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Old Sturbridge Village to Offer Free Admission to Kids on Labor Day Weekend

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

 

Old Sturbridge Village will host their annual "Family Fun Days” celebration on Labor Day weekend.

All children up to age 17 get free admission when accompanied by an adult paying regular price. 

Family activities

Guests will have the opportunity to ride in the stagecoach, take a boat ride on the Quinebaug River, and enjoy classic early 19th-century games like tug-of-war (called French and English in the early 1800s). Families can play "base ball" using an ax handle for a bat, roll hoops, shoot marbles, fish in the Village millpond and enjoy a variety of "make-and-take" crafts.

“We often have children visiting OSV who have never played hopscotch, marbles, jump rope, and who have never tried to walk on a pair of stilts,” said Jack Mullin, Old Sturbridge Village coordinator of education. “It’s gratifying to see how much fun they have with these old fashioned childhood favorites. “

Other highlights each day include musket firing demonstrations and the launch of a "toy fire balloon." Historical magic and puppet shows will be offered throughout the weekend. The Old Sturbridge Village singers will perform on Saturday and the Village dancers will teach 19th-century dances to visitors on Sunday. 

Old Sturbridge Village

Old Sturbridge Village celebrates New England life in the 1830s and is one of the largest living history museums in the country. 

The museum is open daily 9:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. seven days a week.  OSV offers free parking and a free return visit within 10 days. Admission: $24; seniors $22; children 17 under, free through September 1, 2014. For more information, visit here here or call 800-733-1830.

 

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