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October 3, 2023

A note from Patrice Keet, the Executive Director of the Santa Cruz Children’s Museum of Discovery

Dear wonderful MOD members & community,

I am writing to let you know that I am retiring as Executive Director of MOD in June 2019.

Co-founding and leading the Museum from the seed of an idea to the thriving organization you love to visit has been one of the most satisfying experiences of my life.

What could be more fun than bringing together a group of creative people who are passionate about early science learning and the power of play; devising and building exhibits, and planning fun programs and special events? That experience is only matched by working side-by-side, day-by-day with fun, flexible, clever and kind staff members; meeting fantastic families; watching babies grow from infancy into engaged and delightful young children and seeing it all come together in an enriching experience for families.

MOD is a solid organization with a dedicated Board of Directors who are using their expertise and experience to recruit the very best next MOD Executive Director to make this transition seamless.

Thank you to each and every one of you who has believed in the vision I had and has shared the wonder of your children and grandchildren with me over the past four years.


Patrice Keet

Executive Director, Santa Cruz Children’s Museum of Discovery


Sustainability Campaign

The Santa Cruz Children’s Museum of Discovery is ensuring its future with a Sustainability Campaign. As we move from the efforts of the founding visionaries to hiring a paid Executive Director, we are offering the community several ways to keep MOD a vital and important resource for young children and their families.

Through a tax-deductible gift, you can be a part of SCCMOD now and in the future!

Free reusable MOD water bottles or museum passes will be given for incoming donations.


Casino Night

Join MOD for another celebratory gathering on June 8 from 5-9:30 pm for the Executive Director’s retirement party and Casino Night Fundraiser! Come celebrate Patrice Keet’s over four years of service to MOD as Executive Director as we transform MOD into a River Boat-themed Casino.

Tickets to the event can be purchased at, and cost $100 per person (which includes $100 worth of Black Jack, Roulette, Craps and Poker Table gaming chips, two drink tickets and sumptuous food).

Additional activities include photo ops, aerial artists, special prizes for high game earners, silent auction, and retirement festivities.

All proceeds benefit MOD’s Sustainability Campaign.

For information, contact MOD personnel at or by dialing 888-424-8035. Or online at

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