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  • Cayton Children's Museum | Activity Calendar, Los Angeles

    JuLY CALENDAR Beat the Heat at the Cayton this Summer! Special Summer Hours Summer is heating up and we are ready to dive into fun! Celebrate July with a festive array of birthday-themed art activities, hands-on sensory play, and special events in honor of the Caytons' 5th birthday this year. Open on Mondays from May 27 (Memorial Day) to Sep 2 (Labor Day) Special Events Chalk It Up with Melanie Olivas Friday, July 5 Guest artist Melanie Olivas will join from 10:30AM-12:30PM to help transform our sidewalks into gigantic masterpieces! LEARN MORE Storytime+Art with Sydney Mesher Thursday, July 18 Join us for a special Storytime+Art with guest author Sydney Mesher ! LEARN MORE Cayton's Birthday Bash Saturday, July 13 & Sunday, June 14 Save the date! The Cayton is hosting their 5th Birthday blowout! LEARN MORE Parents' Night Out Saturday, July 20 Reserve your child's after-hours play date and get your own play date, too. LEARN MORE Wild About Wildlife Workshops with the California Wildlife Center Friday, July 12, July 19, & July 26 ​ Join our guests from the California Wildlife Center in a series of three workshops on conservation. LEARN MORE Weekly Activities July 3—8 ​ Cayton Children's Museum - Come one, come all to our royal birthday celebration! Decorate a birthday crown with tissue paper, rhinestones, and colorful designs to celebrate the Cayton’s fifth birthday! July 24—29 Aaron Rose Philip - Transform simple paper bags to fun and expressive self-portrait puppets, inspired by Antiguan-American model Aaron Rose Philip. July 10-15 Scott Edwards - Celebrate wildlife conservation and use airdry clay to mold your favorite wildlife animals. July 31—August 5 Aya Khalil - Craft beautiful wreaths using colorful construction paper and a whole lot of love inspired by “The Arabic Quilt” by Aya Khalil. July 17—22 House of Disability Organizations - Use recyclable materials to design and construct buildings that are accessible to everyone. From ramps to wide doorways, we’ll take inspiration from the House of Disability Organizations and imagine a more accessible world for all. Daily Activities Daily Activities are drop-in and free for members and museum visitors Every week is a new adventure at the Cayton. Kids learn new skills, create, and grow, all while immersed in play Updated Program Times Art Studio: 10AM-1:00PM and 2-4:30PM Storytime (every Thursday): 11 AM Programs: 11AM and 3PM Monday July 1 11AM—Create-A-Card Celebrate the Cayton’s 5th by making birthday cards! Create colorful and thoughtful birthday cards for your loved ones. ​ 3PM— Bubble Dance Party Pop in to jump and dance to fun music while surrounded by a sea of bubbles . Friday July 5 10:30AM—Chalk it Up with Melanie Olivas Transform our sidewalks into gigantic art pieces with special guest artist Melanie Olivas! Join us for Chalk It Up and let your creativity run wild with colorful chalk creations. ​ 3PM—Birthday Hats It’s party time! Decorate a birthday hat with sequins and get ready to celebrate in style. Monday July 8 11AM—Clay Donuts Celebrate the Cayton’s 5th birthday with donuts! Create donuts out of air-dry clay and then bedazzle them with sequins for a festive touch. ​ 3PM—Bubble Dance Party Pop in to jump and dance to fun music while surrounded by a sea of bubbles at this lively and fun dance party. Let the bubbles and music move you! Friday July 12 10:30AM—Chalk It Up Transform our sidewalks into gigantic art pieces! Join us for Chalk It Up and let your creativity run wild with colorful chalk creations. ​ 3PM—Wild About Wildlife Workshop with California Wildlife Center Explore a variety of animal and sensory craft stations while learning about birds and the center’s Bird Nursery. Discover fascinating wildlife facts and make creative crafts! Monday July 15 11AM—Bubble Dance Party Pop in to jump and dance to fun music while surrounded by a sea of bubbles at this lively and fun dance party ​ 3PM—Summer Suncatchers Capture the essence of summer with radiant suncatchers! Layer vibrant tissue paper and craft intricate designs using construction paper to create dazzling suncatchers. Friday July 19 10:30AM—Chalk It Up Transform our sidewalks into gigantic art