Fluff and Float!

During our 2nd day of Winter Camp, we fluffed and floated! We continued our investigation of snow and the feeling of fluffiness.  We created a magical mixture of shaving cream and glue that dries into a solid but still stays magically soft and fluffy!  We also observed ice bergs melting and attempted to create boats that float, but it was way more fun trying to keep our penguins afloat! Many of us also created our own fluffy texture collages that included felt pieces, sparkly gems, fabric squares, and even cotton balls that apparently “look like tater tots!”

Stay tuned for more Winter Camp activities and adventures!

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Snow, Rain, and Vapor!

Yesterday was our first day of Winter Camp!  It was lovely seeing so many familiar and new faces.  The campers got introduced to 3 different stages of water: Snow, Rain, and Vapor!  We taught them a quick game with had them either become solid (freeze), liquid (move like a jelly fish in water), and vapor (make soft twinkling fog in the air).  They also got to melt crayons, color with oil pastels, and give penguins and polar bears a gel spa bath!

Stay tuned for more fun activities that we will be sharing from Winter Camp!  **There are very limited open spots available for next week so please email belinda at belinda@zimmermuseum.org if you would like a spot!**

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!

Student Volunteers help Military Mothers Assemble 100 Care Packages

During this holiday season, many U.S. troops will be benefiting from the compassionate student volunteers, community members, and West Michigan Blue Star Mothers.  These volunteers are assembling 100 care packages which include: socks, personal hygiene products, gift cards, and an assortment of blankets to U.S. troops. The Blue Star Mothers organization is a group of compassionate members who have sons or daughters serving in the military.

We are truly grateful for all our U.S. troops and military service members! Let us know if you know someone who is selflessly giving back to our community. E-mail us at info@zimmermuseum.org. Read entire article here.

Kids Help with Typhoon Yolanda

Prince Villahermosa, 10, and Yuan Rivera, 3, went with their parents to help volunteer and pack relief goods in a local neighborhood sports complex.  The little boy helped pack and bring bags of goodies from other volunteers who helped pack them with rice, canned food, and other items.  Additionally, in Palawan, foreign tourists (including kids),helped in the relief operations.

What amazing kids!  It warms our hearts when we read about kids who understand and willingly volunteer to help those that need help.  Know someone who has made a difference in the community, tell us, and we will feature them in our next Act of Kid-ness blog! Read entire article here.

No-Limitz Tennis in Irvine

Being a cool kid can sometimes mean popularity, but it can also mean doing something great for others.  Ryan Teng, a sophomore at Beckman High School, started “No-Limitz Tennis” located in Irvine that teaches special needs kids how to serve and hit tennis balls. Ryan says that he wants to provide a safe, judgement free zone, and secure environment where kids can be themselves, relax, and just have a good time! Sharing your special talent with other kids is definitely being a cool kid.

Do you know a cool kid who has made a difference in their community or another child’s life?  Let us know, and we will feature them in our Random Act of Kid-ness blog! Read full article here.

RidgeProject gets kids and tractors involved in cleaning up!

The organization RidgeProject cleaned up their biggest project to date on Saturday with over 200 kids recruited to help!  Football players used their strength to help bag and throw away heavy loads of trash. There were over 500 trash bags that were donated by Walmart, and four large waste containers filled to the brim!  Everyone’s efforts helped clean up the north and south of China Lake Boulevard.

Community service is what helps our environment stay clean, as well as, brings family, friends, and our community closer together.  If you know a child who has been involved with giving back to their community, let us know, and we will feature them in our Random Act of Kid-ness!  To read this entire article, click here.