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Santa Cruz Children's Museum of Discovery

Organization Mission

The Santa Cruz Children’s Museum of Discovery provides interactive learning adventures for our community—cultivating curiosity, creativity, and exploration for children and caregivers.

The Big Idea 2024:
Low Cost Memberships for Families with Young Children

Every year, we provide play-based science, engineering, and arts education to around 50,000 people in our community. Research finds that this type of “guided play” can lead to stronger learning and development outcomes than unstructured play and in many cases it can lead to stronger academic gains than formal curriculum during early childhood—a critical time to learn. One-third of our visiting families need one of our income-based access programs to drop the price of admission so they can afford a joyful, educational, safe experience proven to help build healthy, happy families.

Every $100 you donate gives a family–of up to six–access to our museum for a WHOLE year. Help us keep important early learning experiences and joy affordable to children and EVERYONE in our county when it most counts–early and often.

Although my grandkids live closer to the Children's Discovery Museum in San Jose, and we go there often, there is something really special about MOD in Capitola that makes the drive worthwhile. Thank you for all your work that goes into making this such an appropriate, magical, friendly place for families.

Jan P.