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We are open seven days a week! We’re always closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day.

On November 14 we close to the public at 12pm. To see what is happening on a specific day and check if we have any private events, click here to visit our calendar.

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Visitors who participate in EBT and WIC now enjoy FREE admission to the Cayton, thanks to generous support from our corporate sponsor, Entertainment One (eOne). Good for up to six people each visit with proof of EBT or WIC and valid identification. Please visit our front desk for your tickets.

Active and Retired Military & First Responders

50% off of general admission good for up to six people each visit with valid identification. This offer is good on-site only.

The Reciprocity

All visitors who have an ACM Reciprocity sticker, will get 50% off their admission price. Please visit our front desk for your tickets.

Group Visits

Are you visiting with a group larger than ten? Please visit this page for more information and special discounted rates.


Becoming a member is the ultimate way to visit and save!

As a member, you can experience the benefits of play all year-long. Your annual membership gets you unlimited admission to the Cayton for one full year, along with special access to member’s only events and exclusive discounts on camp, classes and gift shop purchases. Explore the benefits of each level and start playing and saving!



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You can find the Cayton Children’s Museum in Downtown Santa Monica. We are located on the 3rd level of Santa Monica Place between Cheesecake Factory and Arclight.

395 Santa Monica Place
Santa Monica, CA, 90401

424-416-8320 |



getting 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.

Parking available in the City structures 7 and 8, which are immediately adjacent to Santa Monica Place. The first 90-minutes are free and $2 for the next hour. Please note, we do not validate. To see a map showing S7 and S8, go here.


Take the Metro Expo line and exit 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, visit here.


Santa Monica Place is also readily accessible via many Big Blue Bus route. Get the full online schedule and route information go here.



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 basics:

Drop-offs are not allowed. All children must be accompanied by an adult while visiting the museum. Some exhibits have age restrictions, please be mindful of signage throughout museum.

Disruptive, disrespectful and/or abusive behavior may result in immediate removal from the museum without refund and may be grounds for revoking membership. Each exhibit may have signage reflecting special conduct (i.e., no shoes, age restrictions, etc.).

Food and drink are not allowed in the museum. We do have a lounge area with vending machines that have healthy snacking options. We also do not allow strollers into the museum.

Visitors may be filmed, recorded or photographed by Cayton for educational and promotional uses. Please inform front desk if you’d prefer not to be photographed.

And most importantly, enjoy your visit!

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