pieces! Join us for Chalk It Up and let your creativity run wild with colorful chalk creations. ​ 3PM—Wild About Wildlife Workshop with California Wildlife Center Explore a variety of animal and sensory craft stations while learning about the center’s Wildlife Hospital. Discover fascinating wildlife facts and make creative crafts! Monday July 22 11AM—Sand Sensory Dough Explore sand playdough sensory bins! Discover new textures and sensations with this fun and tactile activity. ​ 3PM—Bubble Dance Party Pop in to jump and dance to fun music while surrounded by a sea of bubbles at this lively and fun dance party. Let the bubbles and music move you!. Friday July 26 10:30AM—Chalk It Up Transform our sidewalks into gigantic art pieces! Join us for Chalk It Up and let your creativity run wild with colorful chalk creations. ​ 3PM—Wild About Wildlife Workshop with California Wildlife Center Explore a variety of animal and sensory craft stations while learning about the organization’s Marine Mammal Rescue. Monday July 29 11AM—Summer Adventure Sensory Explore baseball and camp-themed sensory bins! Dive into the textures and activities of summer adventures. ​ ​ 3PM—Bubble Dance Party Pop in to jump and dance to fun music while surrounded by a sea of bubbles at this lively and fun dance party. Let the bubbles and music move you! Wednesday July 3 11AM—Bday Banners Create bright, fun birthday banners using construction paper! Let your creativity shine as you craft colorful banners to celebrate our special day.​ 3PM—Balloon Bash Don't let that balloon touch the ground! Keep the balloons in the air and, for an extra challenge, pass them back and forth between friends. Saturday July 6 11AM—Bubble Dance Party Pop in to jump and dance to fun birthday music while surrounded by a sea of bubbles at this lively and fun dance party. Celebrate with bubbles and beats! ​ 3PM—We Built This City Create a miniature city out of recyclable materials! Use your imagination and engineering skills to build a unique cityscape. Wednesday July 10 11AM—Hands-on Hope Create a collaborative art project with prints of your hands! Join us in making a colorful and hopeful mural using handprints. ​ 3PM—Sensational Summer Get in the season with sensory activities. Explore sensory bins filled with a sunny summer theme and discover new textures and sensations! Saturday July 13 11AM—Bubble Dance Party Pop in to jump and dance to fun birthday music while surrounded by a sea of bubbles at this lively and fun dance party. ​ 3PM—Fluttery Picnic Shop for foods at our market and take them into our “In Tune With Nature” exhibit to picnic with the butterflies. Enjoy a whimsical picnic surrounded by fluttering friends. Wednesday July 17 11AM—Clay Portraits Create clay portraits of people! Use your creativity to shape and mold clay into unique and expressive portraits. ​ 3PM—Wheel-ie Fun Get ready to hop, skip, and jump! We will spin a color wheel, and wherever it lands, hop into action and jump to the color! Saturday July 20 11AM—Bubble Dance Party Pop in to jump and dance to fun music while surrounded by a sea of bubbles at this lively and fun dance party. Let the bubbles and music move you! ​ 3PM—Helpful Hands Everybody is different, and some people need special items to help them live their lives. Using recycled materials, build “helpful tools” to make life easier! Wednesday July 24 11AM—Accessible Architects Build different types of buildings with recyclable materials for people with various needs. Design structures with ramps, bigger doorways, and other accessibility features.​ ​ 3PM—Under the Sea Sensory Dive into fun with these sea-themed sensory bins! Explore bins filled with water beads and squishy sensory sea creatures. Saturday July 27 11AM—Bubble Dance Party Pop in to jump and dance to fun music while surrounded by a sea of bubbles at this lively and fun dance party. Let the bubbles and music move you!