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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Last day of Winter Camp: OPPOSITES!

On our last day of Winter Camp we learned about OPPOSITES.  What are some opposites that you know?  Some that come to the top of our mind are Big & Small, Tall & Short. We also mentioned that Winter is the opposite of Summer! We spent lots of time summer funning and made sculpted sand dough, seascapes, octopi puppets, and so much more. Thank you for joining us in Winter Camp and hopefully …

We’ll see you again soon (maybe during SPRING CAMP or SUMMER CAMP if not sooner!!)!!!!!

11-year-old ideas can make a world of difference

Eleven-year-old, Alex Lawson, came up with an idea that inspires children and adults around the world.  Although this event occurred a couple of years back, his kind heart and contribution truly moved us. When the 7.0 earthquake in Haiti happened, young Alex knew he wanted to help, especially since he read that over 50% of the population were kids.  He started to collect as many backpacks he could, old, new, or used, and they were taken to St. Lucie International Airport in Fort Pierce where supplies and aid workers were being flown to Haiti to help.

Reading about this story really inspires youth and adults to be hands on in giving back to our community. What a great read, click here for the full article!  Let us know if your child or someone you know would like to be featured in our next Random Act of Kid-ness blog.

Have You Seen It?!: ArtVille Mural

Here at the Zimmer, not only are we playing our way to a better world, but we’re also drawing our way to a better world!

Last month, we participated in The Big Draw LA, a “city-wide celebration of the act of drawing.” As part of The Big Draw LA, we invited visitors of the Zimmer Children’s Museum to create a permanent mural, ArtVille, for the museum! From Tuesday, October 18 through the end of the month, we invited all families to draw, color, and cut their own buildings, cars, roads, and more! Our resident art teachers Julie Jacobs and Sasha Karlova were the leads on the project.

According to The Big Draw LA website:

Drawing is a universal language, connecting generations, cultures, and communities. Children draw to make sense of the world before they learn to write. Yet most adults, given a pencil, claim: “I can’t draw!”  The Big Draw aims to remove this barrier and create opportunities for people of all ages to discover that drawing can make us SEE, THINK, and INVENT.

Check out the BEFORE:

And… voila! Check out the AFTER:

So next time you’re at the museum, don’t forget to peek your head into the Art Studio and see our new ArtVille mural!

Zimmer Children’s Museum CEO Esther Netter Says “Welcome!”

“We learn by doing” is the premise for our museum, our educational outreach, and our play. Welcome to the Zimmer Children’s Museum, where kids can learn how to rescue by imagining themselves as a coast guard boat captain, as a fire fighter, or as an ambulance driver. At the Zimmer, we teach about building community by giving our visitors the chance to build theirs. Through art, creative role play, imagination, innovation, and sheer play, children of all ages can learn about what it takes to be an active part of a community by participating in our exhibits and programming. And when you are too old for the museum, you can learn by doing community service, taking action, and being a peer leader in the Zimmer’s youTHink initiative. We all learn by doing, so come visit us and “do.” 
 
“Not many years ago I began to play the cello. Most people would say that what I am doing is ‘learning to play’ the cello. But these words carry into our minds the strange idea that there exists two very different processes: (1) learning to play the cello; and (2) playing the cello. They imply that I will do the first until I have completed it, at which point I will stop the first process and begin the second. In short, I will go on ‘learning to play’ until I have ‘learned to play’ and then I will begin to play. Of course, this is nonsense. There are not two processes, but one. We learn to do something by doing it. There is no other way.”

– John Holt, from Chicken Soup for the Soul: 101 Stories to Open the Heart and Rekindle the Spirit