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“Quiet zoo/rescue center”
Review of CuriOdyssey

CuriOdyssey
Ranked #4 of 26 things to do in San Mateo
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Owner description: CuriOdyssey is a serious science playground where kids can observe wild animals and experiment with real scientific phenomena. As a non-profit science museum and zoo, CuriOdyssey lets kids loose to observe wild animals, experiment with scientific phenomena and let the natural world answer their questions. We treat kids like the geniuses they are. Children can play with custom exhibits where they experiment and investigate the fundamental forces in nature while having fun. They see rescued native wildlife that includes river otters, bobcats, and raptors in a walk-through aviary. CuriOdyssey offers educational and fun science programs and camps with professional educators that give students experiences with phenomena that encourage inquiry and develop critical thinking. See the CuriOdyssey website for special events and special hours. https://curiodyssey.org
Reviewed August 20, 2012

This is a great place for little kids. You can see the whole thing in an hour or two, take in an educational talk or hands on experience, etc. They have only local wildlife here. The animals have all been rescued and their circumstances prevent them from being released back into their natural habitats.

Thank Theresa C
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Reviewed May 12, 2012

This is a very nice activity to take your family to. They have animal exhibits and smaller inside exhibits. They have a nice area to have a picnic and it is right next to the Coyote Point Park which is awesome. Lots of trails and playgrounds and a beach to play on. If you are inclined it is next to the Humane Society so you can go and see the dogs and cats and who knows, maybe find a new family member to take home.

Thank advisormom
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Reviewed April 12, 2012

Hands-on fun for curious kids. A safe place for even toddlers to explore.

Thank Bolinas
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Reviewed February 5, 2012

This place is pretty small and even going slowly you'll probably see everything in a couple of hours. We made a half-day trip out of it by going out to see the sailboats at the dock nearby, walking around a bit and then checking out CuriOdyssey. The exhibits are fun and educational, and there are some hands-on activities, similar to San Francisco's Exploratorium, for the little ones. A few animals to check out and a little outdoor picnic / playground area. There is no restaurant on the premises or anywhere nearby, so make sure to bring your own lunch. They do sell some snacks at the gift shop if you're in a bind.

1  Thank Lena G
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Reviewed November 24, 2011

It's a great little museum.

The zoo: They have a small collection of indigenous animals (e.g. raccoon, bobcat, assorted reptiles, aviary, invertebrates, etc.) The habitats are designed so kids can see the animals pretty well (as long as they aren't hiding). The otter exhibit is my personal favorite. They have interesting exhibits interspersed through out the grounds.

The museum: Fun interactive exhibits that teach mechanical science and basic physical science. My 3 year old enjoys it immensely. They have an "invertebrate" corner where kids can see bugs up close and a bee hive. The staff and volunteers are great and they have regularly scheduled programs to teach the kids about animals.

Tips:
* Summer seems a little busy in the morning with school/ camp groups coming through. Better to go in the afternoon if your little ones can do that.
* Weekdays are pretty quiet in the morning during the school year.
* They have a picnic area, so if you like you can pack a lunch.
* They also have cubbies (not lockable) to store some gear in the museum over by the bathrooms.

1  Thank marmac_10
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