Give your child 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--from animal care and farming, to dirty jobs and hearth cooking.
All programs include an afternoon snack, hands-on crafts, and the chance to learn something new while making lasting friends and memories.
Little House Adventures
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. Participants will explore the life of a rural farm family and experience crafts, activities, and foods mentioned in Wilder’s books.
- Make donuts over an open hearth
- Dance to the sounds of a fiddle like Laura’s family
- Create your own rag doll
- Churn butter and make a delicious soft cheese
Are you filled with a sense of adventure? If so, come and join the ranks of early naturalists and explorers who traveled the “uncharted land” of early America. Spend time on the Village’s trails and make nature observations, hone your orientation skills to prepare for the journey, and cook food over a camp fire like a true explorer!
- Learn how to navigate by compass and tell a good bug from a bad one
- Collect specimens on nature walks
- Build a tent and cook outside over an open fire
- Make a map to chart your journey
Life in the 1830s was dirty and smelly! Participants will get hands-on experience with the messiest 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.
- Meet an 1830s dentist
- Help out at the pottery and blacksmith shop
- Take on the messy job of dyeing wool
- Make switchel, a refreshing drink, to cool off after all the hard work!
Sew Much Fun
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!
- Learn how to knit with yarn made from the Village’s sheep
- See embroidery from the museum’s collections then make your own creative cross stitch
- Participate in a sewing circle tea party
- Make a pincushion for your future sewing endeavors
How does wool transform from a sheep’s winter coat to a ball of yarn? Dabble in the history of textile production by learning how wool is treated after it has been shorn. Kids will dye a wool sample, practice weaving, and even meet the wooly wonders themselves—the Village sheep!
- Pick, wash, and dye wool
- Learn to knit and felt
- Try out the art of yarn sewing
- Run alongside the Village’s sheep!
Per Person $325; OSV Members $300 (unless otherwise mentioned)
Add-On Options Available - (Box lunches, Extended Day Care)
Old Sturbridge Village Lodges Discount Package
Package includes a discounted room and continental breakfast at the Old Sturbridge Inn & Reeder Family Lodges. Call 508-347-0206 for more information and mention that you are an Old Sturbridge Village Adventures Family to receive the package rate.
Contact us at 508-347-0285 or firstname.lastname@example.org