The unique 52,000 square foot building opened back in June of 1990. Steve Wozniak, the co-founder of Apple was the largest private donor that helped turn the dream of building a world-class children’s museum into a reality. In recognition of the community-minded Wozniak’s generosity, the official address of the museum is 180 Woz Way in San Jose.Since the first youngsters passed through the doors more than 20 years ago, more than 5,000,000 people have visited the Children’s Discovery Museum. So, what makes this place so popular?
The Children’s Discovery Museum appeals to children of all ages. There are plenty of opportunities for children to explore and learn new things. Pre-school kids get to crawl and climb. Curious teens can use science and math to discover what makes things work. Kids around nine or ten can show Mom and Dad what they learned in school and just how smart they are.
Many of the exhibits are self-directed which means that each child is free to use his or her creativity to explore the exhibit. Where one child might want to feel and touch the rough surface of a particular display, another might find the best way to appreciate the display is by lying on their back and looking at it from a different perspective.
A friendly and talented staff also helps make the museum very functional and fun. There are some more organized activities where a child can focus on completing a task that helps them learn something new.
Bubbles always seem to fascinate young children. There is an area where you can blow big, soapy bubbles that float up in the air and then disappear. What makes them burst?
At Current Connections, you can use your own power to learn how electricity is generated and then converted to energy. A recently opened exhibit called the Secrets of Circles, will teach you everything you ever wanted to know about the shape that competes with the square and triangle for worldwide popularity.
Step outside into the Kid’s Garden and help plant the seeds and tend the crops so they will be ready to be harvested. As one of the most popular interactive experiences, the staff teaches proper gardening techniques every day, weather permitting.
One thing you can say for sure is that you will never be bored. If you like to paint, draw and create, there is something for you. If you are a budding scientist, there is ample opportunity to explore.
If you get hungry, you can stop by the Kid’s Café and fill up on some very reasonably priced food. Wash it all down with a nice cold beverage. Before you leave, make sure to stop at the gift shop. You can buy a cute little porcupine hand puppet, a giant fire truck floor puzzle and many other unique items. Sales at the gift shop help support the Children’s Discovery Museum.
If you are on vacation with your family, or live in Silicon Valley, this is a fun place to spend a few hours. Your kids will get to burn off some of that stored up energy and you will enjoy watching their eyes light-up as they make a fascinating discovery.
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