Youth & School Programs

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The following special tours can be reserved for free.

A Journey Through Time

4th grade students

radio playStudents enhance their observation and critical thinking skills as they connect the past to the present during this interactive tour. Highlights include:

  • Bartering for supplies needed to live on an 1840s rancho.
  • Discovering how access to goods and services grew in the 1870s.
  • Making connections between consumerism and advertising in the 1920s.
  • Recording a 1920s-style radio play that reinforces program concepts. 

A Journey Through Time tours are offered select weekdays from mid-October through June. All programs begin at 10 a.m. and conclude at noon. Dates are limited and booked on a first-come, first-served basis. Two classes can be accommodated at the same time. Click here for a  flyer.

Before or after their visit, teachers can download fun and engaging materials that meet both state and Common Core standards. 

Reservations for the 2018-19 school year are now open. Click here to make your online reservation.

Click here for information on how to make a reservation

 

Ain't We Got Fun?

Ages 2-12

Children will connect the past to the present in this hands-on tour exploring how people entertained themselves in the 1840s, 1870s, and 1920s. During this program students will assess how technology, a growing community, and scientific discoveries changed and continue to change how we have fun! The program includes:

  • A visit to the museum's historic houses, the Workman House and La Casa Nueva
  • The reading of a themed story (Mack Made Movies).
  • Creating a historic toy that combines science and fun.

This program is offered throughout the year and lasts approximately 90 minutes. Two classes can be accommodated at the same time.

Click here for information on how to make a reservation

All About Cowboys 252

Ages 2-9

Most kids know what a cowboy is, but many don't realize that cowboys (vaqueros) were real people and also worked here at the Homestead. This program encourages students to explore the historical context of vaquero life on an 1840s rancho. Program components include:

  • The reading of a story (Lasso Lou & Cowboy McCoy).
  • Making a cattle brand craft.
  • A visit to the Workman House.
  • An opportunity for students to try their roping skills. 

This program is offered throughout the year and lasts approximately 90 minutes. Two classes can be accommodated at the same time.

Click here for information on how to make a reservation

Home, Sweet Home

Ages 2-12

Students will take on the role of historian and use primary sources as they explore the storytelling possibilities of architecture and what it can tell us about living in a particular time and place. The program includes:

  • A visit to the museum's historic houses, the Workman House and La Casa Nueva.
  • An age appropriate story (The Three Little Pigs or The House in the Mail).
  • Making a faux stained glass window craft.

This program is offered throughout the year and lasts approximately 90 minutes. Two classes can be accommodated at the same time.

Ready to make a reservation?

You can reserve all tours by phone. 

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, $50 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 it by mail to:

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

Or by e-mail to:
j.scerra@homesteadmuseum.org