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.

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Random Act of Kid-ness: Giving the Gift of Play to Children with Special Needs

This week’s Random Act of Kid-ness comes to us from Fairfield, OH where 10 year old Ashton Isler decided to forego birthday presents this year. Instead, he asked his party guests to donate money to the Joe Nuxhall Miracle League, which is a baseball league for children and adults with special needs. Baseball is Ashton’s favorite sport, and when he heard about the Miracle League project while watching a Reds game last summer, he wanted more people to be able to enjoy it as much as he does. He said:

“I didn’t really need anything else. I want to do it again (this year) […] I am so happy that other children with challenges can play this game too.”

In response to Ashton’s efforts, Fairfield Mayor Ron D’Epifanio proclaimed Tuesday Ashton Isler Day and made him honorary mayor for the day. Kim Nuxhall of the Miracle League presented Ashton with a character education poster signed by former Reds Sean Casey and a certificate from the Reds good for tickets for an April game.

What a wonderful way to give back! To read more about this great story, click here.

Open Door Days at the Zimmer

While all children and families are always welcome at the Zimmer, the museum opens on special days exclusively for families with children with special needs. At the Zimmer, we are committed to making quality play and learning experiences available to all children. While the Zimmer works diligently to provide inclusive programs every day, our Open Door Days combine special considerations regarding cost and ‘busy-ness’ of the museum with an understanding community. Our hope is that visiting the museum is enjoyable for all families, and Open Door Days serves as another option so that all families in the city may play and learn together at the Zimmer.

To learn more about our Open Door Days and make your free reservation for the next one on February 18, click here.

Open Door Days are generously sponsored by CVS Caremark.

Random Act of Kid-ness: Raising Money for a Disabled Children’s Play Area

This week’s Random Act of Kid-ness comes to us all the way from Borehamwood, England, where 12 year old Amber Bright did her part to raise money for a Noah’s Ark play area that provides care for children with disabilities. In preparation for her Bat Mitzvah, Amber asked her friends and family to donate money and draw their interpretation of the Noah’s Ark story onto panels of a wall hanging she designed for the play area. Amber says:

“I wanted to do something that would help the [Noah’s Ark Playscheme], and it’s something really close to my heart and the work they do there is really important.”

Read more about Amber’s random act of kindness and the Noah’s Ark play area here.

Random Act of Kid-ness: Game that Grants a Wish

Random Acts of Kid-ness are not necessarily about specific kids who are help making the world a better place. Every so often, we highlight tools that might help kids learn random acts of kindness, and today we’re doing just that.

For this week’s Random Act of Kid-ness, we feature a partnership between the nonprofit charity, Wish Upon A Hero, and the Facebook game, A Better World. A Better World is a free game that focuses on encouraging people to do good deeds. Players can create characters, play games, care for pets, and much more, but the way the players progress in the game is by doing kind things for others, both inside and outside of the virtual game. The charity Wish Upon a Hero wants to grant a wish for Gracie’s Place, a special needs school for children. Gracie’s Place wants a new transport van to assist more children and families in need.

Through this partnership, people can sign into A Better World and visit the Sanctuary of Hope section of the game. Players can post a dream or hope, or support those of others. If 100,000 hopes are posted or supported, ToonUps (the creator of the game) will answer the wish of Gracie’s Place in order to help them fulfill the hopes and dreams of these special needs kids. ToonUps Vice President of Product Development, Gregory Hansell, says:

“Our players are absolutely extraordinary in their support and desire to do the right thing. We’re excited that this month, our players can make real world dreams come true for special needs children by sharing their own hopes and dreams inside the game.”

You can read a lot more about this story and how you can help grant a wish by playing A Better World here.

Do you know of other fun games that promote random acts of kindness? Share them below!

Random Act of Kid-ness: Euan’s Bracelets

This week’s Random Act of Kid-ness comes to us all the way from Scotland, where 5 year old Euan is making and selling bracelets for charity. When Euan and his family lost their home in a chimney fire in 2010, the Davie Cooper Centre- a charity for special needs kids, young adults, and families- helped out. So now, Euan is giving back to the Davie Cooper Centre by selling bracelets to raise funds for the organization.

Celebrities like Gordon Ramsay have heard about Euan and his good deeds, and they have begun to rally for him on Twitter. So far, Euan has raised over £5,000 for the special needs charity, and he does not plan on stopping anytime soon.

He has a great website, so check it out and learn more about Euan, the Davie Cooper Centre, and how you can get involved!

At the Zimmer Children’s Museum, we are committed to making quality play and learning experiences available to all children. While the Zimmer works diligently to provide inclusive programs every day, on Open Door Days, the museum is open exclusively to families who have children with special needs. Open Door Days also combine special considerations regarding cost and “busy-ness” of the museum and allow families who prefer to enjoy the museum as part of an understanding community. Our hope is that visiting the museum is enjoyable for all families, and Open Door Days serves as another option so that all families in the city may play and learn together at the Zimmer.

For more information about Open Door Days, click here.

Random Act of Kid-ness: Making a Difference in the Lives of Classmates

This week’s Random Act of Kid-ness comes from Hamden, CT, where 13 year old David Mann, Jr. learned that doing good deeds really does pay off. David noticed that 2 of his classmates who have special needs had been ostracized in school, and he decided to put that to a stop. He befriended the kids and started to help them with homework that they did not understand. David also integrated the 2 kids into his lunch group so that they no longer sit alone in the cafeteria. He says, “It makes me feel awesome to know that I made a difference in their lives by helping them in class.”

David was recently awarded an iPod by Dr. Jeffrey D. Gold, who recognizes the importance of being kind to others.

“Doing good deeds – defined as deeds which benefit others rather than the individual doing the deed – is a step in the right direction: the kind of step which has built this country and even this world.”

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Read more about David and Dr. Gold’s Do A Good Deed contest here.

As you start to make your New Year’s resolutions this week, why not think about more random acts of kindness YOU can do to make the world a better place?!

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“Once you begin to acknowledge random acts of kindness – both the ones you have received and the ones you have given – you can no longer believe that what you do does not matter.” -Dawna Markova 

Random Act of Kid-ness: Polished Girlz

This week’s Random Act of Kid-ness comes from 10 year old Alanna Wall, who started an organization called Polished Girlz to serve girls with special needs. She has youth volunteers paint the nails of girls with special needs to not only make them feel beautiful and empowered, but also to remind them to wash their hands to reduce infection rates.

The Polished Girlz serve a variety of communtiy organizations and support groups. It is our goal to “Polish” girls with Special Needs all over the United States and Abroad. We are excited that such a simple act of love can bring such happiness to both the clients that we serve and the youth volunteers that serve them. As an organization, the Polished Girlz seek to empower not only their clients, but their volunteers, by offering them opportunities to improve the quality of life, build invaluable leadership skills, and providing them with opportunities for community service.

How great is this organization? As always, if you have a suggestion for next week’s Random Act of Kid-ness, let us know by commenting on this post!

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“Once you begin to acknowledge random acts of kindness – both the ones you have received and the ones you have given – you can no longer believe that what you do does not matter.” -Dawna Markova