$9.50 - Children (under 2 years old FREE)
$13.50 - Adults
$8.50 - Students (13-17) & Seniors (62+)
Park entrance fee - $6/car

Hours:
Tues – Sun, 10am – 5pm
Closed Mondays
Open Memorial Day, May 27

Logo Building the Minds of Tomorrow Today, CuriOdyssey Science Playground and Zoo

The Campaign for CuriOdyssey

BUILD IT AND THEY WILL BECOME.

Take a virtual tour of plans for a new building.

BUILD IT AND THEY WILL BECOME.

Take a virtual tour of plans for a new building.

SCIENCE IS A SUPERPOWER!

It’s the strongest force we have to change and shape our world. And with this power, our kids can take on any challenge the future holds.

That’s why launched a campaign to turn CuriOdyssey into the ultimate serious science playground. We will modernize and completely remake our building utilizing the principles of sustainable architecture. We will vastly increase our usable space, allowing for more classrooms, camps, exhibits and school programs. We will offer new experiences such as a wildlife observation deck and outdoor natural play area. These renovations will ultimately take CuriOdyssey from a community treasure to a world-class institution where kids learn how to take on their future.

Board of Directors

Chair:  Connie Sevier
Vice Chair:  Laurel Miranda
Secretary:  Tara Samuels
Treasurer : Juan Galá
Nominating Chair:  Gisela A. Paulsen
Directors:  Christina Diercks, Lynne Esselstein, Andrea Irvin, Danielle Kling, Linda Lanier, Rebecca Renzas
Volunteer Representative:  Kirstan Price
Emeritus Directors:  Thomas R. Brown, Robert Henderson, Kathryn Taylor, Polly Hoover Taylor
Advisory Council:  Edith Eddy, Karen Edwards, Dave Holland, Marilyn Loushin-Miller, Dr. Vera Michalchik, Peter Steinhart
Executive Director:  Rachel Meyer

Campaign Co-Chairs: Linda Lanier, Kathryn Taylor

Leadership Gifts

Major leadership donors along with CuriOdyssey’s Board of Directors invested in The Campaign for CuriOdyssey. Lead donors include:

Ann and John Doerr
John and Marcia Goldman Foundation
Cathy and Blake Krikorian
Connie and Robert Lurie
Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation
The David and Lucile Packard Foundation
Christopher Redlich
Sunlight Giving
The TomKat Charitable Trust
Jennifer and Owen Van Natta
Xu Family Charitable Foundation

The Sand Hill Foundation and Atkinson Foundation make Significant Grants to CuriOdyssey’s Capital Campaign 

Wed March 13, 2019

CuriOdyssey is pleased to announce we received two foundation grants in support of The Campaign for CuriOdyssey, a $35M initiative to provide a world-class science center for the families of San Mateo County and beyond.   The Sand Hill Foundation has supported the museum’s school science programs since 2000. “The Sand Hill Foundation is proud to…

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New Donors Jumpstart Phase II of The Campaign for CuriOdyssey

Wed January 2, 2019

CuriOdyssey science playground and zoo received three gifts recently to ignite Phase II of The Campaign for CuriOdyssey! The museum received a $1,000,000 gift from Connie and Robert Lurie in support of The Campaign for CuriOdyssey. Well-known Bay Area philanthropists, the Luries actively support programs and projects that focus on education and underserved communities. Their…

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Kevin Mullin supports CuriOdyssey

Fri September 7, 2018

Read the letter of support from Kevin Mullin, Speaker Pro Tempore, California State Assembly member, representing District 22 in San Mateo County. I am pleased to offer my support for CuriOdyssey. Born and raised in San Mateo County, I have watched Curiodyssey grow over the years and I am impressed by its evolution. From its…

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Gentry | A Wildly Good Time

Sun April 1, 2018

CuriOdyssey seeks to build an exciting new future. CuriOdyssey may have killed the cat, but CuriOdyssey has spent the last 65 years bringing the animal kingdom to life for generations of Bay Area children. The non-profit science museum and zoo, located in San Mateo’s Coyote Point Park, provides children with priceless opportunities to observe wild…

