We’re not kiddin’ around. From major attractions like the Great America to hidden gems like the Glow Candle Lounge, there’s something in the great 408 for children of all ages. You’ll have no trouble entertaining the youngsters with this list of 20+ kid-friendly activities around the South Bay.
🧠 Educational activities
Children’s Discovery Museum, 108 Woz Way There’s no shortage of fun exhibits and hands-on activities that will stimulate your young one’s mind. Kids can dig for fossils, explore the power of air, or prepare their own food in a mini kitchen. Kids will remember all the interactive displays that they actually get to touch in a museum.
The Tech Interactive, 201 S. Market St. Little scientists and young engineers will love the exhibits that teach them about cyber sleuthing, gravity, robots, and more. Kids will remember creating their own virtual roller coaster at The Innovator.
🌳 Great outdoors
Happy Hollow Park & Zoo, 748 Story Rd. There are experience-based programs for all ages at Happy Hollow, from drop-off programs for toddlers that teach them about different parts of zoo life, to teen paint nights that offer food + mock-tails. Kids will remember the various animals they met, and the wild ones they got to pet.
Santa Clara County Parks, locations vary Your young adventurers can participate in natural history tours, challenges + contests, and science lessons within our county’s beautiful parks. Kids will remember their experience becoming a Junior Ranger.
💦 Splash around
South Bay Shores, 4701 Great America Pkwy., Santa Clara The kiddos will love making a splash at Pup’s Pier, a mini Raging Waters that includes small geysers, fountains, and eight mini-slides. For the thrill-seekers, there are four large, plunging water slides. Kids will remember the Breakers Bay wave pool that turned them into mini body surfers.
Raging Waters, 2333 S. White Rd. Find family fun with Raging Waters’ exciting slides, kiddie rides, lazy river, and 350,000-gallon wave pool. As Northern California’s largest water park, there’s enough to fill a full day — we recommend getting a cabana. Kids will remember riding the two-person Great White Shark ride down its throat and into the Lazy River.
“Parks and Recreation” Trivia Night | Friday, May 19 | 7-9 p.m. | The Plex, 800 Embedded Way, San Jose | Free | Do you have what it takes to defeat the other Tammys or will you get Jammed?
1776 | Friday, May 19-Sunday, May 21 | Times vary | San Jose Center for the Performing Arts, 255 S. Almaden Blvd., San Jose | $38-$103 | John Adams attempts to persuade his fellow Continental Congress members to break free from British tyranny and sign the Declaration of Independence.
The River Bride | Friday, May 19-Saturday, May 20 | 8-9:30 p.m. | City Lights Theater Company, 529 S. 2nd St., San Jose | $28-$51 | This Brazilian fable that blends a heartrending tale of true love, regret, and transformation will transport you to a world so close, but yet so far.
Saturday, May 20
Silicon Valley Open Studios 2023 | Saturday, May 20-Sunday, May 21 | 11 a.m.-5 p.m. | Locations vary | Free | Art lovers and collectors will be given behind-the-scenes access to 300+ local artists.
SJMADE Fest 2023 | Saturday, May 20-Sunday, May 21 | 11 a.m.-6 p.m. | History Park, 635 Phelan Ave., San Jose | Free | Browse over 300 small businesses and enjoy a Kitty Carnival, Noodle Fest, K-Pop Plaza, and more.
Dog Olympics | Saturday, May 20 | 4-10 p.m. | Oakridge Mall, 925 Blossom Hill Rd., San Jose | Free | Bring your furry friends to this dog-themed market featuring DJ Mint.Beats.
Japantown Immersive 2023 | Saturday, May 20 | 4:30-8:30 p.m. | Japantown, Fifth + Jackson streets, San Jose | Free | Celebrate the 50th anniversary of San Jose Taiko with performances and activities.
Urban Peace | Sunday, May 21 | 10 a.m.-3 p.m. | Mayfair Skate Park, 2039 Kammerer Ave., San Jose | Free | Come through to enjoy live painting, dance battles, and extreme sports with prizes valued up to $500.
Spring Concert Series | Sunday, May 21 | 3 p.m. | St. James Park, North Second + East St. James streets, San Jose | Free | Relax on the lawn with a beer or wine while listening to local musicians perform.
Three medical office buildings totaling 313,600 sqft have been proposed adjacent to the Good Samaritan Hospital campus — that’s also planning its own large redevelopment project. The plans call for demolishing seven office buildings to make way for two six-story complexes, one smaller building, and a parking structure. (The Mercury News)
For the next year and a half, the Santa Clara Valley Water District will work to install levees + flood walls along Coyote Creek to prevent an event similar to the disastrous flood of 2017. The project will cost ~$115 million, and crews have started clearing encampments in the area. (CBS News/NBC Bay Area)
San Jose recently dropped from its spot as the No. 10 largest city in the US by population, according to the US Census Bureau. It now stands as the 12th largest city with a population of 971,233 — a 1% drop from 2021, and a 4% drop from 2020. (NBC Bay Area)
Ciena Corp., a telecommunications networking company, recently leased space at 50 W. San Fernando St. — signaling fewer office vacancies downtown. The vacancy rate decreased ~1% from the fourth quarter of 2022 to the first quarter of 2023. (The Mercury News)
Refinance rates are skyrocketing. But home equity rates remain relatively low — which means that now is a great time to borrow against your home. Unlock your home equity.*
What were we saying about San Jose’s culinary scene? Oh yeah, we’re crushing it.
This week, the Michelin Guide — a highly-respected series of guides that recognizes restaurants based on outstanding cooking and food quality — released 19 new California eateries as part of its “new discoveries” list.
Who represented the great 408? Two San Jose restaurants, actually:
🍽️ LeYou Ethiopian, 1100 N. First St. The guide praises LeYou for chef + owner Aide Taye’s unique approach to Ethiopian cuisine — like how its kifto substitutes tuna for beef. Read more about the restaurant in our Ethiopian eateries guide.
🍽️ Petiscos by Adega, 399 S. First St. This casual spin-off of Adega, one of San Jose’s only restaurants awrded a Michelin star, opened in the fall of 2020 and offers small-plate versions of high-end Portuguese food.
Congratulations to these two local businesses for bringing attention to our fantastic foodie scene.
Today’s story is dedicated to all of my little cousins. When I was a kid, my mom put me in every program + sport possible to get me out of the house and into the summer sun. I used to wonder why I couldn’t just stay at home and play Wii, but I get it now. To my aunties, I hope you can find something for Ruby, Mila, Anya, Leila, and Kensie to do this summer.