Children's Discovery Museum San Jose
180 Woz Way
San Jose, CA 95110-2780
p:(408) 298-5437
f:(408) 298-6826
Contact Information: Sally Osberg

Children's Discovery Museum is a hands-on museum featuring over 150 interactive exhibits.
Children of all ages are invited to test, prod, taste, crank and tinker in our striking purple building in Discovery Meadow.

Westfield Shoppingtown - Oakridge
Located at the front of the shoppingtown (Blossom Hill Rd.), our 5 new restaurants: BJ's Restaurant & Brewhouse, The Cheesecake Factory, California Pizza Kitchen, Sushi Boat, and *Buca Di Beppo, offer a variety of dining choices.

BJ's Restaurant & Brewhouse
(408) 284-4260
The Cheesecake Factory
(408) 225-6948
Sushi Boat
(408) 972-0379
California Pizza Kitchen
(408) 225-7188
*Buca Di Beppo Coming 2004!

Hellenic Heritage Museum
1650 Senter Road
San Jose, CA 95112
p:(408) 993-8136

History San Jose
1650 Senter Road
San Jose, CA 95112-2599
p:(408) 287-2290
f:(408) 287-3890

History San Jose, formerly History Museums of San Jose; operates two sites: the San Jose Historical Museum in Kelley Park and the Peralta Adobe & Fallon House Historic Site in downtown San Jose. Both offer tours, school and family programs, exhibits, a museum store, facility use and volunteer opportunities.

Historical Museum is a 14 acre facility with a park-like setting including 27 original and reconstructed homes, businesses, and landmarks highlighting the culture and history of San Jose and Santa Clara Valley. The museum is unique with paved streets, running trolleys and an old-fashioned ice cream and candy parlor and cafe, and a museum gift shop. The museum offers tours, Both offer tours, school and family programs, exhibits, a museum store, facility use and volunteer opportunities.

Intel Museum and Intel Museum Store
2200 Mission College Boulevard
Santa Clara, CA 95052-8119
p:(408) 765-0503
f:(408) 765-1217

Self-guided, hands-on museum shows how computer chips are made and used. Guided group tours available by reservation, Intel Museum Store carries unique "high tech" clothing and souvenirs.
Open Monday - Friday 9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m., Saturday 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Rosicrucian Egyptian Museum
1342 Naglee Ave.
San Jose, CA 95191
p:(408) 947-3635

The Rosicrucian Egyptian Museum, architecturally inspired by the Temple of Amon at Karnak, houses the largest collection of Egyptian artifacts on exhibit in the western United States -- including objects from pre dynastic times through Egypt's early Islamic era.

Winchester Mystery House
525 South Winchester Boulevard
San Jose, CA 95128
p:(408) 247-2000
f:(408) 985-7913
Contact Information: Shozo Kagoshima

The Winchester Mystery House, on of the world's most famous mansions, is the true legacy of Sarah Winchester who it is believed thought she would never die as long as construction continued on her elegant Victorian home.
The famed mansion is a California State Historic Landmark, listed on the National Register of Historic Places and a San Jose City Landmark.
Tickets for tours of the historic 160 room Victorian mansion will include $17.95 for adults, 13 to 64; $14.95 for seniors, 65 and over and children, 12 and under, $11.95.
There are also special package rates for tours of both the mansion and the behind-the-scene tour set at $24.95, adults and $21.95, seniors. Children, twelve and under, are not admitted on the behind-the-scene tour because of safety reasons. Youngsters, five and under, are admitted free on the mansion tour when accompanied by a paying adult. Behind-the-Scene Tour tickets are $14.95 for adults, $13.95 for seniors.

Fall hours:
Starting: September 2, 2003
Sunday - Thursday: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Friday - Saturday: 9:00 am - 7:00 pm
Ending: October 17, 2003
Information: (408) 247-2000

Paramount's Great America
Great America Parkway
P.O. Box 1776
Santa Clara, CA 95052
p:(408) 988-1776
f:(408) 986-5863
Contact Information: Purdy ten Buren

A universe of new Nickelodeon® fun, friends, and adventures bursts into Paramount's Great America in 2003. The stars on Nickelodeon the network kids prefer to watch -- come to life at Northern California s favorite park for family fun and thrills in 10 new exciting Nickelodeon rides and attractions. The epicenter of excitement is in Nickelodeon® Central, a brand new expanded area just for kids! Plus, seven new shows for the entire family! Paramount s Great America has the most rides in Northern California: the most kids rides, the most coasters, and the most water rides. And, it s the only place in the Bay Area where kids can meet and play with their favorite Nickelodeon friends including SpongeBobTM SquarePants. Enjoy a new kid-friendly half price rate (48 and under). The 100-acre park is located on Great America Parkway between highways 101 and 237, in Santa Clara, Calif. Open March through October. For information call 408-988-1776

Tech Museum of Innovation
201 South Market Street
San Jose, CA 95113-2008
p:(408) 294-8324
f:(408) 279-7167

Techology from Silicon Valley and beyond comes alive in this unique museum featuring interactive exhibits for all ages. The Tech is a place about real technology . . . changing the way people work and play, create, harness and share information, how we innovate, how we do things differently. Featuring over 250 interactive exhibits, the Hackworth Imax Dome Theater, a caf and gift store packed with "only in Silicon Valley" items.

