L.A. Family Fun Tip: The Zimmer Children’s Museum

Zimmer children's museum

The Zimmer Children’s Museum is a non-profit cultural institution located on Museum Row in Los Angeles, featuring hands-on exhibits for children 0-8 to explore BIG IDEAS in creative and inspiring settings. The Zimmer is also the only museum dedicated specifically to kids and families in Los Angeles.

An interactive space for learning, play, imagination, and exploration, our exhibits, some of which have Jewish themes, offer hours of fun and discovery.

Through the power of play, children will learn about human values such as respect for others, helping those in need, generosity, and creativity. We also offer children’s classes, family programs, and field trips to deepen the experience.

The Zimmer Children’s Museum has graciously provided information about their upcoming summer family activities.  If you live in Los Angeles, or plan on being in the area, and are looking for some interesting offerings for children, do keep these in mind:


Sunday Family Programs: Zimmer Children’s Museum July 2011

All Sunday drop-in programs run from 3:00-4:00pm and are free (in addition to the entrance fee).  Entrance fee is $8.00 for adults and $5.00 for children 2 and over.  Children under 2 are free and Grandparents are free on Tuesdays.  Zimmer Children’s Museum is located on the lobby level of the Goldsmith Jewish Federation Building, 6505 Wilshire Boulevard, Suite 100, Los Angeles, CA 90048.  Sunday hours are 12:30pm-5:00pm.  Please check our website at http://www.zimmermuseum.org or call (323) 761-8984 for further information. You can also “like” us on Facebook or “follow” us on Twitter!

July 3, 2011

4th of July Sparklers – It’s July 4th weekend, and we’re celebrating our Independence Day with friendly fireworks!  Join us as we create hand-wand sparklers that are just as colorful and sparkly as real fireworks, but much more friendly for the environment!

BIG IDEA: Identity, Taking Care of Planet Earth

July 10, 2011

Whoo-WhOoot-Whistles! Whoo-WhOoot!  Help, Help!  Do you know all the ways that whistles are used?  They were first used as a way to call for help.  Now they are also usedZimmer Children's Museum by boats and trains, in sporting games and music concerts.  Some are loud and alarming, others are soft and soothing.  Decorate your own whistles so you can make music or call for help when you need it!

BIG IDEA: Aid and Rescue

July 17, 2011

Creepy Crawly Critters – Some critters might seem creepy, but they are actually very important to our environment.  Insects like caterpillars and bees help plants get the nutrients they need to grow.  So instead of squishing them, we need to share this idea with everyone in town.  Make your own critters and share them with your neighbors!

BIG IDEA: Taking Care of Planet Earth, Community Responsibility

July 24, 2011

CARE-planes! On this day in 1897, Amelia Earhart was born.  She was the first woman pilot to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean, and she cared a lot about flying and helping other woman enter the field of aviation.  To honor her legacy and what she cared about, we’ll be making fun and colorful CARE-planes!

BIG IDEA: Identity & Diversity, Compassion

July 31, 2011
Sand, Sun and FUN!
– It’s the end of July, but it’s not the end of summer.  With such great weather, it is our responsibility to gather our family and friends to enjoy our summer! We’ll be doing that by putting together our two favorite things: sand and sun!  Join us as we put together our own sand-filled sun-shaped keychains!

BIG IDEA:  Community Responsibility

Always Free at the Zimmer:

Puppet Story Play-A-Long!
Tuesdays@11am & Wednesdays@3pm, in Bubbie’s Bookstore
It’s time for you and your puppet friends to be part of the action! Led by museum staff, the audience becomes puppeteers helping to bring a story to life.

Open Art Studio
Tuesdays@3pm & Wednesdays@11am, in the art room.
Each week, our studio welcomes young artists to participate in a new project. Drop in anytime the studio is open to create entirely original masterpieces!

Thursdays@11am, in Bubbie’s Bookstore.
The Zimmer is committed to BIG IDEAS that promote global citizenship and creating a better world. Join us for classic and contemporary children’s stories that help us learn about ourselves and others and how we can make our world a better place.

Games on the Lawn
Thursdays@3pm, in the Community Park.
Join us in our community park for fun and fabulous lawn games every Thursday afternoon. Whether you’re into a game of horseshoes or lawn bowling, our “greenspace” is the perfect place to play together!

Zimmer Children's MuseumSing-A-Long
Fridays@11am, in the Mann Theater.
This free treat is sure to get your little ones laughing and singing a long with all your favorite classic children’s songs!

Freeze Dance!
Fridays@1pm, in THE WHOLE MUSEUM!
Every Friday afternoon, the whole museum transforms into a dance party! We like to move it, move it. And we’re pretty sure you do, too. Join us as we boogie down!


Classes for kids:

Messy Masterpieces– Tuesdays,  June 14 – August 2
This class is FULL!

10:30am-11:15am: 18 – 36 months (caregiver and child)

Let your child’s inner artist emerge! Exploring different artistic media and processes, this class it the ultimate in hands-on fun! Plus, each week, their masterpieces add to your at-home gallery! For ages 18 months-3 years.

Members: $60/series or $10 per class

Non-members: $96/series or $16* per class

Call 323-761-8984 to register.

*Includes public admission for the day.

Movers and Maestros– Thursdays, June 16 – August 4

10:30am-11:15am: 18 – 36 months (caregiver and child)

Have a little one who loves to wiggle? Join us as we sing, dance, rattle and rock our way through favorite rhymes and stories! Through creative movement, rhythm and song, your child develops essential language, physical and artistic skills! For ages 18 months-3 years.

Members: $60/series or $10 per class

Non-members: $96/ series or $16* per class

Call 323-761-8984 to register.

*Includes public admission for the day.

Zimmer Children's MuseumSummer Ceramics – Wednesdays, July 6-27 (4 weeks)

4:00pm-5:00pm:  Ages 5 years and up (child only)

Through a hands-on exploration of clay’s unique three dimensional properties, children will learn about shapes and forms while molding and decorating their own creations. (Firing will be done off site)

Members: $60/series + $20 for materials (no drop ins)
Non-members: $96/series + $20 materials (no drop ins)*
Reservations for the series guarantees your spot.
Call 323-761-8984 to register.
*Includes public admission for the day.

Disclosure: This post was not sponsored and I was not compensated for the content.


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  1. Jackie P says

    I found a great article on not only the Zimmer Museum, but other children’s museums around LA. Check it out! http://www.redtri.com/los-angeles/the-best-museums-for-kids-in-los-angeles

  2. My kids used to love the Zimmer Museum…it’s fabulous! They’re too old now, 8 and 11, but we spent many years going there!

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