Nourish the budding artiste

Cooper is an artisteKeep your Pottery Barn Kids table and chairs pristine by visiting MOCHA for your artistic messes and creative exploration.

The Oakland Museum of Children’s Art, MOCHA, is free for gallery visits and has an awesome Drop-In Art Studio for kids between ages 18 months and 5 years for only $5. See the website for hours and location.

My friend, and mom of 2, Lori reports:

I’ve overheard more than one mom commenting that this is “all the stuff I’d like to have at home but am afraid of the clean up.” A number of art activity tables, sinks with beans for scooping, a painting wall, and a play house complete with kitchen.

Fun, stimulating and a lot of variety perfect for a toddler’s short attention span and a great deal for $5. It’s a small art space, but because MOCHA has windows, it’s not as claustrophobic as Habitot. The courtyard just outside is also a good place to run around and chase new-found friends.

MOCHA exhibits are always freeBest to avoid on the weekends or on days when a lot of preschoolers are out of school.

Stop by Cafe 817 around the corner on Washington street for coffee and a take out sandwich for mom.