season on Saturday. Hours of operation are 11 a.m.-6:30 p.m., Wednesday-Sunday. The pool is closed on Mondays and Tuesdays. Admission is $4 per person and $2 for overnight guests swimming as a group.  Seasonal swim passes can be purchased for $80 for 40 admissions. There is a diving board ... (click for more)

Stone Domestic Assault Case Postponed Until Aug. 9

The case in which Bobby Stone is charged with domestic assault against his wife, advisor to Mayor Andy Berke Lacie Stone, has been postponed until Aug. 9. Officials said there will be no further action until the TBI completes its investigation.  The case had been set Tuesday morning before general sessions court Lila Statom. The TBI is believed to be looking into ... (click for more)

Chattanooga Honors Military Veterans

A Memorial Day service was held at the National Cemetery on Monday. (click for more)

Calling Out Bad Behavior In St. Elmo - And Response

I have lived in the St. Elmo community of Chattanooga for practicially all 52 years of my life. My grandmother moved to St. Elmo in 1919. My Dad was literally born in a home in St. Elmo and lived his entire 72 years in this community and my Mom has lived here 60 years of her life. I am very disappointed in what my neighborhood has become. I like people. ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Amputee Team Wins Relay

As a news junkie there isn’t a lot that gets past me in my morning reading, yet I had no idea there was a relay race in Chattanooga two weekends ago. Maybe that’s why 1,500 people ran away and never came back – the finish line was in Nashville. How the Ragnar Relays work is pretty simple. The organizers pick two cities that are about 200 miles apart and then 12-to-14 runners ... (click for more)