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.

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.

"Babies don’t simply learn they should try harder at everything. Just like grownups, babies make rational decisions ab...
07/08/2019
Babies can learn the value of persistence by watching grownups stick with a challenge

"Babies don’t simply learn they should try harder at everything. Just like grownups, babies make rational decisions about effort."

Persistence and self-control are valuable traits that can help kids succeed in school and beyond. A new study suggests infants can learn stick-to-itiveness by watching adults persist in a difficult task.

"The idea that ice is slippery because of water on its surface had been around for a long time but wasn’t convincingly...
07/07/2019
Why Is Water Slippery?

"The idea that ice is slippery because of water on its surface had been around for a long time but wasn’t convincingly proved until 1987. And while that may seem like a very long time ago to a 4-year-old, I assure you that this date is recent enough that many grown-ups are still coming to terms with the idea that the current year is not 1988."

The questions that kids ask about science aren’t always easy to answer. Sometimes, their little brains can lead to big places that adults forget to explore. Tha…

"Exercise supports our ability to think creatively, make decisions, focus and retrieve key information."
07/07/2019
How Movement and Exercise Help Kids Learn

"Exercise supports our ability to think creatively, make decisions, focus and retrieve key information."

Exercising not only helps the body but it helps the brain. Schools are incorporating movement into the school day with activities like "The Daily Mile" to get kids active and prepared to learn.

"Mister Rogers' Neighborhood focused on one audience: preschoolers. And for good reason. Today, increasing evidence poin...
07/06/2019
How Learning Science Is Catching Up To Mr. Rogers

"Mister Rogers' Neighborhood focused on one audience: preschoolers. And for good reason. Today, increasing evidence points to the importance of early childhood education. Its impact can be felt decades down the road — in adults' education levels, incomes, even health."

The popular film this summer shows how the topics — and the format — Fred Rogers brought to TV are as relevant to education and child development as they ever were.

Happy #FourthOfJuly! In celebration of the 243rd anniversary of the Declaration of Independence, people all over the cou...
07/04/2019

Happy #FourthOfJuly! In celebration of the 243rd anniversary of the Declaration of Independence, people all over the country are going to see fireworks tonight. But why are fireworks such an integral part of #IndependenceDay festivities?

Short answer: Because John Adams wanted it so.

Long answer: Fireworks have been tied to July 4th since 1777, just one year after the Declaration was signed, when Philadelphia citizens organized the first official commemorative celebration. That night, they set off 13 fireworks in honor of the 13 colonies.

Then-Massachusetts delegate to the first Continental Congress John Adams wrote to his wife, "I am apt to believe that [Independence Day] will be celebrated, by succeeding Generations, as the great anniversary Festival... It ought to be solemnized with Pomp and Parade, with Shews, Games, Sports, Guns, Bells, Bonfires and Illuminations from one End of this Continent to the other from this Time forward forever more."

July 4, 1777 was during the Revolutionary War, which would not end until September 3, 1783 (when the Treaty of Paris was signed). Most historians agree that this early tradition of remembering and honoring the Fourth of July was in an effort to keep spirits up during a long and exhaustive war, and to instill national pride in the fledgling country.

Enjoy the fireworks tonight! You are part of this history, just as John Adams envisioned.

We're thrilled to have received Palo Alto Humane Society's Community Partner of the Year award. Heidi Lubin, Visual Arts...
07/03/2019

We're thrilled to have received Palo Alto Humane Society's Community Partner of the Year award. Heidi Lubin, Visual Arts Program Developer and Jessica Torres, Associate Director of Education represented us at the PAHS ceremony. We value our continued partnership with great community partners like PAHS!

"We should begin to green our educational provision – and our own backyards and schoolyards are certainly a good place...
07/02/2019
Mud pies and green spaces – why children do better when they can get outdoors

"We should begin to green our educational provision – and our own backyards and schoolyards are certainly a good place to begin."

This week is #MudWeek at the Museum! Join us to shape, squish, and splatter mud in Bill's Backyard. Be sure to bring a change of clothes!

New research has shown that living near green spaces can improve children's cognitive development.

Happy July! A new month means new activities in our program spaces. In Bill's Backyard, use natural watercolors made fro...
07/01/2019

Happy July! A new month means new activities in our program spaces. In Bill's Backyard, use natural watercolors made from vegetables and flowers to paint a masterpiece. For our 4 and under crowd, explore the beauty of ice as it transforms with rock salt and watercolor paints in the Wonder Cabinet Art Studio. The Art Loft is currently closed, but reopens July 19 with art inspired by Expressionist painters. Come and create! #PurpleMuseumCreations

"As paradoxical as it sounds, boredom is interesting! When we get bored, our minds begin to wander. And when our minds w...
07/01/2019
The Benefits of Boredom

"As paradoxical as it sounds, boredom is interesting! When we get bored, our minds begin to wander. And when our minds wander, remarkable things happen. Our brains begin making surprising connections."

