Making it Magical

Mansion Memories moves its magical days for kids online

Mansion Memories is doing its part to give kids something to look forward to every Sunday.

For nearly six months, the nonprofit has been hosting “Making It Magical” virtual events every Sunday at 4 p.m. Mansion Memories usually puts together Magical Days at the Burrage Mansion for children in crisis, but with the pandemic, their mission has changed — and all kids are welcome to participate in their creative online events.

This September, Making It Magical events will include a tea, some history, and fun with photography:

Sept. 6: Join the Queen of Hearts as she hosts a Mansion Memories Quaran-Tea Party, with special guest Alice. Together, they will explain the difference between a tea in Redlands and a tea in Wonderland and share craft ideas.

Sept. 13: Bruce Herwig will showcase some of his favorite photographs.

Sept. 20: Nathan Gonzalez, curator of the Lincoln Memorial Shrine, will take viewers on a tour of the historic building.

Sept. 27: Redlands Sky’s Steve Carroll will present a drone demonstration from Casey’s Orchards.

During a recent virtual event, Dustin Ceithamer gave a presentation on sign language, and Mansion Memories said a parent wrote in to share how much her family loved seeing ASL in action. “ASL is amazing to learn in general,” they wrote. “My daughter is deaf and wears cochlear implants and gets excited when she sees it applied by others. Plus, it’s great to see other children exposed to it, for them to encompass many forms of positive communication that they can apply in their lives with other kids that may or may not be deaf. We appreciate you including ASL in your online live communications.”

Businesses or talent interested in participating in Making It Magical can contact Mansion Memories Executive Director Dianna Lawson at For more information about donating to Mansion Memories, visit their website here. —Catherine

Posted: Sept. 4, 2020

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