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Sunday in San Jose.

If you're taking the kids, we have a few suggestions

AH, THE PLEASURES of a Sunday downtown--a sumptuous brunch in an elegant hotel, a stroll through an art museum, perhaps a walk with the kids through the park to a children's museum. Sounds like San Francisco, you say? Try downtown San Jose.

If you haven't yet seen the changes that have remodeled the heart of San Jose, Sunday is the best day of the week to do so--parking is plentiful (meters are free), and traffic is light.


To get your day started right, try the outstanding brunch at the Club Regent in The Fairmont Hotel. Entrees range from rack of lamb to pasta with lobster sauce, and the desserts may include creme brulee, chocolate pecan tart, or pumpkin cheesecake. You can also get eggs, but at $22.50 per person ($15 ages 6 through 10), why would you want to?

The Fairmont is at 170 S. Market Street. For reservations, call (408) 998-1900.


Walk off your meal with a stroll across the courtyard to the San Jose Museum of Art. March 7 is Family Sunday at the museum; anyone bringing a child is admitted free. Programs run from noon to 4 and include performances by the Smith Dobson Family Band, which will pass out percussion instruments to anyone who wants to play along (bring earplugs). The museum also offers tours for younger viewers in English and Spanish, and activities related to The Legacy of W. Eugene Smith: Twelve Photographers in the Humanistic Tradition, a 235-print show that runs through April 18.

The museum is at 110 S. Market. Hours are 10 to 5 Wednesdays and Fridays through Sundays, 10 to 8 Thursdays. Admission costs $4, $2 seniors and students. For more information, call 294-2787.

Across Market, and through a pleasant park, is The Tech Museum of Innovation. Exhibits are grouped under six thematic areas, each explained in a hands-on way. In the microelectronics section, for example, you can step into a "clean room" to learn how a silicon chip is fabricated. Other exhibits deal with space, biotechnology, and robotics, a particular favorite of younger children.

The "Tech" is at 145 W. San Carlos Street. Hours are 10 to 5 Tuesdays through Sundays (plus Mondays on holiday weekends). Admission costs $6, $4 seniors and ages 6 through 18. For more information, call 279-7150.

With the younger set, a good way to end the day is to hop on the trolley for a short trip to the Children's Discovery Museum of San Jose (the trolley costs 50 cents and runs from 9 to 5 every 35 minutes on weekends). In addition to its 12 original exhibits and areas of investigation (from face painting to the streets of San Jose), two new ones have opened. The Early Childhood Resource Center features a library for teachers and parents and a playroom for toddlers. In a new energy exhibit, called Current Connections, you can send bowling balls flying off a 20-foot drop for an interactive demonstration of how hydroelectricity is generated.

The museum is at 180 Woz Way. Hours are 10 to 5 Tuesdays through Saturdays, noon to 5 Sundays. Admission costs $6, $3 ages 4 through 18. For more information, call 298-5437.
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Title Annotation:San Jose, California
Author:Finnegan, Lora J.
Date:Mar 1, 1993
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