Discovery Adventures happen in July and August; See below for details

Times: 9 AM – 3 PM

Cost: Member--$325; Non-member--$350 (Unless otherwise noted)

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 2022 program options!

Additional Spots Recently Added to Select Programs!

COVID Safety Protocols

We are working to ensure that your child has the most enjoyable and safest experience possible during this difficult and ever-changing time. Read more here.

Pricing (Unless Otherwise Mentioned)

Through May 1, 2022:

Member–$275
Non-member–$300

From May 2, 2022 Onward:

Member–$325
Non-member–$350

(A reduced rate of $180 for members and $195 for non-members)  is available for the 3-day programs running the week of Independence Day, July 6-8)

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

Registration Notes


2022 Program Options

Abecedarians (Ages 6-7)

Story Quest!

Click here to register for July 6-8 (3-Day Program Due to Holiday) SOLD OUT

Have you ever tried something you read about in a book?  Let’s explore the 1830’s through stories!  Each day we will use stories to time travel back to life in the 19th century.  Then, kids will participate in crafts, hands-on activities, and adventures relating to the day’s tale.


Fuzzy Friends

Click here to register for July 11-15 SOLD OUT
Click here to register for August 1-5 SOLD OUT

Why was livestock so important to New Englanders in the early 19th century?  Find out by exploring the life of a different farm animal every day of the week.  We will meet the sheep, cows, chickens, pigs, and horses that live in the Village, learn how to tell a good egg from a bag egg, and the reason that blacksmiths are so important to keeping horses healthy.


A Day in the Life

Click here to register for July 18-22
Click here to register for August 8-12 SOLD OUT

Explore the week of an 1830’s kid in this day-in-the-life adventure!  We will learn about real children from this time period and experience what life was like for them;  from games, to farm chores, to school lessons.


Young Artist

Click here to register for July 25-29

Calling all blossoming artists!  Participants in this experience will try out art projects inspired by paintings, pottery, and prints of the 1830s.  We will get inspired by the Village’s animals, gardens, and architecture to create beautiful art.  The week will culminate in a show of our works!

Peddlers (Ages 8-10)

Child’s Play

Click here to register for July 6-8 (3-Day Program Due to Holiday) SOLD OUT

Life in the 1830s was a lot of hard work, but kids still had time to play!  Learn about the toys and games that kept children entertained in the past.  Try your hand at traditional schoolyard games and make some of your own games to take home.


Dirty Jobs

Click here to register for July 11-15 SOLD OUT
Click here to register for August 1-5

Life in the 1830s was dirty and smelly!  Participants will get hands-on experience with the messiest of tasks of life in the early 1800s:  helping farmers around the barn, digging in the dirt of the Village’s gardens, and helping with the messy task of cleaning wool.


Cook and Create

Click here to register for July 11-15 (Group A) SOLD OUT
Click here to register for July 11-15 (Group B)
Click here to register for August 8-12 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 1830s.  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.


History Detectives

Click here to register for July 18-22 SOLD OUT
Click here to register for August 8-12 SOLD OUT

Explore the Village with fresh eyes as you try and 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.

Little House Adventures

Click here to register for July 18-22 SOLD OUT
Click here to register for August 1-5 (Group A) SOLD OUT
Click here to register for August 1-5 (Group B)

Laura Ingalls Wilder’s Little House books are enduring stories about country life in the 19th century.  Though the stories take place in the Midwest, Wilder and her husband Almanzo had roots in the Northeast.  We will explore the life of a rural farm family and experience crafts, activities, and foods mentioned in Wilder’s books.

Sew Much Fun

Click here to register for July 25-29

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 1800’s and craft your own inspired notions!

Apprentices (Ages 11-14)

Home and Hearth

Click here to register for July 6-8 (3-Day Program Due to Holiday) 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 1830s.  Participants in Home and Hearth will 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.


Militia

Click here to register for July 11-15 SOLD OUT
Click here to register for August 1-5 SOLD OUT

Taking on the role of a real 18th and 19th century Sturbridge militia or retired Revolutionary military man, 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’ll try some authentic outdoor camp cooking and participate in other militia-related activities.  Please note:  Because of materials cost, the fee for this program is an additional $25.


Kitchen Kids

Click here to register for July 18-22 (Group A) SOLD OUT
Click here to register for July 18-22 (Group B)

Where did food come from in the 1830s?  How did people keep food good without refrigeration?  More importantly, how does food from the 1830’s taste?  Get cooking with this exploration of 19th-century food.  Chefs will participate in savory and sweet cooking projects during the week-including in one of the Village’s households – – learn about 1830’s food preservation and science, and investigate where people got their food in the early 1800s.


Crafts and Trades

Click here to register for August 8-12 (Group A) SOLD OUT
Click here to register for August 8-12 (Group B)

Plunge into the world of 19th-century artisan with this adventure that will give you hands-on experience with the 1830’s craft.  Each day we will focus on a different historical trade.  After meeting the Village’s knowledgeable costumed historians, we will work on our own exciting projects from sewing, wood, and metal. Please note:  Because of materials cost, the fee for this program is an additional $25.


Arts and Entertainment

Click here to register for July 25-29 (Group A) SOLD OUT
Click here to register for July 25-29 (Group B)

Seeking young people with creativity and an interest in the arts!  Participants will cultivate their social graces while they learn about the leisure pastimes of people in the 1830’s.  Join in the art, music, and dance of the time.  The week will culminate in a group performance for your fellow Discovery Adventurees!

Journeymen (Ages 14-17)

Journeymen

Click here to register for July 25-29 SOLD OUT

Taking on the role of a 19th-century teen, learn the work of young men and women of this time period.  Three mornings a week, learn and work alongside our highly-skilled costumed historians in Village exhibits through rotating station placements.  You will also work on an in-depth craft project and share the experience of preparing and enjoying a 19th-century meal with your fellow Journeymen. Please note:  Because of materials cost, the fee for this program is an additional $25.