Children's Discovery Museum of San Jose

Children's Discovery Museum of San Jose Among the largest children’s museums in the nation, Children’s Discovery Museum of San Jose inspires creativity, curiosity and lifelong learning.
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Welcome to Children’s Discovery Museum of San Jose’s official page! The purpose of this page is to discuss events, experiences and fun at Children’s Discovery Museum of San Jose (CDM). Off-topic posts or advertisements for events, businesses or services not directly related to CDM may be removed and possibly flagged as spam. We encourage conversation, and open and honest feedback and discussion is welcome, but we ask that you be respectful at all times. Insults or attacks regarding individual staff members or visitors will not be tolerated. As a family-friendly page, any post with offensive language will be deleted.

05/01/2020
Let's Get Creative: Triangles are Terrific!

Let's Get Creative: Shapes Are Everywhere!

Triangles are terrific! These three-sided shapes vary in names, depending on the length of the sides and size of the angles. We'll look at different types of triangles and transform them into delightful artwork through drawing and collage.

Materials Needed: white paper, color paper, black marker, pencil, scissors, glue stick

Grade level: K-5

05/01/2020
Storytime: We're Going on a Bear Hunt

Storytime: We’re Going on a Bear Hunt
Author: Michael Rosen

What an adventure a bear hunt can be! Join the family of five in their hair-raising pursuit of a bear. Through the meadow, across the river and into the woods they go - conquering numerous challenges along the way. But what happens when they reach the cave? We can “bearly” conceal the secret!
Materials Needed: Make your own bear hunt at home! Spray bottle (for the river), pillows (for the mud), bubbles (for the snowstorm), a teddy bear and a sheet and/or couch cushion fort (for the bear hiding in the cave)

𝟭𝟬 𝗡𝗮𝘁𝘂𝗿𝗲 𝗔𝗰𝘁𝗶𝘃𝗶𝘁𝗶𝗲𝘀 𝘁𝗼 𝗛𝗲𝗹𝗽 𝗚𝗲𝘁 𝗬𝗼𝘂𝗿 𝗙𝗮𝗺𝗶𝗹𝘆 𝗧𝗵𝗿𝗼𝘂𝗴𝗵 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗖𝗼𝗿𝗼𝗻𝗮𝘃𝗶𝗿𝘂𝘀 𝗣𝗮𝗻𝗱𝗲𝗺𝗶𝗰 — 𝗙𝗿𝗼𝗺 𝗖𝗵𝗶𝗹𝗱𝗿𝗲𝗻 & 𝗡𝗮𝘁𝘂𝗿𝗲 𝗡𝗲𝘁𝘄𝗼𝗿𝗸⁠⁠At the m...
05/01/2020
10 Nature Activities to Help Get Your Family Through the Coronavirus Pandemic

𝟭𝟬 𝗡𝗮𝘁𝘂𝗿𝗲 𝗔𝗰𝘁𝗶𝘃𝗶𝘁𝗶𝗲𝘀 𝘁𝗼 𝗛𝗲𝗹𝗽 𝗚𝗲𝘁 𝗬𝗼𝘂𝗿 𝗙𝗮𝗺𝗶𝗹𝘆 𝗧𝗵𝗿𝗼𝘂𝗴𝗵 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗖𝗼𝗿𝗼𝗻𝗮𝘃𝗶𝗿𝘂𝘀 𝗣𝗮𝗻𝗱𝗲𝗺𝗶𝗰 — 𝗙𝗿𝗼𝗺 𝗖𝗵𝗶𝗹𝗱𝗿𝗲𝗻 & 𝗡𝗮𝘁𝘂𝗿𝗲 𝗡𝗲𝘁𝘄𝗼𝗿𝗸⁠

At the museum, we believe in helping develop the next generation of environmental stewards. To do this, children must learn to love nature first. This concept inspired us to develop Bill's Backyard, our half-acre outdoor playspace.⁠

As we all shelter in place, it's easy to feel disconnected from the outside world – especially nature. Don't worry, renowned environmental educator Richard Louv has got you! Here are 10 ideas to help families safely engage with the natural world and inspire their budding environmentalists during this crisis.

