The Superior Court of California, County of San Mateo is pleased to offer the services of the Children's Waiting Rooms (CWR). The CWRs are a free service for those who have court business in the Hall of Justice in Redwood City or at the juvenile courthouse in San Mateo.
The CWR is a Superior Court Community Outreach project and is operated by Kidango, a nonprofit organization with over 30 years of childcare experience.
Hall of Justice
400 County Center, 2nd Floor
Redwood City, CA 94063 [Directions]
Phone Number: (650) 363-4307
Monday through Friday 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
(closed from 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM)
Juvenile Services Center
222 Paul Scannell Drive
San Mateo, CA 94402 [Directions]
Phone Number: (650) 312-5599
Hours: Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday
1:00 PM - 4:30 PM
The Children's Waiting Room observes the Court's holiday schedule.
About the Children's Waiting Room and Staff
Light snacks are provided. Age-appropriate games, toys and projects are available. The staff has many years of childcare experience and is trained in CPR and basic first aid. Please allow an extra 10 minutes to complete the necessary paperwork.
How to Use the Children's Waiting Room
Simply complete the registration form. Leave your driver's license, or other document with your picture on it, with the CWR staff - this will be used to ensure that the same parent/guardian picks up the child. Inform the CWR staff where in the Hall of Justice you can be reached. Attend to your court business confident that your children are playing in a safe, friendly environment.
Who May Use the Children's Waiting Room
Any parent or guardian who has business in the Court in the Hall of Justice, including: jurors, defendants, witnesses, litigants, appearances before a judge, while filing papers, using Family Court Services or the Family Law Facilitators Office. Children must be at least 2 1/2 years old and toilet trained
Note: people with traffic and small claims matters held in the Traffic/Small Claims Courthouse may not use the CWR.