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.

01/26/2020

Did you know Japan's national flower is the cherry blossom? It's called sakura in Japanese. These pretty pink flowers can be found in around San Jose, including places like the Japanese Friendship Garden!

Want to learn more about Japanese culture? Come visit our exhibit "Hello from Japan!" before it closes SUNDAY, FEB. 2! Explore different aspects of Japanese culture right here in San Jose!

Learn more: https://bit.ly/36hkxGr

We are so excited to be nominated for USA TODAY 10Best's Readers' Choice travel award! We'd love your support — readers ...
01/24/2020
USA TODAY 10Best

We are so excited to be nominated for USA TODAY 10Best's Readers' Choice travel award! We'd love your support — readers can vote once per day until Monday, February 17, and winners will be announced February 28!

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🎉Fun Fact Friday!🎉Did you know that our Pinscreen exhibit has approximately 58,000 individual pins in it? That's more th...
01/24/2020

🎉Fun Fact Friday!🎉
Did you know that our Pinscreen exhibit has approximately 58,000 individual pins in it? That's more than the total population of Gilroy! Our Pinscreen was designed to create a hands-on visual activity that stimulates both sides of the brain. Stop on by the museum to check out our Pinscreen and all of our other interactive exhibits and activities!
#cdmsj #funfactfriday #pinscreen #sanjose

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01/16/2020

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01/13/2020

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01/11/2020

Join us THIS WEEKEND for El Día de los Tres Reyes Magos! Come see lively performances, make your very own Three Kings crown, taste Rosca de Reyes, and much, much more!

Children's Discovery Museum of San Jose's cover photo
01/08/2020

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

01/03/2020

LAST CHANCE: The Holiday Create and Skate ends this weekend! Go sock skating, make festive holiday art, and explore the museum as a family!

01/03/2020
Happy New Year from CDM

🎉We did it! Last month, our community came together in a BIG way. Thanks to YOU, not only did we reach our goal, we exceeded all our fundraising expectations and raised over $21,000! Because of support from friends like you we’ll continue to provide educational enrichment opportunities for countless families. AND your gifts will help keep our admission costs affordable for all who wish to visit.

Thank you, and Happy New Year!

01/01/2020

WHOO HOO, IT'S 2020! Thank you to all of our friends, supporters, visitors, members, and donors for a wonderful 2019. All of us at the Museum wish you and your families a very Happy New Year!

We're open today from 10am - 5pm. Come start your new year with some family fun! Amazing Sock Skating is open today.

#FunFactFriday: Millions of people across the United States every year watch the Ball Drop in Times Square, whether in-p...
12/27/2019

#FunFactFriday: Millions of people across the United States every year watch the Ball Drop in Times Square, whether in-person or on television. How did this tradition start?

Well, the first drop was on Dec. 31, 1904 from the rooftop of One Times Square, spearheaded by The New York Times to celebrate their brand new headquarters in... you guessed it, Times Square! (It used to be called Longacre Square. Doesn't have the same ring, right?) Sailors used to use reference "time balls" to adjust their timepieces — they'd look to harbors to drop the ball at specific times. The Times decided to reimagine that concept for a city-wide end of the year party!

The first New Year's Eve Ball was 5 feet in diameter and weighed 700 pounds, decorated with 100 lightbulbs. The tradition really took off and has become quite the spectacle! The current ball, introduced in 2008, is 12 feet in diameter and weighs a whopping 11,874 pounds! Every year, there's a brand new pattern displayed on the ball.

🚨BREAKING: This is urgent. A generous donor is MATCHING all donations up to $15,000 in support of our museum!  These gif...
12/27/2019

🚨BREAKING: This is urgent. A generous donor is MATCHING all donations up to $15,000 in support of our museum! These gifts will have a lasting impact for our museum. But if we come up short, the reserves that support our day-to-day operating costs will run low, and we cannot let that happen. Help us secure the funds we need to keep admission costs affordable. Don’t wait! Make your tax-deductible, DOUBLED gift now: https://bit.ly/2sLvnGG

12/26/2019
Iceless Sock Skating at CDM

The weekend is coming up. Have you skated on our iceless rink? Give it a try! Keep sending us pictures of your best socks and tag #CDMSockContest and San Jose Downtown Association (@sjdowntown)!

