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Time travel couldn't be easier for you or your family. We offer year round,
award-winning special events and productions.

Check out our Community Calendar for more great events.

Capture the Flag

June 6, 2015
6:30 pm to 8:30 pm

Bring your friends!  Bring your family!  Join us for a site wide game of Capture the Flag.

Wondering what Capture the Flag is?  Check out our brief description.  Read more about the rules of the game at the museum as there are many variations to how this game is play.

Passion for Fashion

June 13, 2015
10:00 am to 4:30 pm

We're all about threads this week.  We will have quilts on display, along with wool carding, dyeing and spinning demonstrations, sewing, knitting, needle arts and more!  Check out fashion through Pickering's history in the Rural Runway.  Join us to explore the world of fashion!

Once Upon a Saturday

June 20, 2015
10:00 am to 4:30 pm

A day of stories and fun!  Bring your teddy bear and a picnic to join us for a teddy bear picnic.  We will even have a teddy bear first aid station.  Backwoods Players present "Lady Audrey's Secret" free with admission.

Summer Solstice Suppers

June 20 and 27, 2015
6:30 pm

World-class humour is served up alongside a full course meal circa 1850.  This limited seating event promises an evening you won't soon forget.  Your evening includes interacting with your costumed hostess as she prepares an authentic mid-1800s meal, the quaint ambiance of the museum village's rural inn, 19th century amusements, and a full course meal based on the season.  Tickets are $60 a person and are on sale now.  You can purchase tickets online at the eStore or in person at the Pickering Museum Village Gift Shop.

Museum Minecraft

June 27, 2015
10:00 am to 4:30 pm

Back by popular demand!  Join us for our live version of the computer game Minecraft.  Mine for resources throughout the village and craft your items to get through our levels.  To finish all levels of our game may take 3 hours, so bring your lunch and spend the day!

Beach in a Bottle ~ Kids in the Village

July 2, 2015
10:00 am

By the end of the 1800s into the early 20th century, the shores of Pickering became vacation spots for Toronto cottagers.  The communities of Fairport Beach, Rosebank, Fairport Village, and Squire's Beach all became popular destinations for people seeking a stay at the beach.  Join us for this week's Kids in the Village to make your own beach diorama in a jar.  Use your imagination, and some "ingredients" from around the site to create your landscape, and even add a cottage or a log house to make the scene complete!

Ontario County Ball

July 4, 2015
Watch for this page for details about our exciting new event, the Ontario County Ball!  Starting March 1 you can purchase tickets online at the eStore or in person at the Pickering Museum Village Gift Shop.

Design Your Own Postage Stamp ~ Kids in the Village

July 9, 2015
10:00 am

At the time of Pickering's early settlement, postage stamps didn't exist!  The sender of a letter or package could mail it for free - it was the person receiving who had to pay to get it.  Many was the settler who went to the post office just to hold a letter from back home, then give it back to the post master because they didn't have the money to pay for it.  The first pre-paid stamp used in the Canadian colonies was in 1851, in New Brunswick.  Canada's first official stamp, called the "Three Penny Beaver" was designed by Sir Sandford Fleming in 1851.  It was the first stamp in the world to have a picture on it.  Come out and make and wrap a parcel box, then design your own postage stamp to go on it.

Blue Ribbon Baking

July 11, 2015
10:00 am to 4:30 pm

Come sample your way through the village and vote for your favourite baked good at the General Store.

Mask ~ Kids in the Village

July 16, 2015
10:00 am

Even the Greeks and Romans used masks thousands of years ago, to trick the gods, or pretend to be someone else.  Masquerade balls have been popular for centuries.  In spirit of the museum's Ball this summer, hosted by Stepping in Tyme Dance Society, this week's craft give children the chance to design and decorate a template mask, and afterwards learn a simple dance from the early 1800s.

Totally Tea

July 18, 2015
10:00 am to 4:30 pm

Today is all about tea.  Have some fun, dress for tea, and join us in our Hat & Fascinator Competition!  Sample different teas, learn some tea etiquette, and listen to the Village Singers. 

Diaries ~ Kids in the Village

July 23, 2015
10:00 am

Much of what we understand about daily life, marriage and other events are learned through diaries and journals.  A diary gives insight into the life of people living in other countries or a glimpse of the life of a distant ancestor.  They are a way of keeping alive memories of those who have since passed.  Children will have the opportunity to make a diary of their own, design the cover and even write a journal entry or story using a quill and ink.

Scandals and Scoundrels

July 25, 2015
10:00 am to 4:30 pm

News worthy tales from Pickering's past will be explored this Saturday, including performances by Backwoods Players.

Pinhole Camera ~ Kids in the Village

July 30, 2015
10:00 am

Believe it or not, but the idea of photography goes back as far as 4th century (BCE) Greece and China!  The "Camera Obscura" as it was called by the 6th century, was used in the early experiments of Byzantine mathematician, to capture images using only light.  Leonardo Da Vinci even used a similar design to the camera obscura to trace life like images in his artwork.  Later, Louis Daguerre used a combination of these ideas to create the daguerreotype camera in the 1830s, using chemicals to etch images, then transfer them to paper.  Come out and make a pinhole camera, then capture your own images later at home.

Capture the Flag

August 1, 2015
6:30 pm to 8:30 pm

Bring your friends!  Bring your family!  Join us for a site wide game of Capture the Flag.

