Sacramento Children's Museum

Sacramento Children's Museum's mission is to spark a passion for life-long learning. We accomplish our mission by providing a place where children are encouraged to think for themselves, expand their problem-solving abilities through creative exploration, and exercise both their bodies and minds. Our exhibits and programs teach aspects of school readiness, including socialization, motor skills, emotional, language and communication development, and cognition.

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Address: 2701 Prospect Park Drive, Suite 120
Rancho Cordova, CA 95670
County or Parish: Sacramento
Executive Director: Sharon Stone Smith
Contact Email:
Primary Phone: 916-638-7225
Sacramento Children's Museum was incorporated as a nonprofit corporation in 2005 and opened its doors on August 25, 2011. It began as the vision of a group of dedicated community volunteers who saw the need for inspiring learning through interactivity. SCM is located in Rancho Cordova, CA and serves the entire Sacramento region. Sacramento Children's Museum is the only children's museum is the area.
SCM's most important needs include program enrichment, exhibit design and development, a strong core of individual donors and support for ExplorAbility - a free program for children on the autism spectrum. In addition to permanent exhibits, SCM offers programming that aligns with the CA state curriculum standards. Funds for programming support give us the opportunity to update curriculum, purchase supplies, and continue to expand our offerings. An increased budget for exhibit design and development would allow us to updated existing and add new exhibits at a faster rate. ExplorAbility - a free program for children on the autism spectrum - needs support to be able to bring in more industry professionals and parent resources. Finally, SCM needs to increase the number of unrestricted donations from individual donors to support the day to day operations of the museum and our mission to spark a passion for life-long learning.
Our top needs:
  1. Funding: Unrestricted - SCM needs unrestricted funding to support museum operations, exhibit development, and everything in between. Community support is key to our success!
  2. Funding: Program - Museum programming includes Story Time, Yoga Play, Cultural Connections, Music and Movement, Creative Art Class, and Science Sundays. Support for these programs allows us to expand our offerings, updated existing programs and purchase supplies.
  3. Funding: Program - SCM needs funding for ExplorAbility - a free program for children on the autism spectrum. This is the only program of its kind in the area.
  4. Board Members - SCM is looking to expand our Board of Directors. An ideal board member should be passionate about our mission to spark a passion for life-long learning and not afraid to have fun!
  5. Volunteers - SCM is always looking for more volunteers! SCM volunteers assist on the museum floor and are especially integral during special events.
Sacramento Children's Museum (SCM) is a hands-on, interactive learning environment for children from birth to age 8. We promote social skills development and introduce the concepts of science, technology, engineering, art, and math to our young visitors through play. Our exhibits and programming support our mission to spark a passion for life-long learning. Museum staff and volunteers work to create an exciting, happy and inclusive space for all young children and their families. SCM values each visitor and hopes to inspire every child to be creative and explore the world around them! Meghan Toland Director of Museum Advancement Sacramento Children's Museum