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

    Annual Memberships BECOME A MEMBER MEMBERSHIP LEVELS SUPER DUPER FAQ Enjoy 15% off annual memberships this March Want to earn special access and perks at the Cayton and support our nonprofit mission? From now only until March 31 , save 15% when you sign up for an annual membership! Annual members get to bypass timed ticketing, so you can come to the museum whenever you like without reserving a time slot in advance. Members also get to take advantage of members-only hours, special access to program events, advance registration for classes and camps, discounts in the Museum Store, as well as passes for out-of-town guests. But your annual membership isn’t just about the perks—it’s also an act of good will. Your membership helps cover some of our operational costs so we can keep the Cayton free for the entire Los Angeles community. Through your support, hundreds of kids and families who couldn’t otherwise afford the visit are able to experience the wonder of play. Annual memberships start at $200 during the month of March You can also join one of our Philanthropic Circles, which give you all the special member perks and access, in addition to public acknowledgment in the museum for every visitor to see (scroll below). Become a member today and join us in our mission to make the Cayton accessible to all. Membership Levels L A U N C H E R S $ 2 4 0 / y e a r N O W $ 20 0 Membership for 2 2 passes for out-of-town guests per year Expedited check-in Members-only hours Priority access to special programs and events, including artist residencies, performances, and much more 10% discount in museum store Association of Children’s Museums reciprocal access (50% off general admission (up to 6) at member museums nationwide) Come any time! Timed ticketing not required, space permitting. JOIN TODAY C L I M BE R S $3 6 0 / y e a r N O W $ 3 0 0 Membership for 4 4 passes for out-of-town guests per year Expedited check-in Members-only hours Priority access to special programs and events, including artist residencies, performances, and much more 10% discount in museum store ​ Association of Children’s Museums reciprocal access (50% off general admission (up to 6) at member museums nationwide) Come any time! Timed ticketing not required, space permitting. JOIN TODAY R E A C H E R S $5 0 0 / y e a r N O W $ 4 2 5 Membership for 6 8 passes for out-of-town guests per year Expedited check-in Members-only hours 10% discount on classes, camps, and space rentals Priority access to special programs and events, including artist residencies, performances, and much more 10% discount in museum store ​ Association of Children’s Museums reciprocal access (50% off general admission (up to 6) at member museums nationwide) Come any time! Timed ticketing not required, space permitting. JOIN TODAY Super Duper Membership Our Super Duper Membership give supporters all the same benefits of membership as part of our family of major donors. Like our annual members, Super Duper Members help cover some of our operational costs, including admission for L.A. County residents—but they also help fund the public programs and community initiatives that guide children in their own self-discovery. These include everything from the daily activities in our art studios, to storytelling in the Derfner Theatre, to the mobile programs that bring the Cayton into neighborhoods where safe outlets for play are limited. These are the programs that help our children grow into healthy adults that thrive in a changing world make the Cayton come alive and they are only possible with your support. Super Duper Memberships are also publicly acknowledged in the museum for their support. Become a Super Duper Member today and your name will become known in the community as a respected champion for play. The Playmakers $1,000 Underwrites over 60 visits to the Cayton Children’s Museum Acknowledgment in museum publications and newsletters Acknowledgment on our Annual Donor Wall All membership benefits at the $500 level JOIN TODAY The Storytellers $2,500 Underwrites over 150 visits to the Cayton Children’s Museum Acknowledgment in museum publications and newsletters Acknowledgment at the $2,500 level on our Play for All wall for the lifetime of the museum Acknowledgment on our Annual Donor Wall All membership benefits at the $500 level JOIN TODAY The Community Builders $5,000 Underwrites over 300 visits to the Cayton Children’s Museum Acknowledgment in museum publications and newsletters Acknowledgment at the $5,000 level on our Play for All wall for the lifetime of the museum Acknowledgment on our Annual Donor Wall All membership benefits at the $500 level JOIN TODAY 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 Perlstein 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 | Classes | Los Angeles, California

