Children's Discovery Museum

Children's Discovery Museum

Children's Discovery Museum
4.5
Science Museums • Children's Museums
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Wednesday
9:30 AM - 12:30 PM
1:30 PM - 4:30 PM
Thursday
9:30 AM - 12:30 PM
1:30 PM - 4:30 PM
Friday
9:30 AM - 12:30 PM
1:30 PM - 4:30 PM
Saturday
9:30 AM - 12:30 PM
1:30 PM - 4:30 PM
Sunday
9:30 AM - 12:30 PM
1:30 PM - 4:30 PM
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Since opening in 1990, Children’s Discovery Museum of San Jose has become one of largest and most respected museums of its kind in the nation. With interactive exhibits and programs encompassing science, humanities, performing arts, and health and physical fitness, the award-winning Museum offers new exhibits each year that respond to children's diverse educational needs. With the broad themes of community, connections and creativity, hands-on exhibits invite self-directed, open-ended explorations.
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JoeBoone82
Nashville, TN131 contributions
Jul 2022
Our (almost 3 yr old) son enjoyed the blue building blocks, the grocery store and kitchen play areas, and the ambulance and fire truck. I do not know that we will be in that area again, but I'd recommend those nearby with toddlers needing to entertain kids for a few hours to give it a try. It is pretty open and does not feel as crowded/congested as some places like this can get. We were there on a weekday at opening time.
Written 28 July 2022
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travelgal726
california31 contributions
Jul 2022
My kids, ages 5 and 8, love going here. They can spend hours playing with the interactive exhibits - they particularly love the water play area, kitchen, air tunnels and bubble exhibits. I like that they still require masks and frequently sanitize everything. Tip - bring a picnic lunch if you visit as the restaurant inside is currently closed.
Written 11 July 2022
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straav
Kewaskum, WI100 contributions
Jun 2022
very nice place to take a kiddo when attending an event at the convention center. Super convenient for that. My kiddo loved the water learning area.
Written 28 June 2022
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christina b
Livermore, CA2 contributions
Jan 2022 • Family
This is one of our favorite places to go and the location is within good driving distance to do other activities in the area. Don’t forget to check out the park in the back and bring snacks/change of clothes. Our favorite part was the water section! Our kids could stay there the whole time with that alone so everything else is a bonus.
Written 22 January 2022
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Jeanette C
10 contributions
Jan 2022 • Family

It has changed a bit since Covid entered our lives. There is still lots to do. We brought 2 two year Olds and they absolutely loved it. The ability to touch and interact with so many things kept them entertained. The big kitchen and outdoor play area were their favorites.
Written 3 January 2022
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Kenneth J
1 contribution
May 2021 • Family
My little one enjoyed the water room and the outside play areas. We spent a great deal of time crossing the rope bridge and digging for fossils.
Written 3 June 2021
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Thanks for joining. We're glad to hear you and your child had fun! Cecilia
Written 21 June 2021
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NicoleHT
San Jose, CA328 contributions
Nov 2020
I have been here DOZENS (maybe hundreds?) of times pre-pandemic and about half a dozen times during the pandemic. Pre-pandemic we did SO many fun art projects and we felt so special as members. Pre-pandemic my son loved pretending to drive the fire engine, ambulance and exploring the art center. Storytime is also SUPER fun!
Written 16 February 2021
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Thank you so much Nicole! Glad you enjoyed your many visits to the Musuem. We can't wait to see you and your son again soon!
Written 8 March 2021
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Christi S
1 contribution
Nov 2020 • Family
Bill's backyard was delightful. The staff here did a wonderful job with the strict limitations they have to deal with and everything was kept sanitary and cleaned often. Definitely worth the $5.
Written 26 November 2020
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Thank you so much! We're glad you enjoyed your visit at Bill's Backyard. See you back soon!
Written 2 December 2020
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gailcB8547ZS
San Jose, United States2 contributions
Nov 2020
Excellent place for families. Bills Backyard has lots of activities for children and families. Take your time. This children will have fun exploring each of the many spaces. This is a great place for children and families during this time of Covid. Fresh air, many environs, and a wonderful place to just "breathe" and have fun. Lots of smiles here.
Written 17 November 2020
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Thank you so much! Glad you enjoyed your visit!
Written 18 November 2020
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B4Travel2
San Jose, CA294 contributions
Jan 2020
If you live in the area, this is a great place to bring young kids or toddlers! It would not be a place that you travel to see, but if staying within an hour's distance, and have an active toddler that you want to run off some steam, and give them a creative outlet, or any kids, probably best for 8 years or younger, this is a wonderful place to give them new things to explore. We met up with some family here (mainly adults & 1 two-year-old), and it was a nice way to catch up, while giving the toddler plenty of things to experiment with. There is a Mammoth exhibit, showing where they were in the San Jose area, that is interesting for all ages, a book nook, some crafty projects, a bubble room, where you can make very large bubbles, many little exhibits that show how gravity works, or various interactive displays, an ambulance & fire truck that kids can climb through, etc. There are 2 stories to the building, and many different rooms with various things to do, so you can easily spend several hours here. It is $15/person, so if a local, it is probably worth getting an annual pass, to be able to come back and get best value. Also a great place to go, if it's a rainy day, and your kids are restless.
Written 28 April 2020
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  • Wed - Sun 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM
  • Wed - Sun 1:30 PM - 4:30 PM
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