I explored the new Museum of Children's Art, AKA MOCHA, in Oakland the other day and want to share the who, what, where of the new space so other East Bay families can enjoy.
WHO is MOCHA best for?
Children 18 months and up are welcome to come and create during open studio hours open studio hours 10am-1pm Wednesday through Saturday. Beginning January 15th, there will be afternoon hours too 2:00 – 4:00pm.
All humans over 18 months pay $7 per visit during. Prices vary for parties, camps, and other events.
WHAT can they do there?
The MOCHA teacher artists develop interactive stations for families to explore that change day to day. On our visit, there were five: card making, “Stained Glass” bookmark making, play-dough, moon-dough and painting/stamping. My child's favorite was the moon-dough, mostly likely because it was the least familiar.
There is also a little chill out room for when the kids are done with art projects where they can play with blocks, light tables or crawl around.
Eventually, there will be an art gallery of children's work products on display, but as of this visit, it was a little bare.
WHERE is it located?
MOCHA has moved to a bright and open space at 1625 Clay St. in Downtown Oakland nearest the 12th St BART station. Parking is metered with a few expensive lots nearby.
Anything else parents would want to know?
There is no cafe at MOCHA, but there are a few food options on Telegraph and in Frank Ogawa Plaza and City Center if you're willing to walk. After our time at MOCHA we walked over to Xolo and had some fantastic tacos and churros.
Read more about my visit to the MOCHA (Museum of Children's Art) in Oakland on my personal blog.
[Photo credit: MOCHA.org first shot and Becky Matthews for the rest]