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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This 12-Year-Old CEO Runs a $150,000 Business

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We could all learn a lot about business and life from Moziah Bridges.

In the past three years, while his classmates were doing homework and playing sports, Moziah Bridges built himself a $150,000 business.

That’s right–he started his business when he was 9 years old. Not yet a teenager, Bridges now has five staff members and has received a ton of media attention, from an appearance on the TV show Shark Tank to features in O magazine and Vogue.

“I like to wear bow ties, because they make me look good and feel good,” Bridges writes on his website. “Designing a colorful bow tie is just part of my vision to make the world a fun and happier place.”

Ever the fashionista, he’s reveled in style from a young age. At four years old, Bridges wore a suit and tie whenever possible and insisted on dressing himself.

Want to know more about Moziah Bridges and how this kidpreneur started his business? Click here!

The Overprotected Kid

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A preoccupation with safety has stripped childhood of independence, risk taking, and discovery—without making it safer. A new kind of playground points to a better solution.

The Land is an “adventure playground,” although that term is maybe a little too reminiscent of theme parks to capture the vibe. In the U.K., such playgrounds arose and became popular in the 1940s, as a result of the efforts of Lady Marjory Allen of Hurtwood, a landscape architect and children’s advocate. Allen was disappointed by what she described in a documentary as “asphalt square” playgrounds with “a few pieces of mechanical equipment.” She wanted to design playgrounds with loose parts that kids could move around and manipulate, to create their own makeshift structures. But more important, she wanted to encourage a “free and permissive atmosphere” with as little adult supervision as possible. The idea was that kids should face what to them seem like “really dangerous risks” and then conquer them alone. That, she said, is what builds self-confidence and courage.

Read more about ‘The Overprotected Kid’ by Hanna Rosin here.

Children Helping Children!

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Some people devote their lives to causes greater than themselves.  And for many that devotion comes late in life. But Craig Kielburger discovered it early.  He was in 7th grade when the death of a boy changed his life. It was a change so profound that, through Kielburger, it has now saved and transformed other lives all around the globe. In that moment, 19 years ago, Craig Kielburger was struck by a profound truth –something as important as changing the world can’t be left to grown ups.

Craig Kielburger: Kids are looking to get involved. They’re searching for it. And in an era where, you know adults often are looking for meaning and purpose in their lives, kids also want to assert who they are, not just by the videogames they play or the peer groups they belong to, but by the contribution they make. And that’s part of a youth self-identity in the world. And not only is it good for the child, my God, our world needs it.

Read more about Children Helping Children here.

SPRING CAMP DAY 5: Hatching Eggs + THANK YOU!

Crystal Egg!

Hello!

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!

THANK YOU! 😀

“BE MY FRIEND” for Valentine’s Day!

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Today is Valentine’s Day! See how a mother encourages both of her sons to scrawl three words on each of the cards they hand out to their classmates or just say throughout the day: be my friend

Aimee Thompson says, “I know those three words can be even more powerful than, and even repair any damage done by, those four other words. And, maybe just maybe, those same kids will one day be more quick to say be my friend instead.”

“I know it’s just the wish of just one mom, but I’m still going to try to make sure our Valentine’s Day wishes always include: be my friend. And, I welcome you to do the same.”

Read the rest of this inspiring article here to find out how Aimee Thompson came about this wonderful idea!