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Schoolage children posing for a picture while coloring with markers

school-age (6-8 years)

Grade school visitors to the Cayton will enjoy their field trip experience with an elevated lesson curated to meet their evolving educational  needs and the California state standards. Each program starts with an engaging story that ignites kids' curiosity, leading them into an exploration of open-ended creation and experimentation.



Art Is For Everyone

Dive into the world of Gerald the Giraffe in Giraffes Can't Dance by Andreae and Parker-Rees, a tale of determination and rhythm. After the story, they'll bring their creative vision to life by crafting their very own dancing jungle animal. For those eager to explore further, there's an optional performance art collaboration where they can showcase how their animal might move, celebrating the joy of storytelling and artistry.

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.R.2; CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.R.7; CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.SL.1; VAPA: Artistic Perception, Creative Expression, Aesthetic Valuing, Connection/Relationships/Application



Polar Opposites: Taco Tummy Trouble

Children will enjoy the story Dragons Love Tacos by Adam Rubin followed by a fun open art project. They'll explore the magic of color mixing while creating and naming their very own unique potions designed to soothe a dragon's upset tummy.

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.R.2; CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.R.3; CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.SL.1; CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.SL.2; CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.SL.4; VAPA: Artistic Perception, Connection/Relationships/Application



Piecing Together Friendship

Delight in the story of No Elephants Allowed by Mantchev and Yoo, and then let your creativity flourish as we come together to craft a story quilt filled with illustrations that celebrate inclusion and friendship.

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.R.2; CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.R.3; CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.SL.1; CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.SL.2; CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.SL.4; VAPA: Creative Expression, Connection/Relationships/Application



Flying High

Children will explore concepts of overcoming adversity and difficult setbacks while listening to After the Fall by Santat. Then they'll soar to new heights while exploring paper airplanes in a discovery of the forces of flight: lift, weight, thrust, and drag.

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.R.2; CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.R.3; CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.SL.1; 3-PS2-1; 3-PS2-2, 3-5-ETS1-3; VAPA: Artistic Perception, Connection/Relationships/Application



Fun-Damental Planning

Following the bus route of a child and his grandmother in Last Stop on Market Street by Matt de la Peña, children will explore what makes a neighborhood thrive. Following the story, children will create a
3-D building to add to the group floor map.

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.R.2; CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.R.3; CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.SL.1; CCSS.M-K-3.MD; CCSSM-K-3.G; K-ESS3-3; K-ESS3; K-2-ETS1-2; K-2-ETS1-3; VAPA: Artistic Perception, Connection/Relationships/Application

Social Science


Trash Into Treasure

Let's redefine art through the inspiring tale of an artist who turns trash into treasures, as told in Magic Trash: A Story of Tyree Guyton and His Art by J. H. Shapiro. Children will dive into the world of recycled and reusable materials, crafting their own masterpieces, expressing emotions, and making a positive impact on our planet.

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.R.2; CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.R.3; CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.SL.1; CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.SL.2; CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.SL.4; Social Science K- Learning and Working Now and Long Ago, 1- A child’s Place in Time and Space, 2- People Who Make a Difference; VAPA: Artistic Perception, Creative Expression, Historical and Cultural Context, Aesthetic Valuing, Connection/Relationships/Application


Fine Print

Actual field trip schedules may vary depending on the arrival of groups. Los Angeles traffic is unpredictable! Please allow ample time for your drive to the museum. If you are late, we CANNOT extend your field trip time, and museum playtime may be shortened.

  • Memberships, discounts and promotions do not apply to Field Trips

  • NO REFUNDS will be granted for groups that cancel within two weeks of the scheduled visit

  • NO REFUNDS will be granted for any child or adult chaperone that has prepaid, but does not attend on the day of visit

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


Frequently Asked Questions

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