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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.

Durham Festival ~ Kids in the Village

August 14, 2015 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm

Join us at Alex Robertson Park as we take our Kids in the Village Heritage Games & Craft program on the road.  Children will make a craft and play a variety of heritage games.

History in Action Saturday

August 15, 2015 10:30 am to 4:30 pm

Heritage demonstrations, ice cream making, and the PMV Foundation's annual Rubber Duckie Race!  The race takes place in Duffins Creek on the museum site at 3:00 pm.  Come cheer on the ducks!  General admission fees apply, free for Season Pass holders.

Durham Festival ~ Capture the Flag

August 15, 2015 12:00 pm & 3:30 pm

Bring your friends!  Bring your family!  Join us at Alex Robertson Park for a 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 played.

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.  $8.00 per child and general admission fees apply for adults, free for Season Pass holders.

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.  General admission fees apply, free for Season Pass holders.

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.  $8.00 per child and general admission fees apply for adults, free for Season Pass holders.

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?  General admission fees apply, free for Season Pass holders.  Last admission to race is at 2:00 pm.

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.  $8.00 per child and general admission fees apply for adults, free for Season Pass holders.

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. Special Event fees apply, free for Season Pass holders.

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.  Special Event fees apply, free for Season Pass holders.