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San Mateo Daily Journal | CuriOdyssey nabs long-term county lease, nears fundraising goal

Sat May 28, 2016

Curiosity has a firm foot in a new door after officials with the local nonprofit science museum at Coyote Point announced CuriOdyssey raised $22 million toward a facility revamp and secured a potential 60-year lease with the county. The long-standing group of educators and wildlife caretakers are excited to be closing in on their $35…

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CuriOdyssey listed as one of seven of the best science museums for kids by CoolMomTech.com

Mon May 9, 2016

The blog CoolMomTech.com has listed CuriOdyssey as one of the seven best science museums for kids. We’re in good company with other notable ASTC institutions! Read more

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CuriOdyssey featured on San Francisco’s KRON-TV as great place for kids

Tue March 22, 2016

A Yelp Community manager shares entertaining activities for children on KRON-TV news. Link to access video is here: See it here

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San Francisco Business Times | CuriOdyssey announces $35 million rebuilding campaign to give more kids the superpower of science

Fri October 23, 2015

CuriOdyssey announced today they have received landmark contributions totaling $19 million to create a “world-class, serious science playground” in San Mateo. Comprising more than 50 percent of a projected $35 million campaign goal, these leadership gifts ignite CuriOdyssey’s plans to modernize and completely remake its building, vastly increase its usable space to triple exhibit and…

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San Jose Mercury News | CuriOdyssey seeks $35 million for major renovation

Fri October 23, 2015

Nearly a decade after financial problems threatened to shutter the children’s museum, CuriOdyssey is back on its feet and ready to unveil an ambitious new vision. The science- and nature-themed museum on Saturday will launch the public phase of a $35 million fundraising campaign to pay for a major renovation that will triple its exhibit…

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San Mateo Daily Journal announces CuriOdyssey’s Capital Campaign

Fri October 23, 2015

From an up close encounter with a friendly otter to seeing how reflections alters one’s perception, the opportunities to explore curiosity at CuriOdyssey will grow tremendously as the nonprofit revealed a $35 million revamp is in the works. Read article

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is The Campaign for CuriOdyssey? The campaign is a $35M fundraising effort designed to transform CuriOdyssey from a community gem to a world-class regional science center.

CuriOdyssey is in a San Mateo County park. How is the county participating in this effort? The County of San Mateo is a key partner in our effort, providing both in-kind and monetary support.

Where will the money come from? Support for The Campaign for CuriOdyssey will come from private individuals, foundations, corporations and the County of San Mateo.

Are there still opportunities to donate to The Campaign for CuriOdyssey? We need your support! There are many ways to donate. You can make a donation online here. You can also make a gift of stock or a planned gift. Check out “Ways to Donate.”

How will CuriOdyssey change? The new CuriOdyssey will feature: 3x the number of exhibits, a bay observation station perched near the treetops, a large natural play area and 2x the learning labs for our acclaimed education programs and camps.

Why are you rebuilding? I love CuriOdyssey just the way it is. The building no longer meets the need of our growing audience. With a new CuriOdyssey we can expand our commitment to science and wildlife education for children, especially the underserved.

How big is the new building? The new building will be the same size but with a vastly different configuration designed to better support our mission.

What will parking be like? The number of parking spots will remain the same.

How long will construction take? Once started, the construction will take 18 months. During that time, visitors will have access to our animal and select science exhibits.

FAQs

What is The Campaign for CuriOdyssey?

The campaign is a $35M fundraising effort designed to transform CuriOdyssey from a community gem to a world-class regional science center.

CuriOdyssey is in a San Mateo County park. How is the county participating in this effort?

The County of San Mateo is a key partner in our effort, providing both in-kind and monetary support.

Where will the money come from?

Support for The Campaign for CuriOdyssey will come from private individuals, foundations, corporations and the County of San Mateo.

Are there still opportunities to donate to The Campaign for CuriOdyssey?

We need your support! There are many ways to donate. You can make a donation online here. You can also make a gift of stock or a planned gift. Check out “Ways to Donate.

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LOCATION

1651 Coyote Point Drive
San Mateo, CA 94401

650-342-7755
[email protected]

CuriOdyssey is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, Tax ID 94-1262434

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