    SENSORY SUNDAYS ABOUT ART CRAWL BUDDING ARTISTS I BUDDING ARTISTS II CAYTON CONSTRUCTORS PAINT THE WALLS PUPPET PRODUCTION FAQ Sensory Inclusive Play At the Cayton Children’s Museum, we believe in the benefit of play for all and recognize that play looks different for everyone. As such, the Cayton has partnered with KultureCity, the nation’s leading nonprofit in sensory awareness and acceptance, to make the Cayton more sensory inclusive. On Sunday, September 18, the Cayton Children’s Museum will host our first Sensory Sunday event from 9 AM–12 PM. During this time, the Museum will only be open to families with children with special needs and disabilities who RSVP, as well as members. CLICK TO RSVP About Sensory Sundays What is sensory sensitivity? Sensory sensitivity is an increased sensitivity to and deeper cognitive processing of external stimuli. People with sensory needs have trouble receiving and responding to information that is received by our senses; subtle sounds, lights, crowds, and even smells can be overwhelming and sometimes physically painful. Sensory sensitivity is more common than you might think. According to KultureCity, 1 in 6 people have a sensory need or invisible disability often experienced by individuals with autism, dementia, PTSD, and other similar conditions. What sensory inclusive accommodations will the Museum offer? The Cayton already has sensory bags and weighted lap pads readily available—not just on Sensory Sundays—at the Front Desk. The sensory bags are equipped with noise-cancelling headphones, fidget tools, and verbal cue cards. Should you need any assistance, a Play Guide or any employee can also help you locate them. What adjustments will be made to the Museum floor? On Sensory Sundays, the Cayton will make limited PA announcements and ensure that any music is played softly. There will be designated Quiet Area locations that are easily accessible locations for those who may benefit from a quieter and more secure environment. Quiet areas will be clearly marked with a KultureCity “Quiet Area” sign. For our play friends who use wheelchairs, the Cayton ensures accessibility at the Wishing Wall card area and in the Kevin & Chelsea Washington Art Studio. What is KultureCity? KultureCity is the leading nonprofit recognized for revolutionizing and effecting change for those with sensory needs in communities across the country. Since the program’s inception, KultureCity has created more than 550 sensory-inclusive venues and events, including major NFL and MLB events. The Cayton is proud to partner with KultureCity to be certified as a Sensory Inclusive venue. Will there be special classes or programs on Sensory Sundays? We are excited to offer several engaging sensory inclusive activities on Sensory Sundays. Is your staff equipped to handle families with children with special needs? We welcome children of all abilities at the Cayton Children’s Museum and strive to create a welcoming and inclusive play environment. To achieve this, our play guides take part in regular training on inclusion, guiding play, and …. Play Guides and front desk staff are also certified by KultureCity in recognizing and helping guests with sensory needs, as well as handling sensory overload situations. 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 ​ Chris Jackson Chief Operating Officer ​ Lisa Sherman-Colt Chief Program Officer ​ Kristen Abraham Development Director ​ Elizabeth Apolinar Play Guide ​ Lacey Banis Copywriter & Editor ​ Lillian Brownfield HR Manager Paige Colvin Play Guide ​ Navikka Dasz Program Director Navikka Diego Play Guide ​ 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 ​ Nathaly Orozco Guest Services Associate ​ Karl Perry Guest Services Coordinator ​ Heidi Ramirez Guest Services Associate Valerie Ramirez Play Guide ​ Ian Riley Play Guide ​ Jillian Riley Guest Services Associate​ Alexandra Rodrigeuz Play Guide ​ Janine Rubin Program Manager 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. FALL 2022 If you would like to review earlier financials, please email development@caytonmuseum.org . 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 990s: FISCAL YEAR 2018 FISCAL YEAR 2017 FISCAL YEAR 2019 FISCAL YEAR 2016 FISCAL YEAR 2015 Contact General info@caytonmuseum.org 424-416-8320 Become a Member Development Department membership@caytonmuseum.org 424-416-8342 Book an Event Events & Guest Services events@caytonmuseum.org 424-416-8348 Make a Donation Development Department development@caytonmuseum.org 424-416-8342 Corporate Partnerships Development Department development@caytonmuseum.org 424-416-8342 Community Programs & Partnerships Ebony Durham, Community Programs Manager edurham@caytonmuseum.org 424-416-2478 Classes Programs Department classes@caytonmuseum.org 424-416-8320 Camp Programs Department camp@caytonmuseum.org 424-416-8320 Frequently Asked Questions Check out the FAQ page HERE

