The Museum of Children's Arts was originally founded in 1989 around the idea that creative, curious children build stronger communities. MOCHA continues to serve East Bay schools and neighborhoods today, teaching children as young as 18 months to channel creative energy while developing self-confidence and critical-thinking skills.
MOCHA's mission is most apparent during open-studio times, which allow parents and children to work together and experiment with painting or creating traditional folk art. A teaching artist is on hand to provide guidance, assistance, and lectures on the differences between Rococo and Impressionistic landscapes. 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 students of the Oakland Unified School District.
Sacred Cross Horse Services founder Ashley Mason has transformed her extensive background in horseback riding and show jumping into a unique training program. At stables tucked away in redwood forests, students attend English-style riding lessons that focus on basic fundamentals such as grooming, tacking, and learning how to bond with horses. The lessons cater to students' individual needs and skill levels while simultaneously prioritizing their education and enjoyment. Sacred Cross also leads horse camps for children, as well as lessons designed to impart a sense of responsibility, teach empathy, and stop them from trying to lead the dog into a canter. Students are required to wear long pants and heeled shoes while riding.
Founded in 1863, the Mountain View Cemetery is a non-profit cemetery. They offer families and the entire community with funeral, cremation and celebratory services at their 223 acre site. This cemetery is beautifully surrounded by a panoramic view that features peaceful gardens and tranquil fountains. Their grounds are also home to historic facilities and architecture. They are trained and ready to assist you with every part of the funeral arrangements. Mountain View Cemetery has a professional and friendly team of skilled staff that will help you make wise choices regarding your loved one.
Operated by Silicon Valley Sports & Entertainment, the parent company of the NHL's San Jose Sharks, Sharks Ice skating centers professionally maintain solid-water rinks and facilities to accommodate a full range of activities. Each Friday night (7:30–9:30 p.m. in San Jose; 7:15–9:15 p.m. in Oakland) customers have full run of the centers' Olympic-sized rinks for public skating and fashionable displays of warm, Cosby-inspired outerwear. In addition to skating amenities, each Sharks Ice center features a full-service pro shop that sells NHL athletic apparel and other skate supplies and accessories. The centers also feature public snack bars and spacious public areas for socializing and frigid recitations of 18th-century Russian poetry. Sharks Ice San Jose also houses Stanley's Sports Bar, a full bar and restaurant overlooking the three rinks. Skate rental is included, but if you prefer to bring your own foot-blades, the general admission price without today's Groupon is $8, which still makes the Groupon the better deal. Hours are subject to change, so please call ahead to confirm.
Children's Fairyland is located at in Oakland, CA and is a theme park dedicated to the joys and wonders of being a child. They have a 60-year history of delighting children of all ages. The original founder, businessman Arthur Navlet, wanted to create a storybook theme park that would feature everyone’s favorite stories from childhood. There are life-size replicas of many beloved fairy tales. Each week, they produce and host theatrical events such as the King Midas puppet show, The Three Billy Goats Gruff, Peter Rabbit and many others. They have 40 storybook sets on 10 acres complete with beautiful gardens, exciting kid’s rides and animals that the children can pet. Each year, they hold summer day camps where kids of all ages and can come and discover the joys of reading. They’re also given the opportunity to get involved in the performing arts program.
The 500-acre Joaquin Miller Park located at 3590 Sanborn Drive in the Oakland hills is a respite that showcases the beauty of nature. The park, operated by the city of Oakland, provides a panoramic view of the San Francisco Bay Area while groves of redwoods and oak woodlands can be found along trails frequented by joggers, hikers, and cyclists. The expansive Coast Redwoods that grow throughout the park are thought to be one of a limited number of Redwood forests to thrive in an urban setting. The park was named for Cincinnatus Heine Miller better known by his pen name, Joaquin Miller, a colorful American poet and frontiersman, known as the “Poet of the Sierras”. The park is open from dusk to dawn and dogs, on leash, are welcome.