Mud Mania: A Celebration of Adobe! at Rancho Los Cerritos

share this:


Squish some history between your toes at Mud Mania: A Celebration of Adobe! Guests will have the opportunity to make real adobe bricks, plaster the horno, construct a mini-adobe home, compete in mud relay races, and much more as they learn about our local adobe soil and its many uses throughout history. This muddy, wacky event will be held on Sunday, July 10th from 12:30-4:30 p.m. at Rancho Los Cerritos Historic Site. Admission is $7 adults, $5 for children ages 4-12; 3 and under are free.

At Mud Mania, guests young and old can squish and stomp mud in the adobe pit, where they will learn all about building homes with adobe bricks. Digging through the adobe soil in our archaeology lab, they can uncover lost treasures from bygone years – fragments of kitchen pottery, metal cutlery and even bone from the cattle and sheep that once grazed on the 27,000 acre Rancho. Adobe is one of the oldest and most common building materials known to man. Traditionally sun-dried, adobe blocks are made of sand, clay, water and straw and were used to construct the home at Rancho Los Cerritos – built 170 years ago in 1844.

Participants will also have an opportunity to see and touch different insects that live in the soil, make a clay pot, and play mud-related games. For those who prefer to stay neat and tidy, Mud Mania offers plenty of “clean” activities including fossil making, Mud Mania trivia, and paper crafts. Grasslands will perform live bluegrass music throughout the afternoon, and food will be available for purchase from Taqueria El Pacifico.

Guests at Mud Mania are required to park in the overflow lot across from our entrance or on the street; carpooling is desirable. No more than six children per adult, please. Shoes are required, except in the mud pit, and guests are encouraged to wear old clothes and bring a towel plus a change of attire for the ride home. “De-mudding” stations will also be available for limited clean up; showers will not be available.

About Rancho Los Cerritos:
Rancho Los Cerritos is located at 4600 Virginia Road in Long Beach. Built in 1844, the adobe home and grounds echo with the rich history of Spanish, Mexican, and American California and with the families who helped transform Southern California from its ranching beginnings to the modern and urban society it is today. The two-story Monterey-style adobe is primarily furnished to reflect occupants and lifestyles from the 1860s-1880s. The site, a National, State and Long Beach Historic Landmark, also includes historic gardens and a research library and archives. The Rancho is operated by the Rancho Los Cerritos Foundation in private-public partnership with the City of Long Beach. For more information please call (562) 206-2040, or visit the website at and like us on Facebook at

Comments are closed.