By: Tyler Swain
Almost a year and a half ago, shortly after I became the Creative Arts Lead here at the Omaha Children’s Museum, our CMO, Jeff Barnhart, passed along a video to me with the message “This is Tinkering, not Crafts.” That video was Caine’s Arcade; the story of an 8 year old boy who built his own arcade entirely out of cardboard and other objects he found around his father’s used auto parts shop where he would spend his summers.
This short documentary had a dramatic impact on me personally, as well as our museum. It was the primary source of inspiration for our new Maker-Space, as well as the bulk of the arts programing we do. Not only has this documentary inspired us here at OCM, but it has gone on to inspire hundreds of thousands of people all across the world. Caine’s Arcade is more than a documentary, it has become a global movement, leading to the creation of the Imagination Foundation; their mission, “to find, foster and fund creativity and entrepreneurship in kids.” To support their mission they created the Global Cardboard Challenge, a day to celebrate Caine’s Arcade, share the documentary, and reintroduce children to the joy of the cardboard box. The first challenge was hosted last year on the one year anniversary of the filming of the documentary, with over 250 events in 40 different countries.
This year, the Global Cardboard Challenge hopes to reach 1 million kids in 70 different countries, from Sri Lanka, to Uruguay, Ethipoia to Germany, even right here at the Omaha Children’s Museum. On October 5th children all over the world will join in on a global day of play in hopes of fostering a more creative world, and we would like you to be involved.
What do you have to do?
Come to the museum on October 5th and 6th with your children, grandchildren, and friends - bring everyone!
Join us in our Theater space, where we will be showing the documentary “Caine’s Arcade” every hour to get your inspirational juices flowing.
Need more inspiration? Meet us in the Imagination Playground where we will be sharing the Samuel Clemen’s award winning book This is not a Box.
Explore the properties of cardboard and what makes it strong at our Science Center’s Curiosity Corner.
When you’re ready, jump into the Creative Arts Center and join us for our Epic Build Time.
We’ve been stock piling cardboard for months, make do’s and Mr. Mcgroovy box rivets, tape of every color, and a multitude of tools await you.
Want to get a jump start on the fun? Check out the Imagination Foundation, where you can see videos and pictures from last year’s events, and find other ways to get involved. See you this weekend!