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 or call (323) 761-8910

No-Limitz Tennis in Irvine

Being a cool kid can sometimes mean popularity, but it can also mean doing something great for others.  Ryan Teng, a sophomore at Beckman High School, started “No-Limitz Tennis” located in Irvine that teaches special needs kids how to serve and hit tennis balls. Ryan says that he wants to provide a safe, judgement free zone, and secure environment where kids can be themselves, relax, and just have a good time! Sharing your special talent with other kids is definitely being a cool kid.

Do you know a cool kid who has made a difference in their community or another child’s life?  Let us know, and we will feature them in our Random Act of Kid-ness blog! Read full article here.

Summer Camp Updates- Imagine & Invent, Day 4: Magnets + Motorized Machines + Artbots!

day 4 artbots     day 4 magnets

Yesterday, we continued to work on our artbots! Aside from building, repairing, re-repairing, and re-re-re-repairing our artbots today, we also learned about MAGNETS.  We learned that magnets “stick” to certain objects, that they are used for navigation (the compass!), that they have a north and south pole, and that opposites attract while same sides repel.

Today, we’ll be spending the day IMAGINING and INVENTING… which is essentially what we’ve doing all week, but we’ll be doing it more!

Summer Camp Updates- Imagine & Invent, Day 2: CONSTRUCTION!

day 2 nail yarn art          day 2 unstuffing animals

Yesterday we explored basic elements of CONSTRUCTION!  We sand-papered, hammered, and yarned beautiful geometric designs (that we’ll finish up tomorrow!).  We constructed cardboard boats and more with the help day 2 makedoof makedo tools!  And just for fun, we unstuffed stuffed animals with the intention of putting them back together as ‘frankenbears’ – but we were having too much fun doing everything else! Tomorrow, we introduce circuits and start building battery powered machines!

Summer Camp Updates- Imagine & Invent, Day 1: MACHINES!

Summer camp at the Zimmer is in full force, and we want to share all of our excitement with you! Over the next few weeks, we’ll be sharing daily updates about what messes we’re getting ourselves into, and of course what we’re learning as we play.

day 1 clock

Taking apart a clock!

day 1 prints

Making prints with machine parts

day 1 roller coaster

Building a roller coaster












Today in summer camp, we learned about MACHINES! We learned about 5 simple machines: wheel, lever, wedge, slope and screw!  And incorporated these concepts into building Rube Goldberg inspired Roller Coasters!  We took apart various electronic machines, such as keyboards, clocks, and calculators and saw that there were lots of screws, wires, and sometimes a motor inside!  We also painted prints with parts.

Tomorrow, we will be using another tool – the hammer (with adult supervision, of course!) to learn some basic elements of construction, art and design. Stay tuned for pictures!

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: Saving Six Friends

This week’s Random Act of Kid-ness comes to us from Dallas, TX, where 18 year old Jessica Gallegos saved the lives of six of her friends in a house fire over the weekend. She and her friends were asleep in a farmhouse, when Jessica woke up to the smell of smoke and noticed the fire that had already engulfed the home’s front porch. She quickly ran around the house to let her friends know so they could get out safely. Jessica’s friend Cheyenne said:

“She saved all of our lives. If she wasn’t there, then we wouldn’t be here today. I’m just really happy she was there.”

Cheyenne suffered 2nd degree burns, but everyone else made it out with no injuries, just in time to graduate high school next week. Way to go, Jessica! Read more here.

Random Act of Kid-ness: Reminding Veterans to Ask for Help

This week’s Random Act of Kid-ness comes to us from Alabama, where 7 year old John Murray, Jr. has tried to convince suicidal veterans to ask for help. When he saw the word “suicide” on a poster in a local Army health center, he asked his mom what the word meant. When he found out what suicide meant, John wanted to work to prevent it. He wrote “Ask for help!!!!!” on post-it notes throughout the Fox Army Health Center so that the veterans would remember that people care about them. John said:

“When they don’t have any broken arms or legs, and no blood. You can’t see the sadness inside them, but they still need help. […] I wrote a reminder for Army people to ask for help and did five exclamation points because it is real important. My teacher, Ms. Hardiman, said an exclamation point is like yelling a sentence. I put five exclamation points so it would be really loud. Maybe the Army person who is hurt just forgot to ask for help. This will help remind them.”

One veteran commits suicide every 65 minutes, so what John is doing is incredibly important. Great job, John!

To read more about this story and find out how to help or get help, click here.

Random Act of Kid-ness: Braving a Snowstorm to Rescue Peers

Alexi Catelli

This week’s Random Act of Kid-ness comes to us from the Canadian province Manitoba, where 13 year old Alexi Catellier walked through a snowstorm to find help for 24 of his fellow students who were stranded in a bus. Their bus got stuck in the snow and was stuck for over 5 hours during the snowstorm. Alexi not only calmed the other students down and melted snow into water when they got thirsty, but he also left the bus in search of help. Luckily he was able to find a man who could notify local rail workers of the trapped bus. Alexi said:

“It was definitely nerve-wracking …You have to keep the kids calm, because otherwise the bus driver won’t be able to do his job.”

What an act of bravery! Read more about this story here.

Random Act of Kid-ness: Keeping the (Stuffed) Animals Safe

HURRICANE ISAAC: Ashley's rules for stuffed animals

This week’s Random Act of Kid-ness comes to us from Mandeville, Louisiana, where 8 year old Ashley Taylor wrote rules for her stuffed animals about how to stay safe during Hurricane Isaac. Ashley’s dad, Greg, had sent the family to Alabama to avoid the hurricane, and he found Ashley’s note later that day.

We think this is adorable (and responsible!).

Read more about Ashley and her family here. And for those of you affected by Hurricane Isaac, we are thinking of you!