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Our Mission

Our mission is to spark a passion for life-long learning. We will 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 their minds.


Dear friends of SCM,

As I look back on 2023, I am immensely proud of the growth and impact of the Sacramento Children’s Museum (SCM). This year will be remembered as one where we increased accessibility, added new exhibitions and programs, and more, all to achieve our mission to inspire a lifelong love of learning through play. 

In 2023, that mission reached over 80,000 guests, nearly double that of the previous year. They explored Sacramento in miniature in our updated Cityways exhibit, traversed the wilderness in the new Camp Rancho, experimented with STEM concepts in Leo’s Learning Lab, learned about measurement in our traveling Measurement Rules exhibit, got messy at Mess Fest, and so much more. New opportunities for learning and play weren’t limited to the museum, either – our mobile Van Go! program relaunched in January to bring SCM to over 30 local classrooms, and our outreach team brought educational experiences to countless community events.  It’s all part of making learning through play accessible to all children in the Sacramento region.  

With the addition of new play and learning experiences came an additional effort to be accessible to all children and families. As part of this effort, 2023 saw the addition of two membership levels specially designed for foster and EBT-receiving families, a continuation of the Museums for All and Blue Star programs, and the relaunch of our partnership with the Sacramento Public Library’s Discover & Go program to provide free passes. No family should ever be priced out of learning through play! 

The memories made this year as we watched our guests learn, grow and play together are priceless. We are proud to be a fun and safe space for local families. Thank you for your investment in our present and our future, and we hope you’ll learn and play with us in 2024 – there’s so much more in store!


Sharon Stone Smith

Executive Director

2023 At A Glance

A pink and green infographic showing 9 statistics about the Sacramento Children's Museum
A flower grows in the middle, titled 2023 at SCM. 12 events throughout the year are titled and shown with one photo each



Income Pie Chart With 7 Wedges

Total Income: $1,020,898


Expenses Pie Chart With 5 Wedges

Total Expenses: $1,056,885


Museum Access Programs

Awards, Grants and Coverage

2023 Board

Donald Terry


Alan Godlove


Jeremy McInturf


Leena Riggs

John Panion

Monique Ramos

Annah Rulon

Michelle Smira

Angie Wood

Marques Davison


Sharon Stone Smith

Executive Director

Meghan Toland

Deputy Director

Rachelle Ahmad

Education Director

Sarah Dauenhauer

Visitor Services Manager

Marisol Rafanan

Membership & Group Sales Manager

Katelyn Martin

Marketing and Outreach Specialist

Donors and Partners

Cityways Train Table

Visit Rancho Cordova


SiFi Networks

Measurement Rules

City of Rancho Cordova Community Investment and Enhancement Fund

PLAY Exhibit (coming in 2024)

Association of Children’s Museums, Freeman Foundation

Animal Book Nook

Dr. Seuss Foundation

Field Trips Access Program

Del Paso Neighborhood Fund

Elk Grove Community Service Grant

Kelly Foundation

Rancho Cordova Community Enhancement & Investment Fund

IF/THEN Gender Equity Project

Association of Science and Technology Centers

Mess Fest Worldwide Day of Play Grant


Interactivity 2023 Conference

Sacramento County TOT Grant 

Sound Explorers Family Workshop

California Arts Council

Pajama Jam, Shamrock Shimmy, Dogs with Jobs, Pride with Leo & Friends, Batty’s Butterfly Release, Trick or Treat, Dia de los Muertos

City of Rancho Cordova Community Enhancement and Investment Fund

A J Watson
Akita Johnson
Alan Godlove
Alan Lefko
Alan Yee
Allison Armstrong
Ann Owens
Anne Thomas
Anthony & Joan Stone
Aubrey Winegar
Betty Lewis
Casey Corrigan
Cayly Tull
Christina Marie Jeffers
Christine Nestle
Christine Woods
Danielle Buffalino
Diane Honore Wolfe
Donald Terry
Dorra Duensing
Emily Robinson
Erica Batie
Golden 1 Credit Union
Greg Kane
Gregory Lee
Jamie Smith
Janet Wininger
Jennifer O’Connor
Jennifer Pugh
Jenny Yerxa Oliver
Jeremy McInturf
John Rubin
Joseph Amacher
Kaleigh Stover
Katelyn Martin
Kathy Kane
Laurye Brownfield
Leena Riggs
Lexi & Chelsea Fahr
Linda Budge
Linda Martin
Linda Martin
Lori Toland
Marcia Smith
Mary Jean Sawyer
May Turner
Meghan Toland
Mike Stone
Monique Ramos
Ralph Yerxa
Robert Huddle
Ruth Sanders
Sharon Stone Smith
Stephanie Clar
Stephanie Hatchard
Susan McIntire
Susan Sawyer
Teri Cook
Tony Amato

Create! Membership

Tad Lowrey

Explore! Membership

Angela Adams
Brandon Thomas
Carmel Barajas
Christina Brown
Deja Brinkley
Felicia Lloyd
Heidi Langan
Kara Celone
Kathryn Ybarra
Kendall Bonebrake
Kerstin Leidorfer
Robert Englehart
William Keyworth
Zeidy Kidd

City of Rancho Cordova
Sacramento Office of Arts + Culture

California Arts Council
Sacramento Region Community Foundation
Association of Children’s Museums

County of Sacramento
Rancho Cordova Travel and Tourism
SIFI Networks
ECMC Group

City of Sacramento
Rotary Club of Sacramento
Donald Terry
Dutch Bros LLC
Teichert Foundation

West Sacramento Foundation
Downtown Plaza Merchants Assn.
Chalk It Up
Anthony & Joan Stone

United Way – California Capital Region
Donation Station
Rachelle Ahmad
Sharon Stone Smith
Strong Lachemann Foundation
Diane Fishburn
Smart & Final
Dorra Duensing

SCM Family Pride

Regular Operating Hours

We're currently closed. We're open again on Tuesday () from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm.

Member – Only Hours

Tuesday – Sunday, 9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.

General Admission

Tuesday- Friday 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

Saturday & Sunday 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Leo’s Learning Lab will be open
Thurs/Fri – 10:00 am – 2:00 pm &
Sat/Sun – 10:00 am – 4:00 pm