Press Release

Monday, March 31, 2014 - 12:45pm
Oakland Museum of California Adds New and Classic Family Programs for April, May, and June
Highlights include drop-in programs inspired by vinyl records & comics, California gold rush, and family favorite Friday Nights @ OMCA

(OAKLAND, CA) March 31, 2014—The Oakland Museum of California (OMCA) introduces new family-friendly activities for the young and curious in April, May, and June 2014. The popular evening series Friday Nights @ OMCA continues, featuring delicious food trucks, live music, and family hands-on activities including gold-rush themed games and  half-off admission for adults, and free admission for ages 18 and under! New exhibitions SuperAwesome and Vinyl provide the inspiration for drop-in family programs during Friday Nights @ OMCA and a new program on April 27 with flipbook-making and a hands-on DJ turntable workshop. May signals the return of annual favorite all-ages hands-on Gold Panning. OMCA always offers great deals for families, with admission for youth ages 9 to 17 at $6, ages 8 and under always free, and a free day every first Sunday of the month! For more information, visit museumca.org.

FAMILY EVENTS

Friday Nights @ OMCA 
Fridays in April, 2014, 5–9 pm
Join OMCA and Off the Grid for family-friendly fun and festivities! Enjoy DJs, live bands, dancing, and more. Play 49’er in the family-friendly drop-in activity ‘The Game of Gold’ every Friday from 5 to 8 pm. The last Friday of the month, April 25, also features story time with Oakland Public Library from 6 to 6:30 pm. Gallery admission is half-off for adults; free for ages 18 and under!

Free First Sunday
Sunday, April 6, 11 am–5 pm
Enjoy films on the wonders of the Bay Area with Bay Motion: Capturing San Francisco Bay on Film and A Cinematic Study of Fog in San Francisco. Pick up a treat in the OMCA Store, or enjoy a lunch or snack in Blue Oak café. Explore all the galleries of the Museum—for free!

Drop-in Workshops: Flipbooks & Turntabling
Sunday, April 27, 12–3 pm
Come explore with an afternoon of fun, hands-on workshops inspired by OMCA spring exhibitions SuperAwesome and Vinyl. Make your own flipbooks and learn basic DJ techniques for beat making and scratching with DJ Elmo.

Friday Nights @ OMCA 
Fridays in May, 2014, 5–9 pm
Get your fill of family-friendly fun and festivities with OMCA & Off the Grid! Enjoy DJs, live bands, dancing, food trucks, and more. Make your own comic inspired by exhibition SuperAwesome, at the family-friendly drop-in activity every Friday from 5 to 8 pm. The last Friday of the month, May 30, also features story time with Oakland Public Library from 6 to 6:30 pm. Gallery admission is half-off for adults; free for ages 18 and under!

Free First Sunday
Sunday, May 4, 11 am–5 pm
Enjoy a free day at OMCA and visit newly-opened exhibitions SuperAwesome: Art and Giant Robot, and Vinyl: The Sound and Culture of Records. Enjoy brunch in the café, a picnic in the gardens or spend your day in the Galleries, with California art, history, and natural science.

Drop-in Activity: Pan for Gold!
Sunday, May 4, 12–3 pm
Sunday, May 11, 12–3 pm
Sunday, May 18, 12–3 pm
Sunday, May 25, 12–3 pm
Gold fever is back at OMCA! Experience a taste of what life was like during the Gold Rush. Come and try your hand at panning for real gold, Forty-Niner style. Learn the difference between real gold and fool’s gold, and keep all you find!

Free First Sunday
Sunday, June 1, 11 am–5 pm
Visit OMCA on a free first Sunday this summer! It’s the last month for Bay-focused film exhibitions Bay Motion and A Cinematic Study of Fog in San Francisco. Pick up a treat in the OMCA Store, or enjoy a lunch or snack in Blue Oak café.

Friday Nights @ OMCA 
Fridays in June, 2014, 5–9 pm
Friday Nights continue into the summer with DJs, live bands, dancing, and Off the Grid food trucks! Design your own album cover this month at the family-friendly drop-in activity every Friday from 5 to 8 pm. The last Friday of the month, June 27, also features story time with Oakland Public Library from 6 to 6:30 pm. Gallery admission is half-off for adults; free for ages 18 and under!