February School Vacation Week

Saturday, February 15, 2014 - 9:30am to Sunday, February 23, 2014 - 4:00pm

February School Vacation Week is filled with fun and engaging activities for kids - and their parents!

Be sure to read more about the special events planned for Washington's Birthday weekend celebration.

Visitors can enjoy candle-making demonstrations, sleigh rides, and sledding on 1830s-style reproduction sleds (all snow-related activities are weather permitting).

OSV is offering free admission for children (ages 17 and under) on weekends through March 30 when accompanied by one adult paying full-priced, regular admission.  

Package your trip with our special February School Vacation Family Fun Package, which includes admission, lodging, and more for two adults and two children.

Old Sturbridge Village has plenty to offer both kids and parents during February school vacation with more than 50 fun things to see and do throughout the week:

  • Toast the memory of George Washington (Saturday, February 15 - Monday, February 17)
  • Learn about 19th century hairstyling (Saturday, February 15)
  • Learn a 19th century dance (Saturday, February 15)
  • Try some Washington cake (for purchase at the Miner Grant Store)
  • Meet President and Mrs. Ulysses S. Grant (Sunday, February 16)
  • Hear a presentation from John Quincy Adams (Monday, February 17)
  • Make a tri-corner hat (Saturday, February 15 - Monday, February 17)
  • Make a presidential thaumotrope (Saturday, February 15 - Monday, February 17)
  • Try writing with a quill pen 
  • Use a 19th century sled
  • Block print a card
  • Make an invitation to a sleighing party
  • See a shadow puppet show (Sunday, February 16-Wednesday, February 19, and Saturday, February 22)
  • Participate in a presidential trivia contest (Saturday, February 15 - Monday, February 17)
  • Take a horse drawn carriage or sleigh ride
  • Find out how shoes were made during a visit with a shoemaker
  • Hear a 19th century pipe organ played 
  • Try on 19th century children’s clothing
  • Meet a printer at work in his shop
  • Try out a rope bed
  • Find out how food was stored for the winter
  • Help dip tallow candles
  • Learn about etiquette of attending a Washington’s birthday ball (Saturday, February 15)
  • See the potter at work
  • Meet a pair of heritage breed oxen
  • Hear songs and stories about George Washington (Saturday, February 15)
  • Learn about the history of skates (Tuesday, February 18 - Friday, February 21)
  • Tour the current exhibit: Delightfully Designed – The Furniture and Life of Nathan Lombard
  • See hearth-cooking
  • Visit with a blacksmith
  • Help farmers with seasonal work
  • See a smokehouse in use
  • Participate in a school lesson (Friday, February 21)
  • Play in Kidstory
  • Try your hand at making a tin sconce in the Craft Center (not included with admission)
  • See the tinner at work
  • Visit with the store-keeper
  • Find out what items a cooper makes
  • See how a great wheel spins wool into yarn
  • Take a curator’s tour (Saturday, February 22)
  • Meet an Irish immigrant (Tuesday, February 18)
  • Find out how people kept warm
  • Learn about firing a musket
  • Enjoy a freshly baked chocolate chip cookie from the Bakeshop
  • Visit with the minister’s family
  • Try your hand at designing a quilt block
  • View the largest collection of New England made clocks
  • Play a 19th century board game
  • Try some homemade fudge
  • Find out the fact and fiction of the legend of George Washington (Saturday, February 15)

Planning Ahead

Purchase your tickets online in advance to expedite your entrance into the Village.

Add an overnight stay at the Old Sturbridge Inn and Reeder Family Lodges.

Find more useful information for planning your visit.


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