Mud Mania Returns to Rancho Los Cerritos

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 Southern California’s adobe soil and its many uses throughout history.

Adobe is one of the oldest known building materials. Adobe bricks are traditionally made of the local soil, mixed with sand, water, and straw – and then set to dry in the sun for weeks. It took more than 20,000 bricks to construct the adobe home at Rancho Los Cerritos back in 1844. The property owner, John Temple, chose this building material because it was commonly available in the region at that time, unlike wood or fired bricks.  His workers did a great job, since the adobe is still standing more than a century and a half later!

Mud-themed activities include digging through the adobe soil in our archaeology lab, seeing and touching insects that live in the local soil, throwing a clay pot, and playing mud-related games. For those who prefer to stay neat and tidy, activities including fossil making, Mud Mania trivia, and paper crafts. Live bluegrass music will accompany the fun.

This muddy, wacky event will be held on Sunday, July 9 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. Admission includes access to all of the festival’s activities. Food and drinks will be available for purchase.

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. For more details, or to purchase tickets, visit

About Rancho Los Cerritos
Rancho Los Cerritos is an historic home in Long Beach, Calif. Built in 1844, the adobe home and grounds of Rancho Los Cerritos 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 a modern, urban society. 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. It is operated by the Rancho Los Cerritos Foundation in a public/private partnership with the City of Long Beach. For more information, call (562) 206-2040, visit, and follow the RLC on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram.


Author: So Cal Life Mag Guest Post

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