​ ​ 3PM—Photo Fun Draw pictures of your friends and family, then create fun photo frames to display them in! Capture memories and make art! Wednesday July 31 11AM—Bracelet Buddies Celebrate friendship in style! Craft matching bracelets to share with your friends and family! ​ 3PM—Sweet Cookie Sensory Dough Explore squishy sensory bins with sugar cookie-themed sensory dough! Thursday July 4 11AM—Create-A-Card Celebrate the Cayton’s 5th by making birthday cards! Create colorful and thoughtful birthday cards for your loved ones. 3PM— Bubble Dance Party Pop in to jump and dance to fun music while surrounded by a sea of bubbles . Sunday July 7 11AM—Birthday Scavenger Hunt Celebrate our birthday with a sweet scavenger hunt around the museum. Search high and low for birthday items hidden around the Cayton. ​ 3PM—Paintsicles Celebrate summer by painting with popsicles made of paint! Cool down and get creative with this fun and refreshing activity. Thursday July 11 11AM—Storytime+Art Read "Everybody Has A Body” by Molli Jackson Ehlert. Afterward, create abstract portraits celebrating the diversity and uniqueness of bodies. ​ 3PM—Pixle Art Use your problem-solving skills to uncover a secret image of a birthday cake in pixel art style! Piece together the puzzle and reveal the delicious surprise. Sunday July 14 ​ 11AM—Celebrate with Sensory Explore a variety of sensory bins with items from different communities and cultures. Celebrate diversity and sensory exploration! ​ 3PM—Storytime+Art Read “Little Taco Truck” by Tanya Valentine & Jorge Martin, about a taco truck who learns to share. Afterward, create a taco truck of your own out of paper and foam shapes! ​ Thursday June 18 11AM—Storytime+Art with Sydney Mesher Guest author Sydney Mesher will read her book “She Kept Dancing” about her experience being the first visibly disabled Rockette. Afterward, Sydney will lead a mini-dance class! ​ 3PM—Kindness Chain Write down nice things about yourselves or someone you love! Together, we will create a chain of kindness and spread positivity! Sunday July 21 11 AM—Ice Cream Art Create ice cream art out of coffee filters and paper! The coffee filters will transform into a cone, and then top it with whatever flavor of ice cream you like! ​ 3PM—Reflect On Desserts! Celebrate National Ice Cream Day by drawing ice cream and other desserts on the walls of our “Reflect On” exhibit. Let your sweet tooth inspire your artwork! Thursday July 25 11AM—Storytime+Art Read "Mixed Me” by Taye Diggs, about a child understanding their identity. Afterward, create a mixed-media self-portrait that celebrates your unique self. ​ 3PM—Beat Builders Let the rhythm take over! Explore instruments like sticks, drums, and rainbow bells. Play along to the beat of a diverse range of music and make some noise! Sunday July 28 11 AM—Sink-Or-Float Put your engineering skills to the test in this STEAM experiment. Construct a boat and see how much it can carry. Will it sink or float? ​ 3PM—Help-i-tour Meet at the helpicopter and take turns being a pilot or crew member! Use your imagination to soar over Los Angeles County and spot landmarks from above!

  • Cayton Children's Museum | Activity Calendar, Los Angeles

    June CALENDAR ABOUT Beat the heat at the Cayton this summer! Special Summer Hours Open on Mondays from May 27 (Memorial Day) to Sep 2 (Labor Day) Summer is heating up and we are ready to dive into fun! Celebrate June with a rainbow of colorful art activities, hands-on sensory play, and special events. Plus, enjoy our extended summer hours now until September 2. Special Events Chalk It Up with Miles Christopher Friday, June 14 Guest artist Miles Christopher will join from 10:30AM-12:30PM to help transform our sidewalks into gigantic masterpieces! Miles Christopher is an abstract painter, chalk artist, muralist, and musician, who lives and works in Southern California. His colorful, abstract art accentuates every subtlety on everyday life, whether the subjects are people, animals, or landscapes. LEARN MORE Parents' Night Out Saturday, June 15 Offered the third Saturday each month from April to August, reserve your child's after-hours play date and get your own play date, too. ​ Kids will enjoy three hours of supervised fun-filled playtime, featuring games, activities, and museum exploration. Plus, they'll be served dinner, snacks, and drinks—a perfect playdate for everyone! LEARN MORE Weekly Activities June 5—10 ​ Gilbert Baker & Daniel Quasar - Design unique and colorful flags, drawing inspiration from the iconic works of Gilbert Baker and Daniel Quasar. June 12—17 ​ Devan Shimoyama - Celebaate your loved ones by making puppets, inspired by the imaginative work of Devan