Youth & School Programs

 
These special tours can be reserved for children ages 2 through 12 at no cost.
 

A Journey Through Time

4th grade students
Students with cow hideStudents will enhance their observation and critical thinking skills by connecting the past to the present during their interactive journey into the history of the Los Angeles region's growth and development between the 1840s and 1920s. They will evaluate wants versus needs while bartering for supplies to live on an 1840s rancho; discover how goods and services grew in the 1870s; and make connections between consumerism and advertising in the 1920s. These changes are reinforced by the students during their performance of a 1920s-style radio play. A Journey Through Time tours are offered select weekdays from mid-October through May. All programs begin at 10 a.m. and conclude at noon. The program is limited to 70 fourth-grade classes and is booked on a first-come, first-served basis. Two classes can be accommodated at the same time. Click here for a program brochure.

 

Before or after your visit, students can learn about the focus decades in class through fun and engaging materials that are downloadable from our website. Among the activities that meet a number of Common Core and state standards are math story problems and vocabulary match-up games.

 

Ain’t We Got Fun?

Ages 2-12
This program introduces children to the history of the 1840s, 1870s, and 1920s by focusing on what children would have done for fun during these decades. The program includes a visit to the museum’s historic houses with a focus on popular forms of entertainment, an 1870s game, and a craft. This program is offered throughout the year and lasts approximately 1 hour.

 

All About Cowboys

Ages 2-10
Most kids know what a cowboy is, but many may not realize that cowboys (vaqueros) were real people and also worked here at the Homestead. This program discusses why cowboys were in this area, what skills a cowboy would need to do his job, and what life was like in California during the 1840s. Program components include a story (Lasso Lou & Cowboy McCoy), craft, a tour of the Workman House, and (time permitting) practice of roping skills. This program is offered throughout the year and lasts approximately 1 hour.

 

Home, Sweet Home

Ages 2-7
This program introduces children to the history of the site using the concept of home and family. Children will focus on the Temple family and how they used the decorations in their home to remind them of their family roots or of things that had special meaning to them. The program includes a brief visit to the museum's historic houses, story time (The Three Little Pigs), and a craft. This program is offered throughout the year and lasts approximately 1 hour.

 

One (Adobe) Brick at a Time

Ages 7-12
This program introduces children to the history of the site through architecture. Participants will tour the museum’s historic houses, listen to a story (The House in the Mail), and design a house of their own as a craft activity. This program is offered throughout the year and lasts approximately 1 hour.

 

For tours other than A Journey Through Time, here are links to pre- and/or post-visit curriculum materials focusing on the decades of the 1840s, 1870s, and 1920s.  

 

Ready to make a reservation?

You can reserve all tours by phone, and A Journey Through Time by phone or online

When reserving, please have the following information ready:

• A preferred field trip date and an alternate date. (You may wish to verify your dates with your transportation department, if you have one, before you call.)
• Teacher’s/Coordinator's name, school or facility name, address, phone number, e-mail address, and number of participants.
• If you would like your group to visit the Museum Store.
• If you would like to use the picnic area afterwards for lunch.
• If anyone in your group has special needs (e.g., limited mobility, limited English proficiency).

Thanks to the support of the City of Industry, bus stipends are available to schools on a first-come, first-served basis!

After receiving confirmation of your tour, please fill out and return a bus stipend request and W-9 form and return to:

Homestead Museum
Attn: Jennifer Scerra
15415 Don Julian Road
City of Industry, CA 91745