Keep the Kids Busy: School Vacation Week at Old Sturbridge Village Dec. 26-Jan. 5, 2014

Monday, December 16, 2013

Contact:   Ann Lindblad:
508-347-0323; 508-886-2689 cell

Keep the Kids Busy: School Vacation Week at Old Sturbridge Village Dec. 26-Jan. 5, 2014

Indoor and outdoor fun: sleigh rides, sledding, crafts, puppets and magic show

(STURBRIDGE, MA) -  Dec. 16, 2013:  Historians and educators at Old Sturbridge Village are planning lots of indoor and outdoor activities to keep the kids busy – and happy – during December school vacation week (Dec. 26- Jan. 5).  The fun includes both indoor and outdoor activities, including horse-drawn sleigh rides and sledding on 1830s-style sleds (snow permitting), and a variety of family-friendly performances featuring music, magic and puppet shows. School vacation week visitors can meet the OSV oxen, learn to dip candles and make a variety of hands-on crafts.  Details:; 800-SEE-1830.

In addition, Old Sturbridge is offering “Winter Work and Play,” a two-day Discovery Adventure set for December 26-27 open to children ages 6-17. Children learn first-hand what life was like in the 1830s by dressing in period costume and lending a hand with typical 1830s winter chores. By learning to cook over the hearth with food stored in the root cellar, they will see how families ate before the days of modern grocery stores. Discovery Adventure hours are 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m., with extended day care available until 5:30 p.m. For details: 508-347-0285 or register online:

Families can also learn to cook over the hearth at the Village’s special “Families Cook” evening from 5:00 – 9:00 p.m., December 28. Adults and children (ages 8 and up) prepare a 19th-century dinner over the fireplace with help from OSV historians in costume. After learning to chop, cook, and bake the old fashioned way, families sit down together to enjoy the delicious meal by candlelight. Details:

Old Sturbridge Village celebrates New England life in the 1830s and is open year round. During school vacation week the museum is open daily from 9:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Admission: adults $24; seniors $20; children age 3-17 - $8; and children two and under, free. For details on all programs listed: or call 800-733-1830.


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