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Cayton Museum decorated for an event



Party Rentals

Host your next celebration at the Cayton Children's Museum! Located in vibrant Downtown Santa Monica, the Cayton offers 21,000 square feet of play space with hands-on exhibits, play space, private party rooms, art studios, and a spacious theater—all in the center of retail and hospitality at Santa Monica Place.

We understand that every celebration is unique. That's why we provide a full-service experience tailored to your needs. Our event team will work closely with you to create a customized package, connecting you with our network of preferred event vendors, including caterers, performers, artists, photographers, and more. With us, you can focus on enjoying your celebration, knowing that every detail is covered.

For more information on pricing options and availability, please complete our inquiry form or contact our event sales team at

Enjoy 15% off on summer parties* in our unique play space when you book by July 31.


*Terms and conditions: Offer valid for party and private buyout bookings held through August 31, 2024. Offer applies to party rental fee only. Must be booked by July 31, 2024. Cannot be combined with other discounts.


The Details

What does your rental include?

  • Entry to the museum for all your guests.

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

  • Assistance with cake service.

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

  • Flatware, plates, napkins, cups and hand sanitizer.

  • Ice water for all guests.

  • 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 your special event. Contact us to see our list of preferred vendors.


Most parties are booked for two or three hour time slots.


Please contact us to inquire about weekday availability or extended times for special events.

Saturday and Sunday

10AM—12PM or 10AM-1PM

2PM—4PM or 1PM-4PM


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



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


Rental Options

Party in the S. Mark Taper Foundation Brilliant Blue Room

Private Party Rooms

The S. Mark Taper Brilliant Blue Room & Orange You Glad Room 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 each 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

Private 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! Inquire about our private classes.

Private Art Crawl starts at $1,000.

Rented out Cayton Museum for a party

Private Buyouts

Booking the entire Cayton Children’s Museum for your event guarantees an unforgettable experience for you and your guests.

A private museum buyout gives you exclusive use of the full space. 

Private buyouts start at $7,500.


Frequently Asked Questions

Check out the FAQ page HERE

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