Birthday Parties for Kids at Santa Monica Airport

Parents: Bring your kids to the public Santa Monica Airport Observation Deck to host the ultimate birthday party experience (and watch planes land from the open air flight deck).

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This airplane experience is unlike any other in the world. Our great weather and 300 small planes create a family-friendly environment for your kids (and their best friends).

We can create the ultimate experience for your group (up to 45 people) and allow each kid to learn about aviation at the same time.

Please watch both of these videos before filling out the form:


Birthday Party at Santa Monica Airport


Santa Monica Airport Birthday Party Details & Mom Testimonial


IMPORTANT: Please watch ALL of the videos on this page BEFORE filling out this form

Then, click the button below, fill out the form and one of our volunteers will call you to discuss a birthday party package.

Birthday Party Event Details (click to expand)

Here’s what you get:

  • Free airplane/airport stickers that read “I heart Santa Monica Airport”

  • Sample landing page where parents can register for free to get all the details on your event (directions, parking, instruction video, etc).

  • We fill out all of the city paperwork for you (saves you time and frustration).

  • Optional upgrade: We will bring a plane and pilot (for up to 90 minutes) so each kid can sit in the plane (individually) for a few minutes to meet the pilot, learn about aviation and get a photo.

  • Optional: Save 50% at the Museum of Flying after the event.

We provide:

  • Airport stickers for the kids

  • One park bench table

  • Bench seating for up to 20 people

  • Public restrooms

  • Free parking

  • Great views of the public deck

  • A real airplane and pilot to teach the kids (optional)

You provide:

  • Your food and cake (Here's a great cake maker)

  • A trash bag to contain any larger items that won't fit in the public trashcans

  • Decorations (No balloons, confetti, bubbles, liquids or streamers please. They aren’t allowed around airplanes).

  • Table cloths

  • Napkins

Santa Monica Airport Birthday Party Proposal (click to expand)

Please read this whole page to learn about our birthday party package for your group.

This airplane experience is unlike any other in the world. Our great weather and 300 small planes landing each day create a family-friendly environment for your kids (and their best friends).

We can create the ultimate experience for your group (up to 45 people) and allow each kid to learn about aviation at the same time.

Here’s what you get:

  • 25 Free airplane/airport stickers that read “I heart Santa Monica Airport”

  • We fill out all of the city paperwork for you (saves you time and frustration).

  • We will bring a plane and pilot (for up to 90 minutes) so each kid can sit in the plane (individually) for a few minutes to meet the pilot, learn about aviation and get a photo.

Our volunteers provide:

  • Airport stickers for the kids

  • One park bench table

  • Bench seating for up to 20 people

  • Public restrooms

  • Free parking

  • Great views of the public deck

  • A real airplane and pilot to teach the kids

  • 35 balsa wood airplanes the kids can put together

You provide:

  • Your food and cake

  • A trash bag to contain any larger items that won’t fit in the public trashcans

  • Decorations (No balloons, no confetti, no bubbles, no liquids or streamers, please. They aren’t allowed around airplanes).

  • Table cloths

  • Napkins

  • Invite for parents

  • Hand wipes for kids hands before they get into a plane

We suggest a party size 15-20 kids. Another 15-20 parents.

Select from these three dates/times:

Suggested schedule on a Saturday Morning

  • Families arrive at 10am

  • Airplane arrives at 10:15am

  • Safety presentation for kids from our volunteers at 10:30am

  • Kids in planes 10:30am to 11:30am

  • Cake and lunch at Noon

  • Stay as long as you want

Suggested schedule on a Saturday Afternoon

  • Families arrive at 1pm

  • Airplane arrives at 1:30pm

  • Safety presentation for kids from our volunteers at 2pm

  • Kids in planes 2pm to 3pm

  • Cake and food at 2pm

  • Stay as long as you want

Suggested schedule for Weekday evening:

  • Families arrive at 4:30pm

  • Airplane arrives at 5pm

  • Safety presentation for kids from our volunteers at 5:30

  • Kids in planes 5:30-6:30pm

  • Cake and food at 6pm

  • Stay as long as you want


Here are sample photos from past birthday parties - The family did all of the arrangements, we only provided the venue, plane, pilot and volunteers to keep everyone safe and happy. The family also cleaned up at the end

SAMPLE Email Invite for parents:

Join our birthday party on [DATE] at [TIME] at the Santa Monica Airport. Each child will get the chance to meet a real pilot and sit in a real plane.

Where: Santa Monica Airport Observation Deck (Near Typhoon restaurant). 3233 Donald Douglas Loop S, Santa Monica, CA 90405

Parking: Lots of free parking in front of Typhoon Restaurant

Why: To let local families get access to airplanes and inspire kids to learn more about science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). It’s also a great family photo opportunity!

Special Guests: Pilots will be there to answer questions!

When: INSERT DATE AND TIME HERE

The Venue – The Santa Monica Airport Observation Deck

View A Google Map of the Santa Monica Airport Observation Deck: https://goo.gl/maps/eZVl6

3233 Donald Douglas Loop South., Santa Monica, CA 90405

The Santa Monica Airport Observation Deck serves tens of thousands of locals each year. It provides access to view small airplanes for the youngest of aviators (and is fun for the whole family). Parking can be found near Typhoon Restaurant. Take the stairs (or elevator) to the third level to see an overview of the whole airport. Look East and you will see a ground floor version of the observation deck that will allow you to meet pilots near the picnic tables.

See what other parents think about this venue: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fzVOW6nWvqU

Here are some safety instructions for your family (this is designed for our Saturday events but it will work for your party if you want): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rXanjjxX1vc