In Tribute Bell Ringing
Honoring the legacy of Saint Junipero Serra who founded Mission San Juan Capistrano in 1776 the bells will ring daily at 9:00 a.m.
Koi Fish Feeding
Did you know you can feed the Koi fish in the Mission’s fountains? The Mission is a great place to bring the kids to not only learn history but also be inspired the beauty and natural life. Join us at the fountain Tuesday through Sunday at 12:45 p.m. to feed the koi fish or purchase koi food at the Gate House and feed the friendly koi on your own! Fun for parents, teachers and kids alike!
Hand-on Activities include:
• Life Size Basket Weaving: Weave a Basket like the Native Americans
• Job Wheel: Spin the wheel and discover your Mission job
• Build a Roman Arch: Like a Mission architect
• Word Play: Practice grammar in a silly way
Visit the Mission Clubhouse and receive a Mission Clubhouse ID card! Make sure to spin the wheel of jobs and write down your Mission job.
The Mission Clubhouse is a space for kids to learn and participate in hands-on activities such as weaving a Native American basket using a basket model that is as big as a kid!
Other hands-on activities include spinning the Wheel of Mission Jobs, where kids will discover their role in the Mission community. Every individual worked or completed chores to help keep the Mission running. Padres and soldiers taught the Acjachemen new jobs like farming, ranching, candle making, leather making and many more jobs.
Visitors can also build roman arches with miniature blocks. Arches are a main part of Mission history and can be seen along the corridors, within the Great Stone Church, and above the bell wall. The Mission Clubhouse is open Tuesday through Sunday from 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Subject to closure due to COVID-19.
Follow the Swallow Sticker Tour
“Follow the Swallow” around the Mission and look for items important to its history. As you find each item, add the correct sticker to the sheet. After you find all items, show your completed sticker sheet to a staff member at the Mission Store to redeem your “Follow the Swallow” prize. The new sticker tour is available for purchase onsite or online for only $9.99, fun and educational for all ages!
Mission Scavenger Hunt
Download our brand-new FREE winter-themed scavenger hunt to see how many treasures you can find all while learning about California history while you explore the Mission grounds.
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