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!

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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

Day 3 – FAMILY!

On the 3rd day of Winter Camp we talked about FAMILY!  We shared why we enjoy spending this special time of the year with our families, the different ways that we stay in touch with one another, and the importance of listening and building trust in relationships!  We learned about different ways people communicate and stay in touch with each other, near and far.  We decorated cups with strings to make telephones, we designed and drew special letters to be mailed, and we FaceTimed and Skyped across the room! Finally, we played a game that taught the challenging skill of listening.  Our campers were such great listeners and gave wonderful tips to help their friends find bean bags throughout the room!

What a wonderful and heartwarming day this was!  Stay tuned for more activities and adventures at Winter Camp!

Scranton Community Helps Feed Hungry Children

As the holiday’s approach, we often find ourselves thinking about the family gatherings and tables filled with homemade, delicious entrees that leave us smiling and going back for seconds or even thirds.  At Scranton High School, located in Pennsylvania, more than 180 community members, including seven-year-old Brendan Hauser, help package 10,000 chicken noodle soup meals to feed those less fortunate than he, and children struggling with hunger throughout the Scranton neighborhood.  The soups will be sent to the following organizations, Friends of the Poor and United Neighborhood Centers of Northeastern Pennsylvania.

If you know someone who has altruistically given back to their community, please let us know and we would love to feature them in our next Act of Kid-ness Blog!  To read the entire article, click here.

Random Act of Kid-ness: Mowing Lawns to Help Others

This week’s Random Act of Kid-ness comes to us from Dalhart, TX, where 11 year old Dyllon Orthman raised $16,000 for a family who lost their home in a tornado in Oklahoma. After Dyllon heard about the Hudsons who had lost their home, he knew he needed to help. He raised $6,000 just by mowing lawns for 2 months, and gave the family that money in Lowes gift cards. A company called Quality Integrated Services was inspired by Dyllon’s efforts and decided to add an additional $10,000 to his donation! Dyllon said:

“They [the family] need a home. I personally want a Playstation, but I’d rather give the need than take the want.”

What an incredibly generous act of kid-ness! You can read more about this story here.

Random Act of Kid-ness: Taking the Wheel to Save Great Grandma’s Life

This week’s Random Act of Kid-ness comes to us from Golden, CO, where 10 year old Gryffin Sanders saved his great grandmother’s and brother’s lives when his grandmother lost consciousness at at the wheel. Gryffin first tried to wake up his great grandmother, but then decided to try to maneuver the car to the side of the road. His dad said:

“It was all him and he made a very wide decision at a very critical moment and I couldn’t be a prouder father.”

Gryffin said he learned driving skills by playing Mario Kart. We are so proud of Gryffin for using a skill he learned elsewhere in the real world to save his family from a disaster. You can read more about this story here.

As always, let us know if you know a kid who has done a Random Act of Kid-ness, and we might feature her or him next week!

 

Random Act of Kid-ness: Twin Girls (Zimmer Members!) Donate their Hair to Kids in Need

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Shoshana and Shayna Kleinman with their donated hair

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This week’s Random Act of Kid-ness comes to us from… the Zimmer! 4 1/2 year old twins Shayna and Shoshana Kleinman are Zimmer regulars. They always had long flowing hair, until recently, when Zimmer staff noticed their beautiful short haircuts. The girls’ grandma explained that Shayna and Shoshana had donated their hair to an organization called Zichron MenachemThe Israeli Association for the Support of Children with Cancer and their Families.

“You are so lucky to have such beautiful hair. Some children get very sick and lose their hair. You have an opportunity to share with them and help them.”
They looked into many different organizations, but they picked Zichron Menachem  because of its connection to their Jewish heritage and its focus on donating the hair to children. The girls then decided that even though the minimum hair length to donate is 12″, they wanted to “grow as long as possible so we can give as much as we can.” They each eventually donated 16″ of hair to the organization! We are so proud of our Zimmer members Shayna and Shoshana Kleinman for reminding us that giving doesn’t have to cost a lot (or anything). We are so happy to highlight them as a RAK. Do you know a Zimmer visitor who has done a random act of kid-ness? Let us know!