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Potter the Otter: An Adventure

Saturdays: April 12th and 26th
11:30 a.m., 1:00 p.m., and 2:30 p.m.

Sundays: April 13th and 27th
12:15 p.m., 1:30 p.m., and 3:00 p.m.

Many of you know about Potter the Otter and his love of drinking water. Did you ever wonder why Potter feels so strongly about drinking water? This original, live, interactive play tells that story! Join CDM and find out more about the lovable Potter and his adventures.

Funded by FIRST 5 Santa Clara County


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Summer of Service

Register now for the Museum’s award-winning community service-based summer camp for youth entering grades 7–10.

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Play Your Way

A CDM Autism Event

Saturday, April 12th
5:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Fee $$

Play Your Way is a special event for children with autism, ages 2-15, and their families. The evening is part of CDM’s Autism Initiative, which includes online parent resources such as a CDM-specific social story, staff training, and several Play Your Way events held throughout the year, in partnership with autism professionals, parents of children with autism, and CDM staff.

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Parent Tips

Pre-registration is required. Space is limited. Call (408) 673-2822 for questions about the event. For more information about the Museum’s Autism Initiative, visit

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Question Quest: A Week of Investigating Your World

Monday, April 14th through
Friday, April 18th
10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Have you ever wondered what’s the fastest animal on earth or why stars twinkle? Find these answers and spark more questions as you celebrate the wonders of science and nature during Question Quest: A Week of Exploring Your World. Throughout the week of April 14th-18th, you can get a bug’s eye view with the Insect Ambassadors from the Youth Science Institute, experiment with the earth’s elements, and much more. Indulge your curiosity and engage your inner scientist as you explore the natural world around you.

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BioSITE Open House

Thursday, April 17th – Saturday, April 19th
Showcase: 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Activities: 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Students in the Museum’s award-winning BioSITE (Students Investigating Their Environment) program will show you how they monitor the health of local rivers, support data collection, and help to keep our watershed healthy.

BioSITE is supported in part by a grant from Oracle Foundation.

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Legacy for Children Award

Friday, April 25th, 6:00 p.m.
Fee $$

Honoring the DeBartolo York Family of the San Francisco 49ers

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Theatre Experiences

A potpourri of programs including drop-in workshops, live performances, and films is offered in The Lee and Diane Brandenburg Theatre and the outdoor Cadence Amphitheatre.

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Potter the Otter: An Adventure

Saturdays: March 1st, 15th, and 29th, and April 12th and 26th
11:30 a.m., 1:00 p.m., and 2:30 p.m.

Sundays: March 2nd, 16th, and 30th, and April 13th and 27th
12:15 p.m., 1:30 p.m., and 3:00 p.m.

Funded by FIRST 5 Santa Clara County

Mr. G
Tuesday, April 15
1:30 p.m. and 2:45 p.m.

Charlie Hope
Saturday, April 19th
1:00 p.m. and 2:30 p.m.

Big Screen Sundays

Sunday Matinees

The Curious Garden

Sundays, March 9th and 23rd, and April 20th
1:00 p.m., 2:00 p.m., and 3:00 p.m.

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Kids' Garden

10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Weather and Staff availability permitting.

We will be staying open during the winter months. What should you do if it sprinkles outside? Come on out! Take a walk thru the winter garden and enjoy the clean smell of rain.

Garden Activities

Morning Chores (first hour of the garden-day)

Check it out! Help us with our garden chores on Tidy Tuesdays, Wormy Wednesdays, Thursty Thursdays, Farmer Fridays, or Sensational Saturday and Sundays. Learn what it takes to keep a garden growing healthy and green.

Afternoon Specials (1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.)

February: Take-home Bird feeder
Have you ever wondered what the birds eat during the bare winter months? Come out and make a take-home bird feeder and keep your backyard birds happy!

March: Flower Art
Spring is coming! Celebrate the changing seasons in the Garden by creating art with dried flowers.

April: Cloud Crowns
Put your head in the clouds! Learn about different cloud formations by making a cloud crown you can wear.

Watering the Garden (last hour of the garden-day)

A favorite with all of our younger gardeners: come grab a watering can and help us keep our Garden growing green and strong.

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Art Matters

For ages 4 -10 and their caregivers; siblings welcome

Learn more about The Art Loft and current activities

For ages 4 -10 and their caregivers; siblings welcome

February: Culinary Compositions
Create food-inspired drawings and collages.

March: The Art of Food
Cook up a sculpture inspired by your favorite dish!

April: What do you see?
Observe and explore still life compositions through paintings and drawings.

Meet the Artist
Julia Goodman
Saturday, March 1st
11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Art Gallery

A Canvas of Color

Tuesday, February 11th – Sunday, April 6th

Through the Discovery Youth Lens: Photography, Video, and Community

Learn more about The Art Loft and current activities

Art Loft
Evan S., 5th grade, Bubb Elementary School, Mountain View


Exhibit Opens May 17th

In this highly immersing and engaging exhibition, families discover the joy and power of reading at any age. Young visitors will step into the world of favorite storybooks including The Snowy Day, Chicka Chicka Boom Boom, Abuela, If You Give a Mouse a Cookie, and more. Irrresistable exhibits set the foundation for literacy by encouraging children to love books, learn words, tell stories, read everything, know letters, and hear sounds.

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Contributions that Matter

Through our popular interactive play for kids, the loveable Potter the Otter character helps children and families re-think your drink and enjoy the benefits of cool refreshing water. Thanks to the generosity of FIRST 5 Santa Clara County, Potter the Otter performances take place year round in our theatre and in the community.


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