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February Activities

Archeology Demonstration
Saturday, February 4th 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. This event is FREE. Rain Cancels.

Mission Building Game
Sunday, February 5th at 2 - 3:30 pm
Gather round 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.  The event is FREE. Rain or shine.

Building Methods at the Mission
Saturday, February 11th, 1pm
Come and see how the oldest building in town was made. We will look at the materials used by the Ohlone to build their homes and then at the materials used by the Spanish to build Mission Santa Cruz. You will have the chance to get your hands dirty and make your own mini abode brick. The event is FREE. Rain Cancels.

Guided Adobe Tour
Sunday, February 12th at 1 pm
Join us at the Santa Cruz Mission State Historic Park for a guided tour of the oldest building in Santa Cruz. Come learn ut the many families who have called this 180-year-old mission adobe their home. This event is FREE. Tours are conducted rain or shine.

Drop In Family Craft – Cascarones at the Santa Cruz Mission
Saturday, February 18th, 1:00-3:30pm
Enjoy an informal afternoon at this hidden jewel near downtown Santa Cruz. Create colorful and playful confetti-filled eggs. Be prepared for your next fiesta! This event is FREE.  Rain or shine.

Mission Building Game
Sunday, February 5th at 2 - 3:30 pm
Gather round 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.  The event is FREE. Rain or shine.

What They Wore
New Living History Demonstration!
Saturday, February 25th at 1pm
Color, cloth, & cut – the clothing worn by people in the Mission wasn’t all about style – it was about identity, status, and different roles in the community. We’ll demonstrate the apparel you may have seen here in the early 19th century, and learn what the clothing meant to the people who wore it. This event is FREE. Rain or Shine.

Gardens of Time
Sunday, February 26th , 1pm
Stroll through history as you visit the various gardens within our courtyard and patio. We can learn a good deal about people who lived here in the past by exploring the plants they used and cultivated. Tour our native plant gardens, demonstration vegetable beds and Victorian “Nearyland”. Take home history in a seed. The event is FREE.  Rain Cancels

March Activities

Mission Cooking Demonstration
Saturday, March 4th at 1pm
Come to Santa Cruz Mission State Historic Park and experience different cooking styles used by the people who lived and worked here 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. The event is FREE. Rain cancels.


Hides and Tallow at the Santa Cruz Mission
Saturday, March 11th at 1pm
Come and see how Mission Santa Cruz participated in a world economy back in the early 1800’s. We will look at some of the major products of the mission; leather and tallow, and demonstrate how they were used. You will see how a branding iron works and get to make your own candle. The event is FREE.  Rain Cancels.


Guided Adobe Tour
Sunday, March 12th at 1 pm
Join us at the Santa Cruz Mission State Historic Park for a guided tour of the oldest building in Santa Cruz. Come learn ut the many families who have called this 180-year-old mission adobe their home. This event is FREE. Tours are conducted rain or shine.
 

Hymns & Chants
Saturday, March 18th at 1pm
From dawn until dusk music could be heard at the missions.  Bells indicated daily events, congregations sang masses, and indigenous rhythms were heard. Then, as now, music expressed beliefs, culture, and identity. We’ll share these stories and songs as we explore a day of music at the mission. This event is FREE> Rain or shine.

 
Wool, Spinning, and Weaving at the Santa Cruz Mission
Saturday, March 25th at, 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. You will have the chance to try your hand at a drop spindle and spin your own wool. The event is FREE.  Rain or Shine.


Guided Adobe Tour
Sunday, March 26th at 1 pm
Join us at the Santa Cruz Mission State Historic Park for a guided tour of the oldest building in Santa Cruz. Come learn ut the many families who have called this 180-year-old mission adobe their home. This event is FREE. Tours are conducted rain or shine.

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.