This week’s Jacksonville Adventure is to the Museum of Contemporary Art. I recently took my two year old here. A two year old at a museum, you say? YES! When you arrive at MOCA, you might get the feeling, this place is NOT for toddlers. In fact, I was a little nervous on our first visit to have my curious little boy anywhere but strapped into his stroller. Then, the friendly guide looked at us and said, “you must be headed to the 5th floor.” He was, in fact, correct. However, on the way to the 5th floor, I did get off on an earlier floor to peruse their “White” exhibit, as well as a few of their paintings since it was MY first visit to the museum too. The security guard hung around very closely. He must have sensed my sweet little toddler may have other alternatives with their floating straw exhibit. We swiftly made our way up to the fifth floor to the ArtExplorium Loft. In the loft awaits 16 fun and interactive stations that “link basic visual art principles with works in the MOCA collection.” Translation: a super fun spot to let the kids loose.
We went on a weekday morning and were the only people there for the first hour. Admission is $5 for active duty, dependents, and retired military. Children are free up to 2 years of age. Keep reading and I’ll tell you how you can access this adventure for FREE. A class field trip came along while we were there but my toddler had fun watching the elementary school children explore too.
The exhibits allow the children to experience different textures, colors, and shapes. They can build abstract designs out of the museums collection of objects. MOCA Jax is a great cultural experience for the little ones. Their exhibits utilize all of the five senses and the children can truly enjoy seeing how everything works together.
MOCA Jax has Spring Break and Summer Camps. Their upcoming summer camp is for ages 4-14. They have nine week-long sessions to choose from with camps at the museum as well as UNF. If you have teenagers ages 15-18 interested in art, they can apply to be an Art Camp teacher. They also have a program called “ArtFusion” which takes the first Wednesday of the month in conjunction with the Art Walk. ArtFusion is a family fun and enriching opportunity for families to create hands-on art projects led by a professional art educator.
1. Memorial Day through Labor Day, Military Members receive FREE Admission. MOCA Jax provides free admission through the Blue Star Museums program for active duty military, including Reserves and National Guard, and their immediate family members during the summer. Some special events or limited-time museum exhibitions may not be included in this program. I wrote a whole post on FREE admissions to museums in Jax here.
2. Admission to the museum is FREE during ArtWalk, the first Wednesday of the month from 5pm-9pm.
3. Select bank card holders: Bank of America card holders get in FREE first Saturday and Sunday of each month. Regions Bank card holders get in FREE on Sundays
UNF students, children 2 and under, and MOCA Jacksonville Members get in FREE all of the time.
For more information about visiting MOCA Jax, click here.
MOCA was a great Jacksonville Adventure for me and the little one. I recommend checking it out sometime soon!
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