🎄🎄🎄 A very Merry Christmas to you from our Purple Museum family, and we hope you have a tree-mendous day! 🎄🎄🎄
12/25/2019

🎄🎄🎄 A very Merry Christmas to you from our Purple Museum family, and we hope you have a tree-mendous day! 🎄🎄🎄

12/24/2019

Happy Christmas Eve! We are open today from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Bring your family and friends to the museum and skate with us at the Holiday Create and Skate! Show off your craziest socks and glide across the iceless rink, have fun with wintry art activities, and play as a family in the museum. Come and create!

Join us TOMORROW, DEC. 21 for the Amazing Sock Skating Kick-Off! Opening an iceless rink has never been more FUN! Come m...
12/21/2019

Join us TOMORROW, DEC. 21 for the Amazing Sock Skating Kick-Off! Opening an iceless rink has never been more FUN! Come meet the Snow Queen and Snow Princess, meet a snowman, and listen to festive tunes from the Cambrian String Quartet while sliding and gliding across the rink in your crazy socks.

And through Jan. 5, show off your sock skates on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter (or all three!) with hashtag #CDMSockContest and tag @PurpleMuseum and @sjdowntown for a chance to win tickets to Downtown Ice and the museum! We'll pick weekly winners to feature on our social, and our friends at the San Jose Downtown Association will pick the grand winner!

#FunFactFriday: This time of year, you find strings of lights every direction you look! Hung on trees, houses, stores, e...
12/20/2019
Curious Kids: why does the light turn on?

#FunFactFriday: This time of year, you find strings of lights every direction you look! Hung on trees, houses, stores, everywhere! But how do these lights turn on?

Light bulbs can turn electricity into light (and a bit of heat) – an expert explains how they do it.

Starting Saturday, Dec. 21, it's Amazing Sock Skating! Show off your craziest socks and take them for a spin on our icel...
12/20/2019

Starting Saturday, Dec. 21, it's Amazing Sock Skating! Show off your craziest socks and take them for a spin on our iceless rink!

Flaunt them further on social – we're having a Sock Contest through Jan. 5! Use #CDMSockContest and tag us + our friends at Downtown Ice (@downtownice) with your fun and festive socks on Facebook/Instagram/Twitter... or all three! We'll feature weekly winners on our pages, and you'll be entered for a chance to win the grand prize!

12/16/2019

Opening SATURDAY, DEC. 21: Amazing Sock Skating Kick-Off! We've had so much fun breaking out our crazy socks and trying out the iceless rink. Join us this Saturday for the rink kick-off, complete with appearances from the Ice Queen and Princess!

There's a #FullMoon tonight! The moon has had different monikers throughout history. According to the Algonquin tribes o...
12/12/2019
Curious Kids: Why is the moon called the moon?

There's a #FullMoon tonight! The moon has had different monikers throughout history. According to the Algonquin tribes of the northern/eastern United States, the last full moon of the year is called the "Cold Moon." Europeans have called December full moons the "Oak Moon," the "Yule Moon," and the "Long Night Moon" (since it's close to the solstice). In Sri Lankan traditions, this full moon is the "Uduvapa Poya."

What do you call the moon?

Young readers ask: How did our moon get its name?

Come work with us! We're looking for outgoing and passionate folks who love working with kids and helping inspire creati...
12/06/2019
We're hiring!

Come work with us! We're looking for outgoing and passionate folks who love working with kids and helping inspire creativity, curiosity, and lifelong learning.

We have a variety of open positions. If you see something interesting, apply!

Here's a list of open positions. If you see something interesting, apply!

There's 12 hours left! Make TWICE the impact for Children’s Discovery Museum. With your help, we can reach our goal of 3...
12/03/2019
Come and Play! | Children’s Discovery Museum of San Jose

There's 12 hours left! Make TWICE the impact for Children’s Discovery Museum. With your help, we can reach our goal of 30 donors by midnight. Your gift is DOUBLED to keep admission costs low for the families who visit our museum and foster life-long learning for all who enter our doors. Make your tax-deductible MATCHED gift now!

Thanks to our friends at Bay Area Life for capturing the purple museum in action, we hope you’ll come and play soon!     Children’s Discovery Museum of San Jose is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization. It’s gifts from generous supporters like you that help make our work possible. Make a gift to ...

Holiday Create and SkateMake this a December to remember with festive fun for the whole family! All month long, build sn...
12/03/2019

Holiday Create and Skate

Make this a December to remember with festive fun for the whole family! All month long, build snow scenes with artsy materials, create crystals, and paint your face like snow royalty.

And from December 21 to January 5, enjoy Amazing Sock Skating! Flaunt your craziest socks and head to the museum for endless fun on our iceless skating rink - all without the chills and spills of ice!

