It's easy to see why students love visiting the Silicon Valley area. With an exciting theme park, technological wonders, and a year-round beautiful climate (over 300 days of sunshine annually), Silicon Valley is Northern California's best place to stay, play, and learn.
Performance and Competition
- "Play in the Plaza"
- Spring Dance Days (April & May)
- Performing Arts Day (Day)
"Play in the Plaza"
Performance program for bands, choirs, and dance groups is available on any Park operating day. It is a great opportunity for your group to have a built-in audience in a great location. Contact Stephanie Tissot at email@example.com or call (408) 986-5984.
Spring Dance Days – (April & May)
15,000 square foot venue provides a safe, classy and fun atmosphere for a school dance or formal. Contact Stephanie Tissot at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (408) 986-5984.
Performing Arts Day – (April)
A unique opportunity to learn more about the performing arts from professionals in a fun-filled entertainment atmosphere. Contact Stephanie Tissot at email@example.com or call (408) 986-5984.
Science and Technology
- Physics, Science, and Math Days
- The Intel Museum
- Tech Museum of Innovation
- NASA Ames Exploration Center
Physics, Science and Math Days – Fridays in May
California’s Great America continues to offer the only exclusive Physics, Science & Math Days at any theme park in California. Students and teachers from throughout California and the western United States will enjoy hands-on learning that brings classroom concepts to life in the park! Elementary, middle and high school students get to experience firsthand: kinetic energy and the science of "G" forces as the park becomes a hands-on learning lab. Educator-designed support materials are provided with each ticket order. Visit www.cagreatamerica.com for more information or please call (408) 986-5853.
The Intel Museum introduces students to the world of micro-miniature computer chips, where millions of electronic components are packed onto quarter-inch squares of silicon, and time is measured in billionths of seconds. Interactive exhibits and hands-on labs let students explore concepts and conduct their own experiments.
Thousands of students visit the museum each year. A group visit usually lasts two hours and includes a guided tour and an interactive lab led by a knowledgeable museum instructor. To support the visit, the museum provides packets that include a course description, age specific vocabulary and suggestions for classroom activities that students can do before and after the visit.
For larger groups of 35 or more students, the museum provides self-guided tours and activity books. The books guide students through exhibits and provide many fun and interesting exercises. For example, students can decipher a secret message written in binary code, or go on a high-tech scavenger hunt for interesting facts. Museum personnel area available to answer questions. For more information or to schedule a visit, call (408) 765-0503 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Reservations are based on availability, so please book early.
The NASA Ames Exploration Center showcases the ongoing endeavors of NASA. Rotating exhibits and space artifacts are on display, including a moon rock and other space memorabilia. The Exploration Center is open to groups of all sizes. Open 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, and Noon through 4:00 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Admission is FREE. For more information, visit www.arc.nasa.gov or call (650) 604-6497.
The Tech Museum of Innovation engages people of all ages in exploring and experiencing technologies affecting our lives� and to inspire the young to become innovators in the technologies of the future. With over 250 interactive exhibits, five permanent exhibit galleries, floor programs, and activities, guest speakers, and an IMAX Dome Theater, groups will get a real taste of the spirit of innovation that Silicon Valley represents. The Tech offers labs for students and special rates for school and other groups of 20 or more with advance reservations.
More Group Friendly Attractions
- Mission Santa Clara de Asis
- Roaring Camp Railroads
- Stanford University
- Winchester Mystery House
Mission Santa Clara de Asis is the eighth of 21 California missions. Founded in 1777 by the Franciscans, the Mission was dedicated by Father Junipero Serra. After a tour of the mission, groups can see the surrounding Mission Gardens. The pale yellow barksia rose and purple wisteria date back to the 1800's, as do the olive trees on the site. Groups can also visit the adjacent de Saisset Museum that includes a California History Collection displaying relics from the early mission days. For more information, see www.scu.edu/visitors/mission or to arrange a group tour, call (408) 554-4023.
Roaring Camp Railroads - Music Under the Oaks and in the Redwoods Bands and choirs have the opportunity to perform on one or both of Roaring Camp's stages. The main stage in an outdoor area seats 2,500 guests and the indoor stage in Bret Harte Hall seats 600 guests. There is a built-in audience and a fun and historical place to perform. For more information, visit www.roaringcamprr.com, or call (831) 335-4484.
Stanford University group tours include the Main Quad, Memorial Church, the science and engineering buildings, White Plaza, the Stanford Bookstore, and several libraries. Groups of ten or more must schedule a private tour by advance reservations. Bus tours are also available for groups able to provide their own bus. Subject to availability, tours can be scheduled daily from 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. (Free campus tours are available twice daily at 11:00 a.m. and 3:15 p.m. for groups less than ten). For tour information, visit www.stanford.edu/dept/visitorinfo/tours/, or call (650) 723-2560.
Winchester Mystery House provides fascinating group tours of the beautiful, but bizarre 160-room Victorian mansion designed and built (1884-1922) by the eccentric heiress to the Winchester rifle fortune. Tours are also available of the Winchester Gardens. For more information, visit www.winchestermysteryhouse.com or call (408) 247-2000.
- Westfield Shoppingtown
- Mercado Santa Clara
- Great Mall Of The Bay Area
- Santana Row
- Rivermark Plaza
- Stanford Shopping Center
- Gilroy Premium Outlets
Groups can shop or have lunch at several great shopping locations in the Santa Clara area. Westfield Valley Fair is not only one of Northern California's largest enclosed shopping malls, but also home to an international food court- westfield.com/valleyfair. Directly across the street from Westfield are more than a dozen restaurants and upscale shops at Santana Row . The Row was inspired by the grand boulevards of Europe and America. - www.santanarow.com.
The exciting Mercado Santa Clara complex gives groups an opportunity to shop for computer ware at the Micro Center, or see a movie at the 20-screen AMC Theatre. The Mercado also features a number of restaurants and fast food locations. Bargain hunting groups can visit the Great Mall Of The Bay Area where over 200 retailers offer up to 70% off designer labels and brand names. The mall has full service restaurants, an international food court, Dave & Busters, and much more - www.greatmallbayarea.com.
The newest shopping area is the area is Rivermark Plaza. Rivermark is filled with cafes, specialty stores, a supermarket, and full service hotel. Another great group stop is Stanford Shopping Center, an open-air retail center anchored by major department stores and over 100 specialty shops - www.stanfordshop.com.
Gilroy Premium Outlets features over 145 stores offering between 25% and 65% discount everyday, plus special group tour benefits and discounts. www.premiumoutlets.com/gilroy