Member Spotlight: The Child Creativity Lab

The Child Creativity Lab (CCL) is a planned specialty children’s museum that nurtures the creative mindsets of our children among the busy lifestyles of working parents, the consuming technology culture of our youth, and standardized testing. Its vision is to inspire children to challenge their comfort levels and thereby raise their potential for personal development and contributions to society.

One of CCL’s key philosophies incorporated into the fabric of the organization is creative reuse. The CCL was moving in the direction of having a traditional museum store or gift shop until a fortuitous meeting with fellow creative reuser – Lisa Hernandez, Founder and Executive Director of the Long Beach Depot for Creative Reuse.

“Once I walked into the shop, met with Lisa, and learned about how she was making an impact with families and the community, it just clicked,” says Peter Chang, Executive Director of the CCL. The organization has since modified its launch plans, and has been working to open the CCL Depot for Creative Reuse as its maiden facility, among other things. Chang continued, “The CCL Museum-on-Wheels educational outreach program launched in early March, and our first program was held at The Boys & Girls Club of Laguna Beach. It focused on the creative reuse of single use plastics to make personalized, one-of-a-kind robots.

The kids had a great time, and the program was so unique that it garnered the support and sponsorship from the Orange County Association of the Education of Young Children (OCAEYC) and Kohl’s.”  Peter added that “CCL partnered with the Reuse Alliance to not only learn more about best practices, but also to help with efforts to change the mindset of how society typically views used items. CCL provides more access to wonderful, environmentally-sustainable activities that exercise our abilities to be creative.” Click here for more info.