Things to Do With Kids in San Jose

Things to Do With Kids in San Jose
San Jose, California, is a perfect place to travel to for parents looking for outdoor- and education-related things to do for their kids. San Jose's proximity to the San Francisco Bay is just one option for parents to consider, and the expanses of wilderness surrounding San Jose make for other options such as camping and hiking. Within the city itself, parents have plenty of things to choose from to keep their kids healthy, active and interested while on vacation.

Children's Discovery Museum of San Jose

The Children's Discovery Museum of San Jose offers a fun and educational activity that both parents and kids can both enjoy. The Waterways exhibit teaches children about the importance of water in our daily lives and why conservation is important. Other hands-on exhibits allow children to interact while learning about science, nature and art. Live entertainment and music is performed at the museum's on-site theater. The museum is closed on Mondays. The park is located near the Guadalupe River Park.

Children's Discovery Museum of San Jose
180 Woz Way
San Jose, CA 95110
(408) 298-5437


The City of San Jose operates over 100 public parks and recreation areas. Townsend Park is a popular park for families with its extensive playground, open fields for picnicking and trails for jogging. The tree-lined, paved Los Gatos Creek Trail near downtown is a good place to roller blade, go on bike rides or to just take the kids on a walk through the woods. And just east of downtown, Alum Rock Park is a more primitive park with picnicking areas, playgrounds, thick forests, and unpaved nature trails.

City of San Jose
Parks Administrative Offices
200 E. Santa Clara St.
San Jose, CA 95113
(408) 277-2757

California Kids Sports Center

As part of the larger CSC chain local to the San Jose area, the California Kids Sports Center has two facilities that put an extra emphasis on children's activities for preschool-aged kids. Programs emphasize on the development of a healthy body through fun types of exercise including dance, gymnastics, stretching and tumbling. Other CSC facilities gear activities towards older children. The California Kids Sports Centers are open everyday except Sunday.

California Sports Center
824 & 832 Malone Road
San Jose, CA 95125
(408) 269-5437

100 Great Oaks Blvd. Suite 150
San Jose, CA 95119
(408) 360-9400

Article Written By Patrick M. Lind

Patrick M. Lind has been freelance writing since 2007 and has worked as an editor and journalist for He received a Master of Arts in history from the University of Amsterdam in the Netherlands and has traveled extensively throughout the United States, Europe, Asia and Middle East.

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