Primary Grade Programs (Grades K-3)


60-minute interactive programs, guided by professional museum educators, involve students in hands-on history. Workshops feature engaging, fun activities and support state and national curriculum standards. Workshop prices include admission to the self-guided tour and are usually done in addition to the self-guided tour.

Maximum group size per workshop: 15 students. (Multiple workshops can be run at the same time and in two sessions to accommodate large groups).

Cost: $12.00 per student

Please note that Time Travel Workshops are not offered July – August.  

Registration Required

New Inventions: Victorian CookingSchools Cookstove Cooking 6

In the 1800s, cookstoves were the latest in high-tech home appliances. See how the Industrial Revolution found its way into America’s kitchens, utterly transforming daily life, as you prepare a Victorian-era recipe on our cast-iron cookstove. Then search our historic homes for the new inventions of the Industrial Age.

Home and Hearth: Colonial Cooking

Travel back to the 18th-century to compare and contrast life Schools Hearth Cooking 5before electricity to our lives today.  Experience what life was like for children in the 1700s while using an historical recipe and baking over hot coals using 18th-century tools and techniques. Then tour a colonial shop to get a taste of global trade and discover exotic spices and foreign goods brought to New England from faraway places.

Toys and Games of Long AgoGoodwin Garden

Discover how the lives of children in the past were similar and different to our lives today through an exploration of toys and games of the 18th century.  Try out games that were played when working as well as learning games and leisure time games.  Touch and use some of the wooden toys of the past and see how they compare to what kids use today.

history-explorers.jpgA Colonial Sampler

Delve into daily life 200 years ago and see how things have change and what is still the same.  Lend a hand in the colonial kitchen and help churn butter and grind spices; discover how families stayed healthy and make herbal toothpowder; and explore how people got from place to place through a simulated coach ride.  This is an abbreviated version of the History Explorers Program offered in March.

Winter Programs

Thanksgiving: From Festival to Feast
November 4 -8, 11 – 15, 18 – 22, 25 & 26
9:45 AM- 12:00 PM or 12:45 – 3:00 PM
Maximum group size per session: 120 students
Price: $12.00 per student/$8.00 per adult chaperone

Trace the evolution of Thanksgiving from the Puritans’ holy day of thanks to today’s Hearth Cooking Picturefamily feast and homecoming. In this active, fast-paced, and multi-sensory program, you’ll discover how Thanksgiving transcended time, place and culture to become the uniquely American holiday we celebrate today. Try some old-fashioned cooking, create harvest crafts, and talk with costumed roleplayers. In small groups guided by a museum educator, find the common themes of this holiday over three centuries: charity, survival, gratitude, national identity, and the celebration of family and community.

Thanksgiving: From Festival to Feast Extension Activities

History on IcePCC1

Dates: December 9, 2019 – February 14, 2020
Maximum group size: 80 students per day
Cost: $12.00 per student/$8.00 per adult (Cost includes workshop, skating and rentals if needed)
NOTE:  Groups can schedule a visit for just skating at $5.00 per person

During the winter months, Strawbery Banke opens Labrie Family Skate at Puddle Dock Pond for old-fashioned, wintertime fun!  Now students can experience one of Strawbery Banke’s popular Time Travel Workshops as well as spend some time getting fresh air and exercise at the rink.

See Workshop Options at the top of the page.

History Explorers: A Journey into Colonial Life

March 9 – 13, 16 – 20 & 23 – 27, 2020
9:45 AM- 1:00 PM
Maximum group size per day: 120 students
Price: $12.00 per student/$8.00 per adult chaperone

Making Tooth PowderStep into the past using a book as your time machine!  Hear an amusing story of a colonial boy’s day in Williamsburg, VA.  Experience his life as you participate in kitchen chores in front of an open hearth, make old-fashioned toothpowder, dress up and simulate a stagecoach ride, and play an 18th-century school game.  Participants will visit two historic homes as they compare and contrast daily life 200 years ago to daily life today.  Topics include health & hygiene, school, entertainments and daily chores.

31e44b91-3337-47fa-b14e-1f69d1bd8223-thumbnail[1]Barnyard Spring: Heritage Breeds at the Banke
Strawbery Banke welcomes Spring with a showcase of more than a dozen heirloom breeds of Baby Animals (and their moms) that would have been familiar to earlier generations. In addition, a hands-on fiber arts area helps students understand the importance of animals to the livelihood of early New England settlers. Activities include weaving on looms, exploring the Children’s Discovery Center, a hands-on knitting area and of course, viewing a variety of heritage breed farm animals including rabbits, donkeys, poultry, pigs, sheep and goats.
Dates: April 22 – 26, 2019
Cost: $6.00 per student/$6.00 per adult

Enhance your visit to the barnyard by adding a Time Travel Workshop to your day.
Cost for Workshop: $12.00 per student (this price includes admission to the Baby Animals Exhibit)

See Workshop Options at the top of the page.