Shimoyama. June 19—June 24 ​ Ximena the Axolotl, Trixie the Triceratops & Byron the Byson - Get inspired by our furry friends! Join us and transform ordinary cups into powerful megaphones. Express yourself and amplify your voice in this creative project. June 26—July 1 ​ Sara Zapata - Dive into the tactile world of bright, rainbow-themed sensory bins, inspired by the textile artistry of Sara Zapata. Daily Activities Daily Activities are drop-in and free for members and museum visitors Every week is a new adventure at the Cayton. Kids learn new skills, create, and grow, all while immersed in play Updated Program Times Art Studio: 10AM-1:00PM and 2-4:30PM Storytime (every Thursday): 11 AM Programs: 11AM and 3PM Saturday June 1 11AM—Bubble Dance Party Pop in to jump and dance to fun music while surrounded by a sea of bubbles at this lively and fun dance party! 3PM—Donut Scavenger Hunt Celebrate National Donut Day with a sweet scavenger hunt around the museum. Search high and low for donuts hidden around the Cayton. Wednesday June 5 11AM—Pointillism Butterflies Discover the art of Pointillism! We'll create unique, beautiful butterflies using small, distinct dots of color. ​ 3PM—Shake, Rattle & Roll Get ready to groove! Join our Shake and Drum Jam, exploring tambourines, bells, shakers, and drums. Saturday June 8 11AM—Bubble Dance Party Pop in to jump and dance to fun music while surrounded by a sea of bubbles at this lively and fun dance party ​ 3PM—Rainbow Wreaths Create vibrant Rainbow Wreaths and decorate them with things about yourself that you are proud of. It's a colorful celebration of self-love and pride! Wednesday June 12 11AM—Move & Groove Play a variety of movement games like Red Light, Green Light and Simon Says. Get ready to move and groove! ​ 3PM—Step Right Up! Circus, Circus! Enjoy fun carnival games like bowling, bean bag toss, and giant Connect Four. Step right up and join the fun! Sunday June 2 11AM—Storytime + Art Get excited to explore your surroundings! Craft a pair of binoculars out of recycled materials. ​ 3PM—Long Distance Hugs Decorate a cut out of your hands and write a message to send to someone you love who lives far away! ​ ​ Thursday June 6 11AM—Storytime+Art Read "Not He Or She, I’m Me" by A.M. Wild, a story about a kid embracing their true self. Afterward, create self-portraits by looking in a mirror and showing love to ourselves through art. ​ 3PM—Bracelet Buddies Celebrate friendship in style! Craft matching bracelets to share with your friends and family! Sunday June 9 11AM—Fizzy Fun Dive into Fizzy Fun! Create artwork with fizzy chemical reactions, expressing yourself with bursts of color and excitement. ​ 3PM—Color Collab! It's time to team up! Work together to create a gigantic coloring page! Thursday June 13 11AM—Storytime+Art Read "The Book With No Pictures" by B.J. Novak, an interactive, imaginative book. Afterward, create a book yourself inspired by the story! ​ 3PM—Puppet Performers It’s showtime! Direct, write, and star in a puppet show of your very own. Let your imagination take the stage! Monday June 3 11AM—Salt Painting Get creative with new textures! Glue salt to paper, add watercolors and see what beautiful patterns emerge. ​ 3PM—Bubble Dance Party Pop in to jump and dance to fun music while surrounded by a sea of bubbles at this lively and fun dance party! Friday June 7 10:30AM—Chalk It Up Transform our sidewalks into gigantic art pieces! Join us for Chalk It Up and let your creativity run wild with colorful chalk creations. ​ 3PM—Balance Olympics Stick it like an Olympian! Participate in our Balance Olympics, playing balance games inspired by Olympic gymnastics. Monday June 10 11AM—Bubble Dance Party Pop in to jump and dance to fun music while surrounded by a sea of bubbles at this lively and fun dance party! ​ 3PM—Tweety Treats Care for your feathered friends with this fun project and craft a colorful bird feeder! Friday June 14 International Day of Play Join us for International Day of Play as we celebrate all day long! ​ 10:30AM—Chalk It Up ​ 12:30PM—Splash Zone ​ 1:30PM—Bubble Dance Party ​ 3PM—Scavenger Hunt Saturday June 15 11AM—Bubble Dance Party Pop in to jump and dance to fun music while surrounded by a sea of bubbles at this lively and fun dance party ​ 3PM—DIY Dice Create dice for