KidZone to bring andamp;#8216;Big Night Out – Discoandamp;#8217; to Dragonfly Restaurant |

KidZone to bring andamp;#8216;Big Night Out – Discoandamp;#8217; to Dragonfly Restaurant

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TAHOE/TRUCKEE, Calif. andamp;#8212; andamp;#8220;Go big.andamp;#8221; Most of us have heard this expression, one that ignites a spark to make something happen in a big way, like landing a 6-foot ski jump or breaking a personal record at a marathon. On Saturday April 28, andamp;#8220;Go bigandamp;#8221; means to join the KidZone Museumandamp;#8217;s newest fundraising event, Big Night Out andamp;#8211; Disco hosted by Dragonfly Restaurant. All proceeds will support the Museumandamp;#8217;s programs. andamp;#8220;2012 marks the 20th Anniversary of Truckeeandamp;#8217;s KidZone Museum, which originally opened its doors as the Sierra Nevada Childrenandamp;#8217;s Museum. In celebration of this monumental time, we knew our fundraising event had to be bigger and better than ever,andamp;#8221; said Carol Meagher, executive director, KidZone Museum. andamp;#8220;With the support of our community, our dreams to expand the KidZone may just happen in our 20th year.andamp;#8221; Everyone is invited to Big Night Out andamp;#8211; Disco April 28, 5:30-11 p.m. at Dragonfly Restaurant. Ticket cost is $40 per person in advance and $45 at the door and includes three complimentary drinks (beer and wine), dinner, dance music by DJ Brian Hess, a silent and live auction and raffle. Go big; bring a friend with you that night to purchase a ticket, and youandamp;#8217;ll receive a free signature cocktail. Buy tickets online at or call 530-587-KIDS. An auction is being held in conjunction with the event, including vacations to Mexico, a Sugar Bowl season pass, dinners, jewelry and more. Canandamp;#8217;t wait for the night of the event to bid on andamp;#8220;bigandamp;#8221; items in an exciting auction? Start bidding online at various forms of fundraising, the KidZone Museum, a nationally recognized childrenandamp;#8217;s museum, is striving to see big dreams come true in 2012. One vision is to broaden the Museumandamp;#8217;s reach and extend its programs to more children and their families in the Truckee/Lake Tahoe region. andamp;#8220;We envision a new 10,000 square-foot facility with various program expansions like a rich array of permanent and regularly changing exhibits; a large environment for outdoor play like the Discovery Museum in Marin County and a more spacious center to expand our services to youth and include space for us to host our array of music and family theater events,andamp;#8221; said Meagher.In November 2011, the museum staff saw their dream for an outdoor science exploratory area come to life, the Outdoor Nature Center, thanks to numerous volunteers and donors like Teichert Aggregate and the Teichert Foundation in Sacramento, Calif., along with Basalite in Reno, Nev. In May 2011, Meagher flew to Houston, Texas to receive the Promising Practice Award, along with a $10,000 cash award from the MetLife Foundation and Association of Childrenandamp;#8217;s Museum at the InterActivity 2011: Innovation is Childandamp;#8217;s Play Conference. The Museum was one of only three museums nationwide to receive top honors. Shortly after receiving this recognition, Meagher was asked to appear on ABCandamp;#8217;s Sacramento andamp; Company morning television show to talk about the award, programs and exhibits at the KidZone, along with summer camps.The Museum staff continues to dream big for its andamp;#8220;Dreams for the Futureandamp;#8221; andamp;#8212; they can only come true with community help and support.andamp;#8220;We hope to see many familiar and new faces at our Big Night Out,andamp;#8221; said Meagher. And we want to especially thank Dragonfly owners, Chef Billy McCullough and Phebe Bell, for their 10 years supporting the Museum with this fundraising dinner at Dragonfly. Their support is a big reason why weandamp;#8217;re still open and strong today, serving 22,000 visits annually.andamp;#8221;For more information about the KidZone Museum, visit or call 530-587-KIDS.andamp;#8212; Submitted to