If any of you are studying California state history or doing a unit on exploration, I want to alert you to a neat opportunity down in San Diego. On October 2, the Cabrillo Festival will be held down in San Diego (Ballast Point, Naval Base Point Loma, south end of Rosecrans Street). Parking and admission is free but there will be vendors selling food. There will be a re-eactment of Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo landing on the beach to claim the territory for Spain. There will also be an encampment of Spanish colonials/explorers and exhibits featuring Portuguese culture(Cabrillo was Portuguese but was sailing for Spain) and the local Native California culture. We attended last year and had a great time.
You can also drive out to Cabrillo National Monument which is not far away from where the festival will be. You do need to pay a $5 entrance fee per vehicle. There are some wonderful exhibits there about the natural history of that part of San Diego, the age of exploration, Cabrillo and the Native tribes who lived in the area. the Old Point Loma lighthouse is also part of the site. When we visited my children earned their very first Junior Park Ranger badge by completing activities in a workbook you pick up at the ranger station/gift shop. It's a great day trip outing.