A mom and kids in the Fitch Kitchen

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Times: The Village is open 9:30 am to 5:00 pm. Workshop times vary; see below.

Home schoolers: kick off your summer with us for our June 27 Home School Day! Participants will try their hand at some historic crafts and trades, dig in the dirt, and make delicious snacks in front of the hearth. In the Village, spend some time in our shoe, tin, and blacksmith shops. Check out our new cabinetmaker at work. In the households, women will be cooking, spinning, weaving, and straw braiding.

Try out one of our Make History Guides as you explore on your own or sign up for a special hands-on workshop at the Museum Education Center (see below).

In Village Activities (including with Village admission):

Please check back the week of Home School Day for a more detailed list and a schedule of activities.

Cost is $10 per child 4 and over for full-day admission to Old Sturbridge Village. One adult per child is admitted at the rate of $15. Additional adults pay the full price rate. Purchase admission tickets here. 

Hands-On Workshops (50 minutes—$5 per child unless otherwise noted)

Hands-on workshop activities for children ages 6-17 are an additional $5-$12 per activity. Hands-on workshops are led by a Museum Teacher at the Museum Education Center. Pre-registration is required for Hands-On workshops. An adult parent or guardian needs to remain in Museum Education while their child is participating in a workshop. In addition, $10 per child admission is required for all programs and includes demonstrations, games, and performances in the Village. Registration closes 10 hours before the workshop start time. Please inquire at the Museum Education building to sign up for any remaining open slots after that time.

50 Minutes, $5 per workshop (unless otherwise noted)

Open-Hearth Cooking

10:30: Ages 6+ SOLD OUT
11:30: Ages 10+ SOLD OUT
1:30: Ages 8+ SOLD OUT

Follow 19th-century “receipts” for fried cucumbers and soft cheese for a delicious snack to share together. Ingredients will include: milk, flour, butter, cucumbers

Try Out Carding and Weaving

10:30 Ages 6+SOLD OUT
11:30 Ages 8+
1:30 Ages 8+

Carding wool was a common chore for children in the 1830s. Try out carding yourself, weave cloth on a loom, and learn about what people wore in the early springtime.

Make Your Own Print Block

10:30: Ages 8+ SOLD OUT
11:30: Ages 10+

Be an apprentice for a little while! After experimenting with traditional wood block printing, we will get creative and create our own “wood blocks” with modern methods.

Marble Madness

10:30: Ages 6+SOLD OUT
11:30: Ages 8+SOLD OUT
1:30: Ages 6+ SOLD OUT

Life wasn’t all chores for children in the 1830s! Discover the history of marbles and make your own set of marbles from clay, along with decorative paper bag to carry them in.

Young Gardeners

10:30: 8+SOLD OUT
11:30: 6+ SOLD OUT
1:30: 6+

Learn about heirloom plants growing in the gardens at OSV.  Participants will tend to our Museum Education gardens using historic tools, try their hand at fence building, and plant a seed to take home with them.

Woodworking for Beginners: Make Toy Houses

11:30: Ages 6+ SOLD OUT

An introduction for beginning woodworkers! Try out a simple wood project by making a toy village playset. Participants will get a tour of our wood studio and learn about basic tool usage and safety.


Extended Workshops (prices and length vary, see below)

Farmhouse Breakfast

10:30-12:30: Ages 9+, $15 per student SOLD OUT

Work together to cook a full breakfast over the open hearth, then sit down to enjoy the meal together. The menu includes eggs, cheese toast, potatoes, and other breakfast treats. In keeping with our chores theme, participants will also learn about chores that kids helped with in the 1830s and help with wood gathering and dishwashing. Ingredients will include: eggs, bread/flour, cheese, ham, butter, apples

Bookbinding and Papermaking

1:30-3:00: Ages 10+, $10 per student SOLD OUT

Become an apprentice in our Museum Education print shop! Participants will learn about the history of bookbinding, or the process of sewing a book together to be sold, an occupation shared by men and women in the 1830s. Then, try out the art of bookbinding yourself and then make paper from scratch from recycled materials.

Village Tour (2 hours—cap at 15 students)

1:00-3:00 (Ages 6+), $5 per student SOLD OUT

Take an immersive trip around the Village with an experienced tour guide! Take in the sights of the museum in late spring, learn about life on the farm, and see what’s cooking in the households. This tour is great for both new visitors to the museum as well as those who have been here many times before. (Registration required—meets at Museum Education. Note: Adults do not have to attend this tour with their children. Emergency contact information will be taken if child attends this tour alone.)

Basket Weaving

10:30-1:00: Ages 12+, $15 per child

In this special workshop, students will begin to construct an artful, early 19th-century basket using modern materials. Learn how to decorate your basket in the Native American tradition, explore materials used in the past, and learn the next steps needed to complete your basket at home.