– By Lauren O’Neill
Old Sturbridge Village
Hours: Open every day all day
Check their website daily for the days lineup.
Admissions: Adults: $20 Seniors: $18 Youth 3-17: $7 Under 3: Free
Ready to be transported back in time? Old Sturbridge Village is worth definitely worth the one-hour drive; there is always something going on in that “town”. Plus, it’s fun to remind the kiddos that there were in fact fun things to do before the Wii was ever conceived! So put down your smartphone and plan a trip to check out one of these Spring events.
March 2nd: Home School Day
Do you home school? If you do, take advantage of Old Sturbridge Village’s Home School Day. It is a great way for kids to get a hands-on learning experience. March 2nd’s theme is Thanksgiving Traditions, you’ll get the scoop on one of our nation’s favorite holidays and learn how it’s evolved over time.
Weekends in March: Maple Days
March 3rd – 4th, 10th – 11th, 17th – 18th, 24th – 25th
To us, the first smell of Spring may be flowers, but at Old Sturbridge Village it’s the smell of maple and wood smoke that ring in Spring. On weekends in March, observe maple-sugaring ala the early 19th-century rural New England way! From start to finish you and the kids will learn the maple sugar process and why it was preferred over it’s syrupy successor, and have the chance to sample traditional period foods made by the hearth at the Freeman Farm.
March 31st: Boyscout Day!
Boyscout Day at Old Sturbridge Village gives the scouts and their families a special chance to learn about America’s History! Any Boyscout in uniform plus one adult will enjoy reduced admissions and the chance to explore the Village’s three distinct areas: the Center Village, the Countryside, and the Mill Neighborhood. And, Girl Scouts, don’t feel left out! Your honorary day is April 14, 2012 during April School Vacation Week!
April 14th- April 22nd: April School Vacation Week
Yes, everyday at Old Sturbridge Village is an adventure back to the past and this week enjoy expanded hands-on interactive activities for the whole family. During Spring Break, you will get a special, once a season opportunity, to meet the new additions to the farm. The lambs are always a favorite!
April 16th: Patriot’s Day
On Patriots Day (also during school vacation week) Old Sturbridge Village invites you to join them in celebrating the New England Patriot’s role in our nation’s birth! If you’ve ever wished you were there on this fateful day, this is your best chance. Watch fife and drum music, musket ball-making demonstrations, and create a Revolutionary War musket cartridge. Listen on as a minuteman and a loyalist talk about what makes them different and participate in a drill and march with muskets on the Common, complete with instructions from the official 1776 drill manual.
Lauren is a Boston area transplant trying to figure out life in the city after graduating from art school.