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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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SATURDAY FREE* FAMILY PROGRAMS - 11 am To 2 pm

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

 May 25 -  Closed for Memorial Day ~ Visit the Art & Wind Festival!

June 1 - Farm Chickens
Meet the chickens that live on the farm, learn how they provided for pioneer families and how people are bringing farming to their home with backyard chickens. Make a chicken craft to take home.

June 8 - Century Pottery Making
Rural potters usually dug clay from the earth on their own farms, often finding good clay near the bend of a river. We’ll give you your own clay to fashion a pinch pot to take home.

June 15 - Fun with Dad
In honor of Father’s day come to the Farm with Dad and see some old fashioned tools, try an old hand drill and make your own wooden top.

June 22 -  All About Bees with Mt. Diablo Beekeeper’s
See a safe, enclosed bee hive from Mt. Diablo Beekeeper’s Association. Learn about these pollinator’s: how important they are to our food supply and what you can do to help save them. Taste honey and make a bee craft.

June 29 - Flower Pressing
During Victorian times flower pressing was one way to capture and preserve the beauty of the natural world. Nature's beauty was brought inside where it could be appreciated forever.  Make your own floral creation to take home.

July 6 - Old Fashioned Ice Cream Making
What goes into making a cool, tasty summertime treat like ice cream? Come learn how simple it is and help turn the crank to make homemade ice cream and then sample this treat.

July 13 - Sun Prints
Sun printing is based on the cyanotype process, which has been used by artists since the 29th century. Collect objects from around the farm to make your own unique print to take home. Take a look at the sun with The Mt. Diablo Astronomical Society. They will be here with a variety of special equipment that allows you to safely look at the sun, weather permitting.

July 20 - Rug Weaving
The early settlers to North America hooked their old clothing on to burlap bags as a way of warming cold damp floors. It is an environmentally friendly craft that recycles old clothing and cloth scraps. Come try this craft for yourself.

July 27 - Through the Garden Gate & Seed Swap
Visit the organic garden, taste some summer produce and plant a potted flower to take home. Bring some seeds from home that you have collected or are not using to swap with others.  Seed envelops will be provided.

Aug 3 - Quilting
Come and learn about the history of quilting and create your own paper quilt square

Aug 10 - Farm Chores
Travel back in time to experience the work that went into running a farm. Try doing some laundry the old-fashioned way, make some rope with our replica, antique machine, fill buckets -pumping the water by hand and plant some seeds with our seed planter.

Aug 17 - Scavenger Hunt – Geocaching          
Have you caught the geocaching bug? Come on a modern day scavenger hunt to find the geocache located at the farm and learn how to use a compass.

Aug 24 - Back to School
Its time to head back to school! Learn what a school day was like in the early 1900’s and practice your penmanship with pen and ink.

 

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