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Woman doing arts and crafts with her daughter at Cayton Children's Museum

a Donation

Every $25 = can underwrite a visit for an adult and child

Playing Our Way to a Better World for 5 Years and Counting

We can’t believe it’s been five years since we opened our doors for play! And thanks to you, we are continuing to play our way to a better world with our exhibits, cultural events, and programs.


Support our playful work by gifting play for others with a donation of $5, $50, $500 or more in honor of our 5th birthday. We are looking to offer PLAY4ALL annual passes to 100 families or more.


Every donation - big or small - helps us provide:

Field Trips for Title 1 schools throughout LA County

PLAY4ALL passes for families facing financial hardship

Sensory initiatives

for children with


Other Ways to Give

For questions or to learn more, please contact:
Cayton Development Department.



Join our PLAY4ALL Heroes Membership Circle to support the Cayton’s equity and inclusion initiatives while getting access to additional benefits like:

— General Membership perks including unlimited play for a  year, expedited entry, museum discounts

— Four additional guest passes per year (12 total)

— Recognition on the Cayton PLAY4ALL Wall for one year

— Mention in the Cayton’s Annual Report

— Family-friendly volunteer opportunities

— Invitation to Annual Play Day with our Women’s Philanthropy Circle

— 20% off annual fundraising events

— Contributing to equity initiatives like Title 1 school field trips, PLAY4ALL annual passes for families facing financial hardship and sensory initiatives for children with sensory disabilities.

Promise Fund

Founder of the Cayton Children's Museum, Esther Netter

Our fearless Founder, Esther Netter, has dedicated 36 years to developing the vision and foundation for what is now the Cayton Children’s Museum.

Her dream began in a modest 600 square foot play space in the Westside Jewish Community Center in 1991, which grew into the beloved Zimmer Children’s Museum, a place where children flourished, and families connected for nearly two decades. Today, her dream has been fully realized with the Cayton in Santa Monica.

As a testament to Esther’s legacy, our Promise Fund campaign invites our community of supporters to celebrate the Cayton’s limitless potential to help honor Esther’s retirement.



Expand your impact and ask your company to match your contribution to the Cayton. 

Talk to your employer or HR department to see if they have a matching gift program through platforms like Benevity or CyberGrants.

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