If the coronavirus spreads at the rate that experts believe it will, schools, workplaces and businesses will continue to close. Here’s a thread of silver lining. We’ll have more time for each other and nature. And, at least so far, nature's always open. Getting outside — but at a safe distance...

04/30/2020

Toddler Fun: Musical Shakers (In Vietnamese)

Children love to make music and the benefits are huge, including fine motor skill coordination and language development. We invite your little one to shake, rattle and roll and create their very own musical shaker out of everyday materials.

Materials Needed: empty water bottle, beans/rice/buttons/pebbles, tape
Optional Decoration: paper, scissor, color pencils/crayons, stickers, ribbons

04/30/2020

Interview with a Scientist - Veterinarian Part 2

Back by popular demand! Veterinarian Dr. Karen Tancuan joins us for the second segment in a four-part mini-series. In a pre-recorded interview, Dr. Tancuan answers those burning questions that we didn’t get to in the last broadcast.

04/30/2020

Let's Get Creative: Shapes Are Everywhere!

Triangles are terrific! These three-sided shapes vary in names, depending on the length of the sides and size of the angles. We'll look at different types of triangles and transform them into delightful artwork through drawing and collage.

Materials Needed: white paper, color paper, black marker, pencil, scissors, glue stick

Grade level: K-5

Whoo hoo, it's almost the weekend! End the week with some #VirtualPurpleMuseum broadcasts for the kiddos. Enjoy a storyt...
04/30/2020

Whoo hoo, it's almost the weekend! End the week with some #VirtualPurpleMuseum broadcasts for the kiddos. Enjoy a storytime, art activity, science session and Vietnamese-language toddler fun. We can't wait to see you... virtually, of course!

04/30/2020

Storytime: We’re Going on a Bear Hunt
Author: Michael Rosen

What an adventure a bear hunt can be! Join the family of five in their hair-raising pursuit of a bear. Through the meadow, across the river and into the woods they go - conquering numerous challenges along the way. But what happens when they reach the cave? We can “bearly” conceal the secret!
Materials Needed: Make your own bear hunt at home! Spray bottle (for the river), pillows (for the mud), bubbles (for the snowstorm), a teddy bear and a sheet and/or couch cushion fort (for the bear hiding in the cave)

Thank you for being a part of our family at Children's Discovery Museum of San Jose. We need your help in completing a s...
04/30/2020
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We greatly appreciate your participation, and we can’t wait to see you back at the museum!

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04/29/2020
Science Is Everywhere: Sensational Sound Waves - Solids, Air and Pitch

Sensational Sound Waves - Solids, Air and Pitch

We're back for day two of sensation sound waves! Today we'll experiment with pitch, seeing how different lengths of objects can change what we hear. This experiment can get loud so be ready for some sound excitement!

Grade Level: K-5
Materials Needed: Small Book (hardback is best), Rubber Band, 2 Pens or Pencils, One Straw, Scissors

04/29/2020
Let's Get Creative: Shape Drawing & Collage

Let's Get Creative! Shapes are Everywhere!

Create a mixed media artwork exploring shape and line!

Materials needed: White piece of paper, scissors,3 different color pieces of construction paper, pencil, black marker, gluestick K-5

04/29/2020
Storytime - I Went Walking/Sali de Paseo

Join us for storytime, complete with engaging activities designed to capture the interest of children. For babies, toddlers and preschoolers.

Book: I Went Walking/Sali de Paseo
Author: Sue Williams
Language: Bilingual (English/Spanish)

Materials: White paper, crayons, tape, two to three leaves of different shapes and sizes. Please only gather material that are already on the ground.

04/29/2020

Sensational Sound Waves - Solids, Air and Pitch

We're back for day two of sensation sound waves! Today we'll experiment with pitch, seeing how different lengths of objects can change what we hear. This experiment can get loud so be ready for some sound excitement!

