School Program Descriptions

Prices quoted are per student

Programs at History ParkKids on trolley

The following programs take place at History Park, 1650 Senter Road, San Jose

Historic Transportation Experience (Grade 2)
Thursday $10
Students experience transportation of yester-year when they ride in an authentic trolley car and learn about how wheels made life easier for early San Joseans.
Standards SS2.1.2, 2.2.4 CC RL 2.1, 2, 3 SL 1.2, 2.2


Early to Rise: Child’s Work and Play in Early San Jose (Grades 2 and 3)
Tuesday/Thursday $10
When did a kid’s day begin in the 1800s? Students will have the chance to perform hand-on activities including collecting eggs, washing clothes and practicing writing on slates during lessons in the schoolhouse. A vivid way for kids to make comparisons between the lives of childen 100 years ago and their own lives. Note: This program has been re-designed and includes activities from our former program “Then and Now.”
Standards CC SL3.1,3 W3.3 RL2.1-3, D.2 HIS.2.3-5 (C3)

People At Work (Grade 3)
Tuesday/Thursday $10
How did people earn a living and meet their essential needs in early San Jose? Students role-play, taking up occupations of the late 19th and early 20th centuries such as those of printmaker, blacksmith, horse groom and doctor. In addition to handling tools of the trade, your class will learn about real people living in the past and how their work contributed to community life.
Standards SS 3.3, 5 CC: This program satisfies the CCR Anchor standard (College and Career Readiness)

The Immigrant Experience (Grades 4-6)
Friday $10
What would it feel like to leave the only home you’ve known and move with your family to a new country? Consider which customs would be similar or different. Imagine learning a new language. Through a variety of hands-on activities, students relate to these experiences and build historical empathy towards immigrants who sought a fresh start in a new land.
Standards SS 4.4.3-4 CC SL5.1

Westward Ho! (Grade 5)
Monday/Wednesday/Friday $12
Inspire the pioneer in your students! In this highly interactive experience classes plan and prepare for a trip West in a covered wagon. They learn about the many hardships pioneers faced as well as what pioneer kids did to entertain themselves on the trail.
Standards SS5.8.1, 2, 4 CC SL5.1, 4, 5, 5NFB, D3.4.3-5 (C3)A boy playing hoop during the Westward Ho school program

Programs at HSJ’s Collection Center

The following program takes place at 1661 Senter Road, San Jose

History Detectives (Grades 4-5)
Tuesday $10
Do your students like to search for clues, ask questions, find evidence, and solve mysteries? If so, History Detectives is the perfect program! Here, students do “the work” of history by actively investigating clues — primary sources and artifacts — from the museums’ collection to discover the past. Also included is a lively, inquiry-based treasure hunt through the vast collection center.
Standards CC.ELA-LITERACY.SL.4.1.C-D, CC.ELA-LITERACY.RI4.1-2 D.2 HIS.11.3-5 D.2 HIS 13.3-5 (C3)

Programs at Peralta Adobe-Fallon House Historic Site

Peralta Adobe located at 184 W. Saint John Street; Fallon House located at 175 W. Saint John Street in downtown San Jose

Adobe Days (Grade 4)
Monday-Friday $12
Transport your class to the 1778 El Pueblo de San José de Guadalupe. Students explore the oldest house in San Jose and experience life in Alta California. Following a brief history and tour of the first house in San Jose, students “see, do and taste.” They “see” artifacts and primary sources from Early California; they “do” hands-on activities including candle-making and creating corn husk dolls; and they “taste” hand-made tortillas and yerba buena tea.
Standards SS4.2.3, 5, 8 CC SL4.1, 4.5, D.2 HIS.2.3-5 (C3)

Upstairs/Downstairs: A Family’s Life in Victorian San Jose (Grade 3)
Tuesday-Friday $12
Students step back in time and learn about family and community life in San Jose over 150 years ago. Inside the exquisite old home students investigate and explore the past by dressing up in Victorian costumes, playing with toys and games, polishing the Fallon family’s silver and baking tasty scones.
Standards SS 3.3.1-2 CC SL3.3, D.2 HIS.2.3-5 (C3)

School Group at History Park

Other Tours

History Park Tour
$8 person/$5 for seniors
Classes are divided into groups for docent-led tours of select buildings in History Park. These tours provide snapshot views of different lifestyles and occupations in Santa Clara Valley’s history. All students will not visit the same buildings. No hands-on activities offered.

Adventures at Your School

Gold Rush Adventure Kit (Grade 4)
2 weeks, $175
The kit contains everything you need to integrate your curriculum while creating your own “Boom Town.” The kit contains gold panning materials, enough for one class. Through the use of photographs, maps, diaries, and other documents, you will be able to tell the story of the California Gold Rush through the eyes and words of those who lived it.

Questions? Museum Education members of staff are happy to answer any questions. Call us on 408.918.1040 or email