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The Cayton Children’s Museum [Formerly the Zimmer]

The Cayton Children’s Museum, formerly the Zimmer Children’s Museum, opened in 2019 in its new home in Santa Monica.

This new location is 21,000 square feet of fun and discovery for children, with many hands-on exhibits, and is open 5 days per week.

And remember the Zimmer Museum Camp? The Cayton Children’s Museum has a Summer Camp, too.

Cayton Children's Museum colorful decor in Santa Monica

Where is the Cayton Children’s Museum?

The Cayton Children’s Museum is located on the 3rd floor of the open-air Santa Monica Place Mall, 395 Santa Monica Place, Suite 374. The Mall has convenient, on-site parking, and is also located at the final stop of the Metro Expo line, making public transportation a viable option for getting there.

Does the Cayton have Summer Camp, like the Zimmer did?

Yes! Camp Cayton is launching for Summer, Winter break and Spring Break. Check on their website for all the details.

What are the Cayton’s Hours?

The Cayton is open Wednesdays – Sundays from 10am – 5pm. 9am – 10am they are open for members only. They are closed Mondays and Tuesdays.

What is the price of admission?

The Cayton has a “Pay-as-you-wish” policy, which you can learn more about on their website, and they have memberships available as well.

Cayton Children's Museum firetruck

What’s the Museum Like?

The Cayton Children’s Museum is 21,000 square feet of discovery-based fun and hands-on exhibits that kids and adults will love. Their calendar will list arts and cultural events that families will surely love.

The space is designed as five exhibit wings that are meant to inspire visitors to explore “…core universal values, such as kindness, compassion, respect and hospitality.”

“Children’s museums are powerful spaces for gathering, for being in community, for celebrating, for playing, and for learning,” explains Esther Netter, founder and CEO of the Cayton.

Cayton Children's Museum classroom setting

Cayton Children’s Museum [Formerly the Zimmer Museum]
Where: 395 Santa Monica Place, Suite 374, Santa Monica
Hours: Open 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Mondays-Saturdays, noon-7 p.m. Sundays
Admission: $14 per person

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