The Presidio in San Francisco is hosting a birthday party to celebrate the first pioneer families and soldiers who came to the area more than 200 years ago.

The 12th annual Pasados Del Presidio celebration starts tonight at 7 p.m. with a living history event at the Rob Hill Campground. Visitors will hear stories from “Juan Bautista de Anza,” the 18th Century explorer, and sing songs around a fire, organizers said.

The party continues Friday, when hundreds of children are expected to turn out for an afternoon of indoor and outdoor events, including music, dance and hands-on activities. From traditional Ohlone games to Spanish-era dances, the events will teach kids about the city’s origins.

“It’s really about kids connecting with the park,” event organizer Lisa Hillstrom said in a statement. “Creating a day for them that sparks their curiosity about the Presidio’s past so they’ll want to return with their friends and family to learn more.”

Friday’s activities will conclude with a concert, Evening Fandango, to celebrate early songs and dances. Mexican-American band Los Cenzontles is this year’s guest artist.

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