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 summer 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.

Our innovative curriculum encourages campers to take risks, express themselves creatively, and work as a team to accomplish goals. We offer a variety of art programs, themed lessons, crafts, and museum activities, so that your camper will be engaged, experience self-discovery, as well as social, emotional, and creative growth.

Camp Cayton

Camp Cayton is facilitated by a combination of Cayton Children’s Museum Education staff and seasonally hired camp 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 summer in Santa Monica for nine extraordinary weeks to build, create, and explore!


The Details

Member registration
begins Feb 7.
General public registration begins Feb 14.


Ages 4–8   

  • Children ages 4 years of age, (entering transitional kindergarten) to 8 years of age, (entering 3rd grade)

  • To enroll in Camp Cayton children must be enrolled in, or plan to enroll in an elementary school program for the 2022–2023 school year.


June 13–August 12

  • Cayton offers 9 separate weeklong camps from June 13  to August 12.

  • 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 weekly 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 a combination of Cayton Children’s Museum Education staff, and seasonally hired camp 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.

  • After care is offered at a cost of $50 per day or $150 for the week, Monday through Thursday. (Aftercare is not offered on Fridays)

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


Camp Themes

June 13–17

Welcome Summer

Come explore with us and celebrate all things summer fun during the first week of Camp Cayton. Campers create sandcastle art, mermaid slime, and jellyfish watercolor art; execute sink or float experiments; and make fruit volcanoes.

June 20–24

Eager Environmentalists

Learn all about our environment as we create recycled projects and learn how we can protect our planet. Mini-ecologists will create terrariums, execute oil spill clean-up experiments, decorate flower pots,  create recycled bee homes, and more.

June 27–July 1

Animal Planet

Come on an adventure with us and become an expert on animals all over the world. Animal enthusiasts will be immersed in animal themed art projects like jungle collage, safari hats, wooden sharks. In addition, they will be creating animal feeders and elephant toothpaste, and executing a shark buoyancy experiment. 

July 5–8

Collaboration Station (4 day week, closed for 4th of July)

Work with other campers and focus on team building and creating fun group projects. 

July 18–22

All About Art

Create art in our studios and learn about current artists and artists from the past.

July 25–29

Under the Sea

Explore the ocean and our wonderful water worlds.

August 1–5

You are a Superhero

Learn how powerful your imagination can be and explore your own superpowers.

August 8–12

Lights, Camera, Create

We will explore dance and drama programs and end the week with a special production.

July 11–15

Intergalactic Expedition

Explore the intergalactic galaxy, learn about the planets, and create space crafts.



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 SoCalGas CARE program.

  • 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 a maximum of one full week of Camp Cayton. This is to ensure that as many participants as possible can have the opportunity to experience 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 April


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 $75.00 cancellation fee.

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

  • When cancelling more than four weeks of camp, an additional $25 will be charged per each additional camp week.

  • 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. If your camper misses a camp day(s), it cannot be made up in a future camp week.

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


Frequently Asked Questions