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 Surfboard!


  • White paper
  • Flowers or other decorations for gluing
  • Markers


  1. Draw and cut out a surfboard shape
  2. Color the surfboard with markers
  3. Glue craft flowers or other decorations on the board
  4. Write your name on the board!

Visit Maverick’s

Learn more about surfing on the San Mateo County coast in the Maverick’s.

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, August 5 with the story Bear’s New Friend .

Bonus Story

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