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

I want to make a reservation but cannot figure out how to do so?

Please visit our website at www.cmosc.org/visit.  Once on the website, scroll down to the Reservations sections and click on the red button that says “Click Here for Reservations.”

When making my reservation, I am confused about what number to fill in when it asks for quantity.  Should I enter the total number of people in my group?  Do I have to count infants younger than 12 months?

When making a reservation, you should enter a number between two (2) and six (6).  Please count everyone in your group, including babes in arms and infants younger than 12 months.  At a minimum, your group should include two people: one adult and one child.  At a maximum, reservations are limited to six (6) people.

I want to change the number of people on my reservation.  Can I do that?

If you want to add additional people to your reservation, you can do so using the same process as the original reservation.  Simply choose the day and time required and make a reservation for the additional people.  If the day and time are no longer available or you want to decrease the number of people on your reservation, please email frontdesk@cmosc.org and we will do our best to accommodate changes.

I accidentally booked the wrong date or time on my reservation.  What should I do?

If prior to the day of your visit, you need to change the date or time on your reservation, please email frontdesk@cmosc.org and we will do our best to accommodate changes.  

I am confused by the time noted on my reservation.  How long can I stay at the Museum?  Can I arrive at a time other than what is listed on my reservation?

In order to help us meet our capacity limitations, please arrive at the Museum within the hour listed on the reservation.  There is no need to arrive exactly at the beginning of the time listed.  Once you are at the Museum, you may stay as long as you wish until we close at 4:00 pm. 

Can I bring food?  Will you have a place where we can eat snacks or lunch?

There will be a limited number of picnic tables available for families to use during their visit.  Guests must be seated at a table in order to remove masks and eat.  Food and drinks will not be allowed in the exhibit areas.

What is the Children’s Museum planning?

The Children’s Museum is excited and hopeful for the future. 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.

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.

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