Who We Are
The Cayton Children’s Museum is a nonprofit organization that activates the power of PLAY to enrich the lives of children and families, strengthen and connect communities, and build a better world. Throughout the year, we offer a range of arts and cultural activities for children 0-8,
Beyond museum walls, we bring outlets for play and creative expression into local neighborhoods through our community outreach program, Cayton-on-the-Go.
Cayton-on-the-Go is a mobile museum program created to bring the arts to children and families in our local community who may not have ready access to the museum.
We partner with nonprofit and community-based organizations across LA County to host creativity free workshops for children (ages 2–8) and families enrolled in or receiving their services. Through interactive storytelling, music, movement games, and process-based artmaking, our workshops encourage children to grow from Cayton’s core principle of “playing our way to a better world.” And because inclusion is at the heart of everything the Cayton does, our Cayton-on-the-Go projects can be enjoyed by a wide range of ages and abilities, empowering little ones to work independently or in cooperation with their grown-ups.
Our team of early childhood educators develops four unique lesson plans every quarter to align with the seasonal themes, values, and programming offered within the museum. From stimulating sensory experiences to engaging stories and inventive art projects, Cayton-on-the-Go helps ensure that more kids in our community can experience the transformational benefits of play.
YMCA Gardena/Carson • YMCA San Pedro • YMCA Wilmington • YMCA South Rip Vista • KIPP Empower Academy • Compton G.I.R.L.S. Club • Korean Youth and Community Center • Santa Monica Community Corps • Westside Infant Network • New Academy Canoga Park • New Academy Arts and Science Center • From The Heart Preschool • Grandview House Preschool • YMCA Maywood • Kehillat Ma’arav Synagogue
How Does it Work?
Professionally developed to support a child’s cognitive, behavioral, and socioemotional growth through creative play and art exploration, every workshop includes:
— A live and immersive storytelling session(15 minutes)
— An energetic movement game (5 minutes)
— An innovative process-based art project with hands-on facilitation by one of our experienced Play Guides/ Professional Teaching Artists (25 minutes)
Sculpting Winter Wonder
We’re creating in a winter wonderland when we sculpt,
shape, and even taste fluffy “snow.”
Taking a page from Andrea Beaty’s Iggy Peck, Architect, we’re drawing up our own blueprints before building sky’s-the-limit structures out of recycled materials.
Keeping Family Traditions
The only thing better than making new family memories is finding a way to keep them. Come create a photo album worthy of holding all of your meaningful family traditions.
Celebrating Black History
In honor of the indelible work of Black artists like Alma
Woodsey Thomas and Jean-Michel Basquiat, we’ll use
mixed media to create our own portraits, capturing the
qualities of ourselves (or someone else) that we wish to
If you are interested in becoming a Cayton-on-the-Go partner or want to learn more, please contact:
Community Programs Manager
Generous support for Cayton-on-the-Go provided by the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs.