What Are Your Favorite Family Activities near VTA?3/5/2018 12:01 AM |
Kids love trains and buses.And with our fantastic weather most of the year, VTA is a fun, convenient and ecofriendly travel option for an excursion with children of any age. Showing them how to ride prepares them for a lifetime of sustainable transportation.
What are your favorite kid-friendly and family activities near VTA bus and light rail?
Tell us using #vtafamily through March 11, name the nearest bus route or light rail station, and you’ll be entered to win a $25 gift card to help with your next outing. See the full contest rules below.
We'll announce our riders' favorite family activity on March 12 once we tally the votes.
Fun FavoritesIf you’re looking for fresh ideas for a family field trip on transit, here are some to consider: Bill’s Backyard exhibit gives children space to “discover the natural world.”
3. MuseumsOther museums throughout the county cater to families with young children and are well-served by VTA.
- The Tech Museum of Innovation (Light Rail and many routes including DASH shuttle, 22, 522, 23, 323, 63, 64, 65, 68, 81, 181)
- Palo Alto Junior Museum and Zoo (Route 35)
- Computer History Museum (Route 40)
- History Park at Kelley Park (Routes 25 and 73)
- Campbell Historical Museum (Route 26 and Light Rail)
5. Amusement Parks
- Great America (Light Rail and routes 55, 57, 60)
- Raging Waters (Routes 12, 22, 26, 31, 39, 70, 71, 77, 522)
6. Many Great Public Parks
- Guadalupe River Park (Routes 61, 62)
- Rotary Play Garden (Routes 61, 62)
- San Jose Municipal Rose Garden (Routes 22, 61, 62, 81, 522)
- Emma Prusch Farm Park (Routes 12, 22, 25, 77)
- Kelley Park (Routes 25 and 73)
- Lake Cunningham Regional Park and Skate Park (Routes 12, 22, 26, 70, 71, 77, 522)
- Lake Almaden Park (Light Rail and route 13 and 64)
- Calabazas Park (BMX pump track, horseshoe pits, tennis courts) (Routes 25, 26, 53)
7. Tour a Local Fire StationThe Santa Clara County Fire Department provides station tours in all 15 of its fire stations.
The San Jose Fire Department will provide fire station tours or visits on a limited basis and only when scheduled in advance. Contact your local fire station for availability.
The Sunnyvale Department of Public Safety provides tours to school, civic and neighborhood groups within Sunnyvale. To schedule, call (408) 730-7140.
8. Visit a Public LibraryMany public libraries offer story time and other activities for children, not to mention all the great books and space to read. Some libraries have extensive and educational toys available in the children’s area.
- San Jose Public Library (Many locations served by many VTA routes)
- Santa Clara Public Library (Two locations, served by routes 57, 58, 81)
- Sunnyvale Public Library (Served by routes 22, 522, 54, 55)
- Santa Clara County Public Library in Cupertino, Milpitas, Saratoga, Campbell, Morgan Hill, Gilroy, and Los Altos. (Served by many routes)
9. Sports or Entertainment Event
- Catch a San Jose Sharks game or concert at SAP Center (Served by routes 22, 83, 64, 65, 68, 522 and Light Rail at San Fernando and Children’s Discovery Museum stations)
- Enjoy a 49ers game or concert at Levi’s Stadium (Served by Light Rail at Great America Station and routes 55, 57 and 60)
- Go to a San Jose Giants game at San Jose Municipal Stadium (served by routes 25 and 73)
VTA Youth ProgramsVTA’s Youth Outreach Program is designed to increase awareness of public transportation among local youths.
Your children may even have had one of our presentations and can teach you how to ride. If they haven’t, you or a teacher could call our Youth Outreach Coordinator at (408) 321-7500 for more information.
VTA’s Class Pass Program also provides K-12 teachers with free class trips for students, teachers and chaperones on VTA buses and light rail to museums, cultural events, libraries and other popular destinations.
To enter our contest, you must post an original photo, text post, or a short video about your favorite family activity and the closest VTA route. Upload the photo, video or text post on Instagram, Twitter, or VTA's Facebook page wall, and include the hashtag #VTAfamily.
The family activity referenced must be located with ¼ mile of a VTA bus stop or light rail station.
Participants may enter multiple original photos, videos or posts, and there is no limit on the number of entries per participant. Limit one prize per participant.
Entrants must be 13 years or older to win. Winners under 18 years of age must have parental consent to claim their prize. Inappropriate or offensive images will be disqualified and removed. The contest is open to all Santa Clara County residents excluding VTA employees and their immediate families. No substitutions or exchanges are permitted.
VTA will have a random drawing on March 12. Two (2) winners will be chosen, and each will win $25 to spend on their favorite family activity in the form of a gift card, gift certificate or credit for a venue, business or destination. The gift card or credit will be selected at VTA’s discretion.
Winners will receive prize notification on March 12 via social media and must claim their prize as directed through prize notification.
If winning entrants of any prize cannot be contacted, fails to claim the prize, or is ineligible, he/she will forfeit that prize and the prize will be awarded to the next winner. Limit one prize per winner.
Subject to your profile and privacy settings, once you have shared content by posting it to the public, VTA may re-share your content on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. VTA will recognize the original author of the content. VTA will re-share or re-tweet content shared as part of this contest for advertising and promotional purposes without compensation.