October 6, 2008

The Children’s Discovery Museum

Posted in Uncategorized at 11:54 am by classicalmusic

“Discovering” with My Grandaughter

The last time I visited my son, daughter-in-law and grandchild in San Jose, we decided that I should spend a Saturday at the San Jose Children’s Discovery Museum with my almost 4-year-old granddaughter while her parents took a “day off”.

It was the first time I had been to this museum and I had no idea what I would find there.  Well, it is a treasure of a place for children from the young age of two up to beginning teens at least.  Furthermore, I found that the adults accompanying their children or grandchildren actually enjoyed all the “hands on” exhibits as much as their young charges.

We started out with a big fire engine just inside the entrance on which one could climb, work the water hose or enter the cab and pretend to drive.  From there we moved on to an exhibit of wheels – from wooden to rubber tired.  You had to turn handles at each wheel in order to discover which one moved the best and why.  There was also a big area about water with fountains spouting upwards, falls rushing downwards and a “river” that seemed to be moving and explanations on what makes each one work.  From there we moved on to a working beehive.  It had an exit on the outer wall for the bees to go into the museum flower garden where they could collect nectar and reenter the beehive- it was really fascinating.

There was a corner where the kids could get the bones of their hands painted in phosphorescent paint and then go into a darkened room with special lighting where the paint was lit up and made their hands look like skeleton hands.
By the time we finished all this, “grandma” was getting tired and granddaughter wanted coke and chips at the museum cafeteria, so after refreshements and drinks, we wended our way home – tired but happy.

It’s a lovely way to spend a Saturday with your child or grandchild.