Kids playing at Camp Cayton


Camp Cayton

Welcome to Camp Cayton! Located in downtown Santa Monica inside the Cayton Children’s Museum, we offer an incredible full day winter camp experience for children ages four to eight years old. With a commitment to play, Camp Cayton is the perfect balance between artmaking and discovery-based learning through play.

Camp isn’t just for summer anymore. The cold weather and long days make winter the perfect time to bring the magic of the season indoors. From January 2-6, 9 AM-3 PM, Camp Winter Wonder will melt away winter blues with a whole week’s worth of immersive adventure, exploring the infinite creative possibilities of this most wondrous season.

Camp Cayton

Camp Cayton is facilitated by Cayton Children’s Museum Program staff. All camp staff have extensive background working in youth and early childhood education, arts education or specialties in relevant fields. To maintain quality instruction, we maintain a 1:10 camper to staff ratio.


Join us this winter in Santa Monica for an extraordinary week to build, create, and explore!


The Details

Member registration
begins Nov 15.
General public registration begins Nov 25.


Ages 4–8   


January 2–6

  • Camp Cayton runs from 9AM–3PM. each day, with aftercare offered from 3–5PM. Monday–Thursday only. (Aftercare is not offered on Fridays).


  • Camp Cayton includes daily themed activities designed to inspire creativity and movement.

  • We offer art programs, themed lessons, crafts, and museum activities that will engage your child in the Power of Play.

  • Camp Cayton is facilitated by Cayton Children’s Museum Programs staff. Staff have experience working with young children and backgrounds in early childhood, arts education, or specialties in relevant fields enhancing overall program quality and experience!


  • Camp Cayton is offered at a cost of $500 per week, Monday through Friday.

  • Aftercare is offered at a cost of $150 per week, Monday through Thursday. (Aftercare is not offered on Fridays)

  • Care is not offered daily, participants must sign up for an entire week.

  • Camp Cayton offers a sibling discount of 20% for your second child. Please email for more information.


Camp Daily Themes


3...2...1...Happy New Year! 

We’re ringing in 2023 at Camp Winter Wonder with party hats, noisemakers, confetti, and your very own New Year’s Eve ball. We’ll also be making it a global affair as we learn about New Year’s traditions from around the world. The countdown to rockin’ fun starts now!


Investigating Winter-esting Creatures

Winter isn’t the only thing with some bite. The chilly season can bring out some fascinating beasts. We’ll plunge into the cold hard facts about your favorite cold weather creatures when we rescue animals trapped in ice, recreate their cozy habitats out of recycled materials, and even navigate a winter wonderland obstacle course.


Best in Snow

There's snow camp like Camp Winter Wonder. From playing with sensory snow that actually gets cold to the touch to making fluffy shaving cream snow angels and snow much more, we're going to freeze the day for an experience you'll never forget.


There's Snow Place like LA in the Winter

How lucky we are to be able to enjoy the beach all year round in Los Angeles. We’ll be making the most of a Southern California winter when we make wreaths out of seashells and beach materials, paint with paint popsicles, grow a crystal tree, and conduct a brrr-illiant science experiment.


Painting Winter Whimsy

The warmth of lights twinkling over a blanket of snow is beautifully captured in Kandinsky's famous Winter Landscape. Using this abstract jewel as inspiration, we'll create our own winter masterpieces with cotton swabs and tempera paint. We'll also discover how no two snowflakes are alike when we paint textured ice crystals using watercolors and salt.



Cayton Children’s Museum is proud to offer partial and full scholarships for Camp Cayton.

Camp Cayton ensures that programming is made available for scholarship recipients. Scholarships are awarded based on demonstrated financial need and availability of space per week. We use the gross income eligibility guidelines established for the PLAY4ALL.

  • Each scholarship covers 50% or 100% cost of tuition for one camp week (Mon–Fri, 9AM–3PM.) The scholarship does not include the cost of aftercare or late pickup charges incurred.

  • Active Military and First Responder families are eligible for scholarship and can receive up to 20% scholarship.

  • Each scholarship recipient will receive one full week of Camp Cayton. 

  • If you have more than one child that may qualify, a separate form must be submitted for each child.

  • All notifications will be made via e-mail.  All awarded scholarships must be accepted, confirmed via e-mail, and registered in our system within one week of notification

  • Once a scholarship has been awarded and accepted, you are responsible for ensuring that your child attends Camp Cayton for the assigned week. If your child misses a camp day(s), it cannot be made up in a future camp week.

  • All scholarship applications will be under review in December, and notifications will go out by Friday, December 30.


Fine Print

  • The Cayton Children's Museum reserves the right to cancel any camp week or aftercare if enrollment minimum is not met. Transfers from one week to another will be based on availability and must be made before any missed camp dates.

  • Registration cannot be transferred to other individuals.

  • Memberships, discounts, and promotions do not apply to Cayton Summer Camps.

  • The Cayton will issue a refund for cancellations made at least two weeks prior to the first registered day of camp less a mandatory $100.00 cancellation fee.

There will be no refunds for any camp week that is cancelled within two weeks of the start date.

  • There are no refunds for aftercare.

  • As unpredictable as it is, Camp Cayton does not refund for sick days.

  • Camp Cayton does not prorate camp costs if you miss or plan to miss a day(s) of camp or any other reason.

  • Any excess funds that cannot be refunded will be considered a museum donation.


Frequently Asked Questions