Family Programs

Visiting the Oakland Museum of California provides an exciting, mind-expanding experience for everyone in the family! Children and adult companions discover new aspects of the California experience through festivals, celebrations, and special events that complement our exhibitions. Our Family programs are opportunities for children and adults alike to creatively explore California's heritage through hands-on activities, family gallery tours, and hand-outs.

  • History Hangout
    Head to the Chevron History Hangout in the Gallery of California History for family activities for kids 5–12 years old.
  • Educational Resources
    Check out our online Educational Resources to support your child's school assignments
  • OMCA Family Programs
    Check out our Calendar of events for upcoming OMCA Family programs, including monthly hands-on drop-in workshops and large annual festivals such as Lunar New Year in February, the August summer reading event in conjunction with the Oakland Public Library, and the Days of the Dead celebration in October.
  • Friday Nights @ OMCA
    Families can get in on the fun during the Museum's popular weekly event with food trucks, music, and activities, Friday Nights @ OMCA. Family-friendly drop-in art activities take place from 5 to 8 pm, and the last Friday of the month features Storytime with the Oakland Public Library from 6–6:30 pm. Friday Nights @ OMCA are a great deal for families, with free admission for ages 18 and under, and half off admission for students, seniors, and adults.

Free admission for children provided by the Bernard Osher Foundation.

OMCA Family is made possible in part by generous support from the Institute of Museum and Library Services.