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Friday, April 5, 2024

Times: The Village is open from 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Workshop times vary.

Join us for our April Home School Day on Friday, April 5! Home School Days offer you and your family the opportunity to explore the Village and participate in activities. This is a great opportunity for kids to gain exposure to many aspects of 1830s New England life in an interactive way. During this Home School Day, we’ll celebrate the coming springtime. See what’s happening on the farm, immerse yourself in the sights and sounds of nature, and learn about how early New Englanders utilized natural resources.

Register for one of the in-person programs with the Village’s knowledgeable staff or explore the Village on your own using self-guides, scavenger hunts, and more. All activities will take place at Museum Education, unless otherwise noted.

Admission and Ticketing

On Home School Days, homeschoolers (ages 4-17) get in at the discounted rate $12 and one adult is admitted per home school youth at the discounted rate of $17. Additional adults above the 1-to-1-ratio are admitted at the full rate of $30. As always, members get into the Village for free.

The April 5th Home School Day falls within our Kids Free promotion (March 1 – April 28, 2024) where up to two kids, 17 years old or younger, are admitted for FREE per adult paying for full-price standard daytime admission ($30 at the door, $27 online for adults, $28 at the door, $25 online for seniors age 55 and over). The Kids Free promotion cannot be combined with the Homeschool parent discount ($15), please choose the best tickets for your family.

Workshops are an additional fee.

Click here to purchase Homeschool Day admission to the Village on April 5, 2024

Things to know:

Check back the week prior to the event for more information on in-Village activities.

Hands-On Workshops

Stories and Crafts: The Most Magnificent Thing | 50 Minutes | $7  

Register for 10:00 (Ages 5+) SOLD OUT

Enjoy storytime with a classic picture book, then try out a craft relating to the tale.

Sometimes inventions don’t turn out the way we want them to! We’ll read the story The Most Magnificent Thing by Ashley Spires, a story about creativity and perseverance. After, we’ll look at some of the wackiest inventions from the 1830s and invent something of our own!

Stories and Crafts: Percy’s Museum | 50 Minutes | $7

11:00 (Ages 5+) SOLD OUT

Enjoy storytime with a classic picture book, then try out a craft relating to the tale.

Together, we’ll read Percy’s Museum by Sara O’Leary. This sweet story tells the tale of a boy who admires and collects things from the outside world to create his own museum. We’ll talk about what museums—like Old Sturbridge Village!—are, and then create our own craft inspired by nature.

Stories and Crafts: The Painter Who Loved Chickens | 50 Minutes | $7

1:00 (Ages 5+) SOLD OUT

Enjoy storytime with a classic picture book, then try out a craft relating to the tale.

The Painter Who Loved Chickens by Olivier Dunrea tells the charming tale of an artist who finds inspiration in his feathered friends. After reading the story, we will learn about the Village’s chickens, then paint a realistic wooden egg to take home.

Spring Reverse Glass | 50 Minutes | $7

10:00 (Ages 10+) SOLD OUT
11:00 (Ages 8+) SOLD OUT
1:00 (Ages 6+) SOLD OUT

Reverse glass painting was a very popular form of decoration in the early 1800s. Celebrate spring in the Village by creating this period-inspired artwork with lambs, birds, plants, or other spring themes painted directly on glass.

Open-Hearth Cooking: Cupcake | 50 Minutes | $7

10:00 (Ages 10+) SOLD OUT
11:00 (Ages 6+) SOLD OUT
1:00 (Ages 8+) SOLD OUT

Follow a 19th-century “receipt” for cupcake, a simple, buttery cake. In the 1830s, April was known as a “time of want” on the farm. Even though the weather was starting to get warm, fall food stores were running low and few plants sprouted in the garden. Still, chickens were starting to lay eggs again and cows were producing milk. As a result, cakes were a popular springtime food! Ingredients will include: butter, milk, flour, sugar, heavy cream, lemonade

Open-Hearth Cooking: Potato Balls | 50 Minutes | $7

10:00 (Ages 8+) SOLD OUT
11:00 (Ages 6+) SOLD OUT
1:00 (Ages 10+) SOLD OUT

Follow a 19th-century “receipt” for potato balls. During the early spring, farm families might have to dig deep into their root cellars to prepare meals. These savory cakes are a delicious, potato-filled treat. Ingredients will include: potatoes, oil, bread crumbs, egg, flour

Make Seed Paper | 50 Minutes | $7

10:00 (Ages 8+) SOLD OUT
11:00 (Ages 10+) SOLD OUT

Try out a modern twist on the very old art of papermaking! In the 1830s, paper was made using rags from linen and cotton. Participants in this workshop will also use recycled materials to make their paper, with the addition of seeds that will grow once the paper is planted.

