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Causes: Children & Youth, Education, Educational Services, Environment, Land Resources Conservation, Youth Community Service Clubs

Mission: The Child Creativity Lab's mission is to foster the next generation of critical thinkers, problem solvers, innovators, and leaders through hands-on creativity-enhancing exploration. Today’s children become tomorrow’s visionaries.

Target demographics: children with problem solving, critical thinking, divergent thinking, and innovation

Direct beneficiaries per year: over 13,000 youth in Orange County

Geographic areas served: Orange County

Programs: hands-on, STEM/STEAM-based educational programs and with our reusable materials resource Center for educators, children and families, and the artist community

Community Stories

41 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Board Member

Rating: 5

The Child Creativity Lab is making a needed impact in the education world, promoting principles that every child from any background should have access to. Children love playing with the recyclable materials and learning how they can create art and more with simple products. The Child Creativity Lab helps us ensure that the future generations can have a meaningful and creative impact in the world to solve growing problems with less resources.

Donor

Rating: 5

I've been bringing recycled goods to the Child Creativity Lab for about 9 months. Each time I go there to drop off a new supply, I'm amazed at what they are doing here. Everyone is very friendly and always thank me for what I bring. I've tried to narrow down what they want so I don't bring things they can't use. They are great about telling me which things I bring they really like. I never thought I'd be cleaning things I'd normally put in the trash, but for this Lab and for the Kids, I spend hours cleaning up plastic jars, used keurig cups, any number of things. I brought my husband with me to see what they do, telling him it would have been great for him when he was young! He loved it there and is now on board with me. We work together to find things around the house that we'd normally throw away. It's given us both a new perspective on "trash!" The staff there is awesome and they have sent me pictures to show me how the kids use my "trash" to create things. The creativity there is beyond belief! I hope to be working with them for many years to come. Once I have more time, I hope to be more active there. This place is a little oasis of fun, creativity, and education that all kids should get to experience! I'm so impressed by everything they do!

Below is a picture of some of the containers I bring to them. They used the large water bottles to make the backpacks shown in the second picture. The bottles were cut in half, a zipper was placed around the two pieces to allow access, shoulder straps were applied and the backpacks were spray painted. Then the kids got to decorate their backpacks using the various odds and ends that people donate to the lab. I was amazed at how creative the kids were in their designs! The Child Creativity Lab is an AWESOME place! Lisa Lawrence

Board Member

Rating: 5

One of the best overall non-for-profits that I have seen! Highly focused on the kids and has made a big impact in the community.

Client Served

Rating: 5

What does a grandmother do to entertain and challenge her precocious, high energy, 8-year-old granddaughter when she comes to visit for a week? Child Creativity Lab’s Day Camp was the perfect answer!! What an experience! The Lab is an amazing place to visit, with barrels and barrels of an eclectic variety of widgets, tubing, foam, cardboard, fabric, and more that she could select for her projects. She loved the opportunity to be creative and explore interesting challenges each day. For instance, one day the challenge was to design and create a model base station for a space colony that would live on the planet Mars. When she arrived came home she explained in minute detail how her space station worked and continued to add new dimensions to her creations long into that evening. ----all built from items she selected from this amazing treasure of reclaimed and repurposed “trash” donated from businesses in Orange County. Thank you! Thank you, Child Creativity Lab for making my week with my granddaughter both educational and fun. My daughter says she continues to apply her newfound creativity skills, collecting discarded items around the house and building new creations that challenge her imagination, problem-solving skills, and innovation.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

With great concern because so little creativity is allowed in public schools today plus no music, art, in many cases, I was impressed to discover this amazing organization that is dedicated to giving children opportunities to explore their own creativity utilizing materials donated by companies who would normally consider the materials used as trash, thus putting waste products to good use too. What an amazing concept that was the launched by CEO Peter Chang, who while working at Edward Life Science felt compelled to quit his job to become the founder of Child Creativity Lab.. Help for this organization would be very deservingly received and the money definitely put to good use.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I very much appreciate The Child Creativity Lab in that they are an outspoken proponent for "outside the box" creative thinking. They play a big part in the cure for boredom, which allows children the space in which to create freely, apart from the constraints of heavily guided activities. Their willingness to be an "open source" support for the community puts them ahead of the pack. Thank you.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Great experience!! It was amazing to be there and see how kids enjoyed all the activities! Really good organization from de staff that works there... Hope to go again sometime and continue to help!

