Dad Turns His 3-Year-Old Daughter’s Hilarious Sayings Into Art!

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Kids say the actual darndest things.

And, apparently, their funny phrases can inspire art. Martin Bruckner, a Nebraska dad, is turning his 3-year-old daughter’s sayings into hilariously beautiful art and cataloging it all on his Tumblr “Spaghetti Toes.”

Spaghetti Toes is his blog dedicated to the delightfully absurd things Bruckner hears from his daughter Harper Grace — plus the equally bizarre things he and his wife find themselves saying while navigating life with a toddler.

Read the full article and view more of this Dad’s super cute creativity here!

Come Party With Us at the Z-PARTY!

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Z-pARTy is a celebration of creativity showcasing art by children and youth of the Zimmer Children’s Museum and its youTHink program. There will be plenty of family activities, art, and music from our very own resident rock stars Luis and Ana at 6pm and 7:30pm.

The party takes place on Saturday, December 13th from 5:00pm-9:00pm as part of the NELA Art Walk at the Antigua Coffee House: 3400 N. Figueroa St., Los Angeles, CA 90065.

For more info on the Zimmer Children’s Museum, click here!

For more info on the youTHink program, click here!

SPEAKING OF TALENTED YOUTH

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youThink is a program of the Zimmer Children’s Museum that empowers youth to find their voices, think critically and take action for social change. Through school, after school, weekend and community programs, youTHink provides underserved communities with arts and leadership training.

Tonight only, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., 36 students from South L.A., Compton, central city, downtown and the eastside will share their visions of “Where I’m From,” in poems and photographs they created as part of youTHink’s Ambassador program, a year-long arts and leadership program.

“Where I’m From” is the culmination of a photography workshop led by award winning photojournalist Sophia Nahli Allison, with students learning key composition concepts as well as techniques to visually explore their lives through the lens of a camera.

Before the workshop began, students crafted poems on the theme that served as their starting point for inspiration, encouraging them to capture moments, objects and surroundings that define “Where I’m From.” The poems will accompany the photographs.

With Christmas and Chanukah just around the corner, the students’ photographs will be for sale and make great gifts. All proceeds benefit the youTHink program and Zimmer Children’s Museum. The exhibition is free, and takes place from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. tonight only at Blue Five Art Space, 2935 S. Sepulveda Blvd., L.A. 90064. Find out more at www.youthink.org.

Read more here!

The Overprotected Kid

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A preoccupation with safety has stripped childhood of independence, risk taking, and discovery—without making it safer. A new kind of playground points to a better solution.

The Land is an “adventure playground,” although that term is maybe a little too reminiscent of theme parks to capture the vibe. In the U.K., such playgrounds arose and became popular in the 1940s, as a result of the efforts of Lady Marjory Allen of Hurtwood, a landscape architect and children’s advocate. Allen was disappointed by what she described in a documentary as “asphalt square” playgrounds with “a few pieces of mechanical equipment.” She wanted to design playgrounds with loose parts that kids could move around and manipulate, to create their own makeshift structures. But more important, she wanted to encourage a “free and permissive atmosphere” with as little adult supervision as possible. The idea was that kids should face what to them seem like “really dangerous risks” and then conquer them alone. That, she said, is what builds self-confidence and courage.

Read more about ‘The Overprotected Kid’ by Hanna Rosin here.

Delightfully Simple Animation Shows Kids Why DESIGN MATTERS!

How do you get young people thinking about design? Such a task requires first explaining what design is, exactly, which can be tricky even for adults to grasp. The meaning of design is made delightfully simple in “Shape,” a wordless six-minute animation designed and directed by Johnny Kelly for Pivot Dublin, a Dublin City Council initiative that applies design thinking to city planning.

The film, set to be shown in Irish classrooms as part of the MakeShapeChange campaign, is meant to raise questions: How are things made? Who makes them? “Shape” highlights how design affects our everyday lives–using nothing but stick figures.

Re-blogged from FASTCODESIGN.

Zimmer Featured in L.A. Parent’s April Issue!

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The Zimmer was featured in L.A. PARENT’S April issue! The article talks about the winners from our Random Acts of Kid-ness Award ceremony at ZIMMERPALOOZA 2014!

Our Museum Director, Julee Brooks, says it best: “We wanted to honor these young people who are making such selfless contributions.”

Check out the awesome picture of Actress Holly Robinson Peete with the RAK Award winners Itai Pedowitz, Dylan Siegel and Bella Yadegar! CONGRATS! 😀

Check out the rest of the issue here:
http://laparent-valley.digitalparenthood.com/Vizion5/viewer.aspx?issueID=38&pageID=1

Inaugural Zimmer Children’s Museum Random Acts of Kid-ness (RAK) Award!

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Do you know a person under the age of 10 making a big difference?  Nominate them for the first ever

Zimmer Children’s Museum Random Acts of Kid-ness (RAK) Award!

The RAK Award recognizes acts of service, compassion and altruism from our youngest society members instilling in them the understanding that giving of our time and talent is just as important as the giving of our treasure. The award will be given annually to Los Angeles young people under the age of 10.

Nominations are being accepted now through February 3rd

For further information contact Kaila Jackson at Kaila@zimmermuseum.org or call (323) 761-8910

Applebee’s workers volunteer for Staten Island Youngsters!

Scrumptious lunch and dinner entrees and a great place to meet with friends or co-workers after work, Applebee’s has become a well-known family friendly restaurant.  In Staten Island, New York, three Applebee’s locations have gathered to prepare and serve breakfast to help raise money for the “Staten Island Children’s Campaign.”  This Neighborhood Bar and Grill has been doing this ever year for 17 years!

Read more about each employees comment on what this extraordinary event brings for them and the kids in their community!

Have You Seen It?!: Seasonal Craft Kits

Have you seen these SEASONAL CRAFT KITS available in the museum?!

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Our Autumn Aprons kits were extremely popular this fall, and now we have two more kits, each available for donation* of $15 or more. You can paint vehicles and make your own roads with the Open Road kit, or decorate your own little winter beanie with Wacky Wearables!

*The Zimmer offers free and discounted memberships to families who qualify, and any donation helps make the power of play available to another family!

What are you waiting for? Come get your own kit at the Zimmer’s front desk today!

Have You Seen It?!: New Safety Flooring

Have you seen the new safety flooring around the S. Mark Taper Foundation Aid and Rescue Center rescue boat?!

The new ProDek flooring is derived from recycled rubber and very eco-friendly. It is made from 70% recycled tires and 30% virgin colored rubber. By recycling rubber this way, landfill growth is minimized. Any amount affected is important. Each year, on average, ProDek installations are responsible for preventing more than 775,000 lbs of automobile tires form entering our area landfills. Since 2006, that amounts to more than 375,000 tires or 4.5 million pounds of scrap rubber!

Not only is the new flooring sparkly and comfy to walk on, but it’s SAFE too! So what are you waiting for? Come check it out today!