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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06/20/2020
Let's Get Creative: Create a Painting Inspired by Music

At-Home Activity: Create a Painting Inspired by Music

How does music affect your mood and emotions? Paint those feelings! Let’s explore how music affects our moods and the art we create. This is a great activity for emotional awareness. Grab a paintbrush and tune into your artistic voice. What will you create?⁠

Materials Needed: thick paper or cardboard, any kind of paint, paintbrush(es)⁠
Don't have a paintbrush or paint? DIY brushes and paint instructions and ideas will be shown at the end of the video.⁠

Grade Level: K-5⁠

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

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Let's Get Creative: Create a Painting Inspired by Music Let the music move you, or better yet, your paintbrush. We’ll explore how music affects our moods and...

At-Home Activity: Make a Shaker Percussion Instrument Do you want to be a musician? Good news, making music is easy! And...
06/20/2020
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At-Home Activity: Make a Shaker Percussion Instrument

Do you want to be a musician? Good news, making music is easy! And so is making your very own shaker to accompany your song. Percussion instruments produce sound through vibration, so if you hit, scrape, rub, or shake the instrument, it makes a sound! Ready to get started?

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Back to the Virtual Museum Download .pdf   Do you want to be a musician? Good news, making music is easy! And so is making your very own shaker to accompany your song. Percussion instruments produce sound through vibration, so if you hit, scrape, rub, or shake the instrument, it makes a sound! Read...

TOMORROW, SUNDAY JUNE 21 is #MakeMusicDay, a national celebration of music! Enjoy some family fun and join our friends a...
06/20/2020
Make Music San Jose - June 21, 2019

TOMORROW, SUNDAY JUNE 21 is #MakeMusicDay, a national celebration of music! Enjoy some family fun and join our friends at the San Jose Office of Cultural Affairs for some good treble this weekend!

Go to the link below and you'll see a virtual stage featuring community hosted channels with creative content and live performances by local artists. Click on the event that interests you and be whisked away into the beautiful world of music! From NOON to 6 PM.

Being a part of Make Music San Jose locally, and Make Music Day globally, carries more significance than ever. It is an opportunity for us to come together in spirit and celebrate the music that brings us joy. #MakeMusicSanJose

Make Music San Jose is a free, outdoor day of music held on the summer solstice with performances and music-making events happening citywide from sunrise to sunset.

06/19/2020
Toddler Fun: Water Xylophone Experiment (In Vietnamese)

Toddler Fun: Water Xylophone Experiment (In Vietnamese)

Surround yourself with sound and make your own water xylophone in this fun experiment. Explore pitch and listen to the different sounds water glasses make depending upon the water level. Does more water make the sound higher or lower? Color up some kitchen science and have a blast!

Materials Needed: 6 identical clear glasses, food coloring (red, blue, and yellow), water, measuring cup, wooden or metal or plastic spoon

06/19/2020
Science Is Everywhere: Sensational Sound Waves — Seeing Sound Waves

Science Is Everywhere: Sensational Sound Waves — Seeing Sound Waves

Our ears tell us sound waves are real, but we all know the phrase, “Seeing is believing.”
Is there a way to see these good vibrations? With some simple kitchen materials, you just might be surprised.

Materials Needed: bowl, plastic wrap, rubberband, rice (or tiny dry objects)

Grade Level: K-5

Today is #Juneteenth, the anniversary of total freedom from slavery here in the U.S. President Abraham Lincoln signed th...
06/19/2020
What Is Juneteenth? African American History Blog | The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross

Today is #Juneteenth, the anniversary of total freedom from slavery here in the U.S. President Abraham Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation on January 1, 1863, but it took until June 19, 1865 for word to reach Texas, where the last slaves were still in bondage. Juneteenth, a combination of June and nineteen, honors this day of true emancipation.

Juneteenth has been growing year by year. What does this day mean, and how has it evolved over the years? Learn more about this holiday from writer and historian Henry Louis Gates Jr. at the link below. We'll also link to additional Juneteenth resources and books in the comments.

Henry Louis Gates, Jr. explains the origins of Juneteenth, the celebration of the end of slavery.

