OMCA Family | Gold Panning Hoedown

Sunday, May 19, 2019, 1–4 pm | OMCA Gardens
Sunday, May 19, 2019 - 1:00pm

This special edition of OMCA’s family favorite gold panning activity turns up the fun with folksy flair! Spend an afternoon with the little ones in the Museum gardens and experience a 49er- style shindig you won’t forget. Enjoy a family square dance with dance caller Claire Takemori, live folk music with The Barefoot Quales, a picnic lunch, and panning for real gold in OMCA’s own Gold Rush town. Discover some of the different techniques the miners used to find the precious metal. Learn how to tell the difference between real gold and fool’s gold, and keep all you find. See if you’ll be the one shouting “Eureka!”

What to expect:

  • Real gold panning—keep what you find!
  • Decorating a gold rush pouch 
  • Garden picnic—bring your blanket and bag lunch, or get a delicious lunch to go from Blue Oak café
  • All-ages square dance, 3 to 4 pm
  • Exploring objects in the Gold Rush Suitcase led by OMCA Docents

Activity recommended for ages 4 and up; younger children are also welcome.

Tickets are $10 for general admission and $8 for Members. Infants (children under 2) are free. Ticket does not include gallery admission.

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OMCA Family is made possible in part by generous support from the Oakland Museum Women’s Board and the Koret Foundation.