While the History Museum is open FREE of the First Friday of the Month,  the Playing in the Past pre-school activity time and the tour are offered as online activities.

A young boy and young girl paint with watercolors at Free First Fridays at the San Mateo County History Museum
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Playing in the Past

Preschool Activity Hour

An exciting hour of crafting, exploring and storytelling held the first Friday of the month. Each month there is a different craft and story. Starts in the Wells Fargo Learning Center.

Due to COVID-19 concerns we are temporarily moving our Free First Friday preschool activities online.

Listen to a Story

Make a Corn Cob!


  • Yellow construction paper
  • Green construction paper
  • Black marker
  • Brown buttons


  1. Cut out the shape of the corn and the corn husks
  2. Decorate the corn with horizontal black squiggly lines
  3. Glue the buttons on top of the yellow construction paper
  4. Glue the green construction paper on the back of the yellow construction paper

Visit Nature’s Bounty

Learn more about farming in Nature’s Bounty.

In-Person Tour

At 2 p.m., join us for a free general tour featuring highlights of the exhibits. This docent-led tour lasts about an hour.

Online Tour


The next online Playing in the Past event will be on Friday, November 4 with Cool Cars.

Bonus Story

Jon Miller, our 2018 San Mateo County History Maker, recorded a story for our online Free First Friday in May 2020.