06/19/2020
Storytime: The Very Hungry Caterpillar

Storytime: The Very Hungry Caterpillar
Author: Eric Carle

This baby caterpillar is on a fruit-feeding frenzy. And just when it seems he might be full — he eats more! Indulging himself with a variety of treats, he moves onto cake, cheese, and even salami. But what happens now that he’s become a big, fat caterpillar? Join us for a most transformative ending!

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

We love Fridays! And there's no better way for us to spend it than with you through #VirtualPurpleMuseum! Join us for so...
06/19/2020

We love Fridays! And there's no better way for us to spend it than with you through #VirtualPurpleMuseum! Join us for some fun going into the weekend. #30YearsOfDiscovery #PurpleMuseumCreations

06/18/2020

Toddler Fun: Water Xylophone Experiment (In Vietnamese)

Surround yourself with sound and make your own water xylophone in this fun experiment. Explore pitch and listen to the different sounds water glasses make depending upon the water level. Does more water make the sound higher or lower? Color up some kitchen science and have a blast!

Materials Needed: 6 identical clear glasses, food coloring (red, blue, and yellow), water, measuring cup, wooden or metal or plastic spoon

06/18/2020

Let's Get Creative: Create a Musical Score with One Simple Continuous Line!

Music and movement! Line up and try your hand at drawing musical notes and instruments with one continuous line. Sound difficult? Not to worry, follow along and you’ll learn techniques for how to draw shapes without lifting your marker from the paper.

Materials Needed: white paper (1-4 pieces), black marker

Grade Level: K-5

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

06/18/2020

Science Is Everywhere: Sensational Sound Waves — Seeing Sound Waves

Our ears tell us sound waves are real, but we all know the phrase, “Seeing is believing.”
Is there a way to see these good vibrations? With some simple kitchen materials, you just might be surprised.

Materials Needed: bowl, plastic wrap, rubberband, rice (or tiny dry objects)

Grade Level: K-5

06/18/2020

Storytime: The Very Hungry Caterpillar
Author: Eric Carle

This baby caterpillar is on a fruit-feeding frenzy. And just when it seems he might be full — he eats more! Indulging himself with a variety of treats, he moves onto cake, cheese, and even salami. But what happens now that he’s become a big, fat caterpillar? Join us for a most transformative ending!

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

06/17/2020
Science Is Everywhere: Sensational Sound Waves — Solids, Air, and Pitch [REBROADCAST]

Science Is Everywhere: Sensational Sound Waves — Solids, Air, and Pitch [REBROADCAST]

We're rolling with day two of sensational sound waves! It’s time to experiment with pitch — how high or low the frequency of the sounds waves are. We’ll test different solid materials and play with their lengths. Do you think changing materials and lengths will alter what we hear? Stay tuned! This experiment can get loud, so be ready for some sound excitement!

Materials Needed: small book (hardback is best), rubber band, 2 pens or pencils, one straw, scissors

Grade Level: K-5

06/17/2020
Bilingual Storytime: Don't Let The Pigeon Drive The Bus! / ¡No Dejes Que la Paloma Conduzca el Autobús!

Bilingual Storytime: Don't Let The Pigeon Drive The Bus! / ¡No Dejes Que la Paloma Conduzca el Autobús!

Author: Mo Willems

A pigeon that can drive. That’s insane! Everyone knows birds can’t drive, except this persistent pigeon. The bus driver is quite clear before he takes a break, “Don’t let the pigeon drive.” Bamboozled by a bird? Never! Little ones will feel entrusted to not let the devious bird behind the wheel in this hilariously witty showdown. Be prepared for some spirited “shout-outs!”

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

It's time for mid-week #VirtualPurpleMuseum activities! We're got a great line-up for you tomorrow, be sure to tune in. ...
06/17/2020

It's time for mid-week #VirtualPurpleMuseum activities! We're got a great line-up for you tomorrow, be sure to tune in. #30YearsOfDiscovery #PurpleMuseumCreations

06/16/2020

Bilingual Storytime: Don't Let The Pigeon Drive The Bus! / ¡No Dejes Que la Paloma Conduzca el Autobús!