the next family game night! Add fun instructions like "Jump like a frog" or "Make the sound of a cow" to keep everyone entertained. Sunday June 16 11AM—Love You to Pieces Create a photo frame for a loved one using puzzle pieces and collage materials, adding reasons why you love them. A heartfelt gift for someone special! ​ 3PM—Puppet Pals Create a fun sock puppet! Let your creativity shine as you bring your new puppet friend to life. Monday June 17 11AM—Popcicle Paints Celebrate summer by painting with popsicles made of paint! Cool down and get creative with this fun and refreshing activity. ​ 3PM—Obstacle Course Get ready for an adventure! Navigate balance beams, hop on 'stones,' and crawl through tunnels to reach the finish line. Wednesday June 19 11AM—Storytime+Art Read “Juneteenth for Mazie” by Floyd Cooper, about a child learning about the struggles and triumphs of Juneteenth. Afterward, create celebration poppers to honor the day. ​ 3PM—Calming Hearts Take a moment for calming art! Sculpt clay hearts and decorate them with sequins for some sparkly fun. Thursday June 20 Friday June 21 10:30 AM—Chalk It Up Transform our sidewalks into gigantic art pieces! Join us for Chalk It Up and let your creativity run wild with colorful chalk creations. ​ 3PM—Wax Wonders Mold yourself some art! Craft awesome masterpieces out of wax sticks and let your imagination take shape. 11AM—Bubble Dance Party Pop in to jump and dance to fun music while surrounded by a sea of bubbles at this lively and fun dance party! ​ 3PM—Pom Party Experiment with the puffy texture of pom-poms in art! Create a fluffy and colorful pom-pom masterpiece. Saturday June 22 Sunday June 23 11AM—Harmonica Harmony Time to get creative! Craft a harmonica out of popsicle sticks and rubber bands, and make some music. ​ 3PM—Color Run Race through a colorful obstacle course with different obstacles correlated with different colors of the rainbow! Monday June 24 11AM—Clay Rainbows Create sculptures using modeling clay in every color of the rainbow! Let your creativity shine with this colorful activity. ​ 3PM—Bubble Dance Party Pop in to jump and dance to fun music while surrounded by a sea of bubbles at this lively and fun dance party! 11AM—Storytime+Art Read “I Celebrate My Voice: It is Limitless” by Nonku Kunene Adumetey, with guest reader Librarian Damitri Boone. Afterward, create puppets of yourself to celebrate your uniqueness. ​ 3PM—Storytime+Art Read “Nothing Rhymes With Orange” by Adam Rex, a story about an orange struggling to fit in and find a word that rhymes with its name. Afterward, create fun rhymes with each other. Wednesday June 24 11AM—Color Fusion Fun Explore the magic of color and paint mixing with watercolors and oil pastels! Combine them to create unique, bright abstract paintings. ​ 3PM—Obstacle Course Get ready for an adventure! Navigate balance beams, hop on 'stones,' and crawl through tunnels to reach the finish line. Thursday June 27 Friday June 28 11AM—Storytime+Art Read “Stella Brings the Family” about a child whose family looks a bit different than her friends. Afterward, create portraits of your family out of clay! ​ 3PM—Treasure Hunt ARG! It’s time to hunt some treasure, matey. Decorate your treasure map of the museum, then follow the clues to find the hidden ‘X’ where there lies treasure! 10:30 AM—Chalk It Up Transform our sidewalks into gigantic art pieces! Join us for Chalk It Up and let your creativity run wild with colorful chalk creations. ​ 3PM—Puffy Paint Create puffy paint fruits! You can create and decorate colorful fruits with a variety of fun materials, such as shaving cream, pom-poms, sequins, and watercolors. Saturday June 29 Sunday June 30 11AM—Proud To Be Me Prarade Dress up in fun costumes and parade around the museum in style! Celebrate being the best you that you can be! ​ 3PM—Rainbow Jewelry Craft colorful, fun jewelry in every shade of the rainbow! 11AM—Icy Adventures Create a colorful masterpiece with this exciting STEAM experiment! Combine colorful, salt, and paper to create art! ​ 3PM—Parachute Flyers Soar into a high-flying experience! Create your own parachute flyers and test them out by launching them in our wind tunnel! FAQ Frequently Asked Questions Check out the FAQ page HERE

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