Winter Camp Week 2 – Day 2: New Year’s Eve PARRRRRR-TAY!

Today we had a parrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr-tay celebrating the New Year!  Our campers were great event planners, and helped decorate the room.  We also got to decorate party hats, make hula skirts, twisted balloon animals, and created spin art fireworks with glitter! We also made noise makers to take home, so they can ring in the new year with you!! 🙂

Stay tuned for more fun activities, and see you again next year! 🙂 Have a safe and happy New Year!

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!

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!

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!

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

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.