Families visiting the Zimmer Children’s Museum in Los Angeles will find so much to do and explore, from interactive exhibits to daily and weekly family programs. Our Guide to the Zimmer Children’s Museum has all the information you need to have a fun visit. Editor’s Note: The Zimmer closes its doors at the Wilshire Boulevard location on February 10th, 2019. It will reopen on Spring 2019 as the Cayton Children’s Museum by Sharewell at Santa Monica Place. See the website for more details.
Zimmer Children’s Museum
6505 Wilshire Blvd. #100, Los Angeles, CA 90048
Hours: Monday – Thursday: 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
Friday: 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
Sunday: 12:30 pm to 4:30 pm (closed on Saturdays)
The Zimmer Children’s Museum is the only children’s museum in Los Angeles. The Museum offers 10,000 square-feet of discovery-based exhibits where children are “playing our way to a better world.”
Children imagine, play, and create through the interactive exhibits at the Zimmer. They can pretend to be a doctor, a chef, or a pilot. They can create a self-portrait, stage a show while wearing costumes, make a wish at the Wishing Wall, and more. The Museum is designed for infants to children of 8 years of age.
Keep in mind that as of November 2018, the Zimmer will be moving to its new location on the rooftop of Santa Monica Place Mall. The new location will offer more space and more open hours.
Special Programs and Events:
The Zimmer welcomes all children and families; however, on certain days the Museum opens it doors exclusively to families with children with special needs. On these Open Door Days, admission is free, but reservations are required. (Call the Museum to find out when their next Open Door Day is scheduled).
V.I.B. Hour, or Very Important Babies, is held every Wednesday morning from 9:00 am. to 10:00 am. For this hour, children under two years of age (and their caregivers) are invited to enjoy the museum in a more relaxed setting. Classes are also offered during V.I.B. hour. And there’s the V.I.B. Art Crawl, when the Zimmer’s Art Room is transformed “into one big blank canvas for babies and toddlers to diaper up and crawl around in a free exploration of paint and color while creating a beautiful mess from head to toe!”
Each morning and afternoon, the Zimmer offers a free program for visitors. Weekly programs include Story Time, Sing-a-Long, and Shadow Play to name a few. Additionally, the Zimmer hosts Sunday Family Programs many of which correspond to different holidays and seasonal events (such as a Lunar New Year activity on February 18th and a National Women’s History Month on March 11th).
The Zimmer offers Camp Zimmer, special Spring and Summer Camp experiences. Each week of the summer program has a focus on social responsibility and features arts, museum playtime, and creative and scientific explorations.
Admission is $7.50 for all visitors except children under a year of age are free.
Grandparents are free on Thursdays when joining their grandchild.
Active military families receive free admission when military identification is provided.
Families who visit the Zimmer on a regular basis may choose to purchase a 10-visit pass for $50, and there are also Membership options available too. Memberships include free unlimited admission, discounts on classes and camps, and more. Members also are invited to visit the museum during their own special hour on Fridays from 9:00 am to 10:00 am.
The Museum is located within the Jewish Federation Goldsmith Center; there is no exterior sign for the museum. Free parking is available in the adjacent lot to the west of the building entrance. If the lot is full, visitors must rely on nearby street parking.
There is no on-site restaurant. Vending machines are available, and guests are welcome to enjoy their home-brought snacks and lunches in a special room designed just for that purpose.
The Zimmer Children’s Museum is located on Wilshire Boulevard, just down the street from the famous Museum Row. There are several other nearby museums to visit, but many families find it best to visit the other museums on separate days. Click here to read our post “Family-Friendly Guide to Museum Row in Los Angeles.”
At the Zimmer, you’ll be close to the Mid-Wilshire part of town (click here to read our post “9 Things To Do In (Or Near) Mid-Wilshire With Kids”) as well as close to Beverly Hills (click here to read our post “10 Family-Friendly Things To See and Do in Beverly Hills”) to give you some ideas about other fun spots to visit while you’re in the neighborhood.
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