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.