Winter Workshop FAQs

  • What is your session change, refund or cancellation policy?

    • $5administrative fee for any registration changes at any time
    • $10 cancellation fee: Workshop fees are refundable or transferable, minus the cancellation fee of $10, if requested up to 7 days before the start of the session in which your child is enrolled
    • No refunds or credits will be given within 7 days of camp start date
    • The Children’s Museum of Sonoma County reserves the right to cancel camps not fully enrolled and will issue full refunds in such cases.

  • My child wants to change her workshop session, how can I do that?

    There is a $5 transaction fee for each change made after an application is received, including changing sessions or topics. Please DO NOT submit duplicate registrations.

    If you would like to change your session, please call (707) 546-4069, or, email the Director of Programs, Lauren Peters at

  • How does the waitlist work?

    If an opening becomes available, you will be contacted by e-mail from our registration system and will have 2 days to respond before it is offered to the next camper in line.

  • How does drop off and pick up work for Winter Workshops?

    Your child can be dropped off and picked up at the main entrance to the Museum, near Bubblemania. Staff will be there to meet you and your children. If you arrive late, please call the Museum. Authorized adults must sign-out children. Please bring a photo ID when you or your child’s caregiver comes for pick up.

  • My child has never been dropped off for childcare before; can they be enrolled in a workshop?

    In an effort to make the experience a positive one for young children, it is best that they have practiced the routine of being dropped off in a childcare or other drop-off program before they come to camp. They can still enroll, however.

  • Are you strict about my child’s age for winter workshops?

    All registrants must be between 5 years and 8 years of age to attend CMOSC workshops. We make no exceptions to this policy.

    CMOSC Winter Workshops are specifically designed to suit the social-emotional development and cognitive needs of children ages 5 - 8 years old. We tailor instruction and guide group dynamics for this specific age group to provide the best experience possible.

  • Is snack & lunch provided?

    We provide a simple nutritious snack during each camp session. Please note that campers with food allergies or sensitivities should bring their own snack. Lunch is not provided.

  • What is your instructor to child ratio?

    In an effort to create a supportive an individualized workshop experience, we aim to keep our instructor to child ratio at 1:6. Maximum class registration is 15 campers and 2 instructors.

  • Who are the instructors?

    All of the Lead Instructors are teachers, or have a strong background in child development and experience working with young children. Our counseling staff is made up of dedicated young adults, many of whom have previous experience working with children.

  • Are parents or caregivers allowed to attend workshops with their children?

    The Museum does not allow adults to attend workshops with their children. If your child requires special considerations, please speak with the Director of Programs personally, well in advance of your child’s workshop. Arrangements must be made prior to the workshop, without exception.

  • Will you administer medication to my child while they are at the Museum?

    We are not able to administer medication for your child while they are in our care (epi-pens are an exception). If your child needs medication during their workshop session, you are welcome to come and administer medication as needed.

    If your child needs an epi-pen, the instructor will hold onto it during the day and administer if needed in an emergency.

  • How do you handle behavioral issues?

    If a child's actions are disruptive and/or disrespectful to instructors or other children, staff will speak with parent or caregiver about the behavior. If a child's actions become a repeated issue, staff will ask that the child does not return to any additional workshops. If a child's actions are more serious or threatening in nature, staff will ask that the child does not return to the Museum’s camp or workshops and may require immediate pick-up.

  • What should my child wear & pack for workshops?

    Please send your child in old clothes that you do not mind getting dirty. While we use mostly washable products, stains can still occur. During our camps children play all around the Museum and outdoors, and they can sometimes tear, damage or stain clothes. It is also advisable to send them in layers. Please send children in closed toe shoes. We have a camp/workshop packing checklist, here.

  • Can my child bring toys & electronics to their workshop?

    Please leave electronics, stuffed animals, trading cards and other toys at home. Museum staff is not responsible for ensuring the safety or care of any such items & toys brought to workshops often become lost or damaged.

  • Do you offer scholarships for Winter Workshop Sessions?

    We are not able to offer scholarships for our workshops at this time.