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Museums for Kids: Children’s Discovery Museum of San Jose

November 4th, 2009 · No Comments · Destinations

While I strongly advise against visiting during a holiday weekend as we did, the Children’s Discovery Museum of San Jose offers a great variety of hands on activities.  We visited on Memorial Day which involved a 15 minute line to get in and crowds in many rooms that resulted in lines or pushing to put little hands on an exhibit.  None the less, we were impressed with much of what we saw.

Building in the Wonder Room.

Building in the Wonder Room.

The highlight was the time we spent in the Wonder Cabinet.  This 3,100 square foot room is geared to the four and under set. Despite how busy the museum was, I heard shrieks of joy from Mirielle as she ran though tunnels chased by her dad.  The giant soft blocks were another big hit and quickly engaged multiple children building “houses.”  An older child playing with her sibling was getting frustrated that my two year old was having just as much fun knocking down the blocks, but the staff stepped in and gently, diplomatically and collaboratively diffused the situation.  We finally had to physically remove Mirielle from the sand table when the museum closed.

Playing at the sand table

Playing at the sand table

The Rainbow Pizza and Grocery was another great stop with pretend food, cash registers, a brick oven and even a Model A delivery truck.  This fairly large play space promotes healthy foods, but kids won’t notice as they throw more veggies on their wooden pizzas.  Adjacent is the Art Loft where kids over four can create with the tools and materials tied to the theme of the month or special event.  This is a great anchor spot for parents with both younger and older children.

Exploring circles

Exploring circles

If you don’t mind the kids getting a little wet, Waterworks is one of the coolest water play areas I have seen at museum or playground.  (You won’t have a choice about the kids getting wet because the exhibit is front and just right of center.  I dare you to try and keep little ones away.)  This is another great stop for siblings. Admission is limited so even on busy days, the kids can have a great time getting soaked and learning.  Bring a change of clothes.

Other details:

  • The museum has a Light Rail stop, but no on-site parking.  Check the website for closest lots.
  • There is a small snack bar with seating in the center of the museum.
  • Great on quiet day, but skip holidays and special events.

Admission we paid: $10 per person

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Welcome to the CDM of San Jose

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