The striking 52,000 square foot purple building, designed by Mexico City-based architect Ricardo Legorreta, signals the purpose of Children’s Discovery Museum to serve the needs of children, families and schools as a center for learning and discovery.
Encompassing the broad themes of community, connections and creativity, exhibits invite self-directed, open-ended explorations, while programs provide facilitated, focused, and sustained interactions.
Teams of researchers have studied how children learn and how families interact during museum visits, which has helped CDM more effectively to design exhibits. Their findings benefit the greater scientific community and are being used by informal learning experts and scholars.
While many children’s museums are just starting to use learning research to inform their exhibits, CDM established its first learning research partnership 16 years ago with UC-Santa Cruz.
180 Woz Way, San Jose, CA 95110
The purpose of the program is to offer K-3 grade students a facilitated art experience that connects with the exhibits and programs offered on-site at Children’s Discovery Museum. This program will also reinforce what students are currently exploring in their classroom grade level units as well as reinforce Common Core and VAPA standards.
Children’s Discovery Museum is equally committed to the sciences and arts in its daily program offerings and exhibits. The field trip portion of the proposed program will reinforce the concept(s) explored in the first portion of the art lesson. Students will reconvene at the end of their exploration of the Museum to discuss the connections they found to the facilitated art experience, their overall Museum experience, and what they are learning currently in their classroom.
Wednesday through Friday
10:00 am – 12:30 pm
Children’s Discovery Museum of San Jose
$10 per student, 1 adult free for every 5 students. Additional adults $10 each. Must have a 1:5 adult to chaperone ratio.