13 Things to Do in San Jose for Fall Break

This post was most recently updated on January 24th, 2019

San Jose Unified has an unusual vacation somewhere during the last week in September and first week in October. Here is my list of family friendly places to go and things to do during SJUSD Fall Break.

Candytopia (San Francisco)

(Dai Sugano/Bay Area News Group)

An outrageously interactive candy wonderland that transports guests to an imaginative confectionary world with a one-of-a-kind full sensory experiences-you can expect larger-than-life installations inspired by pure, sugary bliss throughout Candytopia’s dozen unique rooms, along with candy samples and lots of fun surprises.

Candytopia celebrates the vibrant colors and flavors of our favorite sugary delights across over a dozen environments, from flying unicorn pigs to a marshmallow tsunami. Bring your family, your friends, and your sweet tooth for an experience like none other!  Near the Powell Street Bart Station. Tickets are $26 -$34.


Body Worlds Decoded at The Tech (San Jose)

Body Worlds Decoded takes the Body Worlds a leap further adding augmented reality (AR)  and 3D models to the plastinated human bodies and organs.  One of my favorite displays is a touchscreen station that lets you see the bones, muscles and circulatory system.  Body Worlds Decoded is included with admission.  Use your SJPL card for a discount or ask for Open Access privileges  (free admission to the galleries).  Other discounts: Discover and Go.



NorCal Ren Faire (Casa de Fruta)

Nor Cal Ren FairePerfect timing for this get away to the time of Queen Elizabeth.  Go early to see everything.  All of the shows are free, but you will want cash for food, souvenirs and extra activities.  Try the fencing lessons and  craft events for kids.  Rest yourself with the glassblowing demonstrations.  Check the show schedule as not all shows are kid appropriate.  And whatever you do, don’t miss the joust!

Kids 12 & under are free every weekend. October 6th & 7th, School and Civil Servant Employees (School Employees, Police, Firefighters, & Government Employees) 2 tickets for $40!


Fall Break Camps

San Jose Park and Rec offers on week camps during Fall Break.  Register online to reserve your spot.


Fall break is an excellent time to take care of volunteer hours. Search VolunteerMatch.org and Eventbrite.

Free Museums and Attractions

Visit some of our free museums and attractions such as NASA Ames Visitor Center, and Intel Museum.
Visit a National Park (Every 4th Grader Free)

Finish College Applications/Plan A College Visit

Thanksgiving Turkey tastes so much better if your applications are done.  Remember that computer servers have been known to slow down or crash so don’t wait until the last day to submit an application.

Visit an “Only in the Bay Area” Destination

The Walt Disney Family Museum (SF)
CAL Academy of Sciences (SF)
49ers Museum (Santa Clara)

Halloween Fun

CA GREAT AMERICA HalloweenThe Great Pumpkin Fest at Great America: Halloween activities for the entire family. Kids 12 and under can wear their costumes and trick-or-treat with the PEANUTS gang, race through a hay maze, decorate mini-pumpkins, color PEANUTS pictures, dance in a foam pit and more.

Halloween Haunt at Great America:  Great America’s Halloween Haunt features haunted mazes, live shows, scare zones and hundreds of monsters at every turn. Friday – Sunday nights. Recommended for ages 13+. Bring a student ID for discount admission.



Friends don’t let friends pay full price! Check out these trusted sites for discounts and savings. Other Discounts for Bay Area Attractions: Groupon | Entertainment Book |Discover & Go Museum Passes | Go San Francisco card | San Francisco City Pass

Looking for other things to do? Check out the discounted activities at these pages: Free/Reduced Admissions | Local Discounts

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