Children's Discovery Museum of San Jose

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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.

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09/11/2020
Toddler Fun: Painting with Objects (In Vietnamese)

Toddler Fun: Painting with Objects (In Vietnamese)

Can you imagine painting with a celery stalk? As silly as it sounds, it’s so much fun to use different natural or homemade objects as paintbrushes. See what happens as you explore textures and patterns and discover that each new material adds something new. It’s also the perfect activity to encourage predicting and experimenting!

Materials Needed: paper (can print or draw a tree image), cotton swabs, celery stalk, fork, leaves, and tempera paints

Want to follow along with a step-by-step? Follow along with our activity sheet to get the most out of this engaging art lesson! Available in both Vietnamese and English: https://www.cdm.org/virtual-museum-painting-with-objects/

Toddler Fun! is supported, in part, by the David and Lucile Packard Foundation and SVCreates.

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09/11/2020
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)

Storytime is supported, in part, by the David and Lucile Packard Foundation and SVCreates.

#VirtualPurpleMuseum #PurpleMuseumCreations

09/11/2020

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)

Storytime is supported, in part, by the David and Lucile Packard Foundation and SVCreates.

#VirtualPurpleMuseum #PurpleMuseumCreations

09/11/2020

Toddler Fun: Painting with Objects (In Vietnamese)

Can you imagine painting with a celery stalk? As silly as it sounds, it’s so much fun to use different natural or homemade objects as paintbrushes. See what happens as you explore textures and patterns and discover that each new material adds something new. It’s also the perfect activity to encourage predicting and experimenting!

Materials Needed: paper (can print or draw a tree image), cotton swabs, celery stalk, fork, leaves, and tempera paints

Want to follow along with a step-by-step? Follow along with our activity sheet to get the most out of this engaging art lesson! Available in both Vietnamese and English: https://www.cdm.org/virtual-museum-painting-with-objects/

Toddler Fun! is supported, in part, by the David and Lucile Packard Foundation and SVCreates.

#VirtualPurpleMuseum #PurpleMuseumCreations

09/11/2020

Eco Explorers: Build A Bug

What took so long for us to plant Sister Squash? Bugs were eating Sister Bean! Watch the last of the three sisters being planted, learn what makes an insect an insect, and then build your own!

Materials Needed: To plant Sister Squash, you'll need squash seeds, a trowel, and a watering can. To build a bug, you'll need sticks, rocks, leaves, flowers, seeds, or whatever natural materials you can find.

Grade Level: K-5

Want a step-by-step? Follow along with our activity sheet to get the most out of this engaging art lesson: https://www.cdm.org/little-explorer-nature-treasure-box/

Eco Explorers is supported, in part, by the Santa Clara Valley Open Space Authority.

#VirtualPurpleMuseum #PurpleMuseumCreations

09/09/2020
Children's Discovery Museum of San Jose

Science Is Everywhere: Mystery Boxes – Gathering Evidence

How do scientists solve problems? They gather evidence, or clues, using their senses. Our senses make incredible tools for gathering evidence to help us figure things out. Using sight, sound, hearing, touch and smell, we'll discover clues to solve mystery boxes and then you can make your own!

Materials Needed: small empty boxes, small familiar objects like favorite toys

Grade Level: K-5

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

09/04/2020
Toddler Fun! Baby Sign Language (In Vietnamese)

Toddler Fun! (In Vietnamese)
Baby Sign Language

An interview with a speech pathologist. Conducted in English with Vietnamese substitle

An interview with a speech pathologist. Conducted in English with Vietnamese subtitle

Toddler Fun! is sponsored, in part,

09/04/2020
Storytime: I Am Enough

Storytime
I Am Enough
Author: Grace Byers

Storytime is supported, in part, by ...

09/04/2020
Welcome Back to Downtown San Jose! #dtsjopen

We're glad to be featured in this San Jose Downtown Association video about what's open and what you can expect when exploring Downtown San Jose! We're so excited to welcome you all back when the museum is able to reopen.

