Family having a picnic

What's Outside for Kids?

Garden 

At the heart of OMCA is our iconic terraced gardens, positioned at each of the Museum’s three stories and originally conceived by landscape architect Dan Kiley in collaboration with architect Kevin Roche. The gardens are free for everyone to enjoy and refreshed with new, environmentally sensitive plantings native to California: each terrace will represent an ecoregion of California, containing plants found throughout the state, in a free and accessible space for the public to enjoy.ground level is a large pool comprised of two connected ponds, one full of colorful koi and goldfish, and the other with native California fish and plants from the Sacramento-San Joaquin river delta. 

Koi Pond

On OMCA's ground level is a large pool comprised of two connected ponds, one full of colorful koi and goldfish, and the other with native California fish and plants from the Sacramento-San Joaquin river delta. The same native California plants present in the pond are also preserved inside the Gallery of California Natural Sciences, along with the same kinds of fish in the gallery's aquarium! Head to the gallery to watch fish feedings at 3 pm everyday.

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 rotating question.

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.

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

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.