⏰ Time is running out! A special #GivingTuesday opportunity ends TONIGHT. We’re launching an ambitious challenge. Our go...
12/03/2019
Come and Play! | Children’s Discovery Museum of San Jose

⏰ Time is running out! A special #GivingTuesday opportunity ends TONIGHT. We’re launching an ambitious challenge. Our goal? To add 30 more donors to our community of supporters in the next 12 hours. And for this short time, all gifts will be MATCHED. Help us meet our goal!

Thanks to our friends at Bay Area Life for capturing the purple museum in action, we hope you’ll come and play soon!     Children’s Discovery Museum of San Jose is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization. It’s gifts from generous supporters like you that help make our work possible. Make a gift to ...

Happy December! Break out your scarves, warm hats and festive ugly sweaters because it's the holiday season! We're swing...
12/03/2019

Happy December! Break out your scarves, warm hats and festive ugly sweaters because it's the holiday season! We're swinging from the garlands with excitement about the Holiday Create and Skate, featuring winter-themed activities all month long!

In the Art Studio, explore the art and science of crystalline structures. For the four and under crowd, join us in the Wonder Cabinet to make your very own winter wonderland using biodegradable packing peanuts and the power of your imagination. Come and create! #PurpleMuseumCreations #HolidayCreateAndSkate

🚨Alert: We’re happy to announce that you can now create Facebook Fundraisers on behalf of Children’s Discovery Museum! S...
12/02/2019

🚨Alert: We’re happy to announce that you can now create Facebook Fundraisers on behalf of Children’s Discovery Museum! Start one today and help make it possible for thousands of children to have fun together while becoming inspired to learn more about the mysteries and surprises in the world around them!

Start a fundraiser!: https://bit.ly/2P3B3Dy

Early Access: Giving Tuesday came early and all gifts are MATCHED! Children's Discovery Museum seeks to remain an afford...
12/02/2019
Come and Play! | Children’s Discovery Museum of San Jose

Early Access: Giving Tuesday came early and all gifts are MATCHED! Children's Discovery Museum seeks to remain an affordable destination for all families, but like many museums, we face challenges. As a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, we rely on the generosity of our dedicated supporters. Seize this opportunity to make TWICE the impact and make your 100% tax-deductible gift now!

Thanks to our friends at Bay Area Life for capturing the purple museum in action, we hope you’ll come and play soon!     Children’s Discovery Museum of San Jose is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization. It’s gifts from generous supporters like you that help make our work possible. Make a gift to ...

We've been helping families create cherished memories since we opened in 1990. Isabella's family certainly knows this to...
11/28/2019
Come and Play! | Children’s Discovery Museum of San Jose

We've been helping families create cherished memories since we opened in 1990. Isabella's family certainly knows this to be true. When Isabella was just nine years old, she would make a beeline to the Cornhusk Doll exhibit with her father in tow to make her very own doll — a doll she still has today! See for yourself why so many children and families come through our doors each day and leave with bright smiles.

Thanks to our friends at Bay Area Life for capturing the purple museum in action, we hope you’ll come and play soon!     Children’s Discovery Museum of San Jose is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization. It’s gifts from generous supporters like you that help make our work possible. Make a gift to ...

Did you know that November is #NationalGratitudeMonth? Makes sense — Thanksgiving is all about gratitude and giving back...
11/27/2019
How to Help Gratitude Grow in Your Kids

Did you know that November is #NationalGratitudeMonth? Makes sense — Thanksgiving is all about gratitude and giving back! People who practice gratitude experience all sorts of positive effects in their lives like being kinder, sleeping better, feeling less stress and having fewer physical problems (such as pain).

Here are some tips to grow gratitude in kids from the The Greater Good Science Center at UC Berkeley!

How do children learn to be grateful? Child development research explores ways that we can support this process.

New from #MindsInBloom: "Invite the children in your life to participate in the kitchen and get them excited about the f...
11/15/2019
Kid-friendly Thanksgiving recipes for your holiday season

New from #MindsInBloom: "Invite the children in your life to participate in the kitchen and get them excited about the food they're about to share with friends and family!"

How to get your little ones involved in the kitchen!

We were so happy to welcome Google Local Guides to the museum yesterday! As part of their #LocalGuidesCleanTheWorld init...
11/14/2019

We were so happy to welcome Google Local Guides to the museum yesterday! As part of their #LocalGuidesCleanTheWorld initiative, they helped us pick up litter and clean decorative cups on a chain link fence. From Italy to Pakistan to Kenya and more, these volunteers from across the world left their mark on the museum and San Jose. Thank you!

