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Camp Cayton is located at the Cayton Children’s Museum: 395 Santa Monica Place Santa Monica, CA 90401. The museum is on the third level of the mall next to the movie theater.


Camp hours are from 9am - 3pm. Sign-in begins at 8:40am at the museum front desk. All campers should arrive by 9:15am so we can start our day.

Sign-out begins at 2:30pm outside the museum entrance. All campers should be picked up by 3pm, unless they are registered for aftercare.


All campers in Winter and Spring Camp must be picked up by 3pm. Aftercare is available during Summer Camp only, for an additional cost.

Aftercare is $45/day, and available Mon - Thurs from 3pm - 5pm. Aftercare includes additional snack time, museum play and activities.

who can come to camp?

Camp Cayton is designed for children ages 3 - 8 y/o.

All campers must be potty proficient by the start date of their camp week. Potty proficient means campers are transitioned out of diapers, able to tell an adult they need to use the bathroom, use the toilet themselves, and wash and dry their hands. Camp Cayton staff is not responsible for changing diapers.


For the security of your camper, each camper must signed - in and - out at the beginning and end of each day. To DROP-OFF and SIGN-IN: Park and walk campers into the Cayton Children’s Museum on the third floor of Santa Monica Place. Sign-in with Camp Cayton staff by the front desk, and then walk your camper to their designated camp room.


WHO CAN pick up my camper?

Campers will only be released to authorized adults. Please be sure that any adults picking up your camper are named on your camper’s authorized pick-up list. Anyone picking up a camper must be prepared to show a photo ID. You can update the Emergency Contact and Pick-up Authorization anytime by contacting us or when you drop off your camper in the morning.

If someone new will be picking camper up, let us know before they get there. Write down in the morning or email with changes.



Camp Cayton is $475/week per camper. There are discounts for museum members according to tier level. Please note, we do not prorate camp weeks for any reason.


Yes, Cayton Members get discounts on camp! Members should refer to their member portal for more information.


You are welcome to register for whichever week(s) work best for you, there is no minimum or maximum weeks a camper can attend. During winter and spring you can also register per day, but during our summer program there is no per day registration available.


Yes, once a camp week becomes full, you have the option to add yourself to the waitlist for that week. You will be notified, if and when, space becomes available. Spaces are first come first serve and being on the waitlist does not guarantee you a space in any camp week.


Cayton will issue a refund for cancellations made at least two weeks prior to the first day of camp less a mandatory $75.00 cancellation fee. When cancelling more than four weeks of camp, an additional $25 will be charged per each additional camp week.

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

There are no refunds for aftercare.

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.

As unpredictable as it is, we cannot refund for sick days.




WHO is facilitating these camps?

All camp staff have previous experience working with young children, with backgrounds in early childhood, arts education, or specialties in relevant fields enhancing overall program quality and experience!

The Cayton administers background checks for all museum and Camp Cayton staff. Camp staff members are trained in CPR/First Aid.

To maintain quality instruction, camp staff to participant ratio is 1:6.

are there scholarships available?

Yes, Camp Cayton offers partial and full scholarships for qualifying campers. To apply, click here.

Scholarships are awarded based on a first come, first served basis, demonstrated financial need, and availability of space per week. We also offer partial scholarships for Military and First Responder families.

Each scholarship covers the cost of tuition for one camp week (Monday - Friday, 9am - 3pm) and does not include the cost of lunch or aftercare.

If my camper is sick can I be refunded for the day(s) they miss? Can they make up the day(s) another week?

As unpredictable as it is, we cannot refund for sick days. If your camper misses a camp day(s), it cannot be made up in a future camp week.

If I already know my camper will miss a day(s) of camp, can I get a prorated camp cost?

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.


CAN I STAY with my camper until they are settled?

You are welcome to stay and play with your camper in the morning until camp staff announce that it is time to clean up. While we understand transitions can be difficult for both you and your camper, we highly recommend not lingering.

My camper has special needs, can they come to Camp Cayton?

Campers of all ability levels are welcome at Camp Cayton. We will do our best to accommodate and work with your family to provide the best experience possible for your camper.

Please let us know if your camper will be attending camp with an aide or shadow before the start of camp as they will be required to pass a background check.

Can my camper be with their sibling or a friend?

Yes, there is space on the registration form to list friends your camper may have in camp. While Camp Cayton will do its best to accommodate these requests, we do not make any guarantees that friends will be placed in the same group.

You can request that siblings be placed together. Please note that if they are different ages, one of the siblings may be placed in a group with campers that are older/younger than they are.




What should my camper wear each day?

All campers must wear their Camp Cayton shirt each day. Each participant will receive one Camp Cayton T-shirt for each week registered. You may treat the camp shirt like a smock and wear it over another shirt.

Previous Camp ShareWell and Camp Zimmer shirts are okay! Additional T-shirts are available for $10. If you forget a t-shirt, you will be required to purchase another one.

All campers must wear closed-toes shoes. Campers should wear comfortable clothes that can get dirty.


Yes, every camper should have an extra set of clothes with them at camp.

Please pack an extra change of clothes (we recommend 2 sets of bottoms), to leave with us for the week. We’ll be making messes on purpose (with paint and water!), and by accident (because we’ll be so excited we forget how our bodies work!).

Please label everything!

CAN my camper bring toys from home to camp?

There are so many great ways to play at the museum, please leave toys at home.

All toys/objects brought from home will be taken by camp staff for safe keeping and returned to the camper at the end of the day.


What food do i need to pack for my camper?

Each camper must bring their own lunch to camp. Pack a nut-aware lunch.

There is no refrigeration or microwave available for campers lunches. Each camper must bring a water bottle with their name on it. Water bottles will be refilled throughout the day. Please notify staff of any food allergies and any dietary restrictions.

Camp Cayton will provide morning snack for all campers. These snacks will rotate between pretzels, crackers, and fruit.

what is a typical day at camp? do they go outside?

A typical day at camp is comprised of activities, museum play time, snacks, and more activities! Camp Cayton is all indoors, and we do not go outside.

Here is a sample daily schedule:

8:40 - 9:15am - Check-in & Drop-off

9:15 - 9:45am - Welcome & Camp Agreements

9:45 - 11am - Museum Playtime

11 - 11:30am - Snack

11:30 - 12:30pm - Theme-based activities

12:30 - 1:15pm - Lunch

1:15 - 1:45pm - Choice-based activities

1:45 - 2:15pm - Museum Playtime

2:15 - 2:30pm - Free Play

2:30 - 3pm - Pick Up