Learn more and prepare for your child’s Old Sturbridge Village Adventure.

Add-On Options:

Please note – extended day care is not available in 2021. We are sorry for the inconvenience. The Old Sturbridge Inn and Reeder Family Lodges are also closed. For information about area lodging, please click here

Bagged Lunch Options:

Bag lunches are available for $43.00 for the full week and can be ordered and paid for during registration.  If you purchase bagged lunches for your child, we will be in touch a few weeks prior to the program date to ask for your meal selections.

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If you purchase bagged lunches for your child, we will be in touch a few weeks prior to the program date to ask for your meal selections.

Monday and Tuesday options:

All Sandwiches include chips and fruit cup.

Wednesday-Friday options:

Can substitute French fries for a fruit cup.

Registration Information and Packet

The Discovery Adventures Registration Packet will finalize your registration process. These documents will provide us with important information about your child. We ask that you read through it and complete and return the following forms. We have also included a checklist to make this process easy for you.

The following forms are included in the Adventures Registration Packet:

These forms are all found in the registration packet by clicking here. All forms must be completed each time your child attends a Discovery Adventure program. Forms are required two weeks prior to the program start date to expedite the check-in process on your first day.


Frequently Asked Questions:

1. How do I complete my child’s registration for Discovery Adventures?

After registering your child for the session of their choice by phone or online, please fill out the registration packet. The packet can be found here. This paperwork must be filled out each year your child participates in Discovery Adventures. It includes the following documents: medical information and release form, transportation permission form, extended care and boxed lunch enrollment form, family agreement, and model release agreement. To expedite the check-in process on the first day of the program, please submit this paperwork at least two weeks in advance of the program’s start date.


2. What are the hours of the Discovery Adventures program?

Adventures hours are 9:00 am to 3:00 pm.  There will be a brief introduction on the first morning of your child’s program—please plan on staying for this introduction. After the initial day, morning sign-in begins at 8:55 am at the Museum Education Building. Afternoon pick-up is at 3:00 pm each day at the same pre-assigned location.

Please do not drop your child off in the parking lot. Parents and guardians are required to sign in their child each morning. At the end of the day, children will wait in an assigned location for their parent or guardian.

3. How do I register for Extended Care?

There will be no Extended Care program during the summer of 2021. This is to assist our staff in proper cleaning and sanitizing before and after the program day.

4. I noticed that the museum is closed to the public on Mondays and Tuesdays. How does this impact Discovery Adventures?

Good question! On Mondays and Tuesdays, only OSV staff and Discovery Adventures participants will be able to enter museum grounds. Parents and relatives are welcome to visit the museum on Wednesday, Thursday, or Friday of the week. (See question 9 for more details.) Besides this, the program goes on as planned. Since the museum is closed, the Adventurers get more attention from our costumed historians and get to try more hands-on activities in the Village that they might not get to experience when the museum is open to the public. For example, Adventurers might get to cook over the hearth in the Bixby House, do more in-depth chores with the farmers at Freeman Farm, or get a special ice cream lesson from one of our talented interpretation staff. Mondays and Tuesdays give the Adventurers a true behind-the-scenes, 1830s experience!

5. What will my child be doing throughout the week?

We will post a schedule of your child’s activities at Museum Education. This schedule is subject to change. The camp schedule is flexible in order to take advantage of special activities and events in the Village or to respond to weather concerns.  Activities might include crafting, attending performances, visiting the museum’s collections building, doing chores in the gardens or on the farm, visiting craftspeople in the Village, and working closely with our costumed historians. Activities are tailored to the theme of the program and the age of its participants. During the summer of 2021, activities will take place outside, whenever possible.

6. What will my child wear for Discovery Adventures?

For our costumed adventures, each child is issued a 19th-century costume on the first day of the program to wear throughout the session. Costumes are kept at the museum, and cleaning is provided by the museum. To complete the 19th-century image, please have your child(ren) wear:

Due to COVID-19, all participants must wear a face mask that comfortably covers their mouth and nose. See the COVID-19 protocols document for more information.