Botanical Printing | 50 Minutes | $7

10:00 (Ages 6+) SOLD OUT
11:00 (Ages 10+) SOLD OUT
1:00 (Ages 8+)

Using modern printing methods, we’ll experiment with printmaking and natural materials to create our own beautiful images and look at examples of art utilizing natural materials from the collection.

Make a Wooden Sheep | 50 Minutes | $7

10:00 (Ages 8+)
11:00 (Ages 8+) SOLD OUT

It’s spring, which means there are lambs everywhere on the farm! Create your own sheep from wood while using simple woodworking methods and tools.

Needle Felting | 50 Minutes | $7

10:00 (Ages 8+) SOLD OUT
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1:00 (Ages 8+) SOLD OUT

Try out this fun craft that involves sculpting wool into shapes using special needles! We’ll also explore the ways in which people utilized natural resources in both useful and artistic ways in the 1830s.

Letterboxing | 50 Minutes | $7

10:00 (Ages 10+) SOLD OUT
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1:00 (Ages 8+) SOLD OUT

Hone your detective skills with this fun introduction to letterboxing! We’ll talk about the history of this activity, work on puzzles, make our own unique letterboxing stamp, and then search for a nearby letterbox.

Botanical Watercolors  | 50 Minutes | $7

1:00 (Ages 8+) SOLD OUT

Draw inspiration from the early spring in one of the Village’s gardens, as well as floral motifs throughout the Salem Towne House, to create your own botanical watercolor paintings. Participants will look at examples of botanical art from the Village’s collection and learn techniques for working with watercolors.

Make Seed Balls | 50 Minutes | $7

10:00 (Ages 5+) SOLD OUT
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1:00 (Ages 5+) SOLD OUT

It’s spring, which means that it’s time to get planting. Participants will work in a raised bed, plant a seed to take home, and also try out a 21st-century planting activity: making seed balls from clay, soil, and wildflower seeds!

Extended Open-Hearth Cooking: Bird’s Nest Pudding | 90 Minutes | $12

10:00 (Ages 10+) SOLD OUT

Follow a 19th-century “receipt” for Bird’s Nest Pudding, apples baked in a custard of eggs and milk. In the 1830s, April was known as a “time of want” on the farm. Even though the weather was starting to get warm, fall food stores were running low and few plants sprouted in the garden. Families would take advantage of eggs to make dishes like this one. Ingredients will include: eggs, apples, milk, brown sugar, cinnamon

Village Tour: Kitchens and Gardens | 90 Minutes | $5

1:00 (Ages 5+) SOLD OUT

Spring was a very active time on the farm in New England in the 1830s. Join an educator on a guided tour of the Village and learn what farm families planted in their gardens and fields and what they were eating during this “time of want” when preserved foods were running low. Please note: this tour involves a lot of walking and will last about 1.5 hours. Adults are welcome to join on the tour, but registration slots are for students only.

Parsley, Sage, Rosemary, and Time Travel | 90 Minutes | $12

10:00 (Ages 10+)
1:00 (Ages 10+) SOLD OUT

Participants in this workshop will learn about the culinary and medicinal application of herbs in the 1830s and how that compares today. After we explore the many uses of these fragrant florae on a trip to the Village’s herb garden, we’ll also plant herb seeds in a pot to take home and block print a card to go along with it.

Make a Six-Board Chest | 90 Minutes | $12

1:00 (Ages 10+) SOLD OUT

Practice your woodworking skills by making this small six-board chest, a lidded box to keep your treasures.

Sew an Herb Bag | 90 Minutes | $12

10:00 (Ages 9+)
1:00 (Ages 9+)

Use simple stitches to create this useful drawstring bag. Bags like this one would have been used to store herbs after drying. While we sew, we’ll talk about the ways that people utilized natural resources in the production of textiles through dyeing, quilting, and more.

 

 

 

 

 

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