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


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:

Teen to Government: Change Your Typeface, Save MILLIONS!


An e. You can write it with one fluid swoop of a pen or one tap of the keyboard. The most commonly used letter in the English dictionary. Simple, right?

Now imagine it printed out millions of times on thousands of forms and documents. Then think of how much ink would be needed.

OK, so that may have been a first for you, but it came naturally to 14-year-old Suvir Mirchandani when he was trying to think of ways to cut waste and save money at his Pittsburgh-area middle school.

It all started as a science fair project. As a neophyte sixth-grader at Dorseyville Middle School, Suvir noticed he was getting a lot more handouts than he did in elementary school.

Interested in applying computer science to promote environmental sustainability, Suvir decided he was going to figure out if there was a better way to minimize the constant flurry of paper and ink.

Read more about Suvir’s findings here and also check out his video interview with CNN! 😀


Crystal Egg!


Today we discovered that many animals hatch from eggs, including baby chicks, flying turtles, and even alligators!  We made our own salt-flour dough to create our own creatures to hatch from our crystal eggs.  We found dinosaur eggs that hatch into robots, worm eggs that float in space, golden eggs that hatch into mushrooms and more!  We also shared that some eggs will shake first, then hatch after three or ten seconds, while others hatch after “one thousand seconds!”  Finally, we decorated paper bag animal puppets, made critter stencil art, brought back our favorite wind tunnel and cloud rain and had another balloon party!

Overall, it has been an amazing week exploring SPRING with your little ones!  We THANK YOU and especially your little ones for being so open to meeting new friends and for being so silly with us!

Oh, and don’t forget to register for SUMMER CAMP now to receive 10% off for EARLY BIRD registration!  Early Bird registration ends April 18, and our sessions are filling!  You can register here: http://app.mainstreetsites.com/dmn1746/classes.htm.

Have a wonderful weekend, and we’ll see you at the museum again soon!


SPRING CAMP DAY 4: Rain + Rainbows!

Liquid Rain Clouds!


What happens when the weather gets cold and gloomy… it starts to RAIN!  The sky is full of clouds, and then afterwards… we sometimes see rainbows!

We watched this fun short video about our water cycle: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZzY5-NZSzVw.  And learned some big words like evaporation, condensation, and precipitation!  We also made shaving cream clouds rain liquid color, revealed secret water color drawings, created cotton cloud rainbows and more!

See many of you tomorrow! 😀

(AND don’t forget, SUMMER CAMP registration is open!  Register before April 18 to receive 10% off Early Bird registration.  Sessions are filling, so be sure to register now here!)




Today, we shared that water bottles, cardboard boxes and magazines are all items that we can RECYCLE! We decided to recycle some scrap papers to make new papers! You can follow this easy tutorial online to make your own paper at home, or this one! Or, if you don’t have a screen to use, just letting the little ones tear scrap papers into a bin of water is great sensory fun!

We also made sculptures, wands, rockets, cleaning machines, box cars and more with all sorts of recyclable materials!

Tomorrow, we investigate this strange cloudy weather we’re having in Los Angeles! 😀


Nest Balls!


Today we talked about TREES! We shared that there are many parts of a tree, including the roots, trunk, branches, leaves… and what is left of a tree when it has fallen or been chopped down, the stump! When we find a tree stump, we also discovered that there are spirals or rings on the stump and that the number of rings indicate the age of the tree. We created our own rings on our tree stumps (paper plate spin art) and found that many of our trees are 100 years old!

We also made tissue paper flowers, hand printed trees using green colored shaving cream, added some apples, made some bird nest balls, played in our nature sensory bins, and more! Many of us also worked really well together to construct a tree house! We had to make sure that we put together a very sturdy roof to keep the rain out, and we added lots of peep holes and even a blue mailbox (we’re not quite hooked up with wifi to receive e-mails in our tree house yet, so snail mail will have to do! ;P).

See many of you tomorrow as we discover ways that we can help to take care of planet earth! 😀

SPRING CAMP DAY 1: Birds + Flight!



We had a great first day at spring camp! Because we had the museum all to ourselves, we spent lots of time saving our friends from our rescue harbor and shopping for groceries down main street.

As SPRING has just arrived, we also brainstormed all the things that come to mind when we hear the word spring… like flying kites, gardening, birds chirping, and more! We spent today sharing more about what we know about BIRDS… including hummingbirds and parrots! We made feathery masks and practiced our own bird calls.

We also explored the ways that birds (and many other animals and things) take flight and stay in the air. We created birds (with balloons!) to fly in our wind tunnel, and decorated our own wooden airplanes!

Tomorrow, we explore something else that reminds us of spring! We’ll see many of you then! 😀