Squish, Slither and Stomp Through the Muddiest Event in Town: Mud Mania: “A Celebration of Adobe” at Rancho Los Cerritos!

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 Squish some history between your toes at Mud Mania: A Celebration of Adobe! It is the perfect venue for people of all ages who love to get “down and dirty.” Guests will have the opportunity to make real adobe bricks, plaster a wall with mud, construct a mini-adobe home, compete in mud relay races, and much more as they learn about our local adobe soil and its many uses throughout history. This muddy, wacky event will be held on Sunday, August 11 from 12:30-4:30 p.m. Admission is $6 adults, $4 for children 4-12; 3 and under are free.

Adobe is one of the oldest and most common building materials known to man. Traditionally sun-dried, adobe blocks are made of sand, clay, water and straw and were used to construct the home at Rancho Los Cerritos – built 169 years ago in 1844. At Mud Mania, guests young and old can squish and stomp mud in the adobe pit, where they will learn all about building homes with adobe bricks. Digging through the adobe soil in our archaeology lab, they can uncover lost treasures from bygone years – fragments of kitchen pottery, metal cutlery and even bone from the cattle and sheep that once grazed on the 27,000 acre Rancho.  Participants will also have an opportunity to see and touch different insects that live in the soil, make a clay pot, and play mud-related games.  For those who prefer to stay neat and tidy, Mud Mania offers plenty of “clean” activities including cuneiform writing on clay tablets, Mud Mania trivia, and paper crafts. 

The Grasslands Bluegrass band will be performing lively bluegrass music throughout the event. The Mex Express, food truck of Super Mex, will be participating at this year’s Mud Mania event and selling tacos, burritos, taquitos, chicken strips, churros and beverages. In addition to these tasty treats – folks with a sweet tooth will be able to purchase ice-cream at the event!

Guests at Mud Mania are required to park in the overflow lot across from our entrance or on the street; carpooling is desirable.  No more than six children per adult, please.  Shoes are required, except in the mud pit, and guests are encouraged to wear old clothes and bring a towel plus a change of attire for the ride home. “De-mudding” stations will also be available for limited clean up; showers will not be available.

About Rancho Los Cerritos:
Built in 1844, the Rancho Los Cerritos adobe home and grounds 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 urban society it is today. The two-story Monterey-style adobe is primarily furnished to reflect occupants and lifestyles from the 1860s-1880s. The site, a National, State and Long Beach Historic Landmark, also includes historic gardens and a research library and archives. 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 www.rancholoscerritos.org and like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/rancholosc.

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Photos and info provided by Rancho Los Cerritos.

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