Find out what’s open in Downtown San Jose: https://sjdowntown.com/dtsjopen

#dtsjopen

It has been a challenging time for everyone in the downtown community, and we thank you for sticking with us. It is with much excitement and a full heart tha...

08/31/2020

Bilingual Storytime (English/Spanish)
Say Hello/Di Hola
Author: Rachel Isadora

Carmelita loves to say hello to everyone in her neighborhood! Her neighbors come from all over the globe, and they all say “hello” in different languages. Join us and say “hello” to this colorful and lively storytime that celebrates the rich diversity of neighborhoods across America!

Storytime is supported, in part, by the David and Lucile Packard Foundation and SVCreates.

08/31/2020

Storytime
I Am Enough
Author: Grace Byers

To children of all ages, backgrounds, sizes, cultures — you are enough! Let’s come together and read this beautiful ode to loving yourself and respecting others that will have you repeating this self-affirmation!

Storytime is supported, in part, by the David and Lucile Packard Foundation and SVCreates.

08/31/2020

Let's Get Creative: Inside Outside

Have you ever felt mislabeled or misunderstood? We all do from time to time! Join us for a reading of “Red: A Crayon’s Story,” a story about a crayon who is mislabeled and how he learns to be himself. Then we’ll make art that explores that feeling of being misunderstood.

Materials Needed: White piece of paper, scissors, tape, black marker, color markers or pencils/crayons

Grade Level: K-5

Let’s Get Creative! is supported, in part, by a Cultural Affairs grant from the City of San José.

08/31/2020

Science Is Everywhere: Kaleidoscope - Reflected Light

Families of all kinds, shapes and sizes have special traditions and small items that are unique to their family. Turn some of these meaningful objects into a family kaleidoscope! Learn about light reflection while seeing your family in a whole new light.

Materials Needed: Small family objects you can craft with, toilet paper roll, markers or decorations, sheet of white cardstock, tinfoil, straw or skewer, bowl about 3 in. across, glue, tape, scissors, ruler, pencil, dime or penny

Grade Level: 2-5

08/31/2020

Eco Explorers
Exploring Crop Diversity

Diversity is a big word that means differences, and having different people working together can make a whole group stronger. But did you know that the same is true of plants? Come learn about the benefits of crop diversity from our Three Sisters garden, and see how growing different kinds of plants together can help the environment.

Grade Level: K-5

Eco Explorers is supported, in part, by the Santa Clara Valley Open Space Authority.

08/31/2020

Toddler Fun! (In Vietnamese and English)
Baby Sign Language

How do you communicate with little ones who haven’t yet learned to speak? Join us for an interview with Maria Natad-Mapagu, a speech pathologist, and learn all about baby sign language. The session will be in English with Vietnamese subtitles.

Toddler Fun! is supported, in part, by the David and Lucile Packard Foundation and SVCreates.

08/28/2020
Eco Explorers: Nature Meditation

Eco Explorers: Nature Meditation

Nature is beautiful and exciting to explore. But did you know that nature can also help you explore your feelings? Join educator Kaitlyn as she leads us through two different types of nature meditation: meditating in a nature space and using your imagination to visit a favorite nature space.

Materials Needed: A nature space and/or your imagination

Grade Level: K-5

Eco Explorers is supported, in part, by the Santa Clara Valley Open Space Authority.

#VirtualPurpleMuseum #PurpleMuseumCreations

08/28/2020
Storytime: In My Heart

Storytime: In My Heart
Author: Jo Witek

We all feel so many feelings — happiness, sadness, bravery, anger, shyness. But how can we describe them? Go on a lyrical journey in this beautiful children’s book that gives young children language to express how they feel.

Storytime is supported, in part, by the David and Lucile Packard Foundation and SVCreates.

#VirtualPurpleMuseum #PurpleMuseumCreations

By breaking down barriers to accessing nature, our communities can thrive. Our partners at the Santa Clara Valley Open S...
08/25/2020
Santa Clara Valley Open Space Authority

By breaking down barriers to accessing nature, our communities can thrive.
Our partners at the Santa Clara Valley Open Space Authority have released a new Understanding Our Community Phase II report, which will help pave the way towards a future where everyone feels welcome and safe in natural spaces.