The Tech Museum of Innovation's hours of operation are:

  • Regular Hours: Tuesday-Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Summer Hours (April 1 - Labor Day):
    Daily 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Open All Monday Holidays
  • Closed Christmas and Thanksgiving

For more information, contact The Tech at (408) 294-TECH (8324)

Prusch Farm Park
647 S King Road
San Jose, CA 95116-3557
p:(408) 926-5555
f:(408) 277-3820

Emma Prusch Farm Park is the result of a generous gift from one of San Jose's pioneer families. The property was deeded to the City of San Jose with the understanding that it become a center for learning about the region's agricultural past.
Today, we offer low cost school tours, free livestock boarding to the 4-H and FFA,and a range of classes and events. The park also has picnic areas, including a reservable area, BBQ grills, a 7 acre lawn to fly your kite or play games on, 2 fruit orchards to wander through and taste free fruit, domestic and exotic poultry, rabbits,old farm implements on display to see, 2 real tractors to play with, friendly Park Rangers and more!

Monopoly in the Park
Guadalupe River Park
San Jose, CA
p:(408) 995-MITP
f:(408) 277-3155

Monopoly in the Park, the world's biggest version of the most popular board game ever, and San Jose's new "larger than life" attraction. Here in the park, the real estate market is always booming, as property is traded on a 930-square foot permanent Monopoly board. Now everyone has a chance to make it big in Silicon Valley real estate.
Large groups can reserve the giant board and game pieces for organized events. Participants play with jumbo dice, don gigantic token-shaped hats, and occasionally even wear jailhouse garb. Monopoly in the Park is Big fun for: Family reunions, field trips, company picnics, birthday parties, and corporate team building events.
San Jose Public Library
180 W. San Carlos Street
San Jose, CA 95113
p:(408) 277-4822
Contact Information: Bonnie Blacklaw

ART-TECH Silicon Valley Institute of Art & Technology
89 S First Street
San Jose, CA 95113
p:(408) 971-9100
f:(408) 971-9191
Contact Information: Meryle K. Holmes

Comtemporary art gallery in downtown San Jose. Dedicated to showcasing new media art exhibitions emphasizing the art and technology bridge and to relate its educational programs to the general public, corporation and academia.

Hours: Tuesday - Friday 12:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Every third Thursday of the month 12:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

ART-TECH provides a high visibility venue for the presentation of exhibitions and performances.

Christmas In the Park
1300 Senter Rd
San Jose, CA 95112-2520
p:408/995-NOEL (6635)

Bonfante Gardens Family Theme Park
3050 Hecker Pass Hwy
Gilroy, CA 95020
p:(408) 840-7100

Bonfante Gardens Family Theme Park combines the beauty of magnificent gardens with the appeal and excitement of a traditional family theme park. The park features 19 rides and 21 attractions, geared toward families with young children and garden lovers. Rides include a restored 1927 Illions Carousel, the Quicksilver Express, a thrilling mine train coaster and a monorail that travels through the beautiful Monarch Garden greenhouse where exotic plant life, waterfalls, and greenery flourish. Bonfante Gardens brings to life the essence of California agriculture in the mid-20th Century with wholesome family entertainment. In addition to rides, Bonfante Gardens is a horticultural wonderland of uniquely manicured trees, plants and flowers. Attractions are designed to educate guests about the importance of horticulture in society. The park is located in Gilroy, Calif. Take Hwy. 101 to Hwy. 152 (West) and follow signs. Open April 18 to Oct. 31. For more information, call 408-840-7100 or visit

* Staying in Gilroy…Book at the Comfort Inn-Gilroy

Monterey Bay Aquarium
886 Cannery Row
Monterey, CA 93940-1085
p:(831) 648-4860
f:(831) 648-4810
toll free:1-800-756-3737

Discover the Monterey Bay Aquarium
The marvels of our ocean planet come to life at the world-acclaimed Monterey Bay Aquarium. Your visit will carry you into the hidden world of Monterey Bay - a place of ever-changing beauty at the heart of the nation's largest marine sanctuary.
We'll put you eye-to-eye with more than 300,000 strange and beautiful creatures that live in Monterey Bay, from playful sea otters and delicate jellies, to powerful sharks, elusive octopus and giant ocean sunfish.

Tickets - Available at the aquarium. Advance tickets are recommended on major holidays and summer (mid-June to Labor Day). They're available at all BASS outlets (convenience fees apply); at most local hotels and motels; or by phone from the aquarium (with a service charge). In California, call 1-800-756-3737.

Groups of 20 or more get special rates by advance reservation; call (408) 648-4860.

* Staying in Monterey…Book at the Cypress Gardens Inn