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Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Take the kids to Old Sturbridge Village in January, they get free admission. Of course, you do have to take them home.

Old Sturbridge Village is one of my most vivid childhood memories. We came out from Eastern Mass in summer. When I supposedly grew up, we moved with kids to just north of OSV. I've been there in all kinds of weather and I would hate to live far away even though I don't go as often as I'd wish. Part of that is my kid's fault. They have grown too fast and those still here, chafe to move on.

Those of you who have youngsters who have not lost a sense of wonder should take them to Old Sturbridge Village in January. Why? Read Below.

Kids Free at Old Sturbridge Village in January

Free admission for children through Jan. 30;

Includes Martin Luther King, Jr. Day and “Fire & Ice” celebrations

Old Sturbridge Village is celebrating the new year with a special thank-you gift for visitors: free admission for children in January – (a $7 value per child). From Jan. 1 -30, all kids under 17 get free admission to the Village when accompanied by an adult (the offer does not apply to educational groups of 10 or more).

The “Kids Free at OSV” offer applies for the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day holiday on Jan. 18 and the museum’s popular Fire & Ice celebration on Jan. 30, when historians demonstrate vintage ice harvesting. Visitors can try their hands at cutting ice on the Village’s frozen mill pond using old-time ice saws. Other winter activities offered at Old Sturbridge Village include ice skating (bring your own skates), sledding on 1830s-style sleds, and weekend sleigh rides (snow permitting).

After enjoying the museum’s outdoor winter activities, visitors can warm up indoors by one of the Village’s many cozy fireplaces and take part in hands-on crafts and activities. Children can also spend time “pretending” in OSV’s popular “KidStory” indoor play area.

Old Sturbridge Village celebrates early New England life from 1790-1840. OSV is open year-round, but hours of operation change seasonally. In winter, the Village is open Wednesday through Sunday 9:30 a.m. – 4 p.m., and on all Monday holidays, including Martin Luther King, Jr. Day and Presidents Day. It is also open daily for School Vacation Week Feb. 13-21. Admission: $20; seniors $18; children 3-17, $7; children under 3, free. Admission includes free parking and a free second-day visit within 10 days. OSV members receive free daytime admission all year long. For details, visit www.osv.org or call 1-800-SEE-1830.

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