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  • Cayton Children's Museum | Schedule | Los Angeles, California

    schedule Every week is a new adventure at the Cayton. Kids learn new skills, create, and grow, all while they are immersed in play. Activities are drop-in and free for all guests. *For up-to-date time and schedule, check out our Instagram Upcoming Activities Friday, October 21 Autumn Awe Festival Our Autumn Awe Festival is on Friday, October 21, with an unforgettable presentation of the Native American Hoop Dance by Eric Hernandez, a traditional Hoop Dancer affiliated with the Lumbee Tribe in North Carolina. Stay tuned for more info! This Week's Activities Wednesday, September 28 Glow-in-the-Dark Dance Party 12:00PM We’re lighting up the week with a Glow in the Dark Dance Party at noon. Let’s Catch Bubbles 2:00PM Then we’re having a ball at 2 when we use our magical ball bubble catchers to collect as many bubbles as we can. Thursday, September 29 Celebration Booth Parachutes 12:00PM At noon, we’re falling into fall with parachutes that we’ll make out of coffee filters before letting them go in our blustery Celebration Booth (our Together We Celebrate exhibit). Storytime & Art 2:00PM Then at 2, we’re reading Melanie Borinstein’s vibrant How Color Was Born before creating our own watercolor rainbows. Friday, September 30 Music Circle 12:00PM We love that everyone dances to the beat of their own drum, which is why we’ll be doing it together at noon for a music circle. Weather Sensory Bins 2:00PM At 2, the Cayton forecast is calling for low visibility but high sensory fun when we plunge into bins packed with shaving cream clouds, fake snow, and water beads. Saturday, October 1 Autumn Trees 12:00PM The leaves on our Autumn Trees that we’ll be making at noon will never fall, so you can enjoy them all year long. Paper Bag Puppets 12:00PM Then we’re transforming paper bags into the characters of your child’s imagination at 2. Sunday, October 2 Sing-Along 12:00PM At the stroke of 12, we’re dropping the Bibbidy-Bobbidy-Beat for our Disney Sing-Along. Freeze Dance 2:00PM At 2, you don’t have to be Elsa to freeze when the music stops.