  • 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 All Visitors Admission is $15 each for adults and children (1+). Children under a year old are always admitted free of charge. We encourage you to read this letter from our CEO to learn more about our decision and the benefit we were able to provide to our community when it was needed most. BOOK TICKETS The “PLAY4ALL Pass” For those families experiencing financial hardship, the Cayton will offer a year-long PLAY4ALL pass. Households receiving Medi-Cal/Medicaid, Women, Infants, and Children (WIC), CalWorks (TANF), or CalFresh (Food Stamps) are eligible. For visitors who qualify, passes can be activated by presenting proof of eligibility at the museum check-in desk upon first visit. LEARN MORE Annual Members Annual membership starts at $240 for an adult and a child. Members are free to come anytime during museum operating hours and receive priority entry and expedited check-in. When we return to charging admission on November 2, we encourage visitors who enjoy the museum with frequency to explore their options for purchasing a membership package . As a member, you won’t just save while you play all year long—you will also have access to a bunch of other cool perks! BECOME A MEMBER 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 Visitors must register online for available timed entry. Members have guaranteed walk-up entry, space permitting. Closed Mon-Tue 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 info@caytonmuseum.org . 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 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. Call 424-416-8320 Email info@caytomuseum.org 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 . 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. 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. 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. 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 info@caytonmuseum.org . Frequently Asked Questions Check out the FAQ page HERE

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

    Make a Donation Make a donation Every $25 = underwrites a visit for an adult and child $25 $50 $100 $250 $500 $1,000 $ other ONE-TIME DONATON RECURRING DONATION BY MAIL OR PHONE WIRE TRANSFER/ACH MAJOR GIFTS PHILANTHROPIC MEMBERSHIP GIFTS OF STOCK IN HONOR/CELEBRATION OF LEGACY & PLANNED GIFTS DONOR-ADVISED FUNDS MATCHING GIFTS CORPORATE GIVING Big or Small, Support Play For All There are many children living in our own community that don’t have access to safe or meaningful places to play. But play shouldn’t be a luxury—it is necessary to building the physical, social and emotional skills that help children grow into strong and healthy adults. Make a donation today to help make the Cayton a place where all children and families can learn, discover, connect and grow. There are many different ways that you can support equity in play! Scroll down to learn more about the many ways you can give or click on your preferred method above. Ways to Give Make a Donation make a donation Every $25 = underwrites a visit for an adult and child MAKE a one-time or recurring donation today to support PLAY FOR ALL. Your contribution is 100% tax-deductible and will help underwrite the price of admission for the entire community, along with supporting our public programs in the museum and out in the community. $25 $250 $50 $500 1 $100 $1,000 $ other Become a Monthly Donor Become a monthly donor 2 Become a monthly or annual donor to create a continuous and reliable source of funding for the Cayton year-round. Your gift will be charged automatically based on the frequency you choose. And there are no strings attached—your gift can be modified or canceled at any time. SIGN-UP NOW Pledge by Mail or Phone If you would like to make a major gift or feel more comfortable making a contribution offline, you can reach us by mail or phone. Pledge by mail By Mail Print out and complete this form. Then mail your donation along with your completed form to: Cayton Children’s Museum Re: Development Office 395 Santa Monica Place, #374 Santa Monica, CA 90401 3 Pledge by phone By Phone To make a donation by phone or to discuss giving opportunities, please contact the Cayton Development Department, at development@caytonmuseum.org or 424.416.8342 . For questions or to learn more, please contact: Cayton Development Department Phone: 424.416.8342 / Email: development@caytonmuseum.org Donate via Wire Transfer/ACH Donate via wire transfer/ach Making a donation via wire transfer/ACH is the quickest way to get funds to us—and one of the easiest ways for you to process a donation. To process a donation via wire, click here for our banking information . 4 Because we receive limited information when funds are wired to our account, help us ensure that you are credited as the donor so your gift is properly received and acknowledged. To notify us that you plan to make a donation via wire transfer, please email the following information to the Cayton Development Department , at development@caytonmuseum.org , or call 424.416.8342 : — Name of donor and mailing address — Name of fund administrator/initiator — Donation amount For questions or to learn more, please contact: Cayton Development Department Phone: 424.416.8342 / Email: development@caytonmuseum.org Make a Major Gift Make a major gift We exist today because of the generous support of our individual donors and philanthropists. 