Why we should all strive to be bored every once in a while

Shape, squish, and splatter! It’s time to get dirty during #MudWeek! International Mud Day on June 29 will kick off a ...
06/26/2019
Mud Week (2019-06-29)

Shape, squish, and splatter! It’s time to get dirty during #MudWeek! International Mud Day on June 29 will kick off a whole week of exciting mud play. Bring a change of clothes!

Shape, squish, and splatter! It’s time to get dirty during Mud Week! International Mud Day on June 29 will kick off a whole week of exciting mud play. Bring a change of clothes!

#ICYMI: "As the world becomes increasingly diverse, your children will meet people from many different types of families...
06/25/2019
Family Diversity

#ICYMI: "As the world becomes increasingly diverse, your children will meet people from many different types of families. Children and communities thrive best when members strive to get along and understand each other — and most importantly, respect one another."

Talking to children about LGBTQ topics

In addition to being the first day of summer, today is also #NationalSelfieDay! For as long as humans have been making a...
06/21/2019

In addition to being the first day of summer, today is also #NationalSelfieDay! For as long as humans have been making art, we have been making it in our own image. If you think selfies are a millennial invention, you underestimate just how much we have loved and documented our own visages over the course of history.

So we're taking the opportunity to share some of our favorite historical selfies. Click through the gallery, and feel free to share your own!

#FunFactFriday: Buckle up y'all, it's going to be a loooooooong day. Longest one of the year, in fact! Happy summer sols...
06/21/2019

#FunFactFriday: Buckle up y'all, it's going to be a loooooooong day. Longest one of the year, in fact! Happy summer solstice!

In addition to marking the first day of summer, the summer solstice gives those of us in the Northern Hemisphere the most minutes of sunlight of any day of the year. The term "solstice" comes from the Latin sol (sun) and sistere (to stand still) because on this day, the sun's relative position in the sky doesn't keep advancing northward, but appears instead to stand still. (The rest of the year, the tilt of the Earth's axis makes it so that the sun's path rises and falls differently one day to the next.)

Today, the sun will rise at its easternmost point, and set at its westernmost point, so you'll see sunlight in places you may never have noticed before. The world will be illuminated in a different way!

Join us on SATURDAY, JUNE 22 for Proud of My Family! This annual event is a celebration of all types of families, especi...
06/11/2019

Join us on SATURDAY, JUNE 22 for Proud of My Family! This annual event is a celebration of all types of families, especially LGBTQ+ parents, relatives, and friends.

Come move and groove in the Rainbow Dance Zone, make rainbow art of all kinds, and paint with the colors of the Pride flag on our new temporary art installation.

A great big THANK YOU to the VMware volunteers who spent their Friday afternoon with us doing unglamorous museum mainten...
06/07/2019

A great big THANK YOU to the VMware volunteers who spent their Friday afternoon with us doing unglamorous museum maintenance, like mulching our native garden and washing our Imagination Playground big blue blocks! We ❤️ volunteers!

Children's Discovery Museum of San Jose's cover photo
06/05/2019

Children's Discovery Museum of San Jose's cover photo

Kids of all ages naturally follow the scientific process as they learn about the world. They ask questions, fixate on th...
06/03/2019
Cultivating Perseverance

Kids of all ages naturally follow the scientific process as they learn about the world. They ask questions, fixate on their chosen topic, make guesses about why things work the way they do, and test those hypotheses. But sometimes they stumble on the path to forming their conclusions. Here’s five ways to cultivate your child’s perseverance.

5 Ways to Help Build Your Child’s Perseverance

Happy June! A new month means new activities in our program spaces! In the Art Loft, pick up a brush and help us paint o...
06/03/2019

Happy June! A new month means new activities in our program spaces! In the Art Loft, pick up a brush and help us paint our new art installation with all the colors of the rainbow. In Bill's Backyard, learn about bee lifecycles and design your own hive. For the four and under crowd, join us in the Wonder Cabinet to paint masterpieces using magnets. Come and create! #PurpleMuseumCreations

Are you going to the Silicon Valley Jewish Music Festival, hosted by our friends at the APJCC in Los Gatos? We'll be the...
05/31/2019
Music Festival - Addison-Penzak JCC Los Gatos

Are you going to the Silicon Valley Jewish Music Festival, hosted by our friends at the APJCC in Los Gatos? We'll be there with a fun activity: solar cooking! Join us for a fun and kid-friendly day of music, food, nature activities, and more!

