Friday, May 14, 2021
Times: The Village is open from 9:30 am to 5:00 pm
Cost: Standard daytime admission or membership required; see below for details
Join us for our May Home School Day on Friday, May 14! Please note: because the April 30 Home School Day filled so quickly, we are offering the same workshops for this new May Home School Day. 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.
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 5:00 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:
- Most buildings are currently closed, but guests can watch a variety of demonstrations and talk with costumed historians outside!
- In accordance with MA state guidelines, all guests are asked to wear a face mask when in the Village.
- Visitors coming from out of state should review the current Massachusetts travel order as well as any travel guidance issued by the state from which they will travel.
Timed In-Person Programs (subject to change)
Things to know:
- Pre-registration is required for all activities listed below, unless otherwise noted.
- All events are limited to 10 students due to restrictions on group size.
- These are not drop-in programs and our staff will have a list of registrants for each workshop.
- Students’ guardians must stay in close proximity of the program location for the entire duration of the activity for safety reasons.
- All activities will take place outside to allow for proper social distancing, weather permitting.
- Meeting locations for these workshops may change. Stay tuned to your email or signage at the visitor center on the day of the program for any potential location changes.
- Workshop times are approximate. Please stay close by during your child’s workshop.
In-Village Activities: Check back in the week prior to Home School Day for more information!
Outdoor Art | Ages 10+ | 50 Minutes | Meets at Towne House Garden
Register for 11:30SOLD OUT
Spring has sprung! Bring your artistic skills outside and get inspired by nature. Participants will check out one of the Village’s gardens and then paint what they see.
Sew a Marbled Journal | Ages 9+ | 50 Minutes | Meets at the Sawmill
Register for 11:30 SOLD OUT
During the 1830s, printing was a very important job. Printers in a town like Sturbridge printed posters, books, and pamphlets. Learn all about how a book is put together before sewing your own using traditional bookbinding methods. We’ll also marble the cover for an artistic finish.
Make a Print Block | Ages 6+ | 50 Minutes | Meets at the Sawmill
Participants will examine wood block prints from the 1830s, and then make their own print block using modern materials and methods.
Tree Walk | Ages 6+ | 50 Minutes | Meets at the Goods from the Woods exhibit
Register for 10:00SOLD OUT
Join one of the Village’s experts on a nature walk. Participants will learn how to identify regional trees and explore how New Englanders use natural resources both today and in the past.
Basic Woodworking: Make a Suet Bird Feeder | Ages 8+ | 50 Minutes | Meets at the Sawmill
Register for 10:30 SOLD OUT
Using hand tools, make a simple this simple wood project to feed the birds in your neighborhood!
Basic Woodworking: Make a Marble Maze | Ages 8+ | 50 Minutes | Meets at the Sawmill
Register for 11:30 SOLD OUT
Hone your woodworking skills! Using hand tools and wooden bumpers, participants will create a fun, hand-held marble maze.
Marble Madness | Ages 6+ | 50 Minutes | Meets at the Gristmill
Learn all about the ancient game of marbles! From aggies to jaspers, we will explore marble slang and play fun marble games. We will also make our own marbles from clay and a decorative bag to store them in!
Make Seed Balls | Ages 5+ | 50 Minutes | Meets outside of the Museum Education Building
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!
Writing in Secret Code | Ages 6+ | 50 Minutes | Meets at the Sawmill
Register for 11:30 SOLD OUT
People have been writing in code for a long time in order to keep their messages safe. Other codes, like Morse Code (developed during the Village’s time period!) and
semaphore, were created to make communication easier. Learn about the history of codes, write in invisible ink, and then decipher and encode your own messages to share with friends.
Shelter Building | Ages 8+ | 50 Minutes |
Meets at the River Walk Location changed: Meets at Goods From the Woods Register for 10:30 SOLD OUT
Use your creative problem-solving skills and create a shelter from natural and manufactured materials. Participants will be given a scenario before coming up with their own designs for protective shelters.
Animal Watercolors | Ages 5+ | 50 Minutes |
Meets at the Flagpole on the Common Location changed: Meets at the Grist Mill
Together, we will read the book The Painter who Loved Chickens. Then, we’ll get inspired by paintings of creatures from OSV’s collection before creating our own animal artworks.
Village Tours | Ages 6+ | 90 Minutes | Meets in front of the Center Meetinghouse
If you’re new to Old Sturbridge Village, or maybe would like to learn something you’ve never learned before, join a museum educator for a guided tour to explore some exciting highlights of the Village. Please note: this tour involves a lot of walking and will last about 1.5 hours.
Outdoor Kitchen: Cooking over a Fire | 50 Minutes | Meets outside of the Museum Education Building
Learn all about how people in the 1830s cooked in front of and over a fire. Around our outdoor fire pit, we’ll look at different kitchen tools from the period and learn about food preservation. Participants will not be able to prepare or taste recipes during this session, but they will get 19th-century receipts to take home and try on their own.
Changing Landscape Tour | Ages 10+ | 50 Minutes | Meets at the Sawmill
Register for 1:30 SOLD OUT
People in the 1830s utilized the landscape in different ways than we do today. Participants on this tour will learn how the landscape would have looked different in
the 1800s and how people changed it for better or for worse during this time. We will also examine how people at the time utilized natural resources through reuse and recycling.
Play with Clay | Ages 6+ | 50 Minutes | Meets at the Pottery Shop
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.
Weave a Paper Basket | Ages 8+ | 50 Minutes | Meets at the Gristmill
Register for 11:30 SOLD OUT
If you look around OSV, there are baskets everywhere! During the 1830s, Indigenous basketmakers created utilitarian baskets from natural materials and sold them to New Englanders in communities like Sturbridge. We’ll look at a few baskets from the museum’s collection and then learn the basics of basket weaving using paper!