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Gilroy Gardens | © Jeremy Thompson / Flickr
Gilroy Gardens | © Jeremy Thompson / Flickr

Family-Friendly Activities in Silicon Valley to Enjoy

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Deanna Morgado
Updated: 17 October 2017

Silicon Valley isn’t just for adults—not by a long shot. This technology-driven region takes great care and consideration into making learning fun for the entire family. Indeed, it is chock-full of fun things and activities for everyone.

Veggielution

If you’re looking to have a pleasant and unique experience with your kids and family, then visit Veggielution, created in 2008. It brings families in Silicon Valley together by teaching them how to make healthy food choices while also exposing them to natural and sustainable food sources. Bring the kiddos here to pick out fresh produce planted by the local community. The family can even plant and learn how to farm food.

Veggielution, 647 S King Rd, San Jose, CA, USA+1 408 753 6705

The Los Gatos Creek Trail

Lace up those kiddie tennis shoes and get hiking on this kid-friendly trail. The Los Gatos Creek Trail is great for both casual walking and biking. While the entire path is over 11 miles (17.7 kilometers), the views and fresh air make the experience a unique one. Pack up some water and get ready to walk alongside fellow hikers, maybe their dogs, and nature lovers.

Los Gatos Creek Trail, 1250 Dell Ave, Campbell, CA, USA+1 408 793 5510

Gilroy Gardens

The Gilroy Gardens is a theme park that’s fun for the entire family. The park has 22 rides as well as other attractions. This garden-themed park is a beautiful sight all the way through, complete with waterfalls, towering trees, and a lovely atmosphere. There are even fun and educational activities for kids. A park that’s beautiful, educational, and entertaining for nearly all ages—what else can a family ask for?

Gilroy Gardens, 3050 Hecker Pass Hwy, Gilroy, CA, USA+1 408 840 7100

Magical Bridge

A first of its kind and known as one of the most inclusive and innovative playgrounds around, Magical Bridge in Palo Alto is a destination that both kids and parents will love. The carefully researched and planned design of this playground had nothing but the family in mind. Kids will enjoy the uniquely fun play zones, and parents will relish the beautiful layout and grounds.

Magical Bridge, 600 East Meadow Rd, Palo Alto, CA, USA+1 650 520 8512

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Montalvo Arts Center

Everyone in the family will have a blast exploring the Montalvo Arts Center. Located in Saratoga, this historic 100-plus-year-old estate features an incredibly wide range of activities. Some of these activities and events include resident artist exhibits and programs, three separate performing arts buildings, classes, camps, as well as numerous tours. The Montalvo Arts Center is a true cultural treasure.

Montalvo Arts Center, 15400 Montalvo Rd, Saratoga, CA, USA+1 408 961 5800

Children’s Discovery Museum of San Jose

Adults and children alike will have a ball at the Children’s Discovery Museum, a place where curiosity and learning never dies, no matter your age. There are so many interactive exhibits that are perfect for kids. The entire space is open and easily accessible for parents to let their kids roam, without worrying about losing track of them. Play, explore, and grab lunch at the on-site café—your family can easily spend an entire day here.

Children’s Discovery Museum of San Jose, 180 Woz Way, San Jose, CA, USA+1 408 298 5437

Levi’s Stadium

Pack up the family for some good old-fashioned sports fun at Levi’s Stadium. Home to the San Francisco 49ers, this stadium is perfect for pro football fanatics, both young and old. The on-site 49ers Museum features amazing life-size statues of the team’s most memorable players, coaches, and other sports icons. Other important memorabilia is on display as well. Tours through the museum and stadium take place regularly.

Levi’s Stadium, 4900 Marie P DeBartolo Way, Santa Clara, CA, USA, +1 415 464 9377