Due to COVID-19, the History Museum is closed.  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 activities online.

Listen to a Story

Assemble and Color a Ramadan Lantern

This month’s craft is courtesy of Belarabyapps.com


  • template
  • construction paper (or white paper is ok)
  • tissue paper (any color)
  • pair of scissors
  • glue/glue stick
  • ruler

Video instructions here.

The website features simpler designs and lantern printables to color here.

Visit Land of Opportunity

Learn more about holidays and traditions from the different cultures that settled here in San Mateo County in the exhibit Land of Opportunity, the Immigrant Experience in San Mateo County

Online Tour


The next online Free First Friday event will be on Friday, May 7th with the story Farmer Brown Shears His Sheep!

Bonus Story

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