It’s the ROMKids Show! Join Kiron Mukherjee, ROMKids Camp Director, every week for stories of science, art, and history. We talk with special ROM experts about everything from dinosaurs to mummies, citizen science to water equity, and often get crafty (and sometimes messy!) with art projects and science experiments. It’s half an hour that’s fun for toddlers, perfect for kids, and beloved by the adults isolated with them!
Born in the opening days of the COVID-19 pandemic, when stay at home orders led to the ROM cancelling its March Break Camp, the ROMKids Show was designed to continue to engage children in the Royal Ontario Museum’s vast collections and world renowned research. Specifically, the Show aims to:
- support families and teachers with distance learning connected to ROM collections and knowledge
- foster community during isolation
- share the joy and excitement of camp with children in a time of fear
Host, Kiron Mukherjee works with students of all ages to help creatively inspire their scientific curiosity and wonder — most often at ROM Camp. With nearly two decades of experience in museums and education, he believes strongly in the profound power that science, art, and story have on children’s learning and development.
On the ROMKids Show, he brings:
- engaging, high-energy stories of science, art, and history
- activities, experiments, and projects to help viewers learn by creating
- two-way conversations with the Museum’s vast pool of experts and a chance for all viewers to ask their own burning questions
- a host that parents recognize and trust from camp, who kids know and love (especially when he responds to them live on screen!), and who all viewers can relate to (as he shares that he’s also baking bread, wearing masks, and running out of toilet paper)
The ROMKids Show developed quickly, originally using a kleenex box as a tripod, and over time became an integral part of the ROM’s virtual outreach initiative. Taking place in Kiron’s living room in downtown Toronto, the Show brings the Museum into the homes of the families it serves through:
- live demonstrations featuring objects from the Museum’s collections
- unparalleled access to ROM experts in relatable and inspiring conversations
- episodes hosted in empty galleries in the Museum so viewers can connect visually and spatially to their beloved exhibits
Unsolicited parent comments posted online have shown the value of the ROMKids Show to families who can temporarily turn off the uncertainties of the world and tune into dynamic (and fun!) virtual museum learning.
- “You are a staple for us during Covid times and something my son looks forward to every week. Your show is fun, witty, educational and engaging – we appreciate it so much!” – Comment posted by a parent
- “These have been such special gems born of strange times… thank you for keeping families connected and inspired!! – Comment posted by a parent
- “The boys love the ROMKids Show and sing the song all the time. You’re super talented and we appreciate you!” – Comment posted by a parent
Find all episodes of the ROMKids Show HERE!