5 When you make a major gift to the Cayton of $2,500 or more, you are helping to remove barriers that limit some children from experiencing the transformational power of play. You are creating opportunities for children of all backgrounds to learn and grow from and with one another. You are investing in the culture, health and well-being of our Los Angeles community. And you are advocating for equity and inclusiveness in play when it is needed most. Our development team can work with you to find a need within the organization that best speaks to you and your family, while exploring the most meaningful ways that we can acknowledge your support in the museum. To learn more about major gift opportunities, please contact: Carly Harrill, Chief Advancement Officer Phone: 424.416.8327 / Email: charrill@caytonmuseum.org Below are a number of ways you can make a major gift: 1 Support our General Operations When you make a gift to support our general operations, you give our leadership team the flexibility to use funds at our discretion, giving us greater capacity to respond to the ever-changing needs of our institution. Unrestricted gifts are critical to the stability and longevity of the organization by supporting not just one part of the organization—but all areas of the organization. 2 Sponsor a Program From public arts programming to early childhood initiatives to Cayton On-the-Go community programs, there are many programs at the Cayton in need of funding support. We can work with you to find a program that speaks to your interests or your family’s values for a lasting impact. Gifts can be made to go toward funding of a program or can underwrite all of a program’s costs for a year or multiple years. 3 Exhibit Underwriting & Naming Opportunities Leave a lasting legacy for your children, their children and our community by naming an exhibit or community space at the museum. Exhibit and space underwriting opportunities start at $100,000 and go up to $1M for Museum Exhibit Wing underwriting. All pledges can be made outright or over multiple years. As a major museum funder, you will be recognized for the lifetime of the museum on exhibit or wing signage as well as on a “blade of grass” in our Generosity Garden, which acknowledges our most significant donors. Funding Options We offer a number of ways you can structure your gift. When possible, we encourage donors to make their contribution outright to support our immediate needs, however we also provide the option of spreading out payment over multiple years to make larger commitments of $10,000 and above more feasible. Donors can also split up a pledge across multiple payment options, such as pairing a cash gift with a gift of stock to meet your desired donation amount. Donors can also choose to make a major pledge today that will be rendered at a later date that is mutually agreed-upon. Our development team will work with you to structure an option that meets your giving capacity while meeting the organization’s needs. Donor Acknowledgment At the Cayton, we acknowledge our major funders in creative, playful and significant ways. Annual donor acknowledgment opportunities start at gifts of $1,000 or more while larger gifts of $25,000 and above are recognized on signature art installations for the lifetime of the museum. Underwriters of exhibit and community spaces are acknowledged on exhibits and vibrant exhibit wing signage at each of the five core museum wings, in addition to the above opportunities. In 2021, we are introducing the Play for All Wall, a new art installation that will recognize all donors who make gifts of $2,500 and above in support of our Free Admission & Equity Initiative. Supporters will be acknowledged on a wooden tile that will increase in size based on the size of the gift. To learn more about major gift opportunities, please contact: Carly Harrill, Chief Advancement Officer Phone: 424.416.8327 / Email: charrill@caytonmuseum.org Become a Super Duper Member Become a super duper member Join our Super Duper Membership Circle to support the Cayton’s efforts and get the benefits of being an annual member like expedited entry, access to members-only hours and events and the ability to come whenever you want (when our doors are open, silly). 6 We count on the philanthropy of our Super Duper members to continue providing free admission to the LA community and bring play into neighborhoods through nonprofit community partnerships—so your membership makes a BIG difference. CLICK HERE Make The Gift Of Stock Make the gift of stock Make a gift of stock, securities or mutual fund shares is an impactful way to advocate for equity in play. Making this gift is simple and comes with a number of benefits, including: Makes It Easier To Pledge A Major Gift Reaching a major gift goal can be made easier by pairing a cash gift with a gift of stock. For instance, if you want to make a $25,000 gift but can only pay $10,000 in cash, you can pair your cash gift with a $15,000 gift in stock, or any combination. Helps Stretch Your Gift Making a gift of appreciated stock, bonds or mutual funds doesn’t only benefit the Cayton—it also helps you. For one, you will receive a charitable income tax deduction for the full fair market value of the securities, and at the same time you may avoid capital gains taxes on appreciated stock. 