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 Poppy!


  • Orange construction paper
  • Green pipe cleaners
  • Tacky glue


  1. Draw outline of a flower on 4-5 pieces of orange construction paper
  2. Cut out flower shapes
  3. Cut a small hole in the middle of the flower pieces
  4.  Put pipe cleaner through center of flower pieces
  5. Tie a knot in the top of the pipe cleaner
  6. Use tacky glue on the bottom of the flower to hold it to pipe cleaner on

Visit Museum Rotunda

Learn more about symbols of California in the Museum Rotunda.

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 Free First Friday event will be on Friday, June 3 with the story Seabiscuit the Wonder Horse.

Bonus Story

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