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Old School: Non-Tech Fun for San Jose Kids

Old KidsFarm Romps, Friendship Gardens, Drive-In Theater and Railroad Journeys

We all love cutting-edge technology, but sometimes it’s fun to disconnect and relate to the world around us in low-tech ways. That goes for the little ones as well, so here are a few things around San Jose powered only by enthusiasm and a spirit of adventure.

Emma Prusch Farm Park

The world of 4H is a major commitment, but embracing the farm culture in smaller ways is easy at Emma Prusch Farm Park. The farm houses 4H livestock projects in its super-sized barn, which is open for visitors to bond with the animals in a casual environment. Chickens and peacocks strut at will, so bring some quarters to buy handfuls of feed. Stroll the community gardens, and bring a picnic, kites and games to the spacious grassy areas of the farm. Stay over on the second Tuesday for the monthly barn dance with a professional caller and live music.

West Wind Capital Drive-In

Bring back the nostalgia of film with a family night at West Wind Capital Drive-in. Though it’s a kickback to olden days, they show first-run movies and have midnight screenings. Make it a pajama party, and bring Fido along as well. Packa picnic or let the kids graze at the snack bar, and allow time for playground fun and game-time in the arcade room.

Roaring Camp Railroads

Drive outside the city about 30 miles to Roaring Camp Railroads to traverse trestles through groves of giant redwoods in an 1890 narrow-gauge steam engine. As they wind up Bear Mountain, the kids will learn about the forest and the history of steam engines hauling redwoods out of the mountains in days gone by. You can also take a beach train through Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park, cross a 1909 steel truss bridge, and arrive at the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk.

Japanese Friendship Garden

In the heart of the city, the Japanese Friendship Garden provides a quiet spot to stroll through nature and let the little ones enjoy the three koi ponds, egrets, waterfalls and bridges. It’s also a good way to learn about Japanese culture and the “Sister City” relationship between San Jose and Okayama, Japan.

CMT San Jose

Never underestimate the power of plays in building confidence and forming a little one’s view of the world. CMT San Jose, the community children’s theater, provides a way for young people to hone their artistic skills while having a whole lot of fun on stage. Though it has a small-town feel, CMT has actually grown to be one of the largest youth musical theater programs in the country.

San Jose is the perfect mix of high-tech and low-tech for people of all ages. Stop by one of Pinnacle’s San Jose apartment communities today for a tour and more information about living in the city!