7 How To Make Your Gift Step One: Donate Stock Please provide your broker with the following information: — Name of Account: Sharewell — Financial Institution: Pershing LLC — DTC Number: 0443 — For The Benefit Of: Cayton Children’s Museum — Account: A9G065576 — Tax ID: 20-1470992 Step Two: Notify Us We do not receive any information about the donor when stock or mutual funds are transferred to our account. Help us credit you as the donor so we can ensure all gifts are properly received and acknowledged. Please email the Cayton Development Department, at development@caytonmuseum.org or 424.416.8342 either before or after donating securities and provide the following information about the gift: — Name of the stock — Number of shares — Your name and address As always, we recommend that you consult a tax professional with any specific questions. For questions or to learn more, please contact: Cayton Development Department Phone: 424.416.8342 / Email: development@caytonmuseum.org Make a DediCayton Make a dedicayton 8 Donate in honor of someone by making a “DediCayton.” Your DediCayton will bring inspiration and joy to thousands of children and families while celebrating the memory or individuality of someone that is extra special to you. MAKE A DEDICAYTON Leave Your Legacy Leave your legacy You can support the Cayton and leave a lasting impact for your children, grandchildren and generations to come by making a legacy gift. Legacy, or planned gifts, can make a huge difference in our long-term health and financial stability while giving you significant tax and monetary benefits. 9 There are a number of ways you can include the Cayton in your long-term planning. The simplest way is to include us as a bequest in your estate plans or will. You can also choose to designate us as a beneficiary of your retirement plan, life insurance policy, bank account, stock and securities or property. Some donors also choose to establish a charitable trust, which can allow them to make recurring contributions to the Cayton during their lifetime and beyond. To discuss making a legacy gift to the Cayton, please contact: Carly Harrill, Chief Advancement Officer Phone: 424.416.8342 / Email: charrill@caytonmuseum.org Note: Please consult your tax, legal, or financial advisors concerning the specific details of making a legacy gift to the Cayton and to help you determine which approach is best for you. Donate Through a Donor Advised Fund (DAF) Donate Through a Donor Advised Fund (DAF) Making a contribution through a donor advised fund, or DAF, gives you the flexibility to tailor your philanthropic giving, recommending how much and how often money is granted to the Cayton Children’s Museum. 10 It’s a great way to put your charitable dollars to work, whether you want to make a one-time unrestricted grant or a recurring grant to a campaign or program. You can also designate the Cayton as a beneficiary of the entire account or a percentage of the fund. How to make a gift through your DAF 1 STEP 1: Request a grant distribution through your DAF fund administrator. Make sure to include our EIN #: 20-1470992 2 STEP 2: Indicate whether your gift is unrestricted or designated to a specific program or effort that aligns with your interests (Please note that the Cayton prefers unrestricted gifts so the organization can choose where the dollars are needed most.) 3 STEP 3: Ask your fund administrator to mail your donation or pay by ACH with documentation that includes the donor’s identity and intent for how funds should be used or allocated. By Mail: Cayton Children’s Museum 395 Santa Monica Place, #374 Santa Monica, CA 90401 By ACH: Wire transfer instructions can be downloaded here . For questions or to learn more, please contact: Cayton Development Department Phone: 424.416.8342 / Email: development@caytonmuseum.org Company Matching Gift Company Matching Gift Ask your company to match your gift and your contribution to the Cayton Children’s Museum can be doubled or tripled in value, thereby maximizing your impact! Talk to your employer or HR department to see if they have a matching gift program. If they do, request a matching gift form from your employer and follow the directions to initiate the match. Next, email or mail your form to the Cayton and we will notify you when your gift has been matched. 