Happy Veterans Day! Did you know that this day used to be called Armistice Day? In honor of the military members who ser...
11/11/2019

Happy Veterans Day! Did you know that this day used to be called Armistice Day? In honor of the military members who served in The Great War (World War I), Congress made Armistice Day a national holiday in 1926. November 11 was selected because of the armistice (truce) that ended the war on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month in 1918.

The holiday was renamed Veterans Day in 1954 to expand the scope and commemorate veterans who had fought in subsequent wars.

Armistice Day is also recognized internationally – you may have heard of it as Remembrance Day, observed in the United Kingdom, across Europe and in Commonwealth countries.

On Veterans Day, come enjoy time with your family at the museum.

#FunFactFriday: "When you throw a rock into a river, it pushes water out of the way, making a ripple that moves away fro...
11/08/2019
Curious Kids: how do ripples form and why do they spread out across the water?

#FunFactFriday: "When you throw a rock into a river, it pushes water out of the way, making a ripple that moves away from where it landed. As the rock falls deeper into the river, the water near the surface rushes back to fill in the space it left behind."

The simple experiment of throwing a rock into water actually reveals some fundamental rules of physics.

On Saturday, Oct. 5, our Hello from Japan! Exhibit Opens! Come visit Tokyo right here in San Jose at our exciting new fa...
11/04/2019

On Saturday, Oct. 5, our Hello from Japan! Exhibit Opens! Come visit Tokyo right here in San Jose at our exciting new fall exhibition and dress up in the kawaii style, sing karaoke, encounter kami spirits at a Shinto shrine, and mochi, mochi more!

Happy November! A new month means new activities in our program spaces! In the Art Studio, try your hand at making creat...
11/04/2019

Happy November! A new month means new activities in our program spaces! In the Art Studio, try your hand at making creative and inventive mazes. Continue exploring mazes in the Art Gallery, which features maze illustrations and videos created by artist Jonathan Pappas of Unusually Brilliant!

For the four and under crowd, join us in the Wonder Cabinet to celebrate the changing seasons and paint your very own leaf using watercolors. Come and create! #PurpleMuseumCreations

New from #MindsInBloom: "Our newest installation, A Seat at the Table, was developed to encourage conversations between ...
11/01/2019
Finding Common Ground Over Food

New from #MindsInBloom: "Our newest installation, A Seat at the Table, was developed to encourage conversations between parents and children, using food and the different ways that we all prepare it as a connector."

In our new exhibit, everyone gets a seat at the table

"Play is active, not passive. And it turns out the way we learn is active, not passive. When we're sitting there like a ...
10/27/2019
The Key To Raising Brilliant Kids? Play A Game

"Play is active, not passive. And it turns out the way we learn is active, not passive. When we're sitting there like a couch potato we aren't learning as much as when we're doing."

We all want our kids to succeed, but that doesn't mean running math drills. Author Kathy Hirsh-Pasek explains the "six C's" that kids need to thrive and why raising brilliant kids starts with redefining brilliant.

"When [kids] run around, their brains are getting a bubble bath of good neurochemicals, neurotransmitters and endorphins...
10/26/2019
How Movement and Exercise Help Kids Learn

"When [kids] run around, their brains are getting a bubble bath of good neurochemicals, neurotransmitters and endorphins. These help memory and mood. A simple burst of exercise helps students focus better — to filter out what they do and do not need to pay attention to in class."

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.

#FunFactFriday: "Our brain is like a blind supercomputer; it’s very smart, but it can’t see. It’s just a really smart bl...
10/25/2019
Curious Kids: how does an optical illusion work?

#FunFactFriday: "Our brain is like a blind supercomputer; it’s very smart, but it can’t see. It’s just a really smart blob.

To figure out what it needs, our eyes tell our brain what the things around us look like. The problem is our eyes only know a handful of words to describe what they see."

Sometimes our brain gets confused and misunderstands what the eyes tell it.

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180 Woz Way
San Jose, CA
95110

VTA Light Rail - Children's Discovery Museum Station

Opening Hours

Tuesday 10:00 - 16:00
Wednesday 10:00 - 16:00
Thursday 10:00 - 16:00
Friday 10:00 - 16:00
Saturday 10:00 - 16:00
Sunday 12:00 - 17:00

Telephone

(408) 298-5437

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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.
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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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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!