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Forest Home Farms Historic Park

Forest Home Farms Historic Park is open to the public Tuesday through Saturday from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm, with the exception of San Ramon Historic Foundation events when gates open at 11:00 am and require a paid entrance.  Saturdays feature free family activities from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm.  Take a tour of the restored Victorian Glass House Museum on Saturday at 1:00 pm for a fee of $5 per person payable by credit card only. Children ages 3 and under are free. See full listing of activities below. 

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*Sheep Shearing Day & Oktoberfest fee required; gate opens at 11 am.

January 4 The Farmer’s Toolbox

In the 1800’s before most things were mass produced, families handed down precious farm tools and skills like woodworking and planting to the next generation. Try your hand at some of these farm tools like a seed planter, hand drill, plane and corn sheller. 

January 11 Old Fashioned Games

Learn about and play some old fashioned games that are still lots of fun today.  Challenge yourself to a game of ball and cup, play with a buzz saw and try your hand at Jacob’s ladder. Make an old-fashioned toy to take home too.

January 18 Victorian Music

Listen to some old time music and make your own instrument to take home.

January 25 Embroidery

Victorian’s loved to embroider. Come learn some basic embroidery stitches and see what you can create.

February 1 Groundhog’s Day

Explore Groundhog Day's shadowy history as well as interesting facts about the custom. Make a Groundhog craft to take home.

February 8 Victorian Valentine’s

February has long been celebrated as a month of romance. Learn how the Victorian’s celebrated Valentine’s Day and make your own Victorian Valentine.

February 22 Weather and Time

Different tools were used on the farm to tell time and check the weather. Learn how the Victorian’s knew the direction of the wind and kept time.

February 29 Victorian Tea Time

In 1998 Ruth Boone donated Forest Home Farm to the City of San Ramon. Come celebrate Ruth Boone by enjoying one of her favorite pastimes, having afternoon tea. Learn about the tradition of tea and see many of the antique tea cups & saucers from the collection. Sample some teas and make a fun craft.


March 7              Pine cones 
What is a pine cone really?  Find out what animals use them for and make a pinecone craft.

 March 14                 Clothespin Dolls
Children have been making clothespin dolls for well over 100 years! Learn more about the history of clothespin dolls and make your own to take home.

 March 21         Butterflies & Bugs
Learn what bugs and butterflies visit the garden. Learn about the life cycle of butterflies. Make your own butterfly craft.

March 28                 Food Painting & Stamping
Fruits and vegetables come in different shapes and sizes. Learn about hidden shapes in common food. Stamp your own card.

April 4                     Calling Cards
Learn what they were for, different signs and meanings. Make your own calling card.

April 11                Easter on the Farm
Learn about Easter traditions from the early 1900’s. Dye an egg with natural dye and create a special basket to take home.

April 18                   Laundry Day
Fill the tubs with water and haul out the laundry. It’s time to wash the clothes.  Learn why families set aside a whole day for this chore. See some of the vintage laundry equipment from our collection. Dress to get wet!

April 25             Sheep Shearing Day*
*Tickets required. For more information and tickets visit

May 2              May Day
The first day of May is celebrated in many European countries. Join us as we welcome May (first sign of summer) by learning the May Day Dance and decorating our May Day pole. Girls are particularly invited to wear their favorite spring dress and we will make a crown of flowers.

 May 9              Mother’s Day
Get ready to celebrate Mother’s Day. Learn about the history of Mother’s Day, make a card and flower for Mom. 

May 16            International Museum Day
You’re invited to a free open house in celebration of International Museum Day.  Walk through the Glass House museum for free at your own pace.  And try your hand at some Victorian era games.

May 23            Closed for Memorial Day
Checkout the Art & Wind Festival


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