  • Cayton Children's Museum | Discovery Awards | Los Angeles, California

    ABOUT HONOREES TICKET PACKAGES DOODLE BOOK MAKE A DONATION CO-CHAIRS PAST HONOREES FAQ 2022 DISCOVERY AWARDS Every year, the Discovery Award is presented to extraordinary individuals who are builders , creators , and models for good in their industries and communities. It recognizes the importance of their work and their commitment to modeling what it means to lead with purpose and integrity for the next generation. 2022 HONOREES This year, we are proud to honor Mary Kitchen & Jon Orszag , and Nadina & Fernando Szew . MARY KITCHEN & JON ORSZAG NADINA & FERNANDO SZEW TICKET PACKAGES DISCOVER $50,000 ​ Lead donor/sponsor of Discovery Awards Underwriting of an activation with donor signage Acknowledgment as lead donor/sponsor on invitation Full-page doodle on inside cover of commemorative Doodle Book 30 tickets to event with two reserved VIP areas Prominent acknowledgment on signage and in event program and promotional emails (25k+ subscribers) $50k “Blade of Grass” in the Generosity Garden for the lifetime of the museum Recognition at the highest level on the PLAY FOR ALL Wall at the Cayton Children’s Museum CAN UNDERWRITE ONE YEAR OF SENSORY PROGRAMMING FOR CHILDREN WITH DISABILITIES EMAIL FOR INTEREST THINK $10,000 CAN PROVIDE FREE ADMISSION FOR 450 CHILDREN IN LOW-INCOME HOUSEHOLDS. ​ Full-page doodle in commemorative Doodle Book 10 tickets to event with one reserved table Acknowledgment on signage and in event program and promotional emails (25k+ subscribers) Recognition at the $10k level on the PLAY FOR ALL Wall at the Cayton Children’s Museum BUY PACKAGE PLAY $2,500 CAN PROVIDE CLASS AND CAMP SCHOLARSHIPS FOR 5 CHILDREN IN LOW-INCOME HOUSEHOLDS ​ Full-page doodle in commemorative Doodle Book 5 tickets to event*** Acknowledgment in event program and post-event email (25k+ subscribers) Ticket packages range from $2,500 to $50,000 for lead underwriting/sponsorship. Packages $10,000+ get reserved VIP sections or tables with their tickets. Please email our development team at for interest in $25k or $50k packages. CREATE $25,000 CAN UNDERWRITE 10 FIELD TRIPS FOR 400 STUDENTS AT SCHOOLS IN UNDER-RESOURCED COMMUNITIES ​ ​ Sponsorship of an event activation with donor signage Acknowledgment on invitation Full-page doodle with priority placement in commemorative Doodle Book ­20 tickets to event with one reserved VIP area Special acknowledgment on signage, and in event program and promotional emails (25k+ subscribers) $25k “Blade of Grass” in the Generosity Garden for the lifetime of the museum Recognition at the highest level on the PLAY FOR ALL Wall at the Cayton Children’s Museum EMAIL FOR INTEREST CONNECT $5,000 CAN PROVIDE ART SUPPLIES FOR ROUGHLY 3,000 CHILDREN PARTICIPATING IN OUR DAILY PROGRAMS ​ Full-page doodle in commemorative Doodle Book 10 tickets to event*** Acknowledgment in event program and post-event email (25k+ subscribers) BUY PACKAGE INDIVIDUAL TICKET $500 — 1 ticket to event ​ BUY TICKETS *** PLEASE NOTE: $2,500 and $5,000 ticket packages and individual tickets will not have reserved tables. BUY PACKAGE DOODLE BOOK Sponsor a Doodle The Doodle Book is the Cayton’s version of an ad tribute journal. Each doodle is a one-of-a-kind, created for the book by our members and visitors. Underwriters will be acknowledged on each doodle. $10,000 UNDERWRITE A TWO-PAGE DOODLE SPREAD WITH PRIORITY PLACEMENT SPONSOR DOODLE $5,000 UNDERWRITE A FULL-PAGE DOODLE WITH PRIORITY PLACEMENT SPONSOR DOODLE $2,500 UNDERWRITE A FULL-PAGE DOODLE SPONSOR DOODLE DEADLINE TO COMMIT: FRIDAY, OCTOBER 14 MAKE A DONATION Can’t Attend? Make a donation. DONATE TODAY Support the Cayton’s efforts to provide PLAY FOR ALL. Your tax-deductible donation can help provide free admission for children and families in low-income households and bring play to kids living in underserved neighborhoods. CO-CHAIRS ADAM & CAROLINA WALTUCH / ALEXA DELL / ALINE NAKASHIMA BURNS & RYAN BURNS / ANDREA & BARRY CAYTON / ANDY & LAUREN KLEINMAN / ANDY KAPLAN & ALLISON WRIGHT / ASHLEIGH DEMPSTER & MATT GEORGE / BEN & JEN SILVERMAN / CARL & JENNIFER FREED / CAROLYN BERNSTEIN & NICK GRAD / CHARLES ORTNER / CHELSEA & KEVIN WASHINGTON / CHRIS HARRISON & LAUREN ZIMA / CRAIG ERWICH / DENISE & DANIEL PERLSTEIN / GELENA & KEITH WASSERMAN / HAERAN & DAVID ZEDECK / HALLE & OLIVER HAMMOND / HEIDI & JON MONKARSH / HILLARY MOW CERVIERI & PETER CERVIERI / JAMES CARVILLE & MARY MATALIN / JAMES MANDELBAUM & STEVE BYRNES / JASON & YAAS SNIBBE / JEN GARCIA ALLEN & JEFFERSON ALLEN / JENNA & TODD BINDER / JENNIFER E. COHEN & CURTIS COHEN / JESSICA & HARLEY PASTERNAK / JESSICA & JASON DIAMOND / JESSICA YELLIN / JOHN & JOY KING / JULIE GADINSKY & LARRY FROCH / KELSEY & BOBBY MURPHY / KEVIN BEGGS & DIANNA LAU / KURT RAPPAPORT / LAUREN NOECKER & CHRISTIAN ROBERT / MARK & JESS DIPAOLA / MORT MARCUS & DEBBY KLEIN / NADINE & MICHAEL LEVITT / NATALIE FULLER / NICOLE CLEMENS / PHIL & DEBRA GURIN / RAYNI & BRANDEN WILLIAMS / RODNEY & LAUREN FREEMAN / SARAH MICHELLE PRINZE / SCOTT GREENBERG / SHERYL & JEFF WACHTEL / SKIP PAUL & VAN FLETCHER / STACEY & LARRY KOHL / STEPHANIE SCHAFFER & SCOTT MARLETTE / STEPHEN & PEGGY DAVIS / SUSAN & ROBERT ROVNER / SUSAN GOLDSMITH & VAN HOHMAN / VANESSA & DARRYL FRANK / VICTORIA & TOMMY DANHAKL / YAEL COHEN BRAUN PAST HONOREES 2021 TARA DUNCAN / CHARLOTTE & GARY GILBERT / ARYEH GOLDBERG 2020 SUSAN & ROBERT ROVNER / CHELSEA & KEVIN WASHINGTON 2019 NICOLE CLEMENS / ART COPPOLA 2018 ANDREA & BARRY CAYTON / CRAIG ERWICH / SANDRA STERN 2017 CAROLYN BERNSTEIN & NICK GRAD / RAYNI & BRANDEN WILLIAMS 2016 DARRYL & VANESSA FRANK / AARON ROSENBERG / DANNY ROSE 2015 KAREY BURKE / JAMES MANDELBAUM 2014 DICK LIPPIN / ALLISON SHEARMUR 2013 DAVID MADDEN / MARGARET LOESCH / SANFORD MICHELMAN 2012 SHARON SACKS / DEBORAH KLEIN & MORT MARCUS / CARRIE LIEBERMAN 2011 ANDY KAPLAN / COURTNEY MIZEL / RICHARD SMITH 2010 STEPHEN J. DAVIS / BARBARA PROBER 2009 KEVIN BEGGS / DANA PACHULSKI / JENNIFER WOOSTER 2008 JEFF WACHTEL / DR. CHARLES SOPHY 2007 MISSY HALPERIN / LINDA SIMENSKY 2006 RODNEY FREEMAN / WENDY MOSS KLEIN 2005 JENNA ADLER / DAN ADLER / JENNIFER E. COHEN 2004 MARK ITKIN / GLORIA & JERRY LUSHING 2003 BARBARA FISHER / CYNTHIA SIKES YORKIN 2002 ANDY HEYWARD / ARTHUR HILLER 2001 JEAN FRIEDMAN / GARY E. KNELL Frequently Asked Questions Check out the FAQ page HERE