Author: Mo Willems

A pigeon that can drive. That’s insane! Everyone knows birds can’t drive, except this persistent pigeon. The bus driver is quite clear before he takes a break, “Don’t let the pigeon drive.” Bamboozled by a bird? Never! Little ones will feel entrusted to not let the devious bird behind the wheel in this hilariously witty showdown. Be prepared for some spirited “shout-outs!”

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

06/16/2020

Let's Get Creative: Music Notes = Art?

The visual arts and performing arts have always influenced each other. Roy Lichenstein, a leading pop culture artist in the second half of the 20th century, beautifully integrated music into his paintings and drawings. We'll find our creative muse at this intersection of music and drawing to create our own artwork inspired by Roy Lichtenstein's "Composition" Series.

Materials Needed: white paper, black marker, color markers, color pencils, or color crayons (red, yellow, blue)

Grade Level: K-5

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

06/16/2020

Science Is Everywhere: Sensational Sound Waves — Solids, Air, and Pitch [REBROADCAST]

We're rolling with day two of sensational sound waves! It’s time to experiment with pitch — how high or low the frequency of the sounds waves are. We’ll test different solid materials and play with their lengths. Do you think changing materials and lengths will alter what we hear? Stay tuned! This experiment can get loud, so be ready for some sound excitement!

Materials Needed: small book (hardback is best), rubber band, 2 pens or pencils, one straw, scissors

Grade Level: K-5

06/15/2020
Science Is Everywhere: Sensational Sound Waves - Liquids [REBROADCAST]

Science Is Everywhere: Sensational Sound Waves - Liquids [REBROADCAST]

Shhh! Can you hear that? The way things sound to our ears depends on a number of factors such as what the sound is traveling through. In the first of our three-part sound experiment series, we’ll explore how sounds travel through liquids, like water. It’ll be nothing but good vibrations as we splash around exploring sound waves!

Materials Needed: sink, 3 identical glasses, wooden spoon, towel

Grade Level: K-5

06/15/2020
Storytime: Guess How Much I Love You

Book: Guess How Much I Love You
Author: Sam McBratney

Snuggle up to this reassuring bedtime tale with Little and Big Nutbrown Hare. Join Papa bunny and his peewee son as they profess their enormous love for each other while trying to top the other’s affection. Beautifully illustrated in ink and watercolor, this heartwarming book of the love between parents and children will give you warm fuzzies all over.

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

We're back with #VirtualPurpleMuseum videos! Join us, and tag your friends and family to get in on the fun! #30YearsOfDi...
06/15/2020

We're back with #VirtualPurpleMuseum videos! Join us, and tag your friends and family to get in on the fun! #30YearsOfDiscovery #PurpleMuseumCreations

At-Home Activity: Nature Sculptures⁠⁠Have you ever wanted to make your own sculpture? You don't have to be Auguste Rodin...
06/14/2020
Virtual Museum - Nature Sculptures | Children’s Discovery Museum of San Jose

At-Home Activity: Nature Sculptures⁠

Have you ever wanted to make your own sculpture? You don't have to be Auguste Rodin, Anish Kapoor, or Louise Bourgeois to be a sculptor! You can use materials readily available in your garden, neighborhood, and local park to design a nature sculpture. These sculptures can be glued together to keep for posterity, or stacked into a temporary art piece that you can disassemble and start again with new creativity from scratch. Happy creating!⁠
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Back to the Virtual Museum Download .pdf   Have you ever wanted to make your own sculpture? You don’t have to be Auguste Rodin, Anish Kapoor, or Louise Bourgeois to be a sculptor! You can use materials readily available in your garden, neighborhood, and local park to design a nature sculpture. Th...

