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ROMKids Show: The One About Bats, Vaccines, and COVID-19

Tune in every Tuesday at 2:00 pm on Instagram Live @ROMtoronto as ROM Kids Coordinator and Camp Director Kiron Mukherjee combines his passion for children’s education with storytelling to bring to life science, history and art for you and your loved ones in the comfort of your own home. Kiron will share activities, easy at-home crafts, behind the scenes anecdotes and fun facts—all connected to the ROM collections.

Burton Lim.This time on the ROMKids Show we fly into the fascinating, and often misunderstood, world of bats! Mammalogist Burton Lim joins us to demystify these flying mammals, and to talk about how the ROM’s collection of bats are helping us prepare for future pandemics. Then we’ll make magic paper towel art bats using washable markers, water, and a clothes pin!


  • clothes pin
  • paper towel
  • washable markers
  • glue
  • googly eyes
  • brown and black permanent markers
  • scissors
  • brown and white paper
Step 1.

1. Cut your paper towel into a circle. Then use dark markers like purple, black, and blue, and colour in a design on your paper towel.

Step 2.

2. Next, using water, paint over top of your design—the markers will bleed and blend into each other!

Step 3.

3. While your paper towel art dries, colour your clothes pin with brown and black permanent markers. Then cut out tiny ears and eyes for your bat and attach to the body.

4. Once your paper towel art has dried, cut a wing shape into your design. Then attach to the back of your clothes pin. Your magic paper towel art bat is now ready to flap into the night!

Get to Know Kiron

As the ROMKids Coordinator & Camp Director, Kiron is the public face of the Royal Ontario Museum’s family and children’s programs. Kiron started volunteering at the ROM at age 14 and has never looked back. Though he majored in history at York University, Kiron also considers his early years as a ROMKids camper to be a highly formative part of his education. Now, he strives to provide engaging and educational kids’ programming so that future generations can look back on their ROM experiences as fondly as he has. 

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Authored by: Kait Sykes

Authored by: Kait Sykes