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Strawbery Banke Museum Winter Vacation Days: Colonial Work and Play Day

Strawbery Banke

14 Hancock Street
Portsmouth, NH 03801

Phone: 603.433.1100
Website: Click to Visit


Open to kids currently in grades 1 - 5

February 26, 2019 (9am-12pm) Colonial Work & Play Day

Step into the shoes of an 18th-century apprentice and explore three Colonial trades. Students will visit the home of a sea captain to touch and smell some of the exotic imports that were part of Portsmouth's thriving economy. Experience the weavers trade by working on a loom and discover the early medical profession as an apothecary.  But not all Colonial life was work; 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.

Pre-registration required.  To register, visit

This is just one of three Winter Vacation Days.  Sign up for one or join us for all three!  For more information, visit

Offerings for Additional Winter Vacation Days:

February 25, 2019 (9am-12pm) – Food History Day

Travel back to Colonial times to experience open hearth cooking over a wood fire. Read an historic recipe, weigh and measure ingredients on kitchen scales, and bake over hot coals using 18th-century tools and techniques. Next, visit the 1800s as you explore how the Industrial Revolution found its way into America's kitchens, utterly transforming daily life.  Prepare a Victorian-era recipe on our cast-iron cookstove. Program includes exploration of a colonial shop and investigation of 19-century homes.

February 27, 2019 (9am-12pm) – Behind the Scenes Day

First, become an archaeologist in a simulated tabletop excavation. Using trowels and brushes, unearth buried 'artifacts' and learn how archaeologists use objects to discover the secrets of the past. Then, discover how colonial people built homes with just hand tools and human power as you become part of a construction crew, working as a team to assemble a tabletop model of an 18th-century post-and-beam house. Finally, go behind the scenes in the historic houses looking for clues to the construction and the lives of the people who lived there long ago.



Tuesday, 26 February, 2019


Strawbery Banke Museum

Phone: 6034227545
Website: Click to Visit


20.00 (member)/ 30.00 (non-member)

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