Grade Level: K-5
Materials Needed: Small Book (hardback is best), Rubber Band, 2 Pens or Pencils, One Straw, Scissors

04/29/2020

Let's Get Creative! Shapes are Everywhere!

Create a mixed media artwork exploring shape and line!

Materials needed: White piece of paper, scissors,3 different color pieces of construction paper, pencil, black marker, gluestick K-5

04/29/2020

Join us for storytime, complete with engaging activities designed to capture the interest of children. For babies, toddlers and preschoolers.

Book: I Went Walking/Sali de Paseo
Author: Sue Williams
Language: Bilingual (English/Spanish)

Materials: White paper, crayons, tape, two to three leaves of different shapes and sizes. Please only gather material that are already on the ground.

04/29/2020
How Recycling Works!

𝗛𝗼𝘄 𝗥𝗲𝗰𝘆𝗰𝗹𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗪𝗼𝗿𝗸𝘀: 𝗩𝗶𝗱𝗲𝗼 𝗳𝗿𝗼𝗺 𝗦𝗰𝗶𝗦𝗵𝗼𝘄 𝗞𝗶𝗱𝘀⁠

The Earth is such a cool planet! The natural world is filled with interesting creatures and sights. In addition to learning a lot about how remarkable our planet is, we should also honor Earth Day by learning about some of the things we can do to protect it. Check out this SciShow Kids video about how recycling works and what it does to help the Earth become healthier!

Humans make a lot of garbage every day, and a lot of it ends up in big, smelly dumps. Luckily, there are things we can do to reuse a lot of our garbage and k...

Are you excited for tomorrow's #VirtualPurpleMuseum broadcasts? We are too! Join us for a bilingual storytime, an art ac...
04/28/2020

Are you excited for tomorrow's #VirtualPurpleMuseum broadcasts? We are too! Join us for a bilingual storytime, an art activity, and a hands-on science session! We can't wait to see you!

Over the past 30 years, this museum has created a safe learning environment where children can learn teamwork, compromis...
04/28/2020

Over the past 30 years, this museum has created a safe learning environment where children can learn teamwork, compromise, and collaboration.

Together, we’ve built a community of parents and families like you that we care about deeply. Your support will help us remain resilient, so that when we DO open our doors, we can come back stronger than ever.

Help us reach our $30,000 goal! Give now: https://bit.ly/2Sco5W6

04/27/2020
Science Is Everywhere: Sensational Sound Waves - Liquids

Sensational Sound Waves - Liquids

Believe it or not, water can change the way things sound! Join us for day one of two days of experiments with sound. Have your materials ready to explore along with us as we play with sound waves through water.

Grade Level: K-5
Materials Needed: Sink, 3 Identical Glasses, Wooden Spoon, Towel

04/27/2020
Let's Get Creative: Shape Drawings

Let's Get Creative!
Shapes are Everywhere!

Explore shape using simple household items and create an imaginative drawing by tracing those shapes.

Grade level: K-5
Materials needed: white paper, black marker or pencil, color pencils or crayons, household objects such as cups, bowls, boxes, forks, scissors, tape (anything that you want to trace).

04/27/2020
Storytime: It Looked Like Spilt Milk

Join us for storytime with Ms. Laura, complete with engaging activities designed to capture the interest of children. For babies, toddlers and preschoolers.

Book: It Looked Like Spilt Milk
Author: Charles G. Shaw
Language: English

Kick off the week in style with #VirtualPurpleMuseum broadcasts! We have a storytime, an art activity, and a hands-on sc...
04/26/2020

Kick off the week in style with #VirtualPurpleMuseum broadcasts! We have a storytime, an art activity, and a hands-on science session. Join us, and be sure to share this with your family and friends!