Wondering what Capture the Flag is?  Check out our brief description.  Read more about the rules of the game at the museum as there are many variations to how this game is play.

Snickerdoodles ~ Kids in the Village

August 6, 2015
10:00 am

The livelihood of early settlers was dependant on resources from building materials to food.  Many recipes were brought from the home countries of the settlers to the backwoods of Canada.  Children will have the opportunity to bake a classic but simple cookie that is also made at our children's birthday tea party.  You get to help make and bake them, but best of all, we'll share copies of the recipe with you to take home and make into your family favourites!

Museum Minecraft

August 8, 2015
10:00 am to 4:30 pm

Did you miss our June Museum Minecraft?  Join us for our live version of the computer game Minecraft.  Mine for resources throughout the village and craft your items to get through our levels.  To finish all levels of our game may take 3 hours, so bring your lunch and spend the day!

Harvest Suppers

August 8 and 15, 2015
6:30 pm

World-class humour is served up alongside a full course meal circa 1850.  This limited seating event promises an evening you won't soon forget.  Your evening includes interacting with your costumed hostess as she prepares an authentic mid-1800s meal, the quaint ambiance of the museum village's rural inn, 19th century amusements, and a full course meal based on the season.  Tickets are $60 a person and are on sale now.  You can purchase tickets online at the eStore or in person at the Pickering Museum Village Gift Shop.

Candle Making ~ Kids in the Village

August 13, 2015
10:00 am

Electricity brightens all the homes of those living in Pickering and across Canada today.  The village of Greenwood, where our museum is located was one of the first Pickering settlements to have hydro electric power, thanks to the Green mills on the creek.  But long before this modern marvel, candles were an important source of light.  People read, sewed, and dined by the flickering flame of candlelight.  Our settlers made candles for the winter every fall, out of animal fat (and boy, did they smell terrible!)  Most people couldn't afford wax candles until later in the 1800s.  Come out and try your hand at candlemaking using wax or even crayons.

Hobby Horse ~ Kids in the Village

August 20, 2015
10:00 am

In the 19th century, horses were the primary form of transportation.  And just like today's children who have cars and trucks, and Barbie RVs that look like the vehicles adults drive, the kids of the 1800s had hobby horses!  These were made with poles to "ride" and the head of the horse in fabric or wood, for the reins to be attached and "driven".  These small horse replicas were used as toys and even in ceremonies for particular holidays (like the Grey Mare we use at our Christmas in the Village event to bring the Welsh carolling tradition to life).  Children will use a sock and a piece of wood to make their own horse, and decorate it to their liking.

Colours of the Garden

August 22, 2015
10:00 am to 4:30 pm

Take a tour of the museum gardens.  Taste the harvest from the gardens. 

Woven Paper Baskets ~ Kids in the Village

August 27, 2015
10:00 am

In Canada, there are a number of Aboriginal nations.  In olden times, there were no plastic containers as we have today, and so the First Nations Peoples and later the settlers, had to make their own containers to carry things in.  They would do this by weaving cedar bark and spruce toots to make mats, capes, baskets, ropes and hats.  Baskets were used for cooking, carrying, and gathering.  These baskets held many items, such as water, clams and berries.  At today's craft, our Tour Guide will teach children to weave a basket using strips of paper, and the same methods the first Nations Peoples used.

Amazing Pioneer Race

August 29, 2015
10:00 am to 4:30 pm

You have seen the television show, now it's your turn!  With detours, road blocks, and even a fast forward it is fun for the whole family.  Compete as a family team or compete against your family or challenge your friends to the race.  Who will finish the race first this year?

Olde Tyme Photo Album ~ Kids in the Village

September 3, 2015
10:00 am

The "modern" camera has been around since the early 19th century.  At museum, we study old photos to better understand the culture and way of life here in Pickering Township.  We are able to see what hairstyles and beard and moustache styles were popular, what clothing was in fashion, and other elements that make up "pop culture".  At the same time, we can also see the progression of the world by looking at the stark difference between the tools and the environment of the 19th century and the modern age.  This week, children will be able to bring in photos and alter them so that they appear much older than they are, as well as edit some pre-existing photos to create an old photo album of themselves, allowing them to put themselves in time of a bygone era.

A Spirit Walk

September 18, 19, 25, and 26, 2015
September 17 and 24, 2015 (students only) Teachers, book your class now! 

Join Backwoods Players for this award-winning dramatic play of the events that led to the Rebellion of 1837 and how Pickering took part. Tickets cost $20.00 and  are on sale now.  You can purchase tickets online at the eStore or in person at the Pickering Museum Village Gift Shop.

Hallowe'en Hijinks

Saturday October 24, 2015
12:00 pm - 4:30 pm

Capture the flavour of fall and celebrate Hallowe'en in our pioneer community with heritage food, crafts, and activities.  See the fortune teller and listen to ghost stories.  Hallowe'en fun for the family. 

Christmas in the Village, Winter in the Woods

Sunday December 6, 2015
12:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Visit with the inhabitants of the pioneer village as they share their holiday customs.  Enjoy Scottish Hogmanay, Welsh traditions, Victorian English Christmas celebrations, Squire Jonathan's Christmas Ball, and a walk in the woods to see how Pickering's first settlers struggled in the wilderness.   Backwoods Players presents the "Duffins Creek Sunday School Pageant" free with admission.