If you’re looking for something to do with your kids this weekend, consider a day trip to San Jose. San Jose has two exciting, family-friendly events going on this Sunday: History San Jose’s Fandango at the Peralta Adobe and the Preservation Action Council of San Jose’s Downtown Treasure Hunt.
Both of these events celebrate the rich history of San Jose and are perfect choices if you and your kids are history buffs. You can start the day at San Jose’s Fandango, which is happening in the morning, and you can end the day with the treasure hunt in the afternoon. Here’s what you should know about each of these awesome events:
History San Jose’s Fandango
When: Sunday, August 25, 2013 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Where: Peralta Adobe Historic Site in the San Pedro Square Market
How much: General admission is free!
Fandango happens every year at the Peralta Adobe Historic Site in downtown San Jose’s San Pedro Square Market. The event’s purpose is to commemorate the life of Luis Maria Peralta, the original owner of the historic adobe and one of the first mayors of San Jose (or Pueblo de San Jose de Guadalupe, as it was called at the time of Peralta’s life in the 19th century).
At Fandango, you and your kids can learn about the residents of 19th century San Jose while making adobe brick, creating your own corn husk dolls, and roping a steer. There will also be live music at this event and the opportunity for your kids to meet Stone Shield, a horse that’s actually a descendent of the horses brought to San Jose by Spanish explorers.
History San Jose is an organization that collects, preserves, and celebrates the rich cultural history of San Jose and the Santa Clara Valley. It’s a great organization to support!
Preservation Action Council of San Jose’s Downtown Treasure Hunt
When: Sunday, August 25, 2013 from 3:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. (arrive 20-30 minutes early to register)
Where: Downtown San Jose – begins at the stage at the north end of Plaza de Cesar Chavez
How much: $10 for adults and free for kids
What to know:
This is the first annual Downtown Treasure Hunt facilitated by the Preservation Action Council of San Jose (PACSJ). Participants form teams of up to five people and search for hidden treasure in and around the historic buildings in downtown San Jose. Teams receive a clue packet at the beginning of the hunt to help them find the treasure. Once the event is over, the top three teams win small prizes provided by the Council.
I spoke to Sharon McCauley, the event’s organizer and PACSJ board member, and she explained that the treasure hunt and all of PACSJ’s events aim to generate interest in San Jose’s architectural heritage. The council also offers regular walking tours and hosts movie nights that feature vintage movies filmed in San Jose. McCauley said, “We’re trying to get kids and families more involved in what we’re doing. We’re also working on a booklet for kids that teaches them about our local architecture and the styles of San Jose’s historic buildings.”
The upcoming treasure hunt is the perfect opportunity to pique your kids’ interest in the awe-inspiring architecture in San Jose, and PACSJ is another great San Jose organization to support.
So, hop in the car and take the scenic route to San Jose this Sunday! There’s a lot to explore and learn!