Summer Discovery Adventures happen weekly from late June to early August; See below for details

Times: Discovery Adventures run 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. On the first day of your scheduled program, drop-off begins at 8:15, with an introduction at 8:45 a.m.

Discovery Adventures are immersive day programs that give kids a chance to step back in time and experience life in the 1830s at Old Sturbridge Village. Every session offers kids the opportunity to explore an aspect of 19th-century history and daily life. All programs include an afternoon snack, hands-on crafts, and the chance to learn something new while making lasting friends and memories. Click the appropriate age category below to see 2024 program options!

Pricing (Unless Otherwise Mentioned)

5-Day Programs

Pricing from April 22, 2024 Onward:

Member–$355
Non-member–$380

Please note: Select programs have an increase of $25 based on specialty materials. 

Lunch can be added for an additional $43 per child per week during registration. Learn more here.

Registration Notes


2024 Program Options

Abecedarians (Ages 6-7)

The Wonderful World of Animals

Register for July 8-12 SOLD OUT

Register for August 5-9

In this program, explore the different animals and creatures we have here at the Village! Participants will learn the importance of preserving natural habitats as they take nature walks, and discover the different birds and bugs that make their home here.  Meet our team of oxen, a flock of sheep, and see how important they were to life in an 1830s Village.

Activities may include building a suet feeder, nature scavenger hunts, baking a snack over an open hearth, and sculpting animals from clay.

Once Upon a Time:  Young Authors Unleashed

Register for July 15-19

Share favorite stories while brainstorming ideas for a story of your own!  Participants will create their own picture book while using the Village as their story inspiration.

Activities may include writing and illustrating their own bound book, making a block print, writing with quill pens, and using the printing press.

Westward Ho!

Register for July 1-5

Register for July 29-August 2

In the 1830s, some families were seeking a new life in the expanding frontier.  Explore the remarkable transportation methods like trains and the Erie Canal, which helped 19th-century Americans travel west as our new country began to grow.

Activities may include building a wooden boat to sail on Mill Pond, cooking a historical recipe over an outdoor fire, and exploring 19th-century maps in our collections.

*Partial week enrollment is available for July 1-5 week only.  Please call 508-347-0276 to register.

**Children here on July 4th will participate in special July 4th Village activities.

Artful Explorers

Register for June 24-28

Register for July 22-26

Explore different mediums of 19th-century art while creating your own masterpieces using the Village as your inspiration!  The week will culminate with an art show highlighting our young artist’s creations.

Activities may include watercolor painting, sketching with charcoal, and creating a self-portrait miniature.

Peddlers (Ages 8-10)

Barnyard & Garden

Register for June 24-28 SOLD OUT

Register for July 15-19

Join us as we explore the challenges and wonders of cultivating gardens in the 19th century and the heritage breed animals that we have in the Village.  Get your hands dirty by turning over gardens and planting seeds.  Learn about the importance of composting and the technological changes that made life and work at home a little easier.  Explore the many gardens in the Village and use them as inspiration for your own home gardens!

Activities may include building your own tabletop greenhouse, preparing a simple meal with garden vegetables, and dyeing wool.

Cook and Create

Register for July 8-12 SOLD OUT

Register for July 29-August 2 SOLD OUT

From the time they were six or seven years old, kids were really important to the daily upkeep of a household in the 1830’s.  Participants in Cook and Create will learn how to cook historical food in a brick hearth, practice 19th -century crafts, and get their hands dirty with some typical tasks at home and on the farm.

Sew Much Fun

Register for July 15-19 SOLD OUT

Boys and girls in the 1830s learned basic sewing skills to create and repair sewn goods. Hone your sewing talents through fun beginner projects, learn about how textiles were made in the early 1800s, and craft your own inspired notions!

Activities may include basic knitting, embroidery, and quilting

Artist at Work

Register for July 1-5

Register for July 22-26

Please note:  Because of the cost of materials, the fee for this program is an additional $25.

