Family having a picnic

What's Outside for Kids?

Please note: The OMCA Gardens are currently closed.

books + blankets 

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

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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 weekly 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.