"With funding we received from the Authority's Urban Grant Program, we developed a program that introduced nature to many grateful Spanish and Vietnamese-speaking families and children who had numerous barriers to experiencing nature. The Authority's work in connecting children with nature is remarkable and I look forward to Phase II of their report." - Marilee Jennings, Executive Director of the Children’s Discovery Museum of San Jose

The Santa Clara Valley Open Space Authority conserves the natural environment, supports agriculture, and connects people to nature, by protecting open spaces, natural areas, and working farms and ranches for future generations.

08/24/2020

Storytime: In My Heart
Author: Jo Witek

We all feel so many feelings — happiness, sadness, bravery, anger, shyness. But how can we describe them? Go on a lyrical journey in this beautiful children’s book that gives young children language to express how they feel.

Storytime is supported, in part, by the David and Lucile Packard Foundation and SVCreates.

#VirtualPurpleMuseum #PurpleMuseumCreations

08/24/2020

Bilingual Storytime: My No No No Day
Author: Rebecca Patterson

We all have rough days, but two-year-old Bella is having a particularly frustrating one. From the moment she woke up, everything has gone wrong — her breakfast isn’t satisfying, her foot hurts, her bath is too cold. What can make her day better and bring her comfort? Let’s find out!

Storytime is supported, in part, by the David and Lucile Packard Foundation and SVCreates.

#VirtualPurpleMuseum #PurpleMuseumCreations

08/24/2020

Toddler Fun: Squishy and Moldable Cloud Dough

When we feel anxious or overstimulated, we need a way to find calm and soothe our worries. Let’s make a delightfully soft cloud dough that is equal parts stress management and fun!

Materials Needed: 2 cups of flour, 1/4 cup of vegetable oil, bowl
Optional: Lavender or baby oil, bin, food coloring, cocoa powder, play tools (plastic animals, toy car, play dough accessories, kitchen tools)

Toddler Fun! is supported, in part, by the David and Lucile Packard Foundation and SVCreates.

#VirtualPurpleMuseum #PurpleMuseumCreations

08/24/2020

Let's Get Creative: Color & Breathe

Emotions are part of what make people so colorful and lively. What colors do you see when you feel a certain emotion? Let’s create an emotions color wheel and transform it into a very special breathing wand!

Materials Needed: White cardstock paper, color markers (red, yellow, blue, orange, green, purple), black marker, tape, string or ribbon, ruler, scissors

Grade Level: K-5

Let’s Get Creative! is supported, in part, by a Cultural Affairs grant from the City of San José.

#VirtualPurpleMuseum #PurpleMuseumCreations

08/24/2020

Eco Explorers: Nature Meditation

Nature is beautiful and exciting to explore. But did you know that nature can also help you explore your feelings? Join educator Kaitlyn as she leads us through two different types of nature meditation: meditating in a nature space and using your imagination to visit a favorite nature space.

Materials Needed: A nature space and/or your imagination

Grade Level: K-5

Eco Explorers is supported, in part, by the Santa Clara Valley Open Space Authority.

#VirtualPurpleMuseum #PurpleMuseumCreations

08/24/2020

Science Is Everywhere: Music & Feelings

Music is more powerful than many think! It can make us feel different emotions using nothing but sounds. Join us as we experiment to see how different kinds of music can make us feel and talk about why that is.

Materials Needed: Your listening skills and feelings

Grade Level: K-5

#VirtualPurpleMuseum #PurpleMuseumCreations

08/23/2020
Join us for a Discovery Dance Party presented by Latizmo Hip Hop!

Discovery Dance Party
Presented by Latizmo Hip Hop Productions

Date: Saturday, August 29
Time: 1:00 p.m. - 1:45 p.m.

Join us for a special Discovery Zone Dance Party presented by Latizmo Hip Hop Productions! Learn some fun hip hop dance moves and watch special screenings of Latizmo’s recent performances. Latizmo is a performance group of young dancers who are differently-abled.

