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

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Kids helping kids raise thousands!

Students at San Marcos High School are helping kids raise thousands of dollars for their community!  This group of students are in the non-profit group Kids Helping Kids on the school campus. “The goal is to teach the students responsibility and business skills while helping others…” especially since they are hoping to raise $100,000.00 for five years. This amazing group of kids have already raised thousands of dollars to “help students pay for needs such as advanced placement and SAT exams or even a wheelchair for a disabled student. They have also sent money to help young people in Africa.” When we read about these Random Acts of Kid-ness we are touched by the compassion and enthusiasm these kids share for helping other kids less fortunate than they are!

Click here to read the entire article.

Houston boy, 3, gets Bronze Star for being ‘hero’ to kids in hospitals

What an amazing story!  This article talks about a Houston toddler that is fighting for his life and “is helping other children who must wage health battles of their own, and his actions have earned him recognition as a real-life “hero.”..” Bennet Nester was diagnosed with a brain tumor two Christmas’s ago.  While he was at the hospital two strangers visited Bennet and brought him a bear.  He never let the bear out of his sight, and even said that the bear helped eased the pain.  Bennet and his mother decided to form “Bennet Bears” and collected 250 of the stuffed animals to give to sick children at area hospitals. This year, they’ve collected more than 900.

A Vietnam veteran heard of Bennet’s Acts of Kid-ness, and he gave Bennett his Bronze Star — “the fourth-highest individual military award given in recognition of acts of heroism, acts of merit or meritorious service in a combat zone.”

This is an INCREDIBLE story!  Please share with us a story, person, article, or child that has made a world of difference in your eyes. Read entire article & watch the video here.

Winter Camp Session 2: DAY 1 !

With the new year approaching, we introduced our campers to the concept of TIME!  We got to make our own watches, and we decorated time capsules to put special treasures in to find or dig up in the future.  We also made our travel luggage and put all the things we need to time travel!  The best part of the day was when we worked together to build a HUGE time machine.  We added the most essential parts of a time machine, satellites, clocks, buttons, telescopes, storage compartments, and our campers reminded us all to make sure we “must wear seatbelts”! We even got the opportunity to travel into the future.

Join us for more fun activities at camp!

::COMING SOON::

Spring Camp &

Summer Camp Registration Opens in February!!!

Winter Camp Day 4: TRAVEL!

Many people are TRAVELing during this time of the year, so we wanted to learn about the different ways that people travel from one place to another.  We travel through riding a motorcycle, riding a bicycle, flying a plane, and traveling by boat.  We got to build really sophisticated commute systems for our marbles to roll through (this was inspired by Rube Goldberg)!  We also made space shuttles that hovered and flew throughout our wind tunnel.

We even had time for a little dance party with glow sticks! We hope everyone is having a wonderful weekend, stay tuned for more fun activities that we are doing in camp!

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!

Little Helpers Can Make a Big Difference

On November 16th, more than 200 kids, parents, and Junior League of the Oranges and Short Hills (JLOSH) members participated in a Kids For Kids event.  Together they were able to assemble 1,200 Bonus Bags that contained essential winter items and dental hygiene items to children in “Maplewood, Orange and South Orange through the Community FoodBank of New Jersey’s weekend meal program.”  In addition to these Bonus Bags, the volunteers and little helpers also put together more than 500 healthy snack bags that were distributed to homeless children served in after school programs.

What a wonderful article! To read entire article click here. If you know a child who has volunteered, let us know and we will feature them in our next Random Act of Kid-ness Blog! Send YOUR story to info@zimmermuseum.org