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ROMKids Show: The One About The Science Of Whales

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.

Antonia Guidotti.This time on the season finale of theROMKids Show, we dive back into the deep end to learn about the fascinating world of whales! Mammalogist Burton Lim returns to the Show to explain the curious evolution that brought whales from land back to the ocean, the differences between toothed and baleen whales, and what we can do about the threats to these majestic animals. Then we’ll make our own whale silhouettes drawings!


  • two pages of black paper
  • coloured chalk
  • scissors
  • white pencil
Step 1.

1. With your white pencil, draw the outline on your black paper of a whale as if you’re underneath the whale. Then cut it out.

Step 2.

2. On your second of black paper, use white and yellow chalk in the center to represent the sun high above your whale. Moving further out from the center use darker blues and blacks to represent how the ocean eventually swallows up all the light. Then blend the chalk together to complete this underwater effect.

Step 3.

3. Glue your whale in the center of the picture, and your whale silhouette is complete!

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