Open Studio @ MOCHA

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Open Studio

Open Studio is a space where artists of all ages create, share and connect through art. At the Museum of Children's Arts (MOCHA) we believe that art and art-making is for everyone and we have designed our Open Studio to operate under this philosophy. Artists are free to explore whatever captivates their interest and the MOCHA artist will always be available to help locate materials, provide technical instruction, and suggest age appropriate activities. Open Studio is designed for children 0-10, but we also welcome older siblings and caregivers to participate in the art making.


Although these hands-on experiences are an integral part of the museum, MOCHA also invites visitors to peruse its community-inspired exhibitions, such as its displays of original pieces created by local artists as well as students of the Oakland Unified School District.


Capacity is limited and advanced tickets are encouraged, but not required. Drop Ins are also welcomed, but will be on a first come, first served basis and Drop In rates will apply. Reserve your discount advanced tickets using the links below.

Location: MOCHA,1221 Broadway LL-49, Lower Level of Oakland's City Center

Hours: 10:00am-2:00pm

Drop In Admission:

  • $12.00 per child (1-17) | $6.00 per caregiver (18+)

  • *$1.00 – For EBT Cardholders ($1.00 per family member of the household)

Online Preregistration Admission

  • $10.00 per child (1-17) | $4.00 per caregiver (18+)

  • *$1.00 – For EBT Cardholders ($1.00 per family member of the household)

Safety Requirements

Masks are required for all museum attendees over 2 years old regardless of vaccination status. As of February 1, 2022, following the Oakland City Council emergency ordinance, MOCHA will now require proof of vaccination for individuals over 12 years of age for all onsite activities. This includes Open Studio, Porch Talks, camps, birthday parties, field trips, adult workshops, group workshops, and facility rentals. For unvaccinated individuals, a document from a licensed medical professional verifying a medical exemption and a recent negative test (within 72 hours) will also be accepted for entry to the Museum.

Upcoming Calendar Dates


Mark the dates on your calendar for our next Open Studio interactive experiences for the 2022 session. Join us on the following dates:​

  • Saturday, May 21, 2022, 10:00am-2:00pm

  • Saturday, June 18, 2022, 10:00am-2:00pm

  • Saturday, July 16, 2022, 10:00am-2:00pm

  • Saturday, August 20, 2022, 10:00am-2:00pm

  • Saturday, September 17, 2022, 10:00am-2:00pm

Contact: Bréana Parks, Museum Manager for more information: