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

Winter Camp Session 2: DAY 1 !

With the new year approaching, we introduced our campers to the concept of TIME!  We got to make our own watches, and we decorated time capsules to put special treasures in to find or dig up in the future.  We also made our travel luggage and put all the things we need to time travel!  The best part of the day was when we worked together to build a HUGE time machine.  We added the most essential parts of a time machine, satellites, clocks, buttons, telescopes, storage compartments, and our campers reminded us all to make sure we “must wear seatbelts”! We even got the opportunity to travel into the future.

Join us for more fun activities at camp!

::COMING SOON::

Spring Camp &

Summer Camp Registration Opens in February!!!

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!

Snow, Rain, and Vapor!

Yesterday was our first day of Winter Camp!  It was lovely seeing so many familiar and new faces.  The campers got introduced to 3 different stages of water: Snow, Rain, and Vapor!  We taught them a quick game with had them either become solid (freeze), liquid (move like a jelly fish in water), and vapor (make soft twinkling fog in the air).  They also got to melt crayons, color with oil pastels, and give penguins and polar bears a gel spa bath!

Stay tuned for more fun activities that we will be sharing from Winter Camp!  **There are very limited open spots available for next week so please email belinda at belinda@zimmermuseum.org if you would like a spot!**

Random Act of Kid-ness: Spreading Kindness throughout School

This week’s Random Act of Kid-ness comes to us from Sheriden, WY, where students at Sagebrush Elementary spread random acts of kid-ness in honor of the anniversary of 9/11. One class gave another class treats to enjoy, while other classes exchanged cards and cleaned each others’ classrooms. Students also gave each other Random Acts of Kindness cards that they passed along as they performed these acts. One fifth grader named Emma Katschke said:

“I have always loved helping people. This project inspired me to help out Sagebrush, and I learned that by helping others it will make me and my school more happy.”

We love that these students spread positivity and gave back to the whole school community. You can read more here. Have your little ones done something similar at their school?

Random Act of Kid-ness: Shaved Heads in Support of a Friend

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This week’s Random Act of Kid-ness comes to us from Carlsbad, CA where a group of 4th graders decided to shave their heads to show support for their friend who has cancer. 10 year old Travis Selinka was recently treated for brain cancer and was embarrassed to come to school without hair, and he always wore a hat. So 15 of his friends made a trip to the barber shop together to shave their heads to match Travis. Travis said:

“I was astonished that they did this for me. It was amazing just knowing that I have all my friends there.”

Now Travis no longer wears a hat to school and is so thankful for his supportive friends. We are too!

You can read more about this story here.

Random Act of Kid-ness: Early Act First Knight

This week’s Random Act of Kid-ness comes to us from Houston, TX where students at Whitcomb Elementary School became knighted for their good character. Through a new program at the school called Early Act First Knight,  students learn good citizenship how to be role models. If they show good citizenship at the end of the school year, they get recognized during a knighting ceremony. Fourth grader Joshua Vargas said:

“It’s kind of taking care of your stuff, your school, stuff around you. Don’t trash it.”

We think this a great way to get kids involved in making their world a better place! Congratulations to all those knighted, and happy summer!

To read more about this story, click here.

Random Act of Kid-ness: There’s a Monkey in My Chair

This week’s Random Act of Kid-ness comes to us from Cincinnati, OH, where a group of kids from Piner Elementary School started a program to raise money for children with cancer. Since many of the kids know people who have cancer or who have lost their lives to cancer, they wanted to help out. They started with a program called Change Wars, where the students brought in change to raise money, and then they started selling hair bows. That fundraiser earned over $300 for children living with cancer.

There’s a Monkey in My Chair is a program that the students developed. Stuffed monkeys sit in their classrooms to represent kids who are in the hospital. “It reminds you that friend with cancer needs support, in school or outside it. ‘Having the monkey there, the kids can interact with the monkey, they can write letters to the monkey, and take pictures of the monkey doing silly stuff, in the room or where the children normally would be in. It makes the children think they are still there and that they care about them.'”

Some of the students at Piner Elementary have said:

“I feel really proud. I love helping people and I couldn’t find a way to until Koryn did, and that’s why I really wanted to do it.”

 “I think if they pictured themselves and they wouldn’t want someone to not help them.”

 “I feel proud that we helped them.” The teachers and staff here do too.

What a thoughtful program! We love this idea. To read more about There’s a Monkey in My Chair, click here.

Random Act of Kid-ness: Recycling Old Markers

This week’s Random Act of Kid-ness comes to us from San Rafael, CA, where students in Mr. Land’s class at Sun Valley School decided to take action so that the markers they use every day don’t end up in landfills. They decided to contact Crayola and let the company know that discarded plastics, like those found in Crayola markers, is wasteful and unhealthy for the environment. The students are proposing a take-back program so the markers get re-purposed instead of becoming pollution. Some of the Sun Valley students said:

“I love your markers, but I’d like to tell you it’s polluting. So can I please send some of your markers back? I love your product, but hate pollution,” Zachary, age 9.

“I want to let you know that I am not a useless little kid. I can make a difference! By telling you to recycle your pens,” Dante, age 10.

”Will we ever be able to fix the hole in the ozone layer? I don’t like pollution because it hurts the Earth,” Georgia, age 7.

“If we all came from the Earth… Then why are we hurting it so much? Earth is all we have left,” Olivia, age 11.

The students started a petition on change.org here, and you can watch a slide show about this petition here.

We think this kind of action is great! We hope you get all the signatures you need and help save the environment!