11 By Email: Send your form to development@caytonmuseum.org with the subject line “Matching Gift – YOUR NAME.” Someone from our team will confirm upon receipt. By Mail: Mail your form to: Cayton Children’s Museum Re: Matching Gift 395 Santa Monica Place, #374 Santa Monica, CA 90401 For questions or to learn more, please contact: Cayton Development Department Phone: 424.416.8342 / Email: development@caytonmuseum.org Become a Corporate Supporter Become a Corporate Supporter The Cayton Children’s Museum is committed to activating the power of play as a force for good—and, together, with our corporate partners, we can achieve that. Partnering with the Cayton can give your company a creative and meaningful way to promote your social responsibility efforts while helping increase access to play for thousands of children and families across Los Angeles County. We offer fun and engaging corporate partnership opportunities that demonstrate your company’s values and commitment to equity in play with the flexibility to develop customized partnerships that help meet your brand goals. Here are a few ways you can partner with the Cayton: Corporate Membership If your company is based or has offices in Los Angeles County, corporate membership is a great way for you to provide a rewarding benefit for your employees while reminding your team that work should be fun. Corporate memberships provide all of our membership benefits for your employees and their immediate families at an annual fee that is based on the size of your staff. In addition, your company will be recognized on annual donor signage and in museum publications and promotional materials for your generous support. Helps Stretch Your Gift Support the Cayton through a company grant and be our partner in increasing access to play. Our Corporate Giving program gives your company or brand a meaningful way to reach your corporate philanthropy objectives while positioning you as a positive force in the community and building brand loyalty. 12 There are a number of ways that your company can give to the Cayton. You can make a corporate gift to the Cayton to support our overall nonprofit mission or direct it to a program that strongly aligns with your core brand values. We will work with you to customize a corporate acknowledgment plan that best fits your annual objectives. If you have a corporate foundation or grant-giving program, the Cayton can put your philanthropic dollars to work to create a brighter future for the children of Los Angeles. A myriad of public programs designed to promote multiculturalism and early childhood development, as well as community outreach programs that bring the Cayton into underserved neighborhoods, make an investment in the Cayton—an investment in the community. We welcome the opportunity to apply for funding through your corporate foundation to achieve our shared goals. ​ Cause Marketing We believe in authentic partnerships with purpose-driven brands that are committed to creating a better world built on equity, inclusivity, acceptance and belonging. If your company or brand aligns with these principles, consider a cause marketing partnership with the Cayton. Whether your company is interested in a donation with purchase, consumer pledge drive or employee engagement opportunities, partnering with the Cayton on a cause marketing initiative can drive sales while demonstrating your corporate values to your consumers in ways that are meaningful and engaging. For questions or to learn more, please contact: Eliza Sanchez, Institutional Giving Manager Phone: 424.416.2462 / Email: esanchez@caytonmuseum.org Guidestar Gold Transparency 2021 Our organization earned a 2021 Gold Seal of Transparency! Now, everyone can view our financial details and learn about the people at our organization. Check out our updated #NonprofitProfile on Candid: www.guidestar.org/profile/20-1470992

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

    CELEBRATE AT THE CAYTON ABOUT ELIGIBILTY 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. We offer several private rooms for event rentals, as well as the entire museum for private buy-outs, up to 200 guests 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! BOOK A PARTY To obtain more information on pricing options and availability, please complete the inquiry form . 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

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

    Annual Memberships BECOME A MEMBER MEMBERSHIP LEVELS SUPER DUPER FAQ Become a member and play all year long! There are so many perks to being a member at the Cayton Children’s Museum! Annual members get to bypass timed ticketing, so you can come to the museum whenever you like without reserving a time slot in advance. Members also get to take advantage of Members-only hours, special access to program events, discounts on camp, classes and in our museum store, as well as guest passes. Annual memberships start at $240 for an adult and a child. Membership Levels Launchers $240/year Membership for 2 2 passes for guests per year Members welcome any time—timed ticketing is not required (space permitting) Expedited check-in Access to Members-only hours Priority access to special programs and events 10% off the museum store 50% off general admission for up to 6 people at other Association of Children’s Museums member museums nationwide JOIN TODAY Climbers $360/year Membership for 4 4 passes for guests per year Members welcome any time—timed ticketing is not required (space permitting Expedited check-in Access to Members-only hours Priority access to special programs and events 10% off the museum store 50% off general admission for up to 6 people at other