Bella Notte — A Taste of Italy Gala to Benefit the San Diego Children’s Discovery Museum on May 2

Head to the San Diego Children’s Discovery Museum for a beautiful evening to celebrate Italy while supporting the Museum’s educational programs. On May 2, from 5-9 p.m., guests are invited to explore the Museum’s new exhibits and mingle under the stars in the Children’s Discovery Garden as they enjoy authentic Italian cuisine, wine, gelato, espresso, live Italian music performances, Italian cinema, as well as a live auction, silent auction, and Renaissance art photo booth. This is sure to be a Bella Notte you won’t forget.

Highlights of the evening include Italian cuisine food stations, wine tastings, and craft beer selections. Enjoy a post-dinner treat of espresso, limoncello, gelato, and more, while listening to Italian music performances by singer Gaetano Rallo, accordionist Lou Fanucchi, and singer pianists’ The Pizzaro Brothers, who will be accompanied by a special guest appearance performance from 12 year old Italian singer Isabella Shiff. There will also be Italian cinema on view in the Garden, and a Renaissance art photo booth to capture the evening’s memories. Help support the Museum by participating in the silent auction, live auction and fundraiser, all featuring such items as vacation getaways, sailing San Diego Bay, local dining and entertainment packages, and more. Gala attendees can explore the museum exhibits, mingle in the garden, and taste the variety of Italian food and drink offerings at food stations located around the museum. This is a 21+ event, and attire is business casual. Private table reservations are available for sponsors. Tickets are $95 per person.

Since 1999 San Diego Children’s Discovery Museum has been “inspiring children to learn about our world through exploration, imagination, and experimentation.” Today it remains the only hands-on educational children’s museum in North San Diego County, serving children ages 0-10 with interactive exhibits and programs focused on science, world cultures, and art. Its central location in Escondido allows them to serve children and families across San Diego County, as well as West Imperial County, and South Riverside and Orange Counties.

Interactive experiences are a crucial element of learning. The Museum features four focused program areas: Experimentation (science, math, engineering), Exploration (world cultures, history), Imagination (theater arts, visual arts, music), and Discovery (outdoor space featuring gardens, environmental science, world cultures, arts). All exhibits and programs are designed with the help of museum experts, educators, and childhood development specialists, ensuring a wide range of skill development and concepts that align with California’s Common Core curriculum for science, math, English language arts, visual and performing arts, and social science. Time spent at SDCDM develops crucial life skills like curiosity, confidence, and creativity, which are all qualities that strengthen children’s potential to excel in school, careers, communities, and as parents. The museum challenges children’s imagination and curiosity through interactive exhibits and hands-on programming. Through play, children have the opportunity for creative problem solving, critical thinking, and hands-on exploration and experimentation in a safe environment where there are no right or wrong answers.

The mission of San Diego Children’s Discovery Museum is to inspire children to learn about our world through exploration, imagination, and experimentation.

The San Diego Children’s Discovery Museum is located at 320 North Broadway in Escondido.


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