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MomsLA Pick of the Week; Skirball Global Cardboard Challenge

This Pick of the Week is brought to you by our Contributor Wendy Kennar


On Saturday, October 5th, head to the Skirball Cultural Center (2701 N. Sepulveda Boulevard) for the “Global Cardboard Challenge.” Now in its second year, the Global Cardboard Challenge aspires us to encourage children to use their natural creativity and innovativeness to design and build using cardboard and recycled materials. Children are being eco-friendly as they re-use old boxes to design and construct whatever their imagination dreams up.

The Global Cardboard Challenge is an international event that was inspired by a young boy named Caine from East Los Angeles. He designed “Caine’s Arcade,” fashioned out of recycled cardboard boxes. A short film was made about his endeavors, and children around the world were inspired to let their imaginations run free.

The Global Cardboard Challenge is a hands-on way for children to incorporate mathematical and engineering concepts as they design and construct cardboard rockets, ships, cars, games, and more. To learn more about Caine, watch the video at

The Skirball Cultural Center will be hosting this event from 10:00 am to 4:30 pm on Saturday. Admission to the museum and the Cardboard Challenge is $10 for adults and $5 for children. Children two years old and younger are free.

You will leave the day inspired and in awe of what a child can dream up and create!

Wendy is  the mother to a 5-year-old-son, a writer, and a public school teacher for twelve years.  She has had work published in the Los Angeles Times, Christian Science Monitor, L.A. Parent, GreenPrints,,, United Teacher, Beyond the Diaper Bag, and The Barefoot Review. She blogs at Wendy’s Weekly Words.


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