After reading Island of the Blue Dolphins for our book club, we wanted to learn more about the California missions. So we set up a HACkschool adventure to Mission San Juan Capistrano and read the sequel, Zia, to prepare.
We loved the book, whose story is told from the perspective of a Native American, and through story was a very organic way to absorb more about the California missions before exploring in person.
We did a docent led tour and ended up with a married couple, in full costume, who were clearly passionate about their work.
So much history to take in.
The beauty, the history – those were my favorite aspects of this adventure.
If we ever tour a mission again, I would opt for one of the audio device tours so that we could skip about and explore at our leisure and the kids who felt so inclined could listen to the more detailed information as we went.