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Supporters gather to raise funds for Kids Discovery Station

The Kids Discovery Station in Merced held a fundraising event titled “An Evening of Discovery” on Oct. 4. This event was both a night to help support and grow the children’s museum and an evening to celebrate its first anniversary of operating.

Attendees of the celebration were able to participate in a silent auction, a raffle, museum tours, as well as a drawing and Lego design competition that was set up for every table.

“We are extremely grateful for all the organizations who came in and supported the event,” said Mayya Tokmen, the Discovery Station’s executive director and board president.

The event was able to raise funds for the Station’s Inclusive Access Program and adding new exhibits. The Inclusive Access Program is a service that helps provide discounted/lowered rates for people of varying levels of need to make the museum more accessible to the community. The specific exhibit in the works is a potential virtual reality augmented room where people can play “the floor is lava” without the need of relying on one’s imagination.

“We need to invest more in our children,” Tokmen said. “Thats our future — that’s the future of our community. Everybody knows we are short on professionals in this community, so we need to make sure that we give our kids the best possible chance.”

If you are interested in visiting the Kids Discovery Station, its regular hours of operation are Tuesday through Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The Kids Discovery Station will be holding a number of events throughout the rest of the month of November, including Remembrance Day (Nov. 10), Hmong New Year (Nov. 16), Children’s Day (Nov. 19), and more! For those wanting more information regarding the Kids Discovery Station and its many events, visit their website at www.kidsdiscoverystation.org.

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