The Cayton Children’s Museum, formerly the Zimmer Children’s Museum, opened in 2019 in its new home in Santa Monica. Dedicated to “…activating the Power of Play to enrich the lives of children and their families,” The Cayton Children’s Museum is a delightful place.
Their location in Santa Monica Place Mall has convenient parking, and is 21,000 square feet of fun and discovery for children, with many hands-on exhibits.
The Cayton builds on over 30 years of experience from its predecessor, the Zimmer Children’s Museum, and is a nonprofit organization.
The Cayton Children’s Museum
395 Santa Monica Place, 3rd Floor, Santa Monica 90401
The Cayton Children’s Museum Hours
|Museum Members Only||Wednesday – Sundays 9am -10am|
|General Public||Wednesdays – Sundays 10am – 5pm|
Admission Prices at the Cayton Children’s Museum
Please note that the “Pay As You Wish” pricing model will come to an end in Fall 2022. Prices listed will take effect on November 2, 2022. Advance Reservations are required for tickets.
Prices until November 1st, 2022
|LA County Residents||“Pay-As-You-Wish”, meaning you decide how much|
|Visitors from Outside LA County||$16|
|Children under 1||Free|
Prices Beginning November 2nd, 2022
|Adults and Children (over the age of 1)||$15|
|Children under 1||Free|
|EBT, WIC and MediCal||Free Pay4All Passes available|
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.
“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.
How is the Cayton Organized?
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.”
Each space has something fun for kids, like the soft play area for toddlers, or the retired Fire Engine and Helicopter, both made to be climbed in.
There’s a giant ball pit with an inflatable raft, a Veterinarian’s office (complete with plush animals), a ropes course type climbing gym, a water table, a large area for playing with foam blocks, a tiny grocery store to pretend in, and so much more.
On top of everything to play with and experience, the Cayton Museum is beautifully decorated with original artwork on all the walls. It’s a colorful space, inviting and fun for all.
Membership at the Cayton
Members may visit the Cayton Children’s Museum anytime, without making a reservation, and they will receive priority entry, as well as exclusive access for the first hour of the day. There are several membership levels to choose from.
There are 3 levels of membership that go beyond personal use. Known as the Super Dupers, these membership levels also underwrite admission for members of the public, so that the Pay As You Wish policy may remain.
|The Launchers (for 2)||$240/year|
|The Climbers (for 4)||$360/year|
|The Reachers (for 6)||$500/year|
|The Playmakers (underwrites more than 60 families)||$1000/year|
|The Storytellers (underwrites more than 150 families)||$2500/year|
|The Community Builders (underwrites more than 300 families)||$5000/year|
Private Events at the Cayton Museum
The Cayton Museum is available for rentals, for private gatherings as well as kids’ birthday parties. There are multiple spaces within the galleries, and they can work with you to create a one-of-a-kind event.
The Cayton has hosted many fabulous events, and has been featured on TV shows as well.
Related: Los Angeles Birthday Party Guide
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.
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Monday 21st of September 2020
When you reopen are there any areas designed for 3yr olds?
Tuesday 22nd of September 2020
Yes, the museum has super fun things for 3-year-olds. Fingers crossed they open soon and you can check it out in person!