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All events and activities are FREE, and are made possible by Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks and California State Parks.

For more information about events and activities please call the Santa Cruz Mission at (831) 425-5849. All programs meet at the Santa Cruz Mission, located on School Street off of Mission Street and Emmet Street in Santa Cruz.





Skill & Luck: Games of the Mission
Saturday, March 3 at 1pm
Learn to play traditional California Indian games that took plenty of skill and luck. Discover how the Spanish influenced these games. Make your own traditional Ohlone game to take home during this one-hour session.  
Mission Cooking Demonstration
Saturday, March 10 at 1pm
Experience different cooking styles used by the people who lived and worked at the Santa Cruz Mission over 200 years ago. There will be a presentation of Ohlone and Spanish cuisine including hot rock cooking, tortilla frying on a Comal, and baking in our Horno. You can even sample the creations and make your own tortilla. 
Drop In Family Craft
Sunday, March 11 from 1pm to 3:30pm – Yarn Baskets
Sunday, March 25 from 1pm to 3:30pm – Luminaria
Enjoy an informal afternoon at this hidden jewel near downtown Santa Cruz. Create colorful layered paper decorations or a basket made of colorful yarn. 
Wool, Spinning, and Weaving
Saturday, March 17 1pm
How did an isolated settlement clothe the hundreds of people who lived there? Take an in depth look at the cloth industry of Mission Santa Cruz. We will follow the path of wool from the sheep to the shirt. Try your hand at a drop spindle and spin your own wool.

Archeology Demonstration
Saturday, March 24 at 1pm
How do artifacts give us clues to the past? Follow the archeological process from the dig to the display, and participate in hands-on activities to discover the stories told by the artifacts. Presented in collaboration with the Santa Cruz Archeological Society. 
Mission Strategy Game
Friday, March 30 from 11am to 12:30pm
Gather around the table and play a board game set in the 18th century. Spend Spanish real coins and roll the sheep’s knucklebone to determine the fate of your mission. Geared for ages 8 and older. 
What They Wore
Saturday, March 31 at 1pm
Color, cloth, & cut – the clothing worn by the people in the Mission was not all about style – it was about identity, status, and different roles in the community. We will demonstrate the apparel you may have seen here in the 19th century, and lean what the clothing meant to the people who wore it.