Old Sturbridge Village Birthday Parties
A great place for a memorable birthday experience. Several themes to choose from (all in period costumes), including period games, a tea party, base ball, and making a toy wooden boat. Gatherings designed for up to eight children include Village admission
For a memorable birthday, parents are discovering that Old Sturbridge Village is the right place at the right time - 1838, that is. The history museum offers parties on various themes, some seasonal, others offered year-round, for groups of up to eight children (ages 6 to 15) and two adults.
All are designed to provide loads of fun - even some education - as participants don 1830s clothing and explore life in an earlier time.
A Fashionable Tea Party Theme
One of the birthday party themes offered by Old Sturbridge Village any time of year is A Fashionable Tea Party, where participants bake a cake at the hearth and learn about 19th-century table manners, such as sipping tea from the saucer! Partygoers also play period parlor games and make a 'secret' (a 19th-century party favor) to take home.
Play Ball! Theme
Another theme, offered from April through October, is Play Ball!, where participants learn about the game before the Major Leagues were born, play a game or two, and work on a period baseball to take home.
The centerpiece of each theme - also including Fun and Games (year-round) and Setting Sail (Apr.-Oct.) - is a 90-minute program led by museum staff and a hands-on activity resulting in a take-home project. Details of each program are available online at
The birthday child receives an OSV T-shirt and a memory book signed by all. Refreshments (lemonade and fresh-baked cookies from OSV's Bake Shop) are also included.
Through October24, 2008: Daily, 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. October 25-April 17, 2009: Tues-Sun, 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Open Thanksgiving Day (11/27), closed Christmas Day (12/25), open Monday, December 29 (during school vacation week), open New Year's Day (1/1), open King Day (1/19), open Presidents' Day (2/16)
Phone: (508) 347-0285
Old Sturbridge Village is located just off Route 20 in Sturbridge, near Exit 9 off the Mass Pike (I-90) and Exit 2 of I- 84.
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