Join us for our October 14 Home School Day celebrating the bounty of season! Special seasonal activities are planned throughout the Village as part of our Apple and Ag Days celebration. Try out one of our Make History Guides as you explore on your own or sign up for a special hands-on studio at the Museum Education Center (see below)
Cost is $10 per child 3 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.
Hands-On Workshops (50 minutes—$5 per child unless otherwise noted)
Hands-on workshop activities for children ages 6-17 are an additional $5-$15 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.
October 14, 2017 Workshop Offerings are listed below:
50 Minute Studios ($5 per student)
Make a Spaddle
Practice some basic woodworking skills while making a spaddle, a simple but useful kitchen tool.
Make a 1830s Game
Make a 19th-century game to take home! Then, learn how to play so you can show your friends and family!
Create a Corn Husk Doll
Corn was the most common grain grown in New England in the 1830s, and was usually saved for storage. Participants will use the dried husks to create this traditional Native American toy.
People have been using pottery for a long time to hold and store food. Sometimes the pottery is simple and sometimes it’s more decorative. We will learn about pottery in the 1830s and then hand-shape a piece of pottery to bring home using air-dry clay!
Hearth Cooking: Apple Fritters and Mulled Cider
Follow a 19th-century “receipt” for delicious mulled cider! Together, you will mix up a batch of apple fritters and fry them over the fire in the open hearth.
Sewing Project: Fall Penny Rug
Penny rugs are small, decorative pieces made from scraps of felt and cloth. Practice your skills with a needle and make a cute, fall-themed sewing project.
Painting Project: Faux Wood Grain a Picture Frame
Practice the art of faux wood graining, a form of decoration people used in the 1800s to make wooden objects look fancy!
Harvesting for the Winter
Let’s learn how families prepared food 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.
Extended Studios (90 minutes, $10 per student)
Make a Wood and Tin Grater
Hone your woodworking and tinsmithing skills by making a decorative tin grater for your kitchen!
Hearth Cooking: Dried Apple Pie
It’s fall! Follow a 19th-century “receipt” for apple pie. We will also string apple for drying, a popular way to preserve apples in the 1830s.