CuriOdysseyDo you find yourself wishing your family nature walks weren’t all flora, and included a little more fauna? If you’ve got kiddos who are curious about critters, you’ll want to take them down to San Mateo to check out CuriOdyssey. At this hands-on science museum and native animal zoo, formerly known as Coyote Point Museum, kids can get up close with the natural world. The museum has a wealth of interactive exhibits (developed in-house) that enhance children’s understanding of nature. Play with wind, touch fog, make “illuminart”, tinker with gears, and check out fascinating native insects in the science museum. Meet the native species that reside in the zoo (they’re unfit to be released back into the wild), including otters, bobcats, snakes, and other California animals. Wander through replications of the animals’ natural habitats, including a 4,000 square foot aviary. Check in for otter and bobcat feedings, or check out the Animal Connections Wildlife show on the weekends.

CuriOdyssey is also a great place to consider for your next big birthday bash. They can host up to 50 guests in the Redwood Hall, or there are smaller rooms with private patios for smaller parties. There are even preschooler Science Together classes for tots and their caregivers, not to mention that it’s also a surefire hit for the next school field trip.

So make a day of visiting Coyote Point Recreation Area, its awesome Magic Mountain playground, and its crowning jewel, CuriOdyssey!

CuriOdyssey, San Mateo 650-342-7755