Southern California Children's Museum

Southern California Children's Museum SCCM features permanent and rotating exhibits that help develop a child’s gross and fine motor skills. Our regular programming and collaborations with local artists allow children hands-on opportunities to explore arts and culture. Let's Play!
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Southern California Children's Museum, Inc.'s (SCCM) mission is to cultivate a child's wonder, stimulate curiosity, and motivate learning through interactive exhibits, creative experiences and dramatic play, all while promoting the diverse cultures of Southern California.

06/16/2020

We are SO excited to share 𝘒𝘢𝘮𝘢𝘭𝘢 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘔𝘢𝘺𝘢’𝘴 𝘉𝘪𝘨 𝘐𝘥𝘦𝘢, a new book by Meena Harris and illustrated by Ana Ramirez Gonzales! Based on a true story, this book is about two sisters, Kamala and Maya, working together to create change in their community.⁣

Inspired by the sisters’ hardworking efforts to bring joy to their neighborhood, today’s craft is all about bringing hope to those around us during these difficult times. We invite you to paint rocks with uplifting messages to leave in highly visible areas or decorate your sidewalks with inspirational chalk art! You can share your creations with us using #socalkidsmuseum or DM us if your account is set to private!⁣

What you’ll need: rocks (any shape or size), paints and painting tools (chalk markers or paint pens work too) and/or chalk!⁣

Looking for more? Check out 𝐛𝐢𝐭.𝐥𝐲/𝐬𝐜𝐜𝐦_𝐩𝐡𝐞𝐧𝐨𝐦𝐞𝐧𝐚𝐥 for additional activities inspired by today’s story. Or, check out 𝐛𝐢𝐭.𝐥𝐲/𝐬𝐜𝐜𝐦_𝐦𝐞𝐞𝐧𝐚 for a Q&A with the author herself!⁣

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Calling all story lovers! Children’s book author @Larissa.Theule is joining us for ten weeks of story time and writing f...
06/11/2020

Calling all story lovers! Children’s book author @Larissa.Theule is joining us for ten weeks of story time and writing fun. She’ll read picture books that celebrate our beautiful world and lead writing activities that keep young imaginations and fingers nimble.⁣

𝐅𝐑𝐄𝐄 𝐢𝐧𝐭𝐫𝐨 𝐜𝐥𝐚𝐬𝐬 𝐨𝐧 𝟔/𝟏𝟓 (email [email protected] to register)!

Dates: Every Monday from 6/15 to 8/17⁣

Time: 10AM to 11AM⁣

10-week session cost: $40 per family⁣

Recommended ages: 6-10⁣

Link in bio to sign up!⁣

Classes hosted on Zoom. Capacity will be limited!⁣


























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There is so much happening in the world around us. Often, a child’s voice is lost and their feelings go unnoticed when t...
06/10/2020

There is so much happening in the world around us. Often, a child’s voice is lost and their feelings go unnoticed when the global climate is as intense as it currently is. We believe that artistic expression is a vital educational foundation and, in this way, we hope to help generate vital discussion in homes. ⁣

Yesterday, we asked if any of your kids are processing their emotions through art and we’re so touched by the responses we’ve gotten! Please keep sharing your child's work with us using #SCCMCreateChange (make sure your account is public so we can see the art), or DM us! Keep an eye out for an upcoming highlights channel “Create Change” to see more of the art that has been shared with us!⁣⁣

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This week for Story and Craft, we invite you to check out a read-aloud of 𝘠𝘰𝘶 𝘔𝘢𝘵𝘵𝘦𝘳, a book by New York Times Bestselli...
06/09/2020

This week for Story and Craft, we invite you to check out a read-aloud of 𝘠𝘰𝘶 𝘔𝘢𝘵𝘵𝘦𝘳, a book by New York Times Bestselling author and illustrator, Christian Robinson (@theartoffun). We know that this is a difficult time in the world. Children have lots of questions and we certainly do not have all the answers. 𝘠𝘰𝘶 𝘔𝘢𝘵𝘵𝘦𝘳 is a special story about the importance of different perspectives, how everyone is connected, and that everyone matters.⁣

In lieu of a craft, we want to know - how are your children processing recent events? Are they using art to express these feelings? Creating art is a great way for children to process their feelings and the feelings around them without using words. If you would like to share what they created with us, tag #SCCMCreateChange (your account needs to public for us to see) or DM us the creation! ⁣

“Art is a place for children to learn to trust their ideas, themselves, and to explore what is possible.” -Maryann F. Kohl ⁣

⁣ Link to @PBSKids read-aloud: bit.ly/sccm_youmatter































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🖤 #blackouttuesday #theshowmustbepaused
06/02/2020

🖤 #blackouttuesday #theshowmustbepaused

We stand for inclusion. We stand for justice. We are conscious of the pain in our community. As an organization, we want...
06/01/2020

