Crystal Egg!


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!



SPRING CAMP DAY 4: Rain + Rainbows!

Liquid Rain Clouds!


What happens when the weather gets cold and gloomy… it starts to RAIN!  The sky is full of clouds, and then afterwards… we sometimes see rainbows!

We watched this fun short video about our water cycle: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZzY5-NZSzVw.  And learned some big words like evaporation, condensation, and precipitation!  We also made shaving cream clouds rain liquid color, revealed secret water color drawings, created cotton cloud rainbows and more!

See many of you tomorrow! 😀

(AND don’t forget, SUMMER CAMP registration is open!  Register before April 18 to receive 10% off Early Bird registration.  Sessions are filling, so be sure to register now here!)




Today, we shared that water bottles, cardboard boxes and magazines are all items that we can RECYCLE! We decided to recycle some scrap papers to make new papers! You can follow this easy tutorial online to make your own paper at home, or this one! Or, if you don’t have a screen to use, just letting the little ones tear scrap papers into a bin of water is great sensory fun!

We also made sculptures, wands, rockets, cleaning machines, box cars and more with all sorts of recyclable materials!

Tomorrow, we investigate this strange cloudy weather we’re having in Los Angeles! 😀


Nest Balls!


Today we talked about TREES! We shared that there are many parts of a tree, including the roots, trunk, branches, leaves… and what is left of a tree when it has fallen or been chopped down, the stump! When we find a tree stump, we also discovered that there are spirals or rings on the stump and that the number of rings indicate the age of the tree. We created our own rings on our tree stumps (paper plate spin art) and found that many of our trees are 100 years old!

We also made tissue paper flowers, hand printed trees using green colored shaving cream, added some apples, made some bird nest balls, played in our nature sensory bins, and more! Many of us also worked really well together to construct a tree house! We had to make sure that we put together a very sturdy roof to keep the rain out, and we added lots of peep holes and even a blue mailbox (we’re not quite hooked up with wifi to receive e-mails in our tree house yet, so snail mail will have to do! ;P).

See many of you tomorrow as we discover ways that we can help to take care of planet earth! 😀

Inaugural Zimmer Children’s Museum Random Acts of Kid-ness (RAK) Award!


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

Kids helping kids raise thousands!

Students at San Marcos High School are helping kids raise thousands of dollars for their community!  This group of students are in the non-profit group Kids Helping Kids on the school campus. “The goal is to teach the students responsibility and business skills while helping others…” especially since they are hoping to raise $100,000.00 for five years. This amazing group of kids have already raised thousands of dollars to “help students pay for needs such as advanced placement and SAT exams or even a wheelchair for a disabled student. They have also sent money to help young people in Africa.” When we read about these Random Acts of Kid-ness we are touched by the compassion and enthusiasm these kids share for helping other kids less fortunate than they are!

Click here to read the entire article.

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!!)!!!!!