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Come Get Wild!

We’re popping up at

The Junior Center

558 Bellevue Ave

Oakland, CA


October 29, 2019 to March 1, 2020


Tuesday - Friday 10am-3pm

Saturday - Sunday 10am-5pm

Closed Mondays

General Admissions


Weekday Open Play $14
Weekend Open Play $20
Children Under 1 FREE
Members FREE
EBT Cardholders $1
5 Ticket Pack $60
10 Ticket Pack $100
Tickets include entry for one child and up to two adults. Additional children or adults are half-price.
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Members enjoy unlimited free admission to Wild Child at JCAS.

Free entry to one class or workshop per week and exclusive invites to special events.

Join the WILD CHILD family today!

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Our outdoor space is open to the public and free of charge.

Directions & Parking

We are located at the Junior Center of Art & Science in Lakeside Park, Lake Merrit,
558 Bellevue Ave, Oakland, CA

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Public Transportation

The Junior Center is a 20-minute walk from the 19th Street BART station. AC Transit lines 12 and NL drop off several blocks from our doors.


Metered street parking is available nearby on Perkins St., Grand Ave.
Paid parking is available on Bellevue Ave and Lake Merrit Parking Lot.

Parking Fees:

Weekdays: $2/hour or $5 all day

Weekends: $5 all day

Things to Know

Indoor & Outdoor Spaces
Paid Parking Available
Educational Classes
Smocks for Messy Play
Wheelchair Accessible
Stroller Parking Zone


Visiting +

How old does my child need to be to visit Wild Child?

Our exhibits and educational programs are open to children of all ages, though they have been especially designed for 7 months - 5 years old. 

Can I drop off my child at Wild Child?

Even though Wild Child is a child-focused and child-led experience, guardians must remain with their children at all times. We do not provide staff supervision. We think you will be amazed at what you and your little ones will discover while exploring together. 

Can I visit Wild Child if I don’t have a little one?

We appreciate the enthusiasm but Wild Child was designed for little ones and we don’t permit adults without children.

What are the eating options at Wild Child?

Currently, we do not have a cafe or dining area. Guests are not permitted to eat in the playrooms or exhibit but are welcome to eat on the deck and enjoy views of Lake Merritt. 

How many little ones can be at Wild Child under the supervision of one adult? 

We recommend a maximum of two little ones for each supervising adult.  

How much time should I expect to spend at Wild Child?

Typically people spend about two to three hours here depending on their little one’s age and whether you’re enrolled in a class.

How long are classes?

Classes are an hour of sensory-based, interactive learning. They include an art activity, storytime, signature soundscape experiences, and 30 minutes of open play. Guardians are asked to remain with their child for the full duration of class.

What should I expect from the Wild Child space?

Wild Child is an educational and interactive, art space for kids between 7 months and 4 years old. The space includes dozens of installations created by renowned artists for kids to learn through engaging with the world in a tactile way. Your child will be invited to climb, break things, and get messy.

What should my child wear to Wild Child?

Everyday clothes or costumes are encouraged to visit Wild Child. We’d recommend bringing a spare change of clothes as things can sometimes get messy.

Do you offer stroller valet or coat check?

Strollers can be parked outside the Wild Child space. There are attendant-free spaces for personal belongings including strollers and coats. Strollers can be left unattended on the deck outside the Wild Child space. There are cubbies for coats and shoes. However, Wild Child is not responsible for unattended items, so keep a close eye.

What should I bring?

The less stuff the better. Bring a curious child and your own child-like wonder. You’ll need a mobile version of your ticket or an government-issued ID.

What is the parking situation?

The City of Oakland will charge a fee for parking in Lakeside Park from 7:30am to dusk. Parking is $2 for 2 hours or $5 for the day unless otherwise noted. Metered street parking is also available on Perkins, Grand, and Bellevue Ave.

Where can I park my stroller?

Strollers can be parked outside the Wild Child space. 

Can I take public transportation to Wild Child?

Yes, visitors are able to take BART to the 12th St BART Station in Oakland and either walk 30 mins to the Wild Child space or hop on the 12 bus directly outside the 12th St BART station for an 8min bus ride outside the Wild Child space. 

Tickets & Admission +

Q: How do I purchase tickets?

A: You can purchase tickets online here or at the door. 

Q: Can I purchase tickets at the door?

A: Yes, you can purchase tickets at Wild Child. We accept card payments but cannot take cash at this time. 

Q: Can I pre-purchase tickets to visit?

A:es, we’d recommend you do as we have a limited number of spots per day and they fill up quickly! To reserve a spot, click here to see a list of all events.

Q: Can I refund or exchange my ticket?

A: At this point, we aren’t able to accommodate refunds or exchanges.

Q: Can I transfer my ticket to another guest?

A: Plans change so we will allow people to transfer tickets to friends, family, or care-takers. We do not allow people to sell tickets for a profit.  

Q: Do I need to print tickets?

A: No, you do not need print tickets. A mobile version of your tickets will be sent to your email. 

Q: Can I purchase a gift card?

A: Currently, we don’t have gift cards but love giving the gift of experiences. You are able to purchase tickets and send them to your someone special.

Accessibility +

Is Wild Child wheelchair accessible?

Yes, Wild Child is an inclusive space designed to meet ADA guidelines. We are dedicated to making a space where children are celebrated for being who they are and have the agency to learn and explore. If you have questions, don't hesitate to email

Private Events +

Can I reserve the space for a birthday party?

Why yes! Check out our customized Party Packages.

Policies +

Is photography permitted?

Yes, photography is allowed in the space. We kindly ask that you respect other visitors who may not want their children to be photographed and use your best discretion. If you do not wish to be photographed, please ask a staff member for a special sticker designating this.

Are pets allowed?

We love four-legged friends but due to the nature of the space we can only accommodate leashed service animals under their owner’s control. 

Are there height or weight requirements for any of the installations?

We’ve designed the space with little ones between the ages of 7 months and 5 years in mind, so there may be some tight squeezes for those above 4-ft tall.

Private Events

Let us help you throw an unforgettable party. Select packages include event decorations, signature art activities, face painting, balloon twisting, music performances, and more. We can’t wait to celebrate with you!

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Become a Member

We’re a playground, an art studio, and a communal living room for families around the Bay. Becoming a member is more than just bragging rights! Members are a part of the Wild Child family. So hang out often, make new friends, and play all day.

Benefits Include:

Unlimited free admission to Wild Child at JCAS. Our space is your space.

Entry for one free class or workshop per week.

Invitations to exclusive concerts and workshops. Party on!

Make every day of play count.


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