We stand for inclusion. We stand for justice. We are conscious of the pain in our community. As an organization, we want to support our children and families to have conversations about race and racism. To lead by example. And to grow together. #blacklivesmatter⁣

If you’re looking for helpful resources to start discussions with your littles, we encourage you to check out:⁣
@hereweeread ⁣
@theconsciouskid⁣
@thetututeacher⁣

Join us as we share more over the coming, days, weeks, and months.⁣

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The world feels extra heavy right now. Listen, learn, and love. Sending (virtual) hugs to all our people — big and littl...
05/30/2020

The world feels extra heavy right now. Listen, learn, and love. Sending (virtual) hugs to all our people — big and little — we are in this together.⁣
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Image from 𝘏𝘦𝘳𝘦 𝘞𝘦 𝘈𝘳𝘦, by @oliverjeffers
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05/19/2020

Who thinks it should be #earthdayeveryday? 🙋‍♀️ For today’s Story and Craft, we're exploring 🌍 with @oliverjeffers! From land and sky, to people and time, 𝘏𝘦𝘳𝘦 𝘞𝘦 𝘈𝘳𝘦 is a fantastic intro to the planet we live on. We hope you love this story as much as we do!⁣

For our 🌎-inspired craft, you’ll need paper, a circular object for tracing, ✂️, paint (green & blue) and a clear, resealable bag!⁣
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Haven't read the book, or just love a good story time? Check out 𝐛𝐢𝐭.𝐥𝐲/𝐬𝐜𝐜𝐦_𝐩𝐥𝐚𝐧𝐞𝐭 for a read aloud by the author! Plus, did you know that Oliver Jeffers hosts a "Stay At Home Story Time" every weekday? Follow @oliverjeffers to learn more!⁣
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It’s #InternationalMuseumDay! We are celebrating by giving a 10-play pass to everyone who donates $25+ today! We truly a...
05/18/2020

It’s #InternationalMuseumDay! We are celebrating by giving a 10-play pass to everyone who donates $25+ today! We truly appreciate your continued support as we grow as an emerging children’s museum. Even during these trying times, we are working hard behind the scenes so that we’re ready to welcome you back with fun programming and events when the time comes!⁣

Note: Our play passes do not expire and are transferable. Stock up now for later!⁣

Donate 👉🏻 http://socalkids.org/donate/

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As Los Angeles moves into a new phase of Safer At Home, don’t forget to stay safe while you’re out and about! Keep 6ft a...
05/11/2020

As Los Angeles moves into a new phase of Safer At Home, don’t forget to stay safe while you’re out and about! Keep 6ft apart from others, wear a face mask and wash those hands. Let’s take care of each other! We look forward to the day when it’s our turn to open our doors and safely welcome you back into our interactive space. We miss you!⁣





































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Happy Mother’s Day to all you perfectly imperfect moms! It’s been an unusual several weeks - your patience, resilience, ...
05/10/2020

Happy Mother’s Day to all you perfectly imperfect moms! It’s been an unusual several weeks - your patience, resilience, unconditional love and determination have undoubtedly been put to the test. Here’s to you, for being just the 🍪 your family needs! ⁣




































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So far, you’ve survived 100% of the days you feel like a bad parent and a less than average homeschool teacher. You are ...
05/05/2020

So far, you’ve survived 100% of the days you feel like a bad parent and a less than average homeschool teacher. You are our heroes in this. And on #givingtuesdaynow, a global giving initiative, we want to honor your strength, grace, and perseverance through these 8 weeks (and counting), by offering a 10-play pass* for all donations $25 and greater. We see you. We’re with you. And when this is all over, we are looking forward to entertaining, educating, and occupying your kids’ ♥️ and minds. ⁣

We know times are tough, and appreciate a gift in any amount (link in profile). We’re all in this together and as always, are grateful for your support of @socalkidsmuseum.⁣



*Valid for donations $25+ made between 5/5-5/10. Qualified donors will be contacted via email next week. Play passes do not expire and are transferable but may not be refunded/exchanged. ⁣#socalkidsmuseum #playhousevillage

04/24/2020

It's Fun Foodie Friday! Check out this edible craft idea from our friends, @cwklifestyle! Gather some fruits/veggies, toothpicks and paper, then let your child’s imagination take over! ⁣

Have a vehicle-loving kiddo? Here are some fantastic virtual story times by @readbrightly featuring 🚜🚛🚗 :⁣

𝐈’𝐦 𝐀 𝐓𝐫𝐮𝐜𝐤 | bit.ly/sccm_truck ⁣

𝐄𝐥𝐛𝐨𝐰 𝐆𝐫𝐞𝐚𝐬𝐞 | bit.ly/sccm_elbowgrease⁣

𝐋𝐢𝐭𝐭𝐥𝐞 𝐄𝐱𝐜𝐚𝐯𝐚𝐭𝐨𝐫 | bit.ly/sccm_LittleE⁣

📹: @cwklifestyle. Visit their feed for fun at-home activities, creative kits and more! ⁣





