  • Cayton Children's Museum | About Us | Los Angeles, California

    team cayton WHO WE ARE WHY PLAY? MEET OUR TEAM OUR SUPPORTERS FINANCIALS & REPORTS CONTACT FAQ Who We Are Our Vision We envision a world where all children, and the adults they grow up to be, experience the transformational and lifelong benefits of abundant, creative and purposeful play. Our Mission The Cayton Children’s Museum is a nonprofit organization that activates the power of PLAY to enrich the lives of children and their families, build stronger, more connected communities, and create a better world. We strive to nurture children of all backgrounds and abilities to become engaged citizens of the world by facilitating collaborative, experiential learning and creative expression, both in our museum space and through our community programs. Located in Downtown Santa Monica just blocks from the Pacific Ocean, the Cayton Children’s Museum offers 21,000 square feet of discovery-based exhibits and immersive play. We offer a robust calendar of arts and cultural activities designed for children 0 to 8 and their families, including public programs, festivals, camps, classes, workshops and more. Beyond museum walls, our community programs bring the Cayton experience into neighborhoods and schools to reach children with limited access to the museum. These experiences, which celebrate the creative, performance and visual arts, are offered throughout the year in partnership with non-profit and community-based organizations that serve parts of Los Angeles County where opportunities for creative, safe, purposeful, and free play are needed most. While the Cayton Children’s Museum opened to the public in 2019, our organization comes with 30 years of experience in values-based learning. Before we were the Cayton, we were the Zimmer Children’s Museum, serving more than 90,000 visitors a year in our home on Museum Row. Today, building from the heart of the Zimmer and nurtured by the soul of our diverse community, the Cayton is inspiring children and families everywhere to PLAY THEIR WAY TO A BETTER WORLD. Our Values Cayton Values: Play is essential We believe people of all ages benefit from and need the inspiration, creativity, learning, connection, and freedom fostered by play. Cayton Values: Kids come first We are a kid-centered organization. We trust, listen to, and learn from children, and we put their needs first in all our decision-making. Cayton Values: Diversity is powerful We provide a safe space where all kids and families belong. Our institution is inclusive and embraces the rich diversity of cultures, socioeconomic backgrounds, identities, family structures, and abilities of our community. Cayton Values: Collabration is vital We know that big ideas emerge from collaboration, cooperation, and shared learning. This is also how kids (and adults) come to see the world through each other’s eyes and cultivate empathy, compassion, and kindness. Together we can accomplish great things. Cayton Values: Perfection is not our goal Trying new things can be frightening for kids and grownups alike. But we believe that the surest way to achieve meaningful learning and growth is by taking risks. Stumbles and mistakes can be fertile ground for creativity. Cayton Values: Hard converstatins ae necessary We believe we owe it to our community to courageously and sensitively address issues that affect the lives of children—and us all. This includes honest conversations about social justice, race, and equity. Our History Why Play? Albert Einstein. Plato. Mr. Rogers. What do all three have in common? They all believed in the power of play to improve lives, strengthen communities and shape a better world. Here are just some of the benefits of play: Play improves academic performance Play optimizes cognitive development, including critical thinking, problem solving and comprehension, to support learning and improve academic performance. Additionally, play-based learning is shown to enhance “whole child readiness” by helping develop language and early math skills. In fact, as public schools increasingly see cuts to arts education funding, educators are also looking to play to fill gaps where our educational system is lacking. Play makes our world bigger Children acquire cultural values, skills, and abilities through play that influence their everyday experiences and interactions with other children and caregivers. Play can also expose us to people that are different from us to promote empathy and create shared understanding. In recognizing, respecting and representing a range of different cultures and perspectives, children develop a sense of identity and belonging. Play helps children thrive in an ever-changing world Play is often called “the work of children” because it is through play that children learn how to interact in their environment, discover their interests, and process their surroundings. As our world continues to evolve, play also helps to mitigate a child’s toxic stress and enhance their resiliency so they can more easily adapt to change. Play builds life skills Through play, we learn how to communicate with others and self-regulate our emotions to improve our lifelong success. Play also gives us an outlet to explore curiosities in a low-risk environment, building courage and confidence. Play benefits the economy Nationally, children’s museums contribute $5.5 billion to the economy each year and are a vital element of the tourism and cultural sector. They also help to improve educational outcomes, attract diverse audiences and transform neighborhoods through community building and local partnerships. Meet Our Team Cayton Staff Esther Netter Founder ​ Jessica Aronoff Chief Executive Officer ​ Carly Harrill Chief Advancement Officer ​ Lisa Sherman-Colt Chief Program Officer ​ Kristen Abraham Development Director ​ Elizabeth Apolinar Play Guide ​ Camille Belcher Marketing Director ​ Lillian Brownfield HR Manager Paige Colvin Play Guide ​ Navikka Dasz Program Director ​ Ebony Durham Community Programs Manager ​ Emily Flores Guest Services Associate ​ Jasmine Fricke Play Guide Teonna Garcia Programs Manager ​ Trina Garcia Events Coordinator ​ Dakota Judge Play Guide ​ Elizabeth Ko Play Guide ​ Janette Madrigal-Garcia Play Guide ​ Sean Morris Creative Lead ​ Kimberly Mulder Communications & Marketing Coordinator ​ Karl Perry Guest Services Coordinator ​ Heidi Ramirez Guest Services Associate Valerie Ramirez Play Guide ​ Ian Riley Play Guide ​ Alexandra Rodrigeuz Play Guide ​ Janine Rubin Program Manager ​ Julian Santos Museum Floor Supervisor Eva Scheck Play Guide ​ Donna Sintic Retail Manager ​ Katarina Stojakovic Information & Data Manager ​ Samantha Tagoe Senior Events & Guest Services Manager ​ Javan Taherkani Senior Operations Manager ​ Kali Tilton Play Guide ​ Darius Tyler Facilities Assistant ​ Meleny Vasquez Play Guide ​ Arefa Vohra Development Manager ​ Annika Vriens Guest Services Associate Board Of Directors Carl Freed Chairperson ​ Susan Goldsmith Vice Chair ​ Kendra Bracken-Ferguson Secretary ​ Heather Lindsey Treasurer Susan Amster Nathaniel Bach Kevin Beggs Heather Braun Karey Burke Barry Cayton Hillary Mow Cervieri Jennifer E. Cohen Nishita Cummings Craig Erwich Aryeh Goldberg Sydney Holland Andy Kleinman Pauline Malcolm-Thornton Andy Meyers Courtney Mizel Dana Pachulski Aashika Patel Richard A. Smith Rayni Williams Sheryl Wachtel Adam Waltuch Kevin Washington Grant Withers Women’s Philanthropy Circle Denise Perlstein Co-Chair ​ Rayni Romito Williams Co-Chair ​ Stephanie Schaffer Co-Chair Jaymie Beckett Andrea Cayton Victoria Danhakl Alexa Dell Sarah Dickerson Katie Durko Jessica Fogel Scott Jen Garcia Allen Halle Hammond Sydney Holland Laura Katzenberg Sudack Mary Kitchen Christine Lim Lisa Ling Pauline Malcolm-Thornton Heidi Monkarsh Jacqueline Nelson Navi Rawat Tracy Robbins Mia Schaikewitz Isabella Tang Chelsea Washington Jennifer Wexler Haeran Zedeck Gina Wade Our Annual Supporters The Cayton is the product of so much love and support. We are grateful to our many donors whose critical support has made the Cayton the special place it is today. VIEW OUR SUPPORTERS Financials & Reports Annual Report Read our annual report to follow our journey from the grand debut of the all-new Cayton Children’s Museum through the momentous year that was 2020. 2020 YEAR IN REVIEW Progress Reports Click below to view our quarterly progress reports and see how the work we’re doing each day is helping us fulfill our mission. SUMMER 2020 FALL 2020 SPRING 2020 Financial Statements As a non-profit organization, the Cayton Children’s Museum depends on the generosity of donors and foundations to make our work happen. In an effort to ensure fiscal transparency and accountability with those who generously support our efforts, please find our most recent audited financials and Form 990s below. Audited Statements FISCAL YEAR 2021 FISCAL YEAR 2019 FISCAL YEAR 2017 FISCAL YEAR 2020 FISCAL YEAR 2018 FISCAL YEAR 2016 If you would like to review earlier financials, please email . 990s: FISCAL YEAR 2018 FISCAL YEAR 2017 FISCAL YEAR 2019 FISCAL YEAR 2016 FISCAL YEAR 2015 Contact General 424-416-8320 Become a Member Development Department 424-416-8342 Book an Event Events & Guest Services 424-416-8348 Make a Donation Development Department 424-416-8342 Corporate Partnerships Development Department 424-416-8342 Community Programs & Partnerships Ebony Durham, Community Programs Manager 424-416-2478 Classes Programs Department 424-416-8320 Camp Programs Department 424-416-8320 Frequently Asked Questions Check out the FAQ page HERE

