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Monopoly in The Park and Children’s Discovery Museum

Since my husband had a work related to do last weekend in San Jose, we decided to plan our day visiting kids places in that area. I’ve been wanting to visit Monopoly in The Park for a while. My husband and his friends are avid monopoly players and I got dragged into it. We actually competed in 2009 US Monopoly Championship (yes, there’s such a thing!) but we didn’t win (I finished #5, not too bad =)). It was still a fun and unique experience.

We parked on the street on the other side of the park and got lucky. There’s a family who happened to walk to their car right in front of ours, about to leave and the dad gave us his parking ticket to us. We got free parking…woohoo!! It’s $7 flat rate per day, just in case you’re curious.

This Monopoly in The Park looks better and bigger in the picture than actual, a Guinness Book of World Record Holder. It is so much smaller than I imagined and just a big green grass lawn around it (see picture below). There are some sculptures but that’s about it, no play structure or anything to play with. Maybe the idea was to roll the dice, be human size Monopoly tokens and run around the board game?? We were a little bit disappointed at that point and tried to decide what to do next.

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Luckily, this park is located right next to the Children’s Discovery Museum (See the purple building behind the trees on the picture above? That’s the museum). I heard about it so we decided to go there for a visit. We managed to get tickets from Groupon app (thank you technology!) and got 42% discount (another woohoo!!! for us). It was pretty crowded but actually not too bad considering it was a Saturday and there were 2 birthday parties there.

My kids love this place so much because a lot of interactive things for them to do. Just like its name, Discovery, the kids were having fun discovering lots of things, from creating soap bubbles to putting Mammoth puzzle pieces. It has a specific room for the kids to do watercolor painting where they can be creative and another room for Preschoolers and younger. I would say that’s the most chaotic room…hahahaha..but my kids had a lot of fun there and I was able to sit down for 20-25 minutes there. The Art Loft, where they do the watercolor painting, close at 4 pm everyday. So if you’re thinking of going, plan your day accordingly.

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I forgot to mention, this museum is in a 2-story building. The stairs that lead to the 2nd floor makes music when you step on it, just like Haus Der Musik in Vienna. So much fun!

Catherine certainly had a blast there. She ran around, touching every single station, making sure she didn’t miss anything. When I asked her what was her favorite thing in the Museum, she answered with a big smile on her face “Everything is my favorite thing, Mommy. I had so much fun.”

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