#VirtualPurpleMuseum 𝗔𝘁-𝗛𝗼𝗺𝗲 𝗔𝗰𝘁𝗶𝘃𝗶𝘁𝘆: 𝗕𝘂𝗶𝗹𝗱 𝗮 𝗡𝗲𝘀𝘁⁠⁠Spring is a great time to see birds in action as they find a mate, ...
04/26/2020
Virtual Museum - Build a Nest | Children’s Discovery Museum of San Jose

#VirtualPurpleMuseum 𝗔𝘁-𝗛𝗼𝗺𝗲 𝗔𝗰𝘁𝗶𝘃𝗶𝘁𝘆: 𝗕𝘂𝗶𝗹𝗱 𝗮 𝗡𝗲𝘀𝘁⁠

Spring is a great time to see birds in action as they find a mate, build a nest, and raise their young. Have you ever looked closely at the homes that birds make for themselves? They use materials that they find in the neighborhood and design nests that are perfect for raising babies and protecting them from predators. If you were a bird, where would you build your nest?

Back to the Virtual Museum   Spring is a great time to see birds in action as they find a mate, build a nest, and raise their young. Have you ever looked closely at the homes that birds make for themselves? They use materials that they find in the neighborhood and design nests that are …

04/25/2020
Artist Spotlight: Zach Pine

𝗔𝗿𝘁𝗶𝘀𝘁 𝗦𝗽𝗼𝘁𝗹𝗶𝗴𝗵𝘁: 𝗭𝗮𝗰𝗵 𝗣𝗶𝗻𝗲⁠

Meet Zach Pine, a socially engaged environmental artist who has connected thousands of people through creating nature sculptures in parks, museums and public spaces. His nature sculptures are temporary, using natural materials to highlight both the beauty of the environment but also its transient nature. Pine was a visiting artist at the museum in 2018 and taught us a lot about ways to make environmental art right in our backyards!

#VirtualPurpleMuseum 𝗔𝘁-𝗛𝗼𝗺𝗲 𝗔𝗰𝘁𝗶𝘃𝗶𝘁𝘆: 𝗔𝗻𝗶𝗺𝗮𝗹 𝗗𝗲𝘁𝗲𝗰𝘁𝗶𝘃𝗲𝘀⁠⁠Animals leave behind clues all the time. When exploring your n...
04/25/2020
Virtual Museum - Animal Detectives | Children’s Discovery Museum of San Jose

#VirtualPurpleMuseum 𝗔𝘁-𝗛𝗼𝗺𝗲 𝗔𝗰𝘁𝗶𝘃𝗶𝘁𝘆: 𝗔𝗻𝗶𝗺𝗮𝗹 𝗗𝗲𝘁𝗲𝗰𝘁𝗶𝘃𝗲𝘀⁠

Animals leave behind clues all the time. When exploring your neighborhood or backyard, you might be lucky enough to see an animal, but even if you don't catch a glimpse of the creature itself, you can still tell they've been nearby! Go on a scavenger hunt and collect clues about what animals might live nearby. Birds? A squirrel? Maybe some snails? You might be surprised at what you find!

Back to the Virtual Museum   Animals leave behind clues all the time. When exploring your neighborhood or backyard, you might be lucky enough to see an animal, but even if you don’t catch a glimpse of the creature itself, you can still tell they’ve been nearby! Go on a scavenger hunt and collec...

04/24/2020

Sensational Sound Waves - Liquids

Believe it or not, water can change the way things sound! Join us for day one of two days of experiments with sound. Have your materials ready to explore along with us as we play with sound waves through water.

Grade Level: K-5
Materials Needed: Sink, 3 Identical Glasses, Wooden Spoon, Towel

04/24/2020

Let's Get Creative!
Shapes are Everywhere!

Explore shape using simple household items and create an imaginative drawing by tracing those shapes.

Grade level: K-5
Materials needed: white paper, black marker or pencil, color pencils or crayons, household objects such as cups, bowls, boxes, forks, scissors, tape (anything that you want to trace).

04/24/2020

Join us for storytime with Ms. Laura, complete with engaging activities designed to capture the interest of children. For babies, toddlers and preschoolers.

