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Friday, March 26, 2021

Times: The Village is open 9:30 am - 4:00 pm on this day.

Join us for our March Home School Day on Friday, March 26th! 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 like the maple tree.

The health and safety of our visitors is our top priority, so this Home School Day will look a little different from past events. All of the following workshops are outside, allowing for appropriate social distancing. Participants will have their own supplies, which will be cleaned and sanitized between groups. 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.

Admission and Ticketing

To manage capacity in accordance with Massachusetts reopening guidelines, we are requiring visitors to purchase/reserve tickets in advance. You can read more about our policies regarding COVID-19 here and purchase/reserve your admission tickets for Home School Day below.

On Home School Day, homeschoolers (ages 4-17) get in at the discounted rate $10 and one adult is admitted per home school youth at the discounted rate of $15. Additional adults above the 1 to 1 ratio are admitted at the full rate of $28. 

Click here to purchase/reserve Village admission for Home School Day

All ticket holders must choose a date and time block during which you would like to arrive.  Please plan to arrive during the time window listed on your ticket. Once you have been checked in you are welcome to stay until the property closes at 4:00 pm. Click your preferred time slot to reserve your tickets. Please note that re-entry is not permitted at this time, so please bring everything you will need with you upon arrival.

10:00 am – 11:30 am

11:30 am – 1:00 pm

1:00 pm – 2:30 pm

Please also note:

Timed In-Person Programs (subject to change)

Things to know:

OSV’s Inspiring Women | Ages 5+ | 30 Minutes | Meets at Center Meetinghouse*

*Was originally published as meeting at the Bank Porch.

Register for 10:30 FULL
Register for 11:30 FULL

Learn about several inspiring women, their lives, careers and the objects they left behind. From an artist, to a missionary and even a business owner, the women represented in the Old Sturbridge Village collection led very different but very interesting lives.


Bird Walk | Ages 9+ | 50 Minutes | Meets at Grist Mill

Register for 11:00 FULL
Register for 1:30 FULL

Become a nature detective and learn which clues you need to identify “mystery” birds. Our most important tools are our eyes and ears, but we’ll also learn how to use binoculars and the library of pictures and sounds many of us carry in our pockets (our cell phone). Find out how you can also help scientists learn more about birds and the world around us. Please note: Bring along your own binoculars, if you have them. Access to a cell phone is recommended for this activity.


Maple Sugaring | Ages 5+ | 30 Minutes | Meets at Sugar Camp (Next to Grave Yard)

Register for 10:30 FULL
Register for 1:00 FULL

Maple sugaring is a Native American food tradition that was adapted by New England settlers. From tapping maple trees to sugaring off, participants will learn about the process of turning sap into maple sugar from one of OSV’s knowledgeable staff members.


Women’s History Tour | Ages 6+ | 90 Minutes | Meets in front of the Center Meetinghouse

Register for 10:30
Register for 1:30 FULL

March is Women’s History Month! Take a tour of the Village with an experienced educator to learn more about women in the 1830s. We will focus on the types of labor women did during this time, their involvement in social movements, and more. Please note: this tour involves a lot of walking and will last about 1.5 hours.


Learn to Whittle | Ages 9+ | 50 Minutes | Meets at the Flag Pole on the Common

Register for 1:00 FULL
Register for 2:00 FULL

Create something useful or artistic with just a scrap of wood and a whittling knife. During this workshop, participants will learn the basics of this fun pastime. Note: We will be using real whittling knives, so this session is for participants ages 9+ only.


Spring in the Garden | Ages 5+ | 50 Minutes | Meets in the Salem Towne Garden

Register for 10:30 FULL
Register for 11:30 FULL

What is happening in OSV’s gardens during this time of year? Learn about flower bulbs from one of the Village’s knowledgeable gardeners and then plant a seed to take home.


Planting a Rainbow | Ages 5+ | 50 Minutes | Meets at the Grist Mill

Register for 10:30 FULL
Register for 11:30 FULL

Together, we’ll read Planting a Rainbow by Lois Ehlert. After we learn about bulbs, seeds, and seedlings, we’ll paint a colorful craft to take home.


Make a Collage Portrait | Ages 8+ | 50 Minutes | Meets at the Sawmill

Register for 10:00 FULL
Register for 11:00 FULL

For this workshop, we will take inspiration from a female portrait painter of the 1830s, Ruth Henshaw Bascom, to create portraits. Pastel and pencil self-portraits will be embellished with paper, foil, and ribbons. We’ll also look at some of Bascom’s portraits of New Englanders from the time period!


Make a Nine-Men’s Morris Board | Ages 8+ | 50 Minutes | Meets at the Sawmill

Register for 1:00 FULL
Register for 2:00  FULL

Using simple materials, participants in this workshop will create their own Nine-Men’s Morris board. An ancient and very fun strategy game, we’ll make our game board and then learn how to play.


Spring Nature Walk | 50 Minutes | Meets at the Grist Mill

Register for 11:00 (Ages 9+)  FULL
Register for 1:30 (Ages 6+)  FULL

It’s spring! Join an educator on a nature walk on one of the Village’s trails. We’ll look for signs of spring, check out trees and bugs, and learn a little about springtime in New England.


Play with Clay | Ages 6+ | 50 Minutes | Meets at the Pottery Shop

Register for 1:30 FULL
Register for 2:30 FULL

Let’s gather inspiration from OSV’s potters before making our own clay creations from air-dry clay. Make a pinch pot, a coil pot, or your own work of art.


Nature Weaving | Ages 6+ | 50 Minutes | Meets at the River Walk

Register for 11:30 FULL
Register for 1:30  FULL

Using natural materials that we gather ourselves, we will make beautiful artwork with this modern-twist on weaving.


Spring Punched Tin Ornament | Age 6+ | 30 Minutes | Meets at the River Walk

Register for 10:00 FULL
Register for 10:45 FULL

We’ll look at some of the tin items made in the Village by the tinners and then make our own craft. Using a mallet and tin punch, create a spring-themed, decorative tin ornament to bring home.

Other Programming in the Village (subject to change; check the daily schedule before arriving):