COVID-19 Relief

The Children’s Museum of Sonoma County is closed until further notice to help slow the spread of COVID-19. Please consider helping us get through this challenging time with a gift today.


We are responding to COVID-19 in our community.

We Need Your Support

The COVID-19 crisis has put financial strain on CMOSC. We are a nonprofit organization that relies on ticket sales, membership income, and other sources of funds to survive.

Because we have closed our doors temporarily for the safety of our guests, we must forgo much needed revenue. We take comfort in knowing that we have incredible supporters like you who are compassionate, and now we need you more than ever. With our museum closed, we urgently need financial support.

We have taken immediate steps to put the organization in the best position to be able to re-open when it’s safe to do so. These measures have been heartbreaking and there are no guarantees it will be enough without support from our community.

Thankfully, COVID-19 doesn’t appear to be a major concern for children’s health, but experts agree that children will bear the larger burdens of trauma and economic fallout; children experience the general atmosphere of anxiety and panic as acutely as adults do. When we reopen, we will be on the front lines of helping children and families cope with the trauma they have experienced by providing opportunities to play through their experiences.

When the time is right for you and your family, we would appreciate it if you would consider making a gift. Please help us preserve the museum by becoming a member, renewing your membership, or donating today. These donations will help ensure the museum has the necessary funds to continue to operate and maintain a world-class facility, as well as to create extraordinary exhibits and programs for the future, such as our upcoming “Space Odyssey” exhibit set to open later this year.

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Why Support Us?

We have been a vital resource in our community since we opened our doors in 2014, and with your help we will continue to fill a critical need for children.

We know many families are struggling financially during this crisis, but together we will continue to bring joy and playful learning to families and children in our community. If you able to support us, your contribution will help CMOSC remain relevant.

Resources for Play at Home

CMOSC has always been committed to the well-being of our community, and we will continue to be here for you. You and your family’s well-being is of the utmost importance, and we look forward to seeing you back at CMOSC when we reopen.

While our physical doors are closed, our mission to inspire growth in all children by engaging families in learning through play remains steadfast. We have worked to find ways to play and learn together while everyone practices social distancing. We invite you to use CMOSC’s family resource webpage; we will share information, safety practices, and fun suggestions for home play on the website. Please visit our blog and follow us on Facebook, InstagramTwitter and YouTube.


FAQs

How long will the Museum remain closed?

At this time, we do not have a definite answer in this rapidly changing environment. We will announce our reopening on our website and social media, as well as by e-mails to members.

How will my support help at this critical time?

Your support will assist with:
– Continuing CMOSC’s programming and activities online to families at home during this challenging time.
– Helping us adjust for lost funds during this time.
– Retaining essential CMOSC staff who are vital to our operations, now and in the future.
– Ensuring CMOSC remains open for all children to play.

Your support is more vital now than ever. Can you help us continue our mission to inspire curiosity and creativity through joyful, transformative experiences?

Is my donation tax-deductible?

Yes, donations are tax-deductible in the United States. CMOSC is a registered 501(c)(3), and our U.S. federal EIN is 20-3496878.

I’m an existing donor – will any of my donations go to COVID-19?

No. Only donations specifically marked for COVID-19 relief at point of donation will be designated for emergency relief funding due to the impact of COVID-19. Donations marked for annual giving, programs, or capital (or those donations marked “undesignated”) will not be used in emergency relief efforts.

Why do we need places like CMOSC to stay open?

COVID-19 doesn’t appear to be a major concern for children’s health, but experts agree that children will bear the larger burdens of trauma and economic fallout; children experience the general atmosphere of anxiety and panic as acutely as adults do. When we reopen, we will be on the front lines of helping children and families cope with the trauma they have experienced by providing opportunities to play through their experiences.

What’s the evidence base on play-based experiences?

Research shows impact across a range of outcomes. Learn more on our research page [LINK].

The government response will likely not be enough.

We are applying for SBA loan assistance to help get the Museum through this difficult period. However, even if approved, which is not assured, there will be delays and not enough money fast enough.

What can we do while the Museum is closed?

To continue learning and playing remotely, please continue visiting our website LINK and weekly email newsletter. We invite you to use CMOSC’s website as a family resource; we will share information, safety practices, and fun suggestions for home learning through play on the website. Please visit our blog and follow us on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter. We are providing activities that use basic household items to teach STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math).

What if I have field trips, events, parties, or trainings scheduled during the closure?

All birthday parties and field trips scheduled in April have been cancelled. For questions on rescheduling or refunds for events, please contact us. Museum staff will be in touch with hosts of all field trips and parties.

How will this affect my membership?

Museum memberships will be extended; details will be communicated once a final re-open date is set. Please consider purchasing or renewing your membership to help us at this time.

Will Museum staff be available for questions?

The Museum staff is working from home during its public closure. Team members are available by email and telephone for any questions.

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