Adventures Abound this Summer at Rancho Los Cerritos!

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Youngsters can combine a little learning with old-fashioned fun during “Summer Adventures” at Rancho Los Cerritos Historic Site. These weeklong historically themed camps for children ages 6-11 years old include historic crafts and activities, games, stories, and even special guests. The “Summer Adventures” day camps are designed to allow today’s urban children learn about history by “doing” history. For questions regarding cost, and the limited number of scholarships available, please call (562) 570-1755.

“Summer Adventures” offers three sessions, as follows: 
        Session I:        Vaquero Adventures – July 15-19
        Session II:        Old Time Adventures – July 22-July 26
Session III:        Adobe Adventures – July 29-Aug 2

In Vaquero Adventures, children will learn about cattle ranching and fiestas by designing brands, churning butter, drawing diseno maps, cutting papel picado, and making tortillas. They will also get to try roping a (fake) cow, tooling real leather, punching tin, and dancing to 19th century music at our end-of-week fandango! 

Old Time Adventures will focus on children’s activities in the late 19th century. Modern children will make their own toys, learn how to decoupage, scrub clothes on a washboard and wringer, and even walk on stilts. They will also play marbles, dip candles, and enjoy a formal Victorian tea party. 

During Adobe Adventures, children will stomp mud, sculpt with clay, plant seedlings, and make birdhouses. They will also explore the Rancho’s gorgeous gardens by going on a garden scavenger hunt, playing croquet, and making mud pies. A fabulous storyteller will delight participants with stories of nature, too!

Built in 1844, the adobe home and grounds of Rancho Los Cerritos echo with the rich history of Spanish, Mexican, and American California and with the families who helped transform Southern California from its ranching beginnings to the modern and urban society it is today. It is owned by the City of Long Beach and operated through the Department of Parks, Recreation and Marine. For more information please call (562) 570-1755, or visit the website at and like us on Facebook

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