  • Cayton Children's Museum | Home | Los Angeles, California

    Welcome to the Cayton Welcome to the Cayton Children’s Museum. We are a nonprofit organization that activates the power of play to enrich lives, strengthen communities, and create a better world. Plan Your Visit

  • Cayton Children's Museum | Classes | Los Angeles, California

    CAYTON CLASSES INCLUSIVE PLAY ABOUT FAQ Intimate & Interactive Cayton Classes are created with the same educational and developmental foundations used in our experiential exhibits, programs, and spaces. To register for Cayton Classes: Please scroll to the calendar below and select the class date(s) you would like to register for. Designed to expand a child’s social, creative and cognitive abilities, Cayton Classes provide critical developmental skills through immersive play experiences. These tools are particularly critical following more than a year of restricted in-person socializing and learning. Taught by experienced teaching artists and child development specialist, classes are intimate and interactive. Participants are encouraged to play in the museum before and after classes. To apply for a class scholarship please email for requirements and information. Art Crawl Art Crawl is an introduction to the sensory art experience. The Cayton Art Studio is transformed into a big blank canvas for babies and toddlers to express their inner artist. Babies and toddlers strip-down to their diapers and crawl around in a free exploration of washable, non-toxic paint, while creating a beautiful mess. And best of all, we do the clean up! *This class requires parent participation. ​ October Classes: Class 1: Under the Sea Class 2: Autumn Awe Class 3: Painting with Nature ​ November Classes: Class 1: Splat Art Class 2: Ode to Native American Art Class 3: Recycle City ​ Who? Ages 9–24 months When? October Wednesdays 1-2pm Thursdays & Fridays 10–11am November Wednesdays 1-2pm Thursdays 10–11am ​ Dates? ​ October Class 1: Oct 5, 6, & 7 Class 2: Oct 12, 13, & 14 Class 3: Oct 27 & 28 ​ November Class 1: Nov 2, 3, & 4 Class 2: Nov 9, 10, & 11 Class 3: Nov 16, 17, & 18 ​ ​ Cost? $35 a class Budding Artists I This interactive and creative class allows children to develop their artistic talents through an exploration of different creative mediums and processes. Each week participants will be proud to take home a new masterpiece of their own creation. Activities include process-based activities with clay, 3D sculptures, texture collages, paintings and more. Class 1: Exploring Color Class 2: Exploring Lines Class 3: Exploring Texture Who? Ages 2–4 years When? Class 1: Nov 4 Class 2: Nov 11 Class 3: Nov 18 ​ Cost? $35 a class ​ Budding Artists II This hand-on class allows children to practice their artistic abilities through an exploration of different creative mediums and processes. Each week participants will be proud to take home a new masterpiece of their own creation. Activities include process-based activities with clay, 3D sculptures, texture collages, paintings and more. ​ ​ Class 1: Texture Exploration – explore 3 different textures in 3 different art crafts Class 2: Clay Sculptures – explore and learn clay techniques Class 3: Watercolor Resist – use watercolor and various materials to explore resist techniques Class 4: Paint Exploration – use paint and various materials to create colorful art projects Who? Ages 5–8 years When? Coming Soon ​ Cayton Constructors: A Space for Makers and Thinkers Explore your creative side! In this class, school age children will become constructors and builders as we work with slime, explore reactions, build volcanos, and more! Class schedule listed below: ​ Class 1: Building Connections Architect Budding architects, come take a seat at our drafting table where we'll draw up some dream house designs and then bring them to life! Class 2: Weather Exploration Weather Scientist The forecast for this week calls for some rainbow rain and twisting tornados! Join us for a fun class where we explore the weather -- no umbrella needed! Class 3: Reactions in Action Chemist Calling all chemists! Get your lab coats and goggles ready as we explore some exciting child-safe chemical reactions in this class! Class 4: Create & Play Toy Designer Play friends, let your imaginations run wild! Step into the role of Toy Designer and make your own curious creation! Who? School Age Children, ages 5-8 years old When? Fridays 4–5pm Dates? Class 1: Sep 9 Class 2: Sep 16 Class 3: Sep 23 Class 4: Sep 30 ​ ​ ​ Cost? $35 a class ​ Paint the Walls: Art Explosion! Finally, your preschooler can paint on anything that surrounds them: Paint the walls, the floor, even the tables! This class inspired by our Art Crawl allows your older child to explore their artistic abilities with no boundaries. * This class requires parent participation. October Class 1: Under the Sea Class 2: Autumn Awe Class 3: Painting with Nature ​ November Class 1: Splat, Pop, Squirt (Movement–focused art) Class 2: Ode to Native American Art Class 3: Recycle City Who? Preschool age children, ages 2-4 years old ​ When? October Fridays 3–4pm November Thursdays 3-4pm Fridays 10–11am Dates? October Class 1: Oct 7 Class 2: Oct 14 Class 3: Oct 28 ​ ​ Cost? $35 a class Puppet Production: A Play by You! In this interactive class, students learn how to create characters, tell stories, and activate their imaginations through puppet theater. Children will create their very own puppet, write roles for their character, build a story line, and learn the art of performance. This class is taught by our very own resident actor! ​ ​ Class 1: Students learn about what makes a character and how to create their own characters. Class 2: Students learn what makes a story and how to create a short story about their puppets. Class 3: Students practice telling their story in front of the class. Students are also able to expand on their story through props, set pieces, and extra characters. Class 4: Students put any final touches on their play and perform for their grown-ups. Who? School age children, ages 5-8 years old When? Thursdays 4–5pm ​ Dates? Class 1: Oct 6 Class 2: Oct 13 Class 3: Oct 20 Class 4: Oct 27 ​ Cost? Are sold as a series, 4 classes for $100 ​ Frequently Asked Questions Check out the FAQ page HERE

