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OMCA Kids: Nature Playspace

Ongoing | Gallery of California Natural Sciences

Little learners can unleash their curiosity and imagination in the newly created OMCA Kids: Nature Playspace. Located inside the Gallery of California Natural Sciences, the playspace is focused on the unique needs of children ages 2 to 5, along with their families and caregivers.

Play is critical to every child’s healthy development and the playroom offers something for everyone – from building materials and nature-themed puzzles to hands-on activities that spark creativity, wonder, and joy. Our youngest museum visitors can also discover the animals that make their homes in Oakland’s streams, hills, and backyards. The playspace gives families a fun, safe place to play, and to build community with other families.

Visitors ages 12 and younger receive free admission to OMCA, as long as they are accompanied by an adult over 18 years of age.


“With the opening of OMCA Kids: Nature Playspace, OMCA has become even more family-friendly. Little ones have their own dedicated area for exploring– a play-focused learning area designed for children ages two to five, plus their families and caregivers.”

-510 Families

OMCA Kids: Nature Playspace “…is just another reason why OMCA has something for everyone! It’s open, go check it out!”

-Berkeley Parents Network


What to do with kids at OMCA

Get our kids’ activity guide for ideas on what to do during your visit.

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OMCA Kids: Nature Playspace is made possible in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services [MA-10-18-0207-18]