Field Trip: Pioneer Winter Wonder @ Whitchurch-Stouffville Museum
Imagine life as it was in the 19th century in the cold winter months as you tour through our Pioneer Log Cabin and our Victorian Farmhouse. Discuss winter responsibilities, dangers and social activities necessary to the Early Settlers and Victorians.
DATE: Friday March 13, 2015
TIME: (full day program) 9:30am-1:45pm with time for lunch and breaks
Our programs will be:
SPINNING AND WEAVING
Educate your students on the complicated process of pioneer clothing production. Learn to card wool, watch a spinning demonstration and practice weaving on cardboard looms!
Join us in preparing seasonal foods in our Victorian Farmhouse kitchen. At the end of your visit everyone will have the opportunity to taste-test the delicious foods that your students have prepared. When booking please inform us of any food allergies.
**group will be divided into two in order to do the kitchen exercise. I will let you know what group you will be part of once I have all the registration in**
9:30– 10:30 -- Program 1
10:30 -10:45 -- Break – for snack, washroom breaks, recess (15 minutes)
10:45 – 11:45 -- Program 2
11:45 – 12:30 --- Lunch & ‘recess (inside or out)’ (45 minutes)
12:30– 1:30 -- Program 3
1:30 – 1:45 Test Testing
The 5 buildings on site include the Visitor/Community Centre, two 19th century schoolhouses, a log cabin, a barn, and a Victorian Farmhouse restored to the 1880’s.
The adjacent Vandorf Park provides excellent picnic and playground facilities for classes spending the day at the Museum. Indoor eating facilities also available year-round.
Gift Shop: The Gift Shop is available during the lunch hour & at the end of your day
PLEASE PACK AN EASY LUNCH TO EAT ON SITE IN THEIR INDOOR FACILITIES!!
$15.00 PER PARTICIPANT
**ADULTS AND CHILDREN ALL REQUIRE A PAID TICKET**
Children age 3 and under are FREE with paying adult
*Includes program fee, taxes, supplies for hands on programming and payment processing
REFUNDS WILL NOT BE GIVEN FOR NO SHOWS OR LAST MINUTE CANCELLATIONS.
Whitchurch-Stouffville Museum & Community Centre
14732 Woodbine Avenue,
Gormley, ON L0H 1G0
The Whitchurch-Stouffville Museum & Community Centre is located just off Highway 404 at 14732 Woodbine Avenue in the hamlet of Vandorf.
PARKING AVAILABLE AT THE PARK OR IN MUSEUM PARKING LOT.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me:
416 885 9709
Please double check with your transportation company that the start