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 the Children’s Museum. 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 the Children’s Museum remain relevant.

Resources for Play at Home

The Children’s Museum 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 the Children’s Museum 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 the Children’s Museum’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 Children’s Museum remain closed?

Due to the pandemic, the Children’s Museum of Sonoma County temporarily closed to the public as of Saturday, March 12. CMOSC made this decision before government authorities mandated public closures. Soon after, many art and cultural institutions followed suit in accordance with the social distancing guidelines recommended by public health officials to stop or slow the spread of the coronavirus. We are proud of the early action we took to protect the health and safety of our members, our team, and our community. It is for this reason that the Board of Directors has made the very difficult decision to keep the Children’s Museum closed until 2021.

How will this affect my membership?

CMOSC is committed to extending all active memberships to cover the full length of this closure. For memberships purchased before April 13, 2020, we will apply an additional two months to show appreciation for your patience during this challenging time. Member support means so much to us, and we want to ensure there is every chance to visit and take advantage of all the membership benefits. Expiration dates will be adjusted once we know when the Museum is able to reopen. Meanwhile, we are optimistic that you will be able to engage with the Children’s Museum in numerous ways online.

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

Like Museums across the globe, the Children’s Museum of Sonoma County temporarily closed our doors out of concern for the health and well-being of our community. Regrettably, we have had to pause taking new birthday party reservations, field trips, and other activities. We are sad to deliver what might be disappointing news and apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact aymie@cmosc.org

What can we do while the Children’s Museum is closed?

The Children’s Museum has explored new ways to engage with the community and has increased its social media presence with resources for its audience that include videos, articles, art and science projects, and educational resources for parents who are suddenly the primary educators for their children. These are all available on the Children’s Museum’s new PLAYology Playbook webpage.

To continue learning and playing remotely, please visit our website and subscribe to our weekly email newsletter. We invite you to use the Children’s Museum’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, YouTube, and Twitter. We are providing activities that use basic household items to teach STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math).

What is the Children’s Museum planning?

The Children’s Museum is excited and hopeful for the future. We are using this time effectively: the exhibits will be refreshed, programs revamped, and new concepts included. Our plans for the expansion of the Children’s Museum are moving forward as scheduled, including the completion of the Space Odyssey for Galactic Explorers, and the design and building of a new outdoor exhibit called FortFAM, an adventure area will have construction tools to build forts, spaces to hide, and things to investigate.

How can I help support the Children’s Museum?

Your support is more vital now than ever. Please help us continue our mission to inspire curiosity and creativity through joyful, transformative experiences by donating today.

How will my donation be used during the closure?

Your support ensures that the Children’s Museum can continue to provide online resources, programs, and activities to families at home during this challenging time. Donations will help the Children’s Museum adjust for lost revenue during this time. Finally, your investment is an investment in the future of the Children’s Museum.

Is my donation tax-deductible?

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

I am 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 resources like the Children’s Museum?

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. Until we reopen, resources and activities will be updated regularly.

What is the evidence on play-based experiences?

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

Will Children’s Museum staff be available for questions?

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

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