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Performing arts at the Children's Discovery Museum of San Jose take place in the Lee & Diane Brandenburg Theater, as well as the Cadence Amphitheater. These venues provide an outlet for kids to experience performing arts, learning about dance, music, film, theater and cultural festivals.
The learning that takes place on these stages challenges kids in myriad ways, to communicate with their body differently through dance, to imagine the world from a different perspective through acting, or to learn about different cultures through art like Japanese Taiko drumming. These are just a few of the many activities and performances available at the Museum's theater and amphitheater.
Anyone who has ever taken a child to the beach knows kids are fascinated by water, from fountains, rivers, and streams, to water guns and water balloons. At the Waterways exhibit at the Museum, kids not only play in the water, but learn a little something in the process. Using their natural interest and curiosity, this exhibit explores ideas like water pressure, water flows, flotation and more.
Set inside in a specially constructed exhibit area, the feature is a feat of engineering itself, from its slip resistant floor to its massive water filtration system, Waterways is must see at the Children's Discovery Museum.
The Wonder Cabinet inspires curiosity and stirs the imagination for the youngest adventurer's in the crowd, up to age four. Referred to as the Museum's "early learning laboratory", the 3,100 square foot space is teeming with different colors, textures, materials, and activities. Three different areas, the Art Studio, the Forest and the Crawl Space entertain and engage in different ways. Daily activities targeted to specific ages make the experience even more engaging for tiny tots.
West Wing Changing Exhibits
The newer West Wing area of the Children's Discovery Museum of San Jose features temporary and changing exhibits at the Museum. Such exhibits often interact with other part of the Museum, such as in The Amazing Castle, which incorporates role playing lords and ladies, pickling vegetables in the garden, and workshops to experiment with different jobs such as tailor or carpenter.
In addition to the abundance of activities on offer throughout the exhibits, the Museum also offers daily, weekly and special events to make the visit even more enriching. Daily events change periodically, but often include story time, special activities in the garden, and crafts in the art studio. Weekly events often consist of Sunday Matinees featuring family films. Other events include Meet the Artist talks and activities, Music Fun under the Sun, and family evenings including food, activities and entertainment. The full calendar of events is available on the Museum webpage, which visitors are encouraged to review prior to arrival in order to make the most of their visit.
In keeping with their mission to inspire creativity, curiosity and lifelong learning, the Museum also brings Discovery out into the community. School programs include field trips and experiential learning activities for teachers to incorporate into the classroom. Special courses and offerings for kids range from Summer of Service for grades seven through ten, weekly classes like Discovery Youth Media, or volunteer opportunities. Programs for the younger discoverers include family science nights, and at home learning activities. The Museum also offers specialized programs for children with special needs.