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 activities online.

Listen to a Story

Create a Surf/Ocean Wreath

Celebrate Summer with this Surf/Ocean Wreath!

Image of a paper wreath with ocean images


  • Paper Plate (plain white works best, but any kind will do)
  • Surfing Images
  • Coloring Materials (crayons, color pencils, markers, etc.)
  • Piece of string or yarn
  • Glue Stick
  • Hole Punch or Tape
  • Scissors


Print out surfing images (2 pages). Color and cut out the smaller images, and glue them  around the edge of the paper plate.

Glue the larger surf board to the middle of your plate.  You can decorate the surf board and/or add your name.

Use a hole punch to punch a hole at the top of your plate. String a piece of yarn or string through and make a loop to hang your wreath. If you don’t have a hole punch, tape the yarn/string to the back of the plate.

If you have other materials around the house, add it to your wreath – especially if it’s beach/surfing themed (like shells)!

Hang your wreath and enjoy your summer!

Visit Maverick’s

Explore what makes Maverick’s an internationally-known surfing spot in our Maverick’s exhibit.

Online Tour


The next online Free First Friday event will be on Saturday, August 6th with the story Boy and Bot!

Bonus Story

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