“Super Latizmo II” tells the story of people with magical powers. Superheroes and villains fight for territory in this original performance created by choreographer and dance artist Jay Torres. Additional screening of sign language choreography, "Into the Unknown."

The dance party will last about 45 minutes and is free to attend. Register today: https://bit.ly/2YofCSU

08/21/2020
Children's Discovery Museum of San Jose

Join us TOMORROW, AUGUST 22 at 10 a.m. for an animal fun bonanza with Palo Alto Humane Society! What are some of your favorite animals?

Join us online for an hour-long animal fun bonanza with our friends at the Palo Alto Humane Society!

Animals Inspire Us! will feature a showcase of fun content around the themes of animal care and advocacy, as well as compassion towards animals. This virtual program will feature two uniquely produced magic shows by magician Patrick Livingstone, who is all about humor, kindness, and animals. We’ll also feature PAHS-produced content including Touchy Feely Talks (Absolute Best Way to Treat a Dog, Chickens are Wonderful Pets, Tildie & Her Rat Mansion), a Storytime reading (Trees Are Never Lonely), a film (A Dog’s Day), and art created by students in the PAWS for PAHS program!

Premiere Schedule of Events
10:00 - Program Begins
10:00:14 - Magic Show with Patrick Livingstone
10:08:30 - Touchy Feely Talk: Absolute Best Way to Treat Your Dog
10:14:11 - PAWS to PAHS Artwork Selections
10:14:16 - Advice From Minnie, A Dog’s Perspective
10:20:58 - Magic Show with Patrick Livingstone
10:35:12 - Touchy Feely Talk: Tildie & Her Rat Mansion
10:42:10 - Touchy Feely Talk: Chickens Are Wonderful Pets
10:45:23 - Taking Care of Your Pet
10:47:40 - Film: It’s A Dog’s Day
10:58:31 - Animal Animations
11:00:17 - Storytime: Trees Are Never Lonely
11:05:28 - Creating a Humane World: About PAHS

08/19/2020
08/19/2020
Let's Get Creative: Draw a Shelter Animal!

Let's Get Creative
Draw a Shelter Animal

Did you know that this month is Clear the Shelters month? There are many animals still in shelters that need good homes. Let's meet Charlotte and Mya, two dogs that are up for adoption at the Humane Society of Silicon Valley and make art inspired by their cute photos!

Materials Needed: Photo of a shelter animal (visit hssv.org), white paper, black marker, color pencils or markers (optional)

Grade Level: K-5

Let’s Get Creative! is supported, in part, by a Cultural Affairs grant from the City of San José.

08/19/2020

Join us online for an hour-long animal fun bonanza with our friends at the Palo Alto Humane Society!

Animals Inspire Us! will feature a showcase of fun content around the themes of animal care and advocacy, as well as compassion towards animals. This virtual program will feature two uniquely produced magic shows by magician Patrick Livingstone, who is all about humor, kindness, and animals. We’ll also feature PAHS-produced content including Touchy Feely Talks (Absolute Best Way to Treat a Dog, Chickens are Wonderful Pets, Tildie & Her Rat Mansion), a Storytime reading (Trees Are Never Lonely), a film (A Dog’s Day), and art created by students in the PAWS for PAHS program!

Premiere Schedule of Events
10:00 - Program Begins
10:00:14 - Magic Show with Patrick Livingstone
10:08:30 - Touchy Feely Talk: Absolute Best Way to Treat Your Dog
10:14:11 - PAWS to PAHS Artwork Selections
10:14:16 - Advice From Minnie, A Dog’s Perspective
10:20:58 - Magic Show with Patrick Livingstone
10:35:12 - Touchy Feely Talk: Tildie & Her Rat Mansion
10:42:10 - Touchy Feely Talk: Chickens Are Wonderful Pets
10:45:23 - Taking Care of Your Pet
10:47:40 - Film: It’s A Dog’s Day
10:58:31 - Animal Animations
11:00:17 - Storytime: Trees Are Never Lonely
11:05:28 - Creating a Humane World: About PAHS

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How fun does this look for the ever changing back room? Or, we LOVED that tape exhibit you had 4 years ago. Dreaming of the future!
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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