Family having a picnic

What's Outside for Kids?

Our Gardens

Fresh air and green grass does wonders for the soul! OMCA's garden and terraces are open and free to visitors during all OMCA hours, including from 5 to 9 pm on Fridays. It's the perfect place to take a break from the Galleries and soak in fresh air, spawl out and relax, or just run around and burn some energy.

books + blankets 

Check out a book and blanket tote from the 2nd level ticketing desk, and get to reading in our Gardens!

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Garden Games 

Enjoy spending time with your family and friends in our gardens. Check out fun size tic-tac-toe, playing cards, dice, and more, during Friday Nights @ OMCA between 5 and 8:30 pm.

Reserve a Picnic Table

Need a place to park during Friday Nights @ OMCA? Now you can reserve a picnic table in the Gardens.

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

Picnic in the Garden

Enjoy lunch or just run around.

Picnic in the Garden

There’s room for running and plenty of green to explore in the garden. Enjoy lunch at a picnic table, walk among the sculpture terraces, or lay out with Books & Blankets.

Koi Pond

Peek in the pond to find colorful fish.

Koi Pond

Check out the beautiful koi fish in the pond. In Japanese, the word “koi” sounds like the word for “affection” or “love.” See how many different colors you can find!

Peace Terrace

Enjoy the view and take a photo.

Peace Terrace

This is a favorite spot for visitors. The sculpture was created by Tony Labat, and is painted “safety yellow.” See what landmarks you can spot from this vantage point.

Oak Street Plaza

Write or draw on the giant chalkboard.

Oak Street Plaza

Welcome to OMCA’s front porch! Here, there’s lots of furniture to move around and rearrange, plus a giant chalkboard where you can draw or answer the weekly question.

Jade Stone

Touch the surface of this beautiful rock.

Jade Stone

This 9,000 pound stone, named Nephrite, was found under the sea in Monterey County. Can you believe it took eight months for its finders to bring it to shore?

Native Plant Garden

Walk gently among the flowers.

Native Plant Garden

California is known for many native plants, from giant redwoods on the coast to our state flower, the California poppy. See how many plants you can identify.