Association of Children’s Museums member museums nationwide JOIN TODAY Reachers $500/year Membership for 6 8 passes for guests per year Members welcome any time—timed ticketing is not required (space permitting) Expedited check-in Access to Members-only hours Priority access to special programs and events 10% discount on classes, camps, and the museum store 10% off party rentals 50% off general admission for up to 6 people at other Association of Children’s Museums member museums nationwide JOIN TODAY Super Duper Membership Our Super Duper Membership gives supporters all the benefits of membership, while helping support our nonprofit mission! Your contribution will help fund the public programs and community initiatives that enrich the lives of all children and families, both in the museum and in the community. For additional questions about our philanthropic membership program or making a major gift, please contact our Development Office at development@caytonmuseum.org . Super Duper Members get all membership benefits at the Reachers level, PLUS: Playmakers $1,000 Underwrites visits for more than 60 families to the Cayton as part of our free admission program Acknowledgment in museum publications and newsletters Acknowledgment on our Annual Donor Wall JOIN TODAY Storytellers $2,500 Underwrites visits for more 150 families to the Cayton as part of our free admission program Acknowledgment in museum publications and newsletters Acknowledgment on our Annual Donor Wall Acknowledgment at the $2,500 level on our Play for All wall for the lifetime of the museum JOIN TODAY Community Builders $5,000 Underwrites visits for more than 300 families to the Cayton as part of our free admission program Acknowledgment in museum publications and newsletters Acknowledgment on our Annual Donor Wall Acknowledgment at the $5,000 level on our Play for All wall for the lifetime of the museum JOIN TODAY Frequently Asked Questions Check out the FAQ page HERE

  • Cayton Children's Museum | Community Programs | Los Angeles, California

    COMMUNITY PROGRAMS COMMUNITY PROGRAMS CREATIVITY KIT CAYTON ON THE GO SENSORY SENSITIVITY TABLING Community Programs The Cayton Children’s Museum believes that all families in LA County should have access to play. We offer a unique variety of creative and interactive programs beyond our walls and throughout our community. Partnering with local organizations, schools, and community events the Cayton provides opportunities for children and their families to participate in active, artistic, and purposeful play. Cayton Creativity Kit Program This “quarantine-era” born program is designed to make Cayton’s signature brand of process-based art making, DIY, for families at home or in the classroom. Kits are assembled quarterly by volunteer crews of Cayton Children’s Museum member families and supplied to partner organizations that support children and their families through client drop-in or otherwise transient programs. These DIY kits are then distributed at community resource events, homeless shelters, to clinical behavioral therapists, public school art festivals, community arts & literacy events. Cayton-On-The-Go Cayton-on-the-Go is a mobile museum program for children ages 2-8 that incorporates interactive storytelling, singing & movement games, and process- based visual artmaking. Kids can participate individually or in cooperation with their parent/caregiver. Cayton-on-the-Go creativity workshops are facilitated on-site in the local community served by our partner organizations (or virtually via online platform). These organizations are engaged as strategic partners because of their focus on child development and education for young children and their families. Every Cayton-on-the-Go creativity workshop is designed to support the participant’s cognitive, behavioral, and socio-emotional development through creative play and art exploration. Cayton “Sensory Sensitivity Events” Starting on September 18 the Cayton will begin hosting quarterly “Sensory Sensitivity Events.” These events are designed for community organizations that support families of children with diverse abilities and special needs. The Cayton invites these organizations to the museum for custom events that cater to sensory sensitivity and other special needs that can make the museum a more personable experience for all. CLICK TO LEARN MORE Tabling The Cayton loves engaging and interacting with families in our community at local events and activities. We bring our creative activities to tables at a variety of events including: Locals Night on the Santa Monia Pier, WIN’s Back to Preschool Event, Santa Monica Arts and Literacy Festival, and the Venice Art Walk. Supporters Thank you to the Cayton Children’s Museum Community Programs supporters: Cayton community programs is made possible by The Institute of Museum and Library Services Cayton community programs are supported, in part, by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors through the Los Angeles County Department of Arts and Culture. Frequently Asked Questions Check out the FAQ page HERE