At-Home Activity: Nature Painting⁠⁠Choose your own adventure in this painting with nature experience! Escape from the he...
06/13/2020
Virtual Museum - Nature Painting | Children’s Discovery Museum of San Jose

At-Home Activity: Nature Painting⁠

Choose your own adventure in this painting with nature experience! Escape from the heat and have a quiet moment indoors painting on construction paper and cardboard, or embrace the sun and paint a large-scale water mural on the sidewalk outside. Consider getting creative with your paintbrushes and make your own out of found natural objects. What patterns do the leaves or flowers around you make when you use them like a paintbrush? On a hot day you might soon find your art has disappeared! Time to start the adventure again!⁠

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Back to the Virtual Museum Download .pdf   Choose your own adventure in this painting with nature experience! Escape from the heat and have a quiet moment indoors painting on construction paper and cardboard, or embrace the sun and paint a large-scale water mural on the sidewalk outside. Consider g...

06/12/2020

Let's Get Creative: Create a Painting Inspired by Music

Let the music move you, or better yet, your paintbrush. We’ll explore how music affects our moods and the art we create. This is a great activity for emotional awareness. How does the music make you feel? Is it influencing your art? Grab a paint brush and tune into your artistic voice. What will you create?

Materials Needed: thick paper or cardboard, any kind of paint, paintbrush(es)
Don't have a paintbrush or paint? DIY brushes and paint instructions and ideas will be shown at the end of the video.

Grade Level: K-5

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

06/12/2020

Book: Guess How Much I Love You
Author: Sam McBratney

Snuggle up to this reassuring bedtime tale with Little and Big Nutbrown Hare. Join Papa bunny and his peewee son as they profess their enormous love for each other while trying to top the other’s affection. Beautifully illustrated in ink and watercolor, this heartwarming book of the love between parents and children will give you warm fuzzies all over.

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

06/12/2020

Science Is Everywhere: Sensational Sound Waves - Liquids [REBROADCAST]

Shhh! Can you hear that? The way things sound to our ears depends on a number of factors such as what the sound is traveling through. In the first of our three-part sound experiment series, we’ll explore how sounds travel through liquids, like water. It’ll be nothing but good vibrations as we splash around exploring sound waves!

Materials Needed: sink, 3 identical glasses, wooden spoon, towel

Grade Level: K-5

06/12/2020
Toddler Fun!: Rainbow Soap Foam Sensory Play (In Vietnamese)

Toddler Fun!: Rainbow Soap Foam Sensory Play

Summer is the perfect time for some good clean fun! Swirling colors of bubble foam will delight toddlers with oodles of giggle play. Twirl a peak, a valley, or fashion a giant dip — the possibilities of play are endless, and “ohhh” that luxurious feeling, especially nice for those who enjoy sensory-friendly activities.

Materials Needed: liquid dish soap or tear-free bubble bath or body wash, water, food coloring or liquid watercolor, mixer and large bowl, large plastic bin, baking supplies for pretend play
Optional: flour for thicker soap foam

06/12/2020
Science Is Everywhere: Sun Prints - Photodegradation

Science Is Everywhere: Sun Prints - Photodegradation

The sun is an amazing star. It keeps us warm and gives us light. For our last summer sun experiment, we’ll use light to make sun prints and learn about photodegradation. Intrigued? Tune in and discover more at the intersection of science and art!

Materials Needed: color paper, interesting shaped objects (safe to put in sun), tape, day-long sunbeam.

Grade Level: K-5

06/12/2020
Storytime: Peck, Peck, Peck

Book: Peck Peck Peck
Author: Lucy Cousins

Trying new things can be scary — but it can also be crazy fun! So when Daddy woodpecker sends his son into the world to practice pecking, baby bird’s gusto for learning a new skill is boundless. He pecks here, pecks there, and literally pecks everywhere!

Materials Needed: masking or painters tape, leaves, flowers, herbs

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

06/12/2020

Toddler Fun!: Rainbow Soap Foam Sensory Play

Summer is the perfect time for some good clean fun! Swirling colors of bubble foam will delight toddlers with oodles of giggle play. Twirl a peak, a valley, or fashion a giant dip — the possibilities of play are endless, and “ohhh” that luxurious feeling, especially nice for those who enjoy sensory-friendly activities.

Materials Needed: liquid dish soap or tear-free bubble bath or body wash, water, food coloring or liquid watercolor, mixer and large bowl, large plastic bin, baking supplies for pretend play
Optional: flour for thicker soap foam

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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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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