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Cayton Museum decorated for an event



Party Rentals

Host your next celebration at the Cayton Children’s Museum! Located right off the beach in vibrant Downtown Santa Monica, the Cayton offers 21,000 square feet of play space  with 25 discovery-based exhibits, art studios, a state-of-the-art theatre, a gallery pop-up space and community space—all in the center of retail and hospitality at Santa Monica Place.

We offer several private rooms  for event rentals, as well as the entire museum for private buy-outs, up to 200 guests

From birthday parties to baby showers to corporate events, the Cayton Children’s Museum offers a number of options  to accommodate your needs. When you rent space at the Cayton,  our event professionals will work with you to create a package that meets your needs. We work with a network of preferred event vendors, caterers, performers, artists, photographers and more, so you can focus on your celebration and on the one blowing out the candles!

To obtain more information on pricing options and availability, please complete the inquiry form.


The Details

What does your rental include?

  • Unlimited access to play in the museum.

  • A private room for lunch, cake, opening gifts, and more.

  • Assistance with cake service.

  • A dedicated Cayton representative (one for every 40 kids).

  • Biodegradable flatware, plates, napkins, and hand sanitizer/wipes.

  • 20% discount in the Cayton store on the day of the event.


Our team will work with you to create the perfect menu for your celebration. Catering packages can be customized for 15 to 200 people. Contact us to see our list of preferred vendors.


Parties can be booked for the following time slots. Please contact us to inquire about weekday availability or extended times for special events.

Saturday and Sunday




Parking is available in Santa Monica’s public parking structures. The first 90 minutes of parking are complimentary.


Private Room Rental
One (1)  Room
(Up to 40 people)

Starting at $1,200

Private Room Rental
Two (2) Rooms
(Up to 80 people)

Starting at $2,400

Museum Buyout 
(Up to 275 people)

Starting at $7,500


Museum Buyout
(Up to 275 people)

Starting at $15,000



Rental Options

Party in the S. Mark Taper Foundation Brilliant Blue Room

S. Mark Taper Foundation Brilliant Blue Room

The S. Mark Taper Brilliant Blue Room & Celebration Sphere seamlessly blend into the Cayton play space, combining creative aesthetic and functionality. These spaces can accommodate a wide range of one-of-a-kind events for you and your guests. These rooms can hold groups of up to 40 on their own, and can be rented together for larger parties.

Show performed in the Derfner Theater

The Derfner Theater

The Derfner Theater is our premier individual event space for larger groups of 80 or more guests, offering state-of-the-art media capacity and an adaptable environment for a wide range of events. This is the ideal space for  more elaborate parties and celebrations.

Babies and toddlers crawling in paint

Art Crawl

Art Studio II transforms into one big, blank canvas for your littlest guests to express their inner artists! Babies and toddlers diaper up and crawl around in a free exploration of non-toxic paint and color while creating a beautiful mess from head to toe … and the best part is WE do all the cleanup! Private Art Crawl starts at $1,000.

Rented out Cayton Museum for a party

Museum Buy-Outs

Booking the entire Cayton Children’s Museum for your event guarantees an unforgettable experience for you and your guests. A private buy-out starts at $10,000 and gives you exclusive use of the entire space. Museum buy-outs are traditionally held after 3pm, but please contact us for special requests.


Frequently Asked Questions

Check out the FAQ page HERE

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