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Old Sturbridge Village to Host Family Fun Days from September 3-5

Friday, August 19, 2016

 

Old Sturbridge Village will host Family Fun Days  from September 3 to September 5. 

During the weekend, guest can ride in the Village stagecoach, take a boat ride on a Quinebaug River, enjoy classic early 19th century games like tug of war, base ball, and others. Those attending will be able to meet heritage breed oxen, cows, pigs and chickens, while the OSV historians and artisans show off their hearth cooking skills, pottery, blacksmithing and much more. 

"The immersive environment of the Village---- surrounded by the sights, sounds, animals, smells, and scenery of the past---- sparks the imagination of kids and adults alike. Stepping into the Village is as close as you can get to stepping back in time---- and how wonderful to do so with our 21st century minds! A visit to the Village allows kids to make connections between the lives of children in the past and their own lives today. Family Fun Days will be full of activities: group games, hands-on crafts, animal activity, and farming demonstrations, but there are also plenty of opportunities for quiet exploration for visitors who prefer a slower pace. That's what I think is so special about our Village---- there is so much for everyone," notes Emily Dunnack, Director of Education at the Village. 

During Family Fun Days, children can compete in the ever-popular "Farmyard Games," where teams are pitted against one another to complete a farm task like building a fence or splitting rails. 

Also during the weekend, the daily launch of a toy "fire balloon" on the Common is a tradition at Old Sturbridge Village. The world's first hot air balloon launch was in 1783, so the fascination with balloons was in full swing during the time period portrayed at the Village.

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