In the East Bay, we are so lucky to have a few options: 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. We also have Habitot, Twirl, and several hippy friends who don’t care if you splash painted footprints in the kitchen.
My friend, and mom of 2, Lori reports, “I’ve overheard more than one mom commenting that MOCHA 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.”
Best to avoid these places on the weekends or on days when a lot of preschoolers are out of school.
To find your own neighborhood preschooler artist colony, google around.