Enjoy live music, food, and family activities at this annual festival on the JCC field. This year’s theme will be camping and there will be song circles around an artificial campfire in between the headlining bands that will perform on the main stage.

We had so much fun wrapping up our "Happy Trails" program that helps urban families gain skills, comfort, and confidence...
05/23/2019

We had so much fun wrapping up our "Happy Trails" program that helps urban families gain skills, comfort, and confidence in exploring nature. We didn't let a little rain stop our Nature Festival last Saturday. Program participants and museum visitors created nature journals, identified tracks, examined pelts and learned how to support pollinators by making their own Air Bee & Bee. The program launched last fall and was made possible by generous grants from Santa Clara Valley Open Space Authority and Applied Materials

Children's Discovery Museum of San Jose's cover photo
05/23/2019

Children's Discovery Museum of San Jose's cover photo

Discovery Duck has gone for a bath this summer, and we're excited that our new friend Sid is here! Come visit our new su...
05/23/2019

Discovery Duck has gone for a bath this summer, and we're excited that our new friend Sid is here! Come visit our new summer exhibit, Sid the Science Kid: The Super-Duper Exhibit!

Opens Saturday, May 25

Sid the Science Kid: The Super-Duper Exhibit! was created by The Magic House® in collaboration with The Jim Henson Company.

A big shout-out for the KPMG volunteer "green team" for grabbing hoes, rakes and shovels and helping us spruce up the ex...
05/18/2019

A big shout-out for the KPMG volunteer "green team" for grabbing hoes, rakes and shovels and helping us spruce up the exterior of our outdoor space, Bill's Backyard. We're so happy, we're "greening" from ear to ear.

#FunFactFriday: "For a sound to bounce back and make an echo, there has to be a lot of space between the sound source an...
05/17/2019
Curious Kids: what makes an echo?

#FunFactFriday: "For a sound to bounce back and make an echo, there has to be a lot of space between the sound source and the thing (wall or mountain) that it hits and bounces back."

When a sound is made, it spreads. And when it hits a hard surface that is far away, it bounces back and comes back to where the sound was made. That's what we call an echo.

"Even though none of us can actually go back in time, we can take these lessons and apply them to how we interact with y...
05/13/2019
When I Grow Up: 5 Lessons Scientists Would Share with Their Younger Selves

"Even though none of us can actually go back in time, we can take these lessons and apply them to how we interact with young people currently experiencing their own journey with science."

What sparked their curiosity, and what experiences threatened to put out that flame? The answers might be somewhat unexpected

Whether you're attending our Legacy for Children Award event or participating from afar, we invite you to join in our fu...
05/11/2019
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Whether you're attending our Legacy for Children Award event or participating from afar, we invite you to join in our fundraising campaign!

You can donate at the link below. Let's go #TeamPurple! #LFCA19

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Tonight, as we present the Legacy for Children Award to Dr. Milton Chen, we invite you to join us on our mission. Whethe...
05/11/2019
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Tonight, as we present the Legacy for Children Award to Dr. Milton Chen, we invite you to join us on our mission.

Whether you attend our event or participate from afar, we invite you to help support us in inspiring creativity, curiosity, and lifelong learning for every child. Join us online by downloading Handbid at the link below for a live auction starting at 5 p.m.

Let's go #TeamPurple! #LFCA19

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Our 2019 Legacy for Children Award celebration is underway! We are excited to honor Dr. Milton Chen, a phenomenal advoca...
05/11/2019

Our 2019 Legacy for Children Award celebration is underway! We are excited to honor Dr. Milton Chen, a phenomenal advocate for children's education and the systems that serve them. We are so thankful for all of our board members, donors, and community supporters who help us in our mission to inspire creativity, curiosity, and lifelong learning in every child who walks through our doors. #LFCA19

Who is Dr. Milton Chen, our 2019 Legacy for Children Award Recipient? He is best known for co-creating the pioneering ed...
05/10/2019

Who is Dr. Milton Chen, our 2019 Legacy for Children Award Recipient? He is best known for co-creating the pioneering educational website Edutopia, in partnership with the George Lucas Educational Foundation. He champions interactive learning opportunities for all students, and is committed to systemic changes that allow for everyone to access hands-on skills.

