Creativity Grows Here

Southern California Children’s Museum (SCCM) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that provides play-based activities and exhibits designed to foster excitement and spark a real sense of wonder. SCCM was founded in 2013 by a group of parents who felt there was an underserved need for public early childhood education in their community. Now ten years in existence, SCCM supports developmental milestone growth for children 0-7 years old through the arts and served nearly 23,000 people in 2022.

Come visit us in the heart of the Pasadena Playhouse district to explore our permanent exhibit Wild California, create in our Art Studio, take an art education class through our weekly programming, rent our space for special events, and put your imagination to use while interacting with our exhibits!

Donate today to help future generations grow through play, creativity, and cultural understanding.


A museum by the community, for the community.

Did you know? 

  • Southern California Children’s Museum is the most affordable nonprofit kids museum in our region.
  • We provide arts-based early education programs rooted in cultural equity twice a day, seven days a week included with admission, no sign-ups needed.
  • We host cultural celebrations that uplift different languages, traditions, and identities so that all children feel celebrated and seen.
  • We support local BIPOC authors by providing a platform for them to share their stories with children and families
  • We partner with cultural organizations to make sure their voice is represented in our programming and the lessons remain authentic.
  • We have an art studio for children and families to create together filled with art supplies that can be accessed with admission.
  • We provide reduced pricing for low-income families to remain accessible to all communities.

Despite how far we’ve come, we still have room to grow. Be a champion for children and donate today.

Lion Dance at Southern California Children's Museum

Keep Art and Culture Alive in Our Community

It takes a village, and we’re currently looking (and grateful) for more villagers who are passionate about creating something bigger for their families. Help us fill the void in arts, culture, and nature for our children with a 501c3 tax-deductible donation. Our best ideas are yet to come: A donation to SCCM means more quality events and out-of-the-box activities, and it brings us one step closer to unveiling permanent exhibits.