Kids on a field trip to Old Sturbridge Village

Friday, September 10, 2021

Times: The Village is open from 9:30 am to 5:00 pm.

Get back into learning mode with us at our September 10th Homeschool Day! Participants will try their hands at workshops relating to education in the 1830s, along with other seasonal projects that allow them to get their hands on history. What was schooling like in the 19th century? What did children learn? When did they attend? We will focus on all these questions and more during our first Homeschool Day of the 2021/2022 season.

Home School Days offer you and your family the opportunity to explore the Village and participate in activities. From games, to woodworking, to nature exploration, this is a great opportunity for kids to gain exposure to many aspects of 1830s New England life in an interactive way.

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 (except where noted), 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

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. As always, members get into the Village for free.

Click here to purchase/reserve tickets for September 10, 2021

Please note: All visitors must enter the Village through the main Visitor Center. At this time, Museum Education remains closed to the public. If this changes, we will notify you via email

Timed In-Person Workshops (subject to change)

Things to know:

JUST ADDED: Simple Machines Tour | Ages 6+ | 50 Minutes | FREE | Meets at the Gristmill  

Register for 10:00 SOLD OUT
Register for 1:30 SOLD OUT

There are so many simple machines to see here at the Village! From pulleys to wedges to screws, take a tour with a museum educator to see how many you can find!
 
JUST ADDED: Kids’ Life Tour | Ages 6+ | 90 minutes | $5 | Meets at the Sawmill 

Register for 11:00 SOLD OUT

What was life like for a kid in the 1830s? What did you do for fun, and how did you help out your family around the house? And, how did this differ based on where you lived and who you were? Tour around the Village with a museum educator to learn more about children’s lives in the 19th-century, and how it’s different (or similar!) to your lives today.
Back to School: Sew a School Book and Practice Penmanship | Ages 6+ | 50 Minutes | $5 | Meets outside the Museum Ed Building

Register for 11:00 SOLD OUT
Register for 1:00 SOLD OUT
Register for 2:00 SOLD OUT

Sew together a historically inspired school book, learn about education in the 1830s, and practice your penmanship using a quill and ink or chalk and slates. We’ll also do a mini school lesson!

Cider Making and Corn Processing | Ages 6+ | 50 Minutes | $5 | Meets at the Sawmill

Register for 11:00 SOLD OUT
Register for 2:00 SOLD OUT

Believe it or not, many rural children didn’t go to school in the fall in the 1830s. They were busy at home, helping with the harvest. Let’s learn how families prepared food in the fall for the long winter. Participants will also try their hand at using a small cider press and process dried corn. Later, visit the Village’s cider press on your own.

Wool Dyeing | Ages 6+ | 50 Minutes | $5 | Meets at the Sawmill

Register for 10:00 SOLD OUT
Register for 1:00 SOLD OUT

Participants in this workshop will learn all about the science behind turning light wool into vibrant, dyed yarn! We will look at different dyestuffs; talk about mordants, metallic substances that help fix the dye to the wool; the mechanics behind spinning; and more. Then, we will dye our own skein of wool yarn using a modern dye: kool-aid!

Make a Family Register | Ages 9+ | 50 Minutes | $5 | Meets Outside the Museum Ed Building

Register for 10:00
Register for 1:00 SOLD OUT

A family register was an important way for 19th-century families to record their genealogy. Students in academies sometimes made intricate, sewn registers on fabric. We will use paint and theorem stencils to create a one-of-a-kind register for you to record your family history!

Make a Tin Quilt Square | Ages 8+ | 50 Minutes | $5 | Meets at the Sawmill

Register for 10:00 SOLD OUT
Register for 11:00 SOLD OUT

After looking at quilts and tin items from the Village’s collection, we’ll combine these two art forms and get creative by making our own punched tin quilt square.

Stories & Crafts: Make a Shoe | Ages 5+ | 50 Minutes | $5 | Meets at the Center Meetinghouse

Created especially for children ages 5 and up, participants in these workshops will read a story together and then do an 1830s-inspired craft, relating to the tale.

Register for 10:00 SOLD OUT

Shoemaking was one of the biggest industries in Massachusetts in the 1830s. After farming and textile manufacturing, more people were involved in making shoes that any other profession at the time. Participants in this workshop will check out the shoe shop, read the book Sam Bennett’s New Shoes, and then make and decorate their own shoe from cardstock.

Stories & Crafts: Toy Houses | Ages 5+ | 50 Minutes | $5 | Meets at the Sawmill 

Created especially for children ages 5 and up, participants in these workshops will read a story together and then do an 1830s-inspired craft, relating to the tale.

Register for 11:00 SOLD OUT
Register for 1:00 SOLD OUT

Participants in this workshop will read the book If I Built a House and use their imaginations to envision the house of their dreams. After the story, try out a simple wood project by making a toy village playset, inspired by toys from the museum’s collection.

Stories & Crafts: Sew a Cookbook | Ages 5+ | 50 Minutes | $5 | Meets at the Sawmill 

Created especially for children ages 5 and up, participants in these workshops will read a story together and then do an 1830s-inspired craft, relating to the tale.

Register for 10:00 SOLD OUT

After reading the story Mr. Crum’s Potato Predicament, a tale about the chef who invented the first potato chip in the 1850s, participants in this workshop will take a look at some period cookbooks. Then, we’ll sew our own cookbooks and get them started with one of the Village’s best receipts.

Stories & Crafts: Wet Felting | Ages 5+ | 50 Minutes | $5 | Meets at the Center Meetinghouse 

Created especially for children ages 5 and up, participants in these workshops will read a story together and then do an 1830s-inspired craft, relating to the tale.

Register for 11:00 SOLD OUT
Register for 1:00 SOLD OUT

After reading the story The Ox Cart Man, a classic tale about New England farm life, participants will visit the Asa Knight Store for a scavenger hunt and store exchange. Then, we’ll do a wet felting activity with colorful wool.

Outdoor Kitchen: Cooking over a Fire | 50 Minutes | $5 | Meets Outside the Museum Ed Building

Register for 10:00 (Ages 6+) SOLD OUT
Register for 11:00 (Ages 10+) SOLD OUT

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. Together, participants will prepare a 19th-century treat to enjoy.

Play with Clay | Ages 5+ | 50 Minutes | $5 | Meets at the Pottery Shop 

Register for 10:00 SOLD OUT
Register for 1:00 SOLD OUT

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.

Timberframing | Ages 8+ | 50 Minutes | FREE | Meets at the Center Meetinghouse

Register for 11:30 SOLD OUT

Try your hand at assembling a scaled down version of a timberframe structure in the Village! Participants will take a look at the Village’s newest building, the cabinet shop, and then work together to erect the miniature timberframe.

Food Preservation | Ages 9+ | 90 Minutes | $5 | Meets Outside the Museum Ed Building

Register for 10:30-12:00 SOLD OUT

It’s harvest time on the farm, and 1830s rural families had to think about how to make their food last through the long New England winter. Participants in this workshop will explore the many uses of vinegar as they make a brine, berry shrub, and soft cheese. We’ll also create a yeast trap to utilize wild yeast for breadmaking.

Make a Footstool | Ages 10+ | 90 Minutes | $15 | Meets Outside the Museum Ed Building

Register for 1:00-2:30 SOLD OUT

Use your woodworking skills to make a small footstool, perfect for resting your feet after a long day of studying or chores. (Please note: this activity will take place inside the Museum Education wood studio.)


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