This program is designed for children eager to explore the intricate world of artisans from the 1830s.  Spend time in the Village’s art collection and engage in creating your own artwork inspired by the 19th –century.  Discover other ways that people of that time expressed their creativity.

Activities may include decorating a bandbox, reverse glass, and recreating art in the style of 19th -century artists.

*Partial week enrollment is available for July 1-5 week only.  Please call 508-347-0276 to register.

**Children here on July 4th will participate in special July 4th Village activities.

Why Did They Do That?

Register for July 8-12

Register for July 29-August 2

This program delves into the peculiar and sometimes gross aspects of life in the 1800s.  Participants will explore the many unique ways people in the 1830s lived everyday life without the convenience of modern products and tools we have today.

Activities may include cleaning wool, making dyes with natural materials, creating herbal remedies, cooking over an open hearth, discovering the magic of compost

History Detectives

Register for July 22-26 SOLD OUT

Register for August 5-9 Spaces just added!

Explore the Village with fresh eyes as you try to unravel a week-long mystery!  Detective trainees in this program will flex their mystery-solving skills as they decipher codes and hunt for clues.  They will participate in traditional Discovery Adventures activities like hearth cooking and chores, all tinged with an element of the mysterious as they compile leads throughout the week.

Apprentices (Ages 11-14)

Junior Artisans:  Wood & Tin

Register for June 24-28

Register for July 15-19

Please note:  Because of the cost of materials, the fee for this program is an additional $25.

An exciting weeklong program designed to spark creativity through hands-on projects in wood and tin.  After meeting the Village’s knowledgeable costumed historians, we will work on our own projects using these materials.   Participants will learn valuable skills and develop an appreciation for 19th-century crafts.

Finer Things:  A Guide to Elegance in the 1830s

Register for July 1-5

Register for July 8-12 SOLD OUT

Please note:  Because of the cost of materials, the fee for this program is an additional $25.

Step back in time as participants explore the fashions, cultural pursuits, and manners of the early 19th century.  The week’s activities will include peaking in our curatorial closets, practicing the art of calligraphy, and having an 1830s-style afternoon tea with treats prepared by the participants.

*Partial week enrollment available for July 1-5 week only.  Please call 508-347-0276 to register.

**Children here on July 4th will participate in special July 4th Village activities.

The Great 19th-Century Bake Off

Register for July 22-26 SOLD OUT

Register for August 5-9 Spaces just added!

Please note:  Because of the cost of materials, the fee for this program is an additional $25.

Join us for a week of baking fun!  Participants will spend time learning 19th -century baking techniques, and how to translate recipes from that time into tasty treats.  At the end of the week, we will have a baking competition to flex our new skills!

Militia

Register for July 1-5

Register for July 29-August 2 SOLD OUT

Please note:  Because of the cost of materials, the fee for this program is an additional $25.

Taking on the role of a real 18th and 19th-century Sturbridge militia or retired Revolutionary soldier, our company will learn the discipline, drills, target practice, arms, clothing, and personal equipment that were required of a member of an early New England militia.  In addition to all the practice drills, you will try some authentic outdoor camp cooking and participate in other militia-related activities.

Ready, Set, Create!

Register for July 29-August 2

Please note:  Because of the cost of materials, the fee for this program is an additional $25.

Seeking young people with creativity and an interest in the arts!  During this weeklong program, participants will explore artistic expressions such as music, storytelling, and puppetry from the 19th century. The week will culminate in a group performance for your fellow Discovery Adventures!

Journeymen (Ages 14-17)

Forge and Fire

Register for July 8-12

Register for July 22-26 SOLD OUT

Please note:  Because of the cost of materials, the fee for this program is an additional $25.

Roll up your sleeves and discover what it was like to be a blacksmith and a potter during the 19th century.   This program will have participants working half of their week with the blacksmith and half of their week using the potter’s wheel creating their own masterpieces.  Spend time learning your craft before going out into the Village to observe our costumed experts.

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