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Happy Earth Day! Did you know that gardening and teaching kids where their food comes from encourages them to try a grea...
04/22/2020

Happy Earth Day! Did you know that gardening and teaching kids where their food comes from encourages them to try a greater variety of fruits and vegetables?⁣ 🥒🍅🥬🍓
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Whether you’re creating a backyard garden or growing windowsill herbs, even young kids can get involved in planting seeds and watering!
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📸is from our 2019 Spring Camp. It was so fun teaching campers about plants and gardening! We miss you and look forward to hanging out with you once again!
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What day is it? We’re not sure either...🤷‍♀️ but we’ve rounded up more awesome at-home play ideas to help you get throug...
03/29/2020

What day is it? We’re not sure either...🤷‍♀️ but we’ve rounded up more awesome at-home play ideas to help you get through whatever day today is! ❤️ ⁣⁣
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03/19/2020

Have you seen our new IG highlight, At-Home Play? We’re curating various free resources and activities for your kids on our Stories, and saving them under At-Home Play for easy reference! Check it out if you’re looking for live story times (including author reads), free virtual lessons, and more!⁣
































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We are looking forward to the day we can open our doors and welcome you back. As a non-profit, we rely heavily on the ge...
03/18/2020

We are looking forward to the day we can open our doors and welcome you back. As a non-profit, we rely heavily on the generosity of our patrons and on the patronage of our visitors. We, like many small businesses in our community, need you right now. Here are some ways to give to organizations like us while practicing social distancing — make a small donation online, purchase gift cards or play passes for future use, leave a 5-star review, or take a credit instead of a refund for a booked party. We are ever grateful to be a part of this community and hope you will consider supporting during this uncertain time. Link in profile. #shoplocal #shopsmall #ittakesavillage⁣



























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⁣At-home activity inspo: Story &  Craft! This is easily one of our favorite weekly events! Every Tuesday, we share a boo...
03/17/2020


At-home activity inspo: Story & Craft!

This is easily one of our favorite weekly events! Every Tuesday, we share a book by the featured artist of the month, then invite kids to bring the story to life through a craft. Here’s a collection of what we’ve done in past sessions! Also check out our IG stories highlight, “Artists” for more ideas. Tag us if you do a story & craft at home - we’d love to see what you and your little ones create!⁣


























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As the start to an unusual week comes to a close, a gentle reminder that you are enough. What you did today, is enough. ...
03/16/2020

As the start to an unusual week comes to a close, a gentle reminder that you are enough. What you did today, is enough. We will continue to post at-home activities as inspiration but it’s ok to just...let the kids play. After all, play is the work of childhood.⁣

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Following the lead of many children’s museums across the nation, we will be temporarily closing effective Saturday, Marc...
03/13/2020

Following the lead of many children’s museums across the nation, we will be temporarily closing effective Saturday, March 14 through Sunday, March 29. ⁣⁣⁣
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Programming, events, and parties have been cancelled/rescheduled. Given the confirmed case of COVID-19 in Pasadena, it is our responsibility to do our part to slow the spread of this virus by implementing crowd-limiting strategies recommended by public health experts and the CDC.⁣ #ittakesavillage⁣⁣
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The messages painted on these rocks by our young guests at a previous Art Party couldn’t be more appropriate at this time. We will miss seeing our favorite little people and hope to have good news for you in the coming weeks. While we are closed to the public, we will take advantage of this time by performing a deep cleaning of the museum. We have made this decision to protect visitors, staff, and the community, and know how out of control things feel right now. We encourage you to take care of yourselves and to not forget to find space to love, laugh, and hug your humans.⁣⁣⁣
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We will continue to post at-home activities and send you updates as we can. We appreciate your continued support of our organization and your understanding. As with many non-profit museums and small businesses, we are funded through admissions and sales, and encourage you to make a donation or play pass purchase for the future to help offset operational costs as we are closed.⁣⁣⁣
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Admission: $8 for adults and children 1 and over. FREE for children under 1. 10 Play Pass- 10 individual visits for only $60, a $20 savings! Museums for All Admission- $3 for adults and children. You must present state-issued EBT card along with valid photo ID. "Twosdays" Special- 2-for-1 admission on Tuesdays after 2pm. Parking: Our FREE parking lot is located behind the museum on Los Robles, between Colorado Blvd and Union. Hours: Monday, Wednesday, & Thursday 9:30 AM - 1:30 PM Tuesday, Friday, & Saturday 9:30 AM - 4:30 PM Sunday 12:30 PM - 4:30 PM

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