Bouncy Balls & Flying Fans!
Weird science is a staple at RMH-NY. The only activity to occur twice a week, due to overwhelming popularity and request, Weird Science is a chance for children (and adults alike) to test out their creative curiosity in the form of experiments. Many of the volunteers on the team have been with the group for over five years. It’s a labor of love, evident by the hugs and smiles each team member bestows upon one another when reuniting.
On Thursday December 18th, the children created bouncy balls using a mold and a polymer, sand-like substance. This activity is a favorite of resident Julia, and she requested it be brought back! There were many bright colors and glitter polymer choices to choose from. She created three colorful balls, selecting pinks and gold glitter options, shortly thereafter ditching the glitter in favor of the colors that bounced higher.
Another activity the children worked on were snap circuits, making ‘flying fans’ and speakers come to life through battery operated circuits they skillfully assembled. Resident Joseph even used two battery packs to power the fan, making it ‘fly’ so high that it nearly reached the ceiling!
“I have this at home,” Joseph smiled, as he showed us a few tricks of the trade.
His smile was contagious as he continued to make the fan ‘fly’ so high, many of the volunteers had to chase it in order to retrieve it, lest the fan get lost amongst the other toys in the playroom. As Joseph grinned at the spectacle, I think we all laughed a little too. It was nice to watch something fly so freely, unyielding to all, liberated from all daily routines.
Submitted by Coli Bacharach
On Sunday, December 16th, guests at the House were in for a sweet treat as the Ronald McDonald House hosted a gingerbread house-making party! Our kiddos turned their dreams into reality with sugar plum decorations and icing dripping from the roofs of their houses until their hearts were content. Parents acted as foreman, watching over and helping put together the structure of the house before the kids let their imaginations run wild.
It was a fun and sugary mess for all, but every single house came out looking like something out of the Nutcracker itself. RMH-NY welcomed back resident Ginger Bread Lady herself, Laura, and her mother and daughter to help pull together today’s activity. Believe it or not, they’ve been helping families build gingerbread houses here for that last 23 years! We already can’t wait to see what sugary surprise they have in store for next year.
Submitted by Kelly Murphy
Christmas Morning on Monday Night
On December 17th, I don’t think we could have jammed any more excitement into one evening if we tried. I think my personal favorite might have been the impromptu wheelchair races … Those kids had speed, and I am happy to report that we had no injuries, a few bumped wheels, but nothing major.
A special thank you to our friends at Global Brands Group for, not only, providing an amazing dinner, but for also bringing tons of fun give-aways for everyone: we had Mickey and Minnie PJ’s, tee shirts, bright/happy socks, buttons, and lots of other amazing trinkets -It felt like Christmas morning at Monday night dinner.
And then to make the evening so special, the Tuesday Night Volunteers out did themselves with their ‘Make your own Snow globe” activity. Families had their pictures taken and then the team magically placed the photo inside a snow globe. They were absolutely beautiful – and something amazing for each family to take with them to cherish.
Submitted By Fred Marione
Pre-Holiday Dinner & Crafts
Board Member, Cindy Gavin and her husband Brian along with family and friends hosted a pre-holiday dinner on Friday December 21st. The families enjoyed a delicious meal prepared by the Chef from Matchbox Catering. After dinner, Cindy and the group handed out gift cards to the families from The Sweet Shop an Upper East Side favorite candy and ice cream shop.
The families then joined the Friday Night Team who were in a creative mood. Steve Simon headed the team showing off his crafting skills. The team made Christmas Ornaments with the children. They handed out kits for hot chocolate cups and gingerbread ornaments. To no surprise, the kids needed little assistance and had fun making the ornaments with Steve, Lisa & Stephanie.
Submitted by Helena Russo