Children's Discovery Museum of San Jose

Museum, Playground, and Garden · Downtown San Jose
180 Woz Way (at W San Carlos), San Jose, CA 95110, United States
Open until 5:00 PM (Show more)
  • Tue–Sat
    • 10:00 AM–5:00 PM
  • Sun
    • Noon–5:00 PM
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Yes (incl. American Express)

Visit Children's Discovery Museum of San Jose where you can expect to test, crank, listen, prod and tinker. One of the largest museums of its kind in the nation, CDM's 150 interactive exhibits lead visitors to explore, understand and enjoy the world.


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    Chris A.
    "WATER ZONE! Do it last, or bring a change of clothes."(5 Tips)
    Sarah R.
    "Awesome exhibits, including the water tables"(3 Tips)
    Wally B.
    "Bring extra clothes your kids gonna get wet a the water tables"(3 Tips)
    Denton G.
    "second floor there is a Crawl Space for babies"(2 Tips)
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  • Summer V.

    Super fun! Try to eat at home or bring your own food though, as the food court there is always super loud and crowded. Make sure to go to all of the rooms, as they have something fun everywhere!

    Summer Van Tassell · August 4
  • Benson L.

    The CDM is open for Independence Day!

    Benson Leung · July 4
  • Sarah R.

    Awesome exhibits, including the water tables

    Sarah Rees · June 3
  • Delmar W.

    I am excited to show you how YOUR BRAND NEW LIFE CAN START TODAY! Millions Of People Around The World Will Be Getting Healthier, Wealthier, Happier

    Delmar Wiggins · April 22
  • Ray P.

    Bring a change of cloth :-).. be careful lots of places to fall asleep.

    Ray Pollard · February 15
  • Rohan S.

    Next to a vta stop.

    Rohan Sehgal · December 24, 2014
  • Christopher B.

    CDMSJ needs your vote in the @ADP #BeyondTheStartup Video Contest to win $100k!

    Christopher Buckley · December 7, 2014
  • Michael

    Great place for kids. Make sure u bring some extra clothes, cause of water events. Food are cheap and reasonable. Big place, story telling. Parking is a problem. Have to pay 5$ all day. A block away

    Michael · September 2, 2014
  • Santhosh G.

    My kid had great fun. Carry extra dress for tour kid, as he may get wet in water games.

    Santhosh Gandhe · August 20, 2014
  • Chris A.

    WATER ZONE! Do it last, or bring a change of clothes. Let the kids play!

    Chris Alston · April 21, 2014
  • veronica a.

    Bring an extra pair of dry socks for the little ones after playing with the water activities they may need them.

    veronica a · March 9, 2014
  • Autumn M.

    Do the water activities last, even with the aprons they manage to get soaked.

    Autumn McClendon · February 21, 2014
  • Westfield V.

    Who said the holidays were over? We’re celebrating Lunar New Year at Westfield Valley Fair! Join us on 2/8/2014 for live entertainment, photo booth, crafts and more. Read more

    Westfield Valley Fair · February 7, 2014
  • Jill

    Bring a change of clothes so they can really play in the water area!!

    Jill · January 21, 2014
  • Jason Q.

    Amazing place for kids to play and explore.

    Jason Quiz · December 9, 2013
  • Jonathan Y.

    Don't forget to go upstairs for the play area or downstairs for the bubbles.

    Jonathan Yao · October 13, 2013

    Try the Water-Zone - its great for the kids. · August 28, 2013
  • Albert K.

    Curious George and train ride... Looks like we are going to have to get a membership now.

    Albert Kao · August 6, 2013
  • Hana K.

    Start at the 2nd floor - tons of hands on activities. Leave the water station for last so you can change clothes at home.

    Hana Kim · July 3, 2013
  • Bryan C.

    Sundays members only hour. 11am-12pm. Awesome!

    Bryan Calabrese · January 6, 2013
  • Ashley R.

    In addition to a change of clothes, bring galoshes or water shoes, or just another pair of shoes, so kids don't have to wear soaked sneakers home.

    Ashley Richards · December 1, 2012
  • Miguel B.

    Start Top to Bottom: Arts & Crafts, Interactive Exhibits and Finish in the Waterworks area. Don't forget an extra set of clothes for kids under 5 

    Miguel Barrera · November 25, 2012
  • Wired

    The Museum’s exhibit philosophy is for children to learn through concrete interactions — touching, exploring, manipulating and experimenting. Read more

    Wired · August 8, 2012
  • Mark H.

    They advertise 15% off in the cafe on certain days on their website, then they claim it's for members only.

    Mark Howard · June 4, 2012
  • Yoplait

    Sure to become a favorite, learn and play as a family here – this educational, creative museum helps your kids discover the meaning of community and culture.

    Yoplait · September 6, 2011
  • Wally B.

    Bring extra clothes your kids gonna get wet a the water tables

    Wally Bee · August 20, 2011
  • K12 Inc

    Did you know? The museum’s address on Woz Way is a tribute to Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak, who donated $1.8 million to help found the museum. Read more

    K12 Inc · August 19, 2011
  • Citrus Lane

    This beloved children's science center boasts a separate floor for preschoolers! There's even a special playroom so small babies can explore soft toys and carpeted ramps just for them.

    Citrus Lane · August 16, 2011
  • Marlene H.

    get a membership - it is worth it! and bring extra clothes because of the water play area Read more

    Marlene Happel · July 5, 2011
  • Kelly H.

    Lots of field trips on Friday mornings.

    Kelly H · July 1, 2011
  • Michelle C.

    Get there as soon as it opens to avoid the crush later on.

    Michelle Chapman-Thurber · March 26, 2011
  • Kira W.

    Members get in one hour early in Sundays.

    Kira Wampler · March 20, 2011
  • Tawana B.

    Drive just past the first parking area and there is a second parking lot that takes Amex visa and mc

    Tawana Burnett · January 17, 2011
  • Joe M.

    or bring a crisp $10 and get 5 $1 coins in return

    Joe Murray · January 17, 2011
  • Bob H.

    do the water exhibit last because you will get soaking wet!

    Bob Hitching · December 22, 2010
  • Eddah G.

    Weekdays r usu the best time to go. We have the entire museum to ourselves... And just a couple more families.

    Eddah General · October 14, 2010
  • James C.

    Take the light rail instead of paying $5 for parking

    James Chung · October 5, 2010
  • Vikky B.

    The crawl space at the back of the wonderloft is great for non walkers. The wonderloft is interesting for toddlers-preschoolers too.

    Vikky Banner · February 21, 2010
  • Jay Z.

    A great place for kids!

    Jay Zaveri · February 1, 2010
  • Kira W.

    Be sure to bring a crisp $5 bill for parking. Read more

    Kira Wampler · January 8, 2010
  • Denton G.

    On the second floor there is a Crawl Space for babies, with interesting textures and things to crawl over. One parent can stay with the younger child while the other parent goes with the older.

    Denton Gentry · November 21, 2009
  • Lynette M.

    bring your younger kids here and make sure you have a change of clothes for the water tables!

    Lynette Miles · September 26, 2009

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