Socks and shoes must be worn at all times. Many programs involve extensive walking, so wear shoes that are comfortable.

Costumes are not meant to be worn over regular clothing. We will provide ample changing space for participants to change into and out of their costumes.

The following are not permitted while in costume:

We recommend that you leave these items and all valuables at home. The museum is not responsible for lost items.

All summer Discovery Adventures are costumed. Occasionally we offer a non-costumed option in the spring.

7. Won’t my child get hot in a costume?

It is true that costumes can be hot during the summertime. Because of this, we recommend that the costumes not be worn over other clothing. Additionally, our staff is very sensitive to warm weather concerns and makes an effort to spend time in cooler spaces around the museum on very hot days. Adventurers are also provided with mugs and are encouraged to drink water throughout the day.

8. What should my child bring for lunch and snack?

Each day we will provide a reproduction lunch container, a mug, and a beverage. Those who bring their own lunches will transfer it to their basket or pail at the beginning of the day. We will carry our lunches with us during the day, so please pack foods that can remain at air temperature. You may contact our office to pre-order a box lunch if you have not already done so. A beverage and a cookie from our Bake Shop will be served at the end of the day. This cookie is not allergen-free, so please consider sending an alternate snack for your child if he or she has allergies.

9. What will be offered in the bagged lunch?

If you purchase bagged lunches for your child, we will be in touch a few weeks prior to the program date to ask for your meal selections.

Monday and Tuesday options:

All Sandwiches include chips and fruit cup.

Wednesday-Friday options:

Can substitute French fries for a fruit cup.


10. I just registered my child for Discovery Adventures but forgot that they will need a lunch. What should I do?

Please contact us at 508-347-0287 or osved@osv.org to register your child for a bagged lunch. They are available for $43 a week. Lunches can only be purchased for the entire week and not for partial weeks.

11. My child has allergies. What should I take into consideration?

Our 19th-century agricultural environment contains many common allergens such as pollen, dust, bees, nuts, animals, etc. We are unable to alter activities to prevent exposure to these conditions. If your child is prone to life-threatening allergies and is likely to require medical attention in such an environment, you may wish to reconsider participation in this program. Please note that employees of Old Sturbridge Village are not licensed to distribute or administer medications of any type.

12. Will I be able to visit my child during the day?

Yes! If parents wish to visit the Village during the program and are not Old Sturbridge Village members, we allow two adults per child to enter the Village for free on Wednesday, Thursday, or Friday. Visitors need to obtain a sticker from Discovery Adventures staff before entering the museum. For all other guests, reduced admission tickets are available at a special rate of $14.00 from the Main Entrance (OSV Visitor Center). (Siblings age 3-17 are admitted at the youth rate, $14.00). Children under 3 are admitted free.

If you plan to visit often, you may find it more economical to purchase a Village Membership. Please understand that for the participants to have a truly immersive experience, picture taking and contact with the children needs to be from a distance.

13. My child would like to do one of the Discovery Adventures programs but is not X age yet. Can they still join?

In order for a younger child to join one of the Discovery Adventures groups, they must turn the specified age by August 31 of that year. For example, if your child is 7 years old but you would like him or her to join one of the Apprentice-level programs, they may do so as long as his or her birthday is before August 31.

14. What is the Village doing to protect my child during the COVID-19 pandemic?

We will take all possible safety precautions to ensure that we abide by the Massachusetts Department of Education and CDC guidelines. Safety measures include masking at all times (except for while eating), social distancing, and thorough cleaning of shared spaces and materials. Please see here for more information on this topic. This document will be updated to reflect changing protocols in Massachusetts.

15. What if I have a question that isn't listed here?

Please call (508) 347-0274 or email osved@osv.org if you have any additional questions.