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Weather conditions permitting, children may enjoy skating and sledding or learn how outdoor chores such as wood splitting and care of the farm animals was done in the 1830s during school vacation week at OSV Dec. 26 Jan. 2. (click for larger version)
December 09, 2010
STURBRIDGE — Are you looking for a way to pry your kids away from those omnipresent video games this Christmas vacation? Old Sturbridge Village will offer multiple indoor and outdoor activities to keep them busy during the week of Sunday, Dec. 26 to Sunday, Jan. 2.

"Parents are always looking for ways to engage their children over the Christmas break, and we have so many fun and educational events this year," said Ann Lindblad, the Director of Marketing at OSV.

The list of outdoor activities includes ice skating, sledding on 1830s-style sleds, and sleigh rides, all of which are contingent on the weather. Guests are asked to bring their own skates if they choose to go skating. In addition, a new exhibit of antique ice skates delivered by the Antique Ice Skate Club will be on display, which includes elaborately decorated vintage figure skates from the 1800's. The Antique Ice Skate Club was established in 2000 to inform the public about the history of ice skating and to demonstrate the major transitions the activity has made in a relatively short period of time.

For those guests preferring to keep warm, OSV historians will be teaching the arts of churning butter, dipping candles, and writing with quill pens. The museum will also offer guests a chance to meet the OSV oxen, watch shadow puppet shows and other family friendly acts, and split fence rails. Craft activities will include the creations of spice bags of cinnamon, clay pots, tin snowflake ornaments, and a period-style animation toy known as a thaumatrope. Most of these crafts fall into the "make and take" category, and after paying between five and ten dollars to create the crafts, guests will be able to take them home as souvenirs.

"The beauty of coming to OSV in the wintertime is that you get to choose between our excellent outdoor and indoor activities," Lindblad added. "There is an activity for every visitor to enjoy at OSV."

On Dec. 29 and 30, OSV will present a two-day Winter Discovery Camp to children ages 6-17. The camp will allow children to dress up in 1830's costumes and experience what it was like to be a kid back in 19th-century New England. The camp hours are 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., with extended daycare available until 5:30 p.m.

For more on this story, please see tomorrow's Southbridge Evening News.

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