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    On Saturday, September 10, the Cayton will close at 1 PM

  • Cayton Children's Museum | Visit | Los Angeles, California

    plan your visit MUSEUM HOURS GROUP TRIPS EXPLORE OUR SPACE CAYTON EXPECTATIONS GETTING HERE ACCESSIBILITY FAQ Admission LA County Residents The Cayton Children’s Museum is a nonprofit organization that is committed to making play available for all. As our community works to recover and heal from the last year, accessible play has never been more important. That is why admittance to the Cayton will now be a pay-as-you-wish donation for all LA County residents. This means you can give as much as you like to play at the Cayton, or nothing at all. We just ask that you reserve your tickets online in advance to help us keep the Cayton a safe and comfortable place for all. Annual Members Members are free to come anytime during museum operating hours and will have priority entry and expedited check-in. Though you don’t have to reserve your spot online, we encourage it to guarantee your quick entry if we are at capacity. Memberships also come with annual out-of-town guest passes—click here to learn more. Out-of-County Residents We are a place for all, which includes new friends from far and wide. Admission for visitors from outside LA County is $16 for children aged 1+ and adults, all of which goes towards supporting our public programs and nonprofit mission of enriching the lives of children and their families through play. Children under a year old are always admitted free of charge. your safety, so Same-day tickets may be extremely limited. BOOK TICKETS BOOK TICKETS Beginning November 2, the Cayton will once again begin charging admission. As many businesses and organizations are experiencing, post-COVID recovery has been slower than anyone could have anticipated, and we need to ensure the financial stability of our museum. Admission will be $15 per person for all adults and children (1 and up). Membership pricing will remain the same, starting at $240 a year for an adult and child. Families who receive EBT, WIC, or MediCal benefits will qualify for our new PLAY4ALL pass, which will grant eligible visitors unlimited museum visits for up to four visitors all year long. Stay tuned for more information in the coming month. Cayton Conserves! Due to California’s severe drought, we have made the decision to close Teamwork Waterworks indefinitely. The good news is that Team Cayton is getting creative to find a fun new way to use this exhibit. Stay tuned for more. Museum Hours Members Only Wed-Sun 9am—10am General Public Wed-Sun 10am—5pm Closed Mon-Tue Visitors must register online for available timed entry. Members have guaranteed walk-up entry, space permitting. Updated Hours Sat, Sept 10 10a m—1 pm Group Trips Are you ready to bring the whole play crew to the Cayton? Whether you are a large family or an awesome youth group—we are the idea space for kids ages 0–8. With our discovery-based exhibits and experiences, your group will be immersed in creativity and exploration. Join us at the Cayton and play your way to a better world! LEARN MORE Explore Our Space Ready to see the Power of Play? The Cayton offers 21,000 square feet of discovery - based exhibits, from a real-life helicopter to a miniature marketplace to reactive VR - and so much more. Add on art studios, a state-of-the-art theatre, and adaptable community spaces: you and your child can experience the Cayton differently every time. EXPLORE OUR SPACE Cayton Community Expectations The Cayton Children’s Museum is a special shared space for families. To ensure that everyone is safe, comfortable and able to play, we ask that our visitors follow a few basic rules. Arrival Drop-offs are not allowed. All children must be accompanied and supervised by an adult (and all adults must be accompanied by children) while visiting the museum. To ensure that all our guests have a great experience, the Cayton requires at least one (1) chaperone for every five (5) children. Children must always be supervised by their adults. Some exhibits have age restrictions, please be mindful of signage throughout the museum. Please be aware of our current health protocols . Please follow directions from the Cayton Play Guides and staff When Inside Disruptive, disrespectful and/or abusive behavior may result in immediate removal from the museum without refund and may be grounds for revoking membership. We encourage walking instead of running. Each exhibit may have signage reflecting special conduct (i.e., no shoes, age restrictions, etc.). If you have any questions about these restrictions, please inquire with one of our team members. Strollers are not allowed in the museum. We do provide a stroller parking zone for guests, underwritten by Babyletto . Please do not leave your valuables in the stroller. Please be mindful of your belongings. The Cayton Children’s Museum is not responsible for any lost or missing items. Please be mindful of other visitors in the space when taking photos of your family. Visitors may be filmed, recorded or photographed by the Cayton Children’s Museum for educational and promotional uses. Please inform the front desk staff if you would prefer not to be photographed. You may review our privacy policy here . Our staff is here to help while you and your family are in our venue. Please respect them. We won't tolerate any yelling, intimidation, threats, swearing, or any other inappropriate behavior. Anyone who is aggressive toward staff or other guests will be asked to leave. When Leaving Please remember to collect all your belongings. The Cayton Children’s Museum is not responsible for items left behind. Any “Lost & Found” items should be turned in to Guest Services. We encourage you to reach out to us with any questions, comments and suggestions you might have after your visit. You can do this in person, over the phone or via email at . We may send you a follow-up survey to ask about your visit. Most importantly, we hope you enjoyed your visit! Getting Here Where is the Cayton? You can find the Cayton Children’s Museum in Downtown Santa Monica. We are located on the 3rd level of Santa Monica Place off of 4th Street & Broadway. 395 Santa Monica Place, #374 Santa Monica, CA, 90401 Call 424-416-8320 Email Take the Metro Take the Metro Expo Line and exit at Downtown Santa Monica, which is the last stop on the line. You’ll end up on Colorado and 4th. You can find Santa Monica Place on the opposite corner. For more information about going Metro, click here . Parking Parking is available in Structures 7 and 8, owned and operated by the City of Santa Monica, which are immediately adjacent to Santa Monica Place. The first 90 minutes are free, with a fee after that. Please note, we do not validate. To see a map showing S7 and S8, click here . ​ Easy access and Disability parking are available in parking structure 8 off of Colorado Ave, on Level 5, as well as parking structure 7 off of Broadway on Level 4. Elevators are available close to the Mall entrance on all levels in the parking lots. Driving Directions From I-10 W: Take exit 1A for 4th Street. Turn right onto 4th and left onto Colorado. Santa Monica Place will be on your right. Accessibility The Cayton Children’s Museum meets the requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Here, accessibility means more than compliance with federal law. We are committed to making our Museum a rich and rewarding experience for all individuals. Wheelchair Access The entire museum is wheelchair accessible, including all bathrooms and water fountains. Handicapped-accessible parking is available in the Santa Monica Place parking garage. Santa Monica Place also offers complimentary wheelchair loans upon request. To arrange, please call security at 310-260-8399 . Cayton Children’s Museum Staff Cayton Children’s Museum staff receives ongoing professional development to offer visitors with disabilities and their families enhanced support. Please ask a Cayton staff member for assistance. Service Animals The Cayton Children’s Museum welcomes service animals. Under federal law, service animals are dogs trained to work or perform tasks for the benefit of people with physical or mental disabilities. The work or tasks performed by a service animal must be directly related to the handler’s disability. Additionally, service animals must remain under their handler’s control at all times while inside the museum. Dogs or any other type of animal or pet whose sole function is to provide comfort, companionship or emotional support — such as a support animal — do NOT qualify as service animals under federal law and are not permitted in the Museum. Nursing Areas Mothers are welcome to nurse children wherever they feel comfortable at the Cayton. However, there are two designated areas in the Lounge that provide more privacy, if preferred. Restrooms And Changing Tables Family restrooms are located near the ballpit or to your left of the security checkpoint. Additional restrooms are located in the back of the museum near the art studio. Changing tables are located in the wheelchair-accessible stalls in each restroom. Health regulations require that all diaper changing be done in restrooms. We Want To Hear From You The Cayton is eager to hear about new ways to serve the children in our community, and we welcome your feedback, suggestions, questions or concerns. Please share your thoughts with us at . Frequently Asked Questions Check out the FAQ page HERE

