Discover California on Your Own!
Ceres Museum, 2928 5th Street, Open Sept. to June, 2nd and 4th Saturdays of the month, 1:00-3:00 PM., Free
Marshall Gold Discovery State Historic Park, 310 Back Street. Open daily, 8-5 PM, Museum and Visitor's Center Phone is 530-622-3470.
Coloma Gold Rush Live Oct. 12-14, 2018. www.coloma.com/california-gold-discovery/marshall-park/
Living History Day calendar of events: www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=484
Columbia State Historic Park -11255 Jackson St, Columbia, CA
Free (and no reservation needed for groups less than 10) town tour every Sat. and Sun. 11:00-12:00 noon
See calendar for all events: www.visitcolumbiacalifornia.com/calendar/
Gold Rush Days on the 2nd Saturday of each month (1-4 PM), call 209-588-9128.
Victorian Easter Celebration, Parade, and Egg Hunt, April 1, 2018, 11:00 on, Free.
Columbia's Birthday Celebration, March 27, 2018, 12-3 PM, Free.
Fireman's Muster, May 5, 2018, Free.
Memorial Day Salute, May 28, 2018, Free.
Columbia Diggin's 1852, May 17-20, 2018, Entrance fee: $8 Adults, $2 children 12 and under
Columbia's Glorious 4th of July Celebration, Free
California State Mining and Mineral Museum, 5005 Fairground Rd, Mariposa, CA
Open Thursday-Sunday, 10:00-4:00 PM, starting October 1st, $4.00 adults, students 12 and under free. (209)742-7625 www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=588
Aerospace Museum of California – 3200 Freedom Park Drive McClellan, CA 95652 https://aerospaceca.org/
Offers field trips where students of all ages discover aerospace and aviation artifacts within the exhibit hall and explore vintage aircraft in the four-acre airpark. Students experience the traveling exhibit Take Flight where they investigate the principals of flight in a dynamic interactive exhibit. The Flight Zone flight simulator – a state-of-the-art STEM learning laboratory – allows students (5th grade & above) to learn to fly an aircraft under the instruction of experienced flight instructors. Flight Zone is also open to the public from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on weekends.
McHenry Mansion (15th and I Streets, across the street from the County Library), check in at the Visitor's Center/ Gift Shop at 924 15th Street. Hours are Sunday-Friday, 12:30 to 4:00 PM. Tours run on the half hour and include an introductory video in the Visitor's Center. An abbreviated tour will be given at 3:30. Free.
McHenry Museum (corner 14th and I Streets), hours are Tuesday-Sunday, 12:00-4:00 PM. Free www.mchenrymansion.org/
McHenry Museum, 1402 I St, Modesto, CA 95354 Hours: 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Monday thru Saturday, Free Admission, (209) 577-5235 www.mchenrymuseum.org/
Great Valley Museum, Modesto Junior College, West Campus, Open Tuesday-Saturday, 12:00-4:00 PMTues.-Thurs., 9:00-4:00 Friday and Saturday. Parking is $2.00 M-F (bring small bills to feed machines) or park free on the street outside. Parking is free on weekends. Family cost is $15.00 (2 - 6 people), 12+ is $5, and 3-11 is $3. Planetarium is extra. (209)575-6196 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Great Valley Museum Science Nights- click on the link below for more information, 7-10 PM, Fee.,
National Parks in CA (and the USA) - Free admittance pass for 4th graders and families good through August 31, 2019.
Go to everykidinapark.gov, fill out a survey, and print a pass!
Oakland Museum of California - 1000 Oak St, Oakland, CA
Museum free the first Sunday of every month. http://museumca.org/
Sutter's Fort - 2701 L St, Sacramento, CA
Hands on History Days 2/17/18 (By Land and Sea), fee for adults is $7.00 and $5.00 for ages 5-17. General admission to the fort is $5.00 for adults and $3.00 for ages 5-17. Open daily, except some holidays, 10-5 PM. Sutter's Fort Trader's Faire, April 15-17. Located at 2701 L Street. Metered parking.
Annual Sacramento Museum Day - February, Free admission and special events at 25 Sacramento museums! The Sacramento Zoo is offering a half price admission. Information at sac.museums.org.
California State Indian Museum - 2618 K Street, Sacramento, open daily,10-5 PM. Adults $5.00 and students 6-17, $3.00. www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=486
For tours: www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=1044
California State Railroad Museum – 125 I St, Sacramento, CA 95814 www.californiarailroad.museum
A variety of organized school tour programs are available ranging from Tuesday Train Rides (in October at 11 a.m. & 1 p.m.), an Emigrant Train Program, Horses to Horsepower: Building the Transcontinental Railroad (on Wednesdays & Thursdays in October from 10 a.m. to noon), Eagle Theatre: Discovering the Gold Rush (new offering that includes an entertaining new melodrama on Wednesdays & Thursdays in October at 11 a.m. & 2 p.m.), Interpretive Handcar Program, a School Group Train Ride and a Special Homeschooling Day (on October 20 from 10 a.m. to noon; pre-registration is required for discounted admission).
Old Sacramento Schoolhouse Museum – 1200 Front St, Sacramento, CA http://oldsacschoolhouse.scoe.net/
Offers 19th century lessons to school children – public, private, home school, youth groups – that last approximately one hour with a schoolmarm reminding children to “mind their manners” and toe-the-line. Lessons are designed primarily for 1st & 2nd grades and 3rd & 4th grades, but can be adapted to older students as well.
Sacramento History Museum – 101 I St, Sacramento, CA http://sachistorymuseum.org/
Offers a variety of educational opportunities for school groups K-12. With 10 distinctly different programs including Gold Rush, Head West and California’s Agriculture, they offer group experiences and outreach programs that take place at the Museum or on-site at local schools. Also available for students are hands-on gold panning activities, always-popular Old Sacramento Underground Tours and Gold Fever! walking tours.
California Automobile Museum – 2200 Front St, Sacramento www.calautomuseum.org
Offers a number of interactive and fun school tour programs designed to appeal to various age groups such as Beep, Honk Vroom! (K-2nd), One the Move! (3rd-4th), Sacramento, California (4th), Zero Emissions (4th-6th), Off to the Races (1st-5th) and Motor Works (5th-8th) plus Guided Tours and different Scavenger Hunts for all age groups.
San Jaun Bautista:
Old Missions San Juan Bautista - 311 2nd Street, San Juan Bautista
1st Saturday Living History Days - the first Saturday of every month. Adults are $3.00, 16 and under free, 11-4 PM.
For more information, please call 831-623-4881
Turlock Historical Society Museum, 108 S Center St, Turlock, CA 95380
Free museum dedicated to the history of Turlock, ranging from its founding to community life.
St, Turlock, CA 95380 (209) 668-7386, http://turlockhistoricalsociety.org/
Rock & Gem Show: March, Sat & Sun 10 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at Stanislaus Fairgrounds, 900 N. Broadway, Turlock
Adults $6 / Children 12 and under free with a paid adult. www.turlockgemshow.com
Yosemite National Park:
Yosemite National Park:
On Sunday, November 11, 2018, Yosemite National Park is offering free entrance in honor of Veteran's Day.