A mom and kids in the Fitch Kitchen

Thursday, September 6, 2018

Times: The Village is open 9:30 am to 4:00 pm. Workshop times vary; see below.

Get back into learning mode with us at our September 6 Homeschool Day! Participants can try their hands at workshops focused on words. From printing and paper crafts, to woven bookmarks and hand-dipped candles, homeschoolers can create all the implements they need for reading and writing, 19th-century style!

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). Hands-on crafts are available for children under 5 on a drop-in basis throughout the day at Museum Education.

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

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.  Workshops are an additional fee (see below).

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+ LIMITED SPACE
1:30: Ages 8+ SOLD OUT

Follow a 19th-century “receipt” for trifle to make a delicious snack to share together. Participants will also take a look at other historic receipts to see how food has changed over time. Ingredients will include: eggs, flour, butter, sugar, vanilla custard, strawberries, strawberry jam.

Weave a Bookmark

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

Participants will learn the basics of weaving on a loom, and then start weaving a small bookmark to take home with them.

Make an 1830s Game

10:30: Ages 8+ LIMITED SPACE
11:30: Ages 6+ LIMITED SPACE
1:30: Ages 6+

Try out word games, riddles, and conundrums from the 1830s. Then make your own, fun game from the 19th century!

Printing and Paper Marbling

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

Try your hand at using a real printing press, create a beautiful piece of marbled paper, or make a personalized card using a carved woodblock. Older participants will explore the art of bookbinding and then try it on their own.

Weather and Weeds

10:30: Ages 6+ LIMITED SPACE
11:30: Ages 8+
1:30: Ages 10+ 

Farmers in the 1800s often recorded the day’s weather in their journals. Participants in this workshop will explore the importance of agriculture, try out 19th-century gardening tools, and sew together their own weather diary.

Sew a Pen Wipe

10:30: Ages 10+
11:30: Ages 8+ SOLD OUT
1:30: Ages 8+ LIMITED SPACE

Pen wipes were used to clean up messy drips from a quill or steel-nibbed pen. Practice your sewing skills while making a useful tool for your writing desk! Participants will get a quill to take home with them.

Make Candles and Tin Candleholder ($7)

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

Working with metal can be a fun challenge! Craft a small candleholder out of tin and make a set of hand-dipped candles to go along with it to read your books by.

Decorate a Trinket Box

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

Use paper, paint, and fabric to decorate a small bandbox, a decorative and useful container for all your knick-knacks.

Extended Workshops (prices and length vary, see below)

Extended Cooking: Tea and Pie

$15 per student

10:30-12:00: Ages 10+

Follow a 19th-century “receipt” for bird’s next pudding to make a delicious snack to share together over tea. Participants will also take a look at other historic receipts and cookbooks to see how food has changed over time. They will also a little about early writers like Lydia Maria Child, Amelia Simmons, and others. Ingredients will include: eggs, milk, flour, apples, sugar, peppermint tea.

Make a Lap Desk

$15 per student

1:30-3:30: Ages 10+ SOLD OUT

Use your woodworking skills to make a lap desk, a portable desk with a hinged lid to store all of your letters and writing implements.