  • Cayton Children's Museum | Explore Our Space | Los Angeles, California

    EXPLORE OUR SPACE LAUNCH YOUR LET'S HELP REACH FOR REFLECT ON TOGETHER WE COMMUNITY SPACES FAQ It's Time To Play The Cayton offers 21,000 square feet of discovery-based exhibits, from a real-life helicopter to a miniature marketplace to immersive augmented reality —and so much more. Add on art studios, a state-of-the-art theatre, and adaptable community spaces: you and your child can experience the Cayton differently every time. Exhibit Wings — Launch Your — Let’s Help — Reach For — Reflect On — Together We Launch Your Launch Your is a special space for our youngest visitors (ages 0-2)—who are just beginning to explore and discover newfound skills and strengths. A moving mobile of colors and shapes brings the ceiling to life as little ones slide, crawl, and make new friends. Crawl, Climb & Grow Our littlest guests stretch their minds and bodies as they climb over hills and valleys, make faces in the mirror, and meet new friends! This special enclosed section gives babies and toddlers a safe, engaging space to practice crawling, walking, and getting to know their community. Skyscape Generously donated by Erwin Rautenberg Foundation Skyscape engages our youngest visitors and all of us who gaze upwards. With gently moving mobiles and a flock of artistic flying shapes, Skyscape combines color, movement, air, and whimsy to stimulate our senses and engage our minds. Let's Help Generously donated by Dr. Gabriel Chiu & Christine Chiu Let’s Help teaches children the many ways they can serve and support their community as active citizens who help one another, respond, rescue, and play. Jump into Community How do we measure up to our best selves? Jump into Community! Watch as a slow-motion video replays each jump attempt and records how much height visitors gain as they leap. Each time visitors return, they can challenge themselves to jump even higher and exceed their goal, gaining confidence and perseverance every time. Fire Station Fire stations are pillars in every community. They are home to our unsung heroes, who are brave enough to put themselves on the line every day for the safety of local citizens. At our own Cayton Fire Station, our visitors imagine themselves as real-life heroes in our communities. With an accompanying closet of bunker gear and fire hats, aspiring firefighters can play the part with pride as they practice responsibility through rescue. To the Rescue! Generously donated by DiPaola Family Foundation Made from a recycled Coast Guard rescue boat, To the Rescue! floats in a ball-pit sea where young visitors imagine their roles as first responders. To the Rescue! prompts ideas of selflessness, community responsibility, and compassion for all those in need of help, as visitors work together with life-savers, vests, and ropes to jump to safety. Help-a-Copter Generously donated by The Birkhofer Family, The Freed Family, and Richard and Suzanne Norton. This exhibit is more than a helicopter. Our Help-a-copter, powered by friends, is covered in chrome and shines its message of rescue throughout Let’s Help. When entering the Help-a-copter cockpit, visitors heed a call to action as first responders flying to rescue, fueled by the power of imagination. Our Animal Hospital Generously donated by VCA Animal Hospitals Treating animals, fixing what is broken, and caring for animals in need: Our Animal Hospital provides accessible and imaginative ways to practice caretaking and healing. Children and youth can become veterinarians-- and the animals in need of care!-- at Our Animal Hospital. Costumes line the walls, and with an examination table, instruments, and more, the creative play possibilities are infinite. Community Market The Community Market is a discovery-based space for our visitors to play, shop, and serve. Complete with a working scanner and register, the Market gives little visitors the opportunity to take turns playing the part of shopper, stocker, and cashier, helping them to understand what it means to serve in a community. Café Generously donated by The Kallick Family The Café is a place for our visitors to practice helping, serving, and providing for one another through play. The café food represents a diverse cuisine, so visitors can share their favorite holiday treats and family traditions with each other. Little visitors can pick up “farm-fresh” produce at the Market next door and bring their groceries straight to the table! Reach For In Reach For, children discover their individual ability to achieve. These exhibits inspire children to test new heights and strive further with each visit. Reach For is our platform for visitors to see the world through new perspectives. Courage Climber Suspended from the ceiling in a canopy of colorful ropes, the Courage Climber gives children opportunities to experience many different vantage points and perspectives. Climbers can safely reach different levels of the exhibit per their ability and work their way up to greater heights over time. Sinking circles, rocky valleys, flexible tunnels, and lookout perches join together in this exhibit of challenges and discoveries. Leave Your Footprint Generously donated by Jennifer and Curtis Cohen Leave Your Mark features a ceiling projection that gives our visitors the opportunity to leave footprints for others to follow. Engaging virtual landscapes make visitors dance and chase the shifting patterns, leaping and turning as the environment responds to their movements. Reflect On Through introspection, reflection, and connection, children learn to listen and observe the world around them. Reflect On provides the opportunity for our visitors to interact with each other gently, and practice being calm, quiet, and introspective. This area can be a great space for sensory sensitive visitors who need a break. In Tune With Nature This room uses immersive technology to recreate lively nature scenes to nurture our appreciation for the stillness and beauty of the environment. When you enter the space full of energy, movement and sound, butterflies scatter and leave the walls--but when you are quiet, still, and calm, the butterflies return, encouraging us to slow down, notice, look, and reflect. Hello Booth Generously donated by The Braun Family Inspired by the Telephone of the Wind in Japan, this is a very special and profound exhibit at the Cayton. A small, telephone booth-like space, the Hello Booth is filled with traditional, corded telephones. Calls can reach anywhere you desire because they’re activated by the most powerful and effective network in the world: your imagination. Ripple Effect Generously donated by The Pearlstein Family With touch, Ripple Effect shows the patterns of currents and flow. As the exhibit spins, so too do the suspended particles. The rotation produces patterns that resemble the currents of the ocean, the spirals of our galaxy, and the wonder of infinity. Calming, patterned, and quiet, the experience focuses us on thought, imagination, and observation. Wishing Wall Generously donated by Larry and Stacey Kohl A profoundly moving exhibit in the museum, our Wishing Wall is created with inspiration from many cultures, sacred spaces, sites, and memorials throughout the world. Here, open-ended prompts invite children and adults to draw and write their own wishes, ideas, and thoughts, in any language or