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Life in 1800

What was life like in 1800 Boston? At Otis House Visit Otis House and learn what life was like for the Otis children and their neighbors in 1800s Boston. Become an apprentice in the plaster workshop and play games in the Otis family’s parlor. Program Details Available weekdays, year-round,...

Little Ducklings Summer Camp

Ideal for first-time campers At Casey Farm Introduce your little ones to Casey Farm and the camp experience with Little Ducklings, perfect for children ready to explore on their own, but not ready for a full week or day-long camp. For three mornings a week campers meet and interact...

Little Farmers Summer Enrichment Program

Fun on the farm for ages 5 to 9 At Spencer-Peirce-Little Farm This program immerses younger children in fun farm-related activities at Spencer-Peirce-Little Farm in Newbury, Massachusetts. Little Farmers is a safe, stimulating daily adventure for youngsters in a beautiful farm setting. Each day, activities have different farm-related themes...

On The Farm

Discover how a farm really works At Casey Farm What is a farm and what happens there? To find out about life on Casey Farm, students meet farm animals, explore fields and farm buildings, get to act like a draft horse, and learn what it’s like to milk a...

Otis House Student Tour

What was life like in 1800? At Otis House Take your students on a trip back to the year 1800. This short program is designed to fit into a daylong class trip to Boston. Museum educators lead students on a dynamic, interactive tour of Otis House, the home of...

Period Pastimes

Discover the history of play At Roseland Cottage or Your Site What did children play 100 years ago? What was childhood like in Colonial America? In this hands-on program students explore the history of play in America and compare it to their lives today. Students learn about childhood and...

Period Pastimes at Arnold House

Find out how colonial children had fun At Arnold House or Your Site What was leisure like for children of the past? How did changes in technology and attitudes towards childhood affect children’s play? Students discover the answers to these questions at Arnold House (1693), where they solve riddles,...

Play and Work: Two Sides of History at the Grange

A day in the life at the turn of the century At the Codman Estate Play and Work gives students the chance to experience a day in the life of a prominent family at the Codman Estate in turn-of-the-century Lincoln, Massachusetts. Teenager Dorothy Codman and her nursemaid, Marie-Reine Lucas,...

Portraits!

What can we learn from a portrait? At Otis House or Your Site Portraits tell us so much more than just what people looked like. Learn how to read the clues in old portraits, and make a self-portrait that tells the world all about you. Program Details Available weekdays,...

Pre-School Programs: History for Early Learners

A hands-on introduction to learning history At Pierce House or Your Site These fun-filled programs combine themed story books and hands-on craft activities to introduce children ages 3 to 6 to New England’s history, at Historic New England’s Pierce House or your location.. New programs are frequently added. The...