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IlluminOdyssey at CuriOdyssey

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Not quite done seeing as many light displays as possible? No worries, IlluminOdyssey at CuriOdyssey is running for one more weekend!

IlluminOdyssey is open today (1/5), tomorrow (1/6), and Sunday (1/7). The hours are 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. for each of these remaining exhibit days. IlluminOdyssey is free with admission to CuriOdyssey. Admission prices are as follows:

  • $12.50 Adults
    $8.50 Seniors (62+)
    $8.50 Students (13–17)
    $9.50 Children (2–12)
    Free for Infants (0–23 months)
    $6 Coyote Point Park vehicle entrance fee
  • Members always receive free admission.

CuriOdyssey is located inside Coyote Point Park, which is why there is a $6 Coyote Point Park vehicle entrance free. There is parking very close to CuriOdyssey, but if that fills up you can park a little farther away at the Marina. It was pretty busy during our visit last weekend so we ended up parking down by the Marina.


Since you’re buying admission to CuriOdyssey anyway when going to see IlluminOdyssey, you should also explore these hands-on exhibits while you’re there:

  • The Nature of Patterns
  • Reflections and Perceptions
  • Forces
  • Backyard Science
  • Animal Exhibits
    • Mammals, Birds, Reptiles, Amphibians, Invertebrates

Upon entering IlluminOdyssey, there are a few tables to the right. On these tables you’ll find transparent buckets, illuminated, color-changing blocks, and the fiber optic display pictured below. We ran our hands over the fiber optic display, grabbed a bucket and some blocks, and were ready to explore.

Entrance to IlluminOdyssey at CuriOdyssey

There are tents on the first and second levels of this four level display. Laser lights are dancing all over this wide-open space. The tiny colored dots are bouncing off of the ceiling, walls, pillars, floors, and the outsides of these tents.

Little ones can crawl into the tents to find different colored light patterns on the floor of each tent. Some illuminated, color-changing blocks may be discovered in some of these tents too, that’s where our toddler found and collected an additional bucket and lots of blocks.

IlluminOdyssey at CuriOdyssey San Mateo

After our little one sat down and started playing with the blocks, several other children joined her and they all worked together on a tall tower. It was adorable!

Building at CuriOdyssey
The other children’s faces are blurred out for their privacy.

On the second and third levels of this exhibit you’ll find large sculptures lit from within. All of them can be walked around and touched, and some can be crawled into and through. Like the little blocks, these slowly change color.

On the fourth level there is a projection of the Aurora Borealis, an exhibit on different colored shadows, and an interactive dance floor. Speaking of dancing, there is upbeat music playing throughout IlluminOdyssey. Walking around, we took some dance breaks when we felt moved to.

Aurora Borealis at IlluminOdyssey

After playing in IlluminOdyssey, we interacted with some of the other exhibits and went outside to see the animals. The otters are too cute and, in my opinion, the highlight of the animal exhibits. Most of the more than 100 animals are native to California and at CuriOdyssey because they came from rehabilitation facilities and could not survive on their own in the wild.

Otters at CuriOdyssey


If you’re looking for something to do with kids in the Bay Area this weekend, check out IlluminOdyssey.

Whatever your plans are this weekend, enjoy!

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