Book: It Looked Like Spilt Milk
Author: Charles G. Shaw
Language: English

04/24/2020
Fun Activities for Toddlers: Soap Bubbles (Vietnamese)

Encourage creativity through exploration of intriguing materials with your toddler. Offered in Vietnamese.

Bubble solution is easy to make and provides endless fun. If you're at home missing the museum's Bubbles exhibit, whip up some fun in your own kitchen! Bubbles are perfect as we start to get into warmer weather and play outside.

Activity: Soap Bubbles

Materials Needed: large bowl (plastic dishpan or other container), 1/4 c dishwashing detergent, 2 1/2 c cold water, baking sheet or platic plate, bubble-making materials (ex. pipe cleaners, paper clips, cookie cutters, fruit baskets, slotted spoons, straws, etc.)

04/24/2020
Science Is Everywhere: Mystery Boxes - Gathering Evidence

Mystery Boxes - Gathering Evidence

Our senses are fabulous tools to gather evidence, or clues, to help us figure things out. Get ready to solve the mystery we put in boxes using clues you discover!

Grade Level: K-5
Materials Needed: Small empty boxes, small familiar objects like favorite toys

04/24/2020
Let's Get Creative: Flower Power!

Theme: Art... it's fun... naturally! Flower Power!

Let's look at flowers and create a flower-inspired collage using recycled materials.

Materials needed: pencil, scissors, glue stick, 1 piece of 8.5x11" white paper, grocery store ads, magazines.
Optional: crayons, markers, color pencils.

Grade level: K-5

04/24/2020
Storytime: Birds

Join us for storytime with Ms. Vera, complete with engaging activities designed to capture the interest of children. For babies, toddlers and preschoolers.

Book: Birds
Author: Kevin Henkes
Language: English

Whoo hoo, it's almost Friday! And you know what that means: #VirtualPurpleMuseum broadcasts! We'll have a storytime, an ...
04/23/2020

Whoo hoo, it's almost Friday! And you know what that means: #VirtualPurpleMuseum broadcasts! We'll have a storytime, an art activity, Vietnamese-language toddler fun, and a science learning session. Be sure to tune in and please share with your family and friends online!

04/23/2020

Encourage creativity through exploration of intriguing materials with your toddler. Offered in Vietnamese.

Bubble solution is easy to make and provides endless fun. If you're at home missing the museum's Bubbles exhibit, whip up some fun in your own kitchen! Bubbles are perfect as we start to get into warmer weather and play outside.

Activity: Soap Bubbles

Materials Needed: large bowl (plastic dishpan or other container), 1/4 c dishwashing detergent, 2 1/2 c cold water, baking sheet or platic plate, bubble-making materials (ex. pipe cleaners, paper clips, cookie cutters, fruit baskets, slotted spoons, straws, etc.)

04/23/2020

Mystery Boxes - Gathering Evidence

Our senses are fabulous tools to gather evidence, or clues, to help us figure things out. Get ready to solve the mystery we put in boxes using clues you discover!

Grade Level: K-5
Materials Needed: Small empty boxes, small familiar objects like favorite toys

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what a great launch to creativity!🙃
My son LOVED it. He has high-functioning autism so he became a little overstimulated near the end... but there is an outside portion that even when busy is much quieter than inside. He was able to go out there and play around a bit and feel better.
Is parking available at the museum?
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Shout out to this fantastic CDM staff member who went above and beyond today! My son was super interested when some staff members came by the pebble area to sweep. This awesome woman invited him to help, then radioed someone to bring over a kid-sized broom. He was so excited! Thanks so much for creating such a great environment for kids to explore!
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Just amazing I took my 3 year old daughter today and she got on in the same fire truck I got on 22 years ago! We had a great time 🙂
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Aura Boriallis painting
We cannot thank you enough for the BEAUTIFUL Cinco de Mayo event last night. My little girl learned so much about different cultures and expression through dance and music! Thank you, thank you, thank you for a wonderful evening!