format. This wall prompts reflection, response, and questioning, evolving every day as it fills with the hopes and dreams of our visitors. Glow With Us Always glowing dimly, Glow with Us shines brighter with each hand that touches it. As little visitors add their hands to the wall, a symphony of sound, light, and vibration creates a full sensory experience that represents the way our inner light is magnified when we connect with others. Infinite Reflection Generously donated by The Held Foundation Here, a child’s reflection is represented infinitely, highlighting each person’s ability to make a difference simply with their existence. There are ripple effects to what one says, how one acts, and how one shows up in all parts of life; this space helps young people visualize the extraordinary impact of their presence. Together We Teamwork is at the heart of Together We, where exhibits are designed to encourage collaborative play, communication, and discovery to explore what is possible when we work together. Together We is a collection of exhibit experiences that you can do on your own, but the experience is amplified when done together with others. Together We is a space that reminds us that we need each other and celebrates the magic that happens when we come together. All Systems Go! Generously donated by Simms/Mann Family Foundation This interactive Rube Goldberg-inspired ball machine engages children and adults of all ages, sizes, and abilities in a constantly moving process. Balls move upward with solo play, but visitors find the activity exponentially more complex and fun when working together as in a group. Teamwork Waterworks Cayton Conserves! Due to California’s severe drought, we have made the decision to close Teamwork Waterworks indefinitely. The good news is that Team Cayton is getting creative to find a fun new way to use this exhibit. Stay tuned for more. Masterpiece Makers Generously donated by The Younes & Soraya Nazarian Family Foundation A larger-than-life two-sided art and technology experience engages visitors instantly at Masterpiece Makers. On one side, every move you make triggers sweeping bursts of colorful light, and on the other, interchangeable magnets can be shaped and stacked in infinitely different ways to create a new network of patterns every time. Wisdom Wall As Albert Einstein once said, “Play is the highest form of research.” The Wisdom Wall is where we aim to inspire by sharing the wisdom of great thinkers, artists, and leaders. This exhibit uses real train-station split-flap technology to share thousands of quotes every day, providing an ever-changing treasure trove of inspiration. Together We Celebrate Together We Celebrate is an enclosed, clear booth ready to be filled with celebration. Press the magic button and watch the confetti and colored fabric swirl all around the air. This experience illustrates how even the smallest actions can illuminate our surroundings and inspire joy in one another. Bubbles, Bubbles, Bubbles Generously donated by Sydney D. Holland Foundation This exhibit allows visitors to create larger-than-life, iridescent bubbles. Little ones can work together to raise the bubble bar and blow through the shimmery layer to produce mesmerizing shapes that float throughout the museum space! Community Spaces Community spaces are just that: for the whole community. These spaces bring together people from all walks of life into a welcoming and accessible space, transforming for a wide range of events. S. Mark Taper Foundation Brilliant Blue Room Generously donated by S. Mark Taper Foundation The S. Mark Taper Brilliant Blue Room seamlessly blends into the Cayton play space, combining creative aesthetic and functionality. It provides an adaptable space for after-school programs, art workshops, museum programming, and an endless variety of events tailored just for you. To book this space for your next celebration, click here . Generosity Garden Words cannot fully express our gratitude to all the donors who contributed to making the Cayton Children’s Museum possible. “Blades of Grass” adorned with the names of our donors of $25,000 and above run the length of our Lobby’s south wall, creating a garden of gratitude to our community of dreamers and supporters. The Lounge and Nursing Nook At the Cayton, we strive to create spaces that support, welcome, and encourage a family experience. The Lounge is where families rest, recharge, and refuel in between play. With a seating area and healthy vending machines, this is our designated space in the museum for families to eat together. Tucked just behind The Lounge is the Nursery Nook— our designated breastfeeding room for visitors who prefer some privacy while feeding their babies. Note: Due to COVID-19 restrictions, eating is currently not permitted in the Cayton. The Derfner Theater Generously donated by The Derfner Foundation Imagination leads the way in the Derfner Theater, the Cayton’s central place of gathering. Our carpeted Theater features Big Green Blocks generously donated by Bright Day, and transforms for story times, music and dance, and so much more. The Theater offers state-of-the-art media capacity and an adaptable environment for a wide range of events, providing an ideal space for product launches, fundraisers, and more elaborate celebrations. To book this space for your next event, click here . Museum Store Highly curated and thoughtfully imagined, the Cayton’s Museum Store is a reflection of all of the values and principles that live within the museum’s exhibits and programs. Costumes give children an opportunity to put themselves in the shoes of a first responder, veterinarian, or superhero in their own homes. Book titles by local authors educate visitors on universal values, injustice, and social responsibility. Exhibit-inspired toys like fire trucks and helicopters let them practice what they learn in the museum beyond our walls. From puzzles to plush animals, every item sold in our store has been brought here with intention and purpose. And, as a 501c3 nonprofit organization, every dollar spent in the store goes back into the museum to underwrite free admission for L.A. County residents. Kevin & Chelsea Washington Art Studio Generously donated by Kevin and Chelsea Washington The Kevin & Chelsea Washington Art Studio is our pivotal center for creativity. From our daily free art studio programs to compelling classes, the Art Studio invites visitors to explore, create, imagine, and play. Pick up a paintbrush, mold some clay, or gather materials to build a collage--anything is possible here. Art Studio II In Art Studio II, visitors don’t just make masterpieces--they become them. This studio is primarily used for our littlest creators at Art Crawls, where they put on paintable onesies or diapers and are free to paint the floors, walls, and whatever else they please. Masterful spills, globs, fingerprints, footprints and more fill the room with energy, joy, giggles, and inspiration. The Grand Exit Generously donated by Rayni and Branden Williams Strike a pose in front of the massive mural, snap a photo and capture your memory in the most photogenic space of the museum. The Grand Exit is the place for a final gathering of groups, families, and events before leaving the museum, so our guests can say one final goodbye--until next time! Frequently Asked Questions Check out the FAQ page HERE