The Legacy for Children Award supports our Museum's mission. Thank you to our generous board members and donors who contribute. Your donations make a tangible difference in the lives of children in Silicon Valley. #LFCA19

This week we're celebrating Dr. Milton Chen, a pioneer in the world of children's education. We are honored to present t...
05/08/2019

This week we're celebrating Dr. Milton Chen, a pioneer in the world of children's education. We are honored to present to him the Legacy for Children Award on Friday, May 10. #LFCA19

Help us celebrate Dr. Chen by sharing some of your favorite hands-on educational memories. What has stood out to you during your lifetime of learning?

Happy May! A new month means new activities in our program spaces! In the Art Loft, come play with clay. In Bill's Backy...
05/06/2019

Happy May! A new month means new activities in our program spaces! In the Art Loft, come play with clay. In Bill's Backyard, weave natural materials to create a tapestry. For the four and under crowd, join us in the Wonder Cabinet to design your own suncatcher collages. Come and create! #PurpleMuseumCreations

Miss any of our favorite #ChildrensBookWeek memories? Don't worry – we rounded them up for you! What are some of the c...
05/06/2019
Happy 100th Children’s Book Week!

Miss any of our favorite #ChildrensBookWeek memories? Don't worry – we rounded them up for you! What are some of the children's books you love?

Check out some of our childhood favorites that have stayed with us into adulthood

“When I was young, I loved all Roald Dahl’s stories, but ‘The BFG’ always stood out to me as a favorite. It was ...
05/05/2019

“When I was young, I loved all Roald Dahl’s stories, but ‘The BFG’ always stood out to me as a favorite. It was the perfect mix of absolute silliness with some scary moments sprinkled in too. It’s also one of the books I remember my mom reading to my sister and me as we got a little older. It’s a scrumdiddlyumptious read for kids and adults both!” — Christine Thalls, Urban Ecology Program Developer

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Happy 100th anniversary of Children's Book Week! This children's literacy initiative celebrates the books that shape lifelong readers. Here at the Museum, we see how much joy reading can give kids and their families, and we believe books have the power to change lives and the world. So this week, we're sharing our childhood favorites that have stayed with us into adulthood. What are some of the stories you love?

“Wayside School’s many mysteries, silly tales, dozens of main characters and multi-layered jokes introduced a whole ...
05/04/2019

“Wayside School’s many mysteries, silly tales, dozens of main characters and multi-layered jokes introduced a whole new way of reading — at least for me. What I truly love about the series is that while some of the stories within are content to make you smile, most manage to say something interesting about the unpredictable way children’s minds work and the challenges of changing one’s own perspective. As the author, Louis Sachar, writes in the books introduction: ‘It has been said that these stories are strange and silly. That is probably true. However, when I told stories about you to the children at Wayside, they thought you were strange and silly. That is probably also true.’” — Bridget Moore, Exhibits and Graphic Designer

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Happy 100th anniversary of Children's Book Week! This children's literacy initiative celebrates the books that shape lifelong readers. Here at the Museum, we see how much joy reading can give kids and their families, and we believe books have the power to change lives and the world. So this week, we're sharing our childhood favorites that have stayed with us into adulthood. What are some of the stories you love?

“I love ‘The Rainbow Fish’ because it is the first book (that I remember) that launched me into an undersea world....
05/03/2019

“I love ‘The Rainbow Fish’ because it is the first book (that I remember) that launched me into an undersea world. I remember I wanted to learn more about the different kinds of marine organisms after reading this book. I love the color and the way it was drawn. I recommend this book because it has beautiful artwork that all ages will enjoy and it teaches us about sharing.” — Maria Luisa Ponce de Leon, BioSITE Educator

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Happy 100th anniversary of Children's Book Week! This children's literacy initiative celebrates the books that shape lifelong readers. Here at the Museum, we see how much joy reading can give kids and their families, and we believe books have the power to change lives and the world. So this week, we're sharing our childhood favorites that have stayed with us into adulthood. What are some of the stories you love?

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180 Woz Way
San Jose, CA
95110

VTA Light Rail - Children's Discovery Museum Station

General information

Regular Museum Hours: Open 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday, Sunday: 12 p.m. - 5 p.m., starting Saturday, May 25 Members' Hour is 11:00 a.m. to noon on Sundays Please check www.cdm.org for hours and schedule changes!

Opening Hours

Monday 10:00 - 17:00
Tuesday 10:00 - 17:00
Wednesday 10:00 - 17:00
Thursday 10:00 - 17:00
Friday 10:00 - 17:00
Saturday 10:00 - 17:00
Sunday 12:00 - 17:00

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(408) 298-5437

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