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What Are Your Favorite Family Activities near VTA?


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 Favorites

If you’re looking for fresh ideas for a family field trip on transit, here are some to consider:

1. Children’s Discovery Museum

Santa Clara County is fortunate to have a fantastic museum focused on young children, very well-served by VTA light rail and Route 23. The new Bill’s Backyard exhibit gives children space to “discover the natural world.”

2. Happy Hollow Park and Zoo

Happy Hollow offers a fun mix of animals, education, performances, playgrounds and kid-friendly rides. It’s conveniently served by routes 25 and 73.

3. Museums

Other museums throughout the county cater to families with young children and are well-served by VTA.

5. Amusement Parks

6. Many Great Public Parks

7. Tour a Local Fire Station

The 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 Library

Many 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.

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)

10. Winchester Mystery House

Have you visited what may be the county’s best-known tourist destination? Now that it’s featured in the movie Winchester, it may be time to take the family for a tour. Maybe even a flashlight tour, if they’re old enough. Routes 23, 60 and 323 provide nearby service.

VTA Youth Programs

VTA’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.

Contest Rules

Entries must be submitted from March 5 through midnight on March 11 to be eligible for entry. No purchase is necessary.

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.


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