Wee Explore PlaySpace

Structures in the Wee Explore PlaySpace.

Now Open!

The Wee Explore PlaySpace in the Children’s Room of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Library is a destination for children (ages 0-5) and their grown-ups to ignite their imagination and learn through open-ended play and exploration. No reservations are required.


Address and Contact

King Library, Children's Room
150 E San Fernando St., San José, CA 95112


Elizabeth Nolan - Manager

Open During Children's Room Hours

Monday 10 AM - 6 PM
Tuesday 10 AM - 6 PM
Wednesday 10 AM - 6 PM
Thursday 10 AM - 6 PM
Friday 10 AM - 6 PM
Saturday 10 AM - 6 PM
Sunday Closed


Wee Explore Playspace

Four Custom Structures

A variety of educational elements, designed to be a full interactive experience, are featured in the 1000 sq. ft. space, which displays custom structures and panels to provide an opportunity for hands-on learning and development of early literacy skills, curiosity and imagination. Each structure includes colorful finishes and resins embedded with a variety of treasures to discover. The following four custom structures occupy the Wee Explore PlaySpace:

The Spycraft art installation

The Spycraft

An underwater exploration experience with little discoveries embedded throughout this large resin structure.

Pretend Garden Café art installation

Pretend Garden Café

A structure custom-designed with elements which reflect the diversity of San José. At the Garden Café, opportunities for open-ended play and pretend are always on the menu.

Baby Spot art installation

Baby Spot & Dancing Ovals

Specially designed for babies. This unique structure encourages crawling and curiosity as part of the interactive learning experience.

Interactive Panels art installation

Interactive Panels

Interactive panels help develop literacy skills and encourage cognitive development and expression through engagement and play.


Health and Safety

The Wee Explore PlaySpace is cleaned and sanitized daily and deep cleaned weekly. Sanitizing wipes are available for patron use.

About This Project

This project is made possible in part by the generosity of the Sharks Foundation to the San José Public Library Foundation (SJPLF).

SJPL is proud to be the 2019/20 recipient of the Sharks Foundation’s Community Assist Grant, their largest grant, which helped augment the City’s investment in renovating the King Library’s Children’s Room to become a vibrant, exciting, and interactive space for children.

With a long history of community involvement, the Sharks Foundation is a wonderful partner for this space that integrates many components of San José life and culture. In recognition of the Sharks’ contribution, hockey sticks, pucks, and game tickets will be incorporated into the design elements of the custom structures along with representations of shark species, shark teeth, and other ocean life.