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Fun on the Farm

Saturdays from 11am to 2pm

Fun on the Farm Activities are FREE crafts and activities that highlight farm life and the late Victorian era.  These Saturday events are an opportunity to step back into history and enjoy the simple things of life.  
*Special events hosted by the San Ramon Historic Foundation are fee-based programs that require registration and will be indicated as such.

Air Quality Concerns
During the fire season, the City may cancel outdoor programs when air quality becomes unhealthy. The City will cancel all outdoor programs once the AQI reaches 150. You may view the local AQI by visiting the Fire and Smoke map at AirNow.gov

 

May

May 7th – (Mother’s Day) Victorian Tea

In 1998 Ruth Boone donated Forest Home Farm to the City of San Ramon. Come celebrate Ruth Boone by enjoying one of her favorite pastimes, having afternoon tea. Learn about the tradition of tea and see many of the antique tea cups & saucers

May 14th – Hay Painting

Hay was easily found on Farms in the early 1900’s and used for a variety of purposes.  Come experience the joy of painting with a bundle of hay.

May 21st – Lady Bugs

Take a walk-thru our Organic Garden and see if you can spot a Lady Bug.  Children will also be able to make a ladybug craft & learn about the history of how ladybugs came to North America.

May 28th – MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND - VISIT THE ART AND WIND FESTIVAL!

 

June

Jun 4th – Barns

Take a tour of the farms 1850’s Barn and learn about the tools and animals inside.  Make your own hand-crafted barn with barn animals.

Jun 11th – Flag Day

Learn all about the history of the flag, the flag code (etiquette), how to fold an American Flag properly and a take home flag craft.

Jun 18th – Sun Prints

Sun printing is based on the cyanotype process, which has been used by artists since the 20th century. Collect objects from around the farm to make your own unique print to take home.

June 25th – Corn Art

Come have some fun and express your creativity by making a corn kernel inspired art piece.

JULY

Jul 2nd – Closed for 4th of July Weekend

Jul 9th – Clothespin Bugs

Discover what bugs and butterflies visit the garden. Learn about the life cycle of butterflies. Make your own butterfly craft.

July 16th – Laundry Day

Fill the tubs with water and haul out the laundry. It’s time to wash the clothes.  Learn why families set aside a whole day for this chore. See some of the vintage laundry equipment from our collection. Dress to get wet!

Jul 23rd – Food Painting & Stamping

Fruits and vegetables come in different shapes and sizes. Learn about hidden shapes in common food. Stamp your own card.

Jul 30th - Old Fashion Ice Cream

It’s National Ice Cream Month!  Come learn how this sweet treat came to be.  Help us make our own homemade ice cream and sample this frosty favorite!

AUGUST

 Aug 6th –  Chickens

Did you know there are 53 breeds of chickens?  Visit the farm and see what breeds we have in our coop, learn about the chicken lifecycle and make a chicken windsock to take home.

Aug 13th – Kaleidoscopes

The kaleidoscope was invented in 1817 and became popular in the Victorian era.  The word kaleidoscope loosely means “beautiful form watcher”.  Join us in making a kaleidoscope to take home to create your own beauty.

Aug 20th – Rope Making

Make rope the old-fashioned way with our replica antique machine and use it to create some fun and useful knots. Then use an old-fashioned machine to test your strength hoisting a hale bale and then see how easy it is to use pulleys to help with farm work.

Aug 27th – Yarn Art

Victorians used what was available to them and made the most of it.  One of the Victorian traditions was to use hair to make art!  Come learn about this old art and use yarn to make your own art.