  • Cayton Children's Museum | Events & Parties | Los Angeles, California

    CELEBRATE AT THE CAYTON PARTY RENTALS THE DETAILS RENTAL OPTIONS DISCOVERY AWARDS FAQ Party Rentals Host your next celebration at the Cayton Children’s Museum! Located right off the beach in vibrant Downtown Santa Monica, the Cayton offers 21,000 square feet of play space with 25 discovery-based exhibits, art studios, a state-of-the-art theatre, a gallery pop-up space and community space—all in the center of retail and hospitality at Santa Monica Place. From birthday parties to baby showers to corporate events, the Cayton Children’s Museum offers a number of options to accommodate your needs. When you rent space at the Cayton, our event professionals will work with you to create a package that meets your needs. We work with a network of preferred event vendors, caterers, performers, artists, photographers and more, so you can focus on your celebration and on the one blowing out the candles! We offer several private rooms for event rentals, as well as the entire museum for private buy-outs, up to 200 guests To obtain more information on pricing options and availability, please complete the inquiry form . BOOK A PARTY The Details What does your rental include? Unlimited access to play in the museum. A private room for lunch, cake, opening gifts, and more. Assistance with cake service. A dedicated Cayton representative (one for every 40 kids). Biodegradable flatware, plates, napkins, and hand sanitizer/wipes. Bottled water for all guests. 20% discount in the Cayton store on the day of the event. Add-ons Include: Party favors for all of your guests curated from items in our Museum Store. Meri Meri themed party décor packages. Parking Parking is available in Santa Monica’s public parking structures. The first 90 minutes of parking are complimentary. If you would like to host self-parking for your guests, we can arrange parking validation for you. Rates range from $3 to $25 depending on the length of the event. Catering Our team will work with you to create the perfect menu for your celebration. Catering packages can be customized for 15 to 200 people. Contact us to see our list of preferred vendors. Availability Parties can be booked for the following time slots. Please contact us to inquire about weekday availability or extended times for special events. Saturday and Sunday 10am—12pm 2pm—4pm Pricing 40 People Starting at $1,150 60 People Starting at $1,725 80 People Starting at $2,300 100 People Starting at $5,000 Museum Buyout Starting at $10,000 Rental Options S. Mark Taper Foundation Brilliant Blue Room The S. Mark Taper Brilliant Blue Room & Celebration Sphere seamlessly blend into the Cayton play space, combining creative aesthetic and functionality. These spaces can accommodate a wide range of one-of-a-kind events for you and your guests. These rooms can hold groups of up to 40 on their own, and can be rented together for larger parties. The Derfner Theater The Derfner Theater is our premier individual event space for larger groups of 80 or more guests, offering state-of-the-art media capacity and an adaptable environment for a wide range of events. This is the ideal space for more elaborate parties and celebrations. Art Crawl Art Studio II transforms into one big, blank canvas for your littlest guests to express their inner artists! Babies and toddlers diaper up and crawl around in a free exploration of non-toxic paint and color while creating a beautiful mess from head to toe … and the best part is WE do all the cleanup! Private Art Crawl starts at $500. Museum Buy-Outs Booking the entire Cayton Children’s Museum for your event guarantees an unforgettable experience for you and your guests. A private buy-out starts at $10,000 and gives you exclusive use of the entire space. Museum buy-outs are traditionally held after 3pm, but please contact us for special requests. INQUIRE TODAY Frequently Asked Questions Check out the FAQ page HERE