Robin C.1

Donor

Rating: 5

Peter and his team provide an amazing opportunity for children (and adults) to unleash and explore their creative capacity. The Child Creativity Lab serves the community with their inspiring workshop that is filled with donated/recycled supplies. Using those supplies, there are no "instructions" to follow. Only imagination is required. I attended a Robot Building Workshop and was given a basket of random objects. By using my own imagination and design I created my "Warrior Robot". Never in my life would I describe myself as an artistic person. But this experience really made me realize we all possess creative thinking skills. I applaud The Child Creativity Lab's vision of empowering children to embrace their creativity.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I brought my Girl Scout troop here to do the STEM Maker Challenge and we had such a blast! The girls learned how to work together and about physics all while having a good time! The staff is the best and work well with the children. I would recommend this to all Girl Scout / Boy Scout troops as an outing.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Great mission, team, and experience...
Our team had so much fun creating robots! It was like being a kid again ;D

Hope D.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Child Creativity is an amazing organization, full of super creative, dedicated, and awesome individuals. I've worked with Peter for almost 2 years now, ever since my employer began a relationship of donating and volunteering with the org. I served on their Annual Wine Tasting Event's steering committee this year and it was such a great experience, working with the team of staff and volunteers. Each person really devoted themselves to making the event a success. I was happy to participate in the fundraising event for such an inspirational and important organization. The programs they offer are truly indispensable for kids to grow in their exploration of their own creativity. I've experienced the workshops CCL has done at schools and at their workshops, and I've also taken some of their STEM Builder kits home to my nephew -- in every instance, the kids are enthralled with the experience, and it never ends at just fun - it always teaches them about how creativity can solve real world problems. They also offer great experiences for companies - our team was able to come into the workshop for a wine and bots event, where we created our own robots and donated them to a local charity. Overall, I'm a huge fan of CCL and everything they do - great people, great work, and great experiences.

Board Member

Rating: 5

CCL has continually exceeded expectations and proven to be a valuable member of the community. The head of the organization can be a case study in non-profit entrepreneurship while the organization itself has demonstrated increasing success with exposing children to the non-linear thinking necessary in an increasingly complex world. If combinatory play is the foundation of innovative thought, CCL is the substrate where that thinking takes place. Thanks to all in the organization and even more thanks to the parents and children who make it all worthwhile.

Donor

Rating: 5

This is a unique, efficient and very hands-on organization with excellent leadership, serving a much needed void in our educational system. Child Creativity Lab fosters creative thinking, STEM skills and teamwork with its students.

Client Served

Rating: 5

The Child Creativity Lab is a wonderful place for my kids to come and have a couple of hours to let their imaginations run free. The staff is amazing. So encouraging and providing just the right amount of direction to the kids. I love this place and have gone there for some adult time spent relaxing and crafting.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

It was a wonderful experience and I would love to do it again!

Phoenix Eaton P.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Not only have I taken my own children to the Child Creativity Lab, but I have been able to utilize many of their resources in my K-6 STEM lessons. Wonderful people to work with!!

Client Served

Rating: 5

Child creativity lab is a great organization that helps kids from all backgrounds learn critical skills for their future. The staff is awesome and dedicated to creating great experiences for the children.

Karen R.1

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The Child Creativity Lab is amazing! My grandson did not want to leave!
He treasures the gold robot that he made "by himself"!

The Lab provides an opportunity for children and adults to respect and value diversity!

Stefanie S.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

I attended a workshop at Child Creativity Lab with other preschool teachers and it inspired us to provide more reusable items in our classrooms to allow our students opportunities to create and use their imagination. I also revisited the lab with my 2 year old and my 6 year old and allowed my own kids to freely explore the items. My 2 year old loved the makeshift wind tunnel and seeing the items move with the air. Thanks for providing some wonderful learning opportunities for us all!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This place is amazing!!! It is one of my daughter's favorite place. It has helped her to become more creative. The staffs are so helpful and kind too!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have volunteered a few times with the Child Creativity Lab. What they are doing is simply amazing. I invite everybody to live the experience and know more about this non profit organization. I encourage CCL to continue doing what your are doing and giving volunteers the opportunity to support your cause: help children to develop their creativity and problem solving skills. We need more organization like this one.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I can't say enough about this place. Whether your kids are interested in STEM or simple arts and crafts, you never run out of things to do. The staff is amazing, and they can help you on an individual level or for holding very affordable private events.