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New Children’s Museum Opens in Santa Monica

New Children’s Museum Opens in Santa Monica

The Cayton offers hands-on fun geared to ages 10 and under
Posted 5 years agoby Katrina Hunt

The beach-town scene in Santa Monica just got a little more kid-friendly: The Cayton Children's Museum recently debuted inside downtown’s Santa Monica Place.

The new Los Angeles County museum was created by the same organization behind the former Zimmer Children's Museum, which was located along the Miracle Mile, and offers up a kids’ museum in a city that can always use more. “A children’s museum design is meant to flip the way the world works,” Cayton CEO and founder Esther Netter recently told the Los Angeles Times. “You cross our threshold, and kids decide where to go. Nowhere else in the world do kids decide.” Such museums, she adds, are meant to be “played with, broken, destroyed, replaced, and revised.”

Certainly, the 21,000-square-foot museum is very hands-on: Kids can practice being on a rescue mission by sitting in a repurposed, first-responder helicopter, or boarding a recycled Coast Guard rescue boat set afloat in an ocean-like ball pit. Next, they can make their way up the Courage Climber, a web of ropes suspended from the ceiling. Or, they can put on a costume and get in front of the gre