Play Like a Miner







Where can you play like a miner?  On Saturday, July 9 between 11 am and 3 pm, Santa Clara County Parks will be hosting Play Like a Miner event.  Go to Casa Grande and New Almaden Quicksilver Mining Museum at 21350 Almaden Road in San Jose for this FREE program!  This will be a fun day full of learning through games, demonstrations, live music, and crafts. Try your luck at panning for precious gems. Imagine what life as a miner in New Almaden would have been like in the late 1800s. Food will be available for purchase. The majority of event activities will be held outdoors.

The Santa Clara County Library District will be at this event!  Come for storytime and learn about the children in the mining community.  We will have books about mining and rocks you can browse.   Learn about the summer reading program at the library!

Even if you cannot participate at the in-person event, you can download a Play Like a Miner Activity Booklet to learn about mining life at New Almaden Quicksilver.  Complete activities in the booklet, write down two code words from the activity book, and complete the submission form to win a prize!  There is no deadline to submit your answers and claim your prize.  Enjoy three short videos as well:  Life as a Miner, Eat Like a Miner, and the GREAT Chocolate Chip Cookie Mining Competition.

The Santa Clara County Parks will be offering two other free family events this summer:

La Fuenta at Bernal County Park on July 30 from 5-8 pm-Celebrate the families of the past, present, and future at Bernal-Gulnac-Joice Ranch and their relationship to the Santa Teresa Spring. Evening festivities include music, stories, crafts, and games for all ages.  The library will be doing storytimes during this event!

Coyote Creek Habitat Day at Anderson Visitor Center at 19245 Malaguerra Avenue, Morgan Hill on August 20 from 10 am-1 pm-This is a family friendly day of activities, games, and wildlife connected with Coyote Creek. Learn about the people and animals who have made their homes along this waterway - both a long time ago and today.  Stop by the library tables to dissect an owl pellet!

To further explore your neighborhood and the County parks, stop by the Morgan Hill library or Gilroy library to check out Nature Daypacks and Santa Clara County Park voucher for free parking for the day at a County Park.  The nature daypacks include binoculars for kids, compass, bug magnifier, first aid kit, tracks guide for North America, bird guide for Northern California, and wildflowers of Santa Clara County.

Thank you, Santa Clara County Parks, for providing County park vouchers for check-out.  

Thank you to the California State Library and U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services for providing funds for the nature daypacks under the Libraries Outside grant.

This program was supported in whole or in part by the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act, administered in California by the State Librarian.

The opinions expressed herein do not necessarily reflect the position or policy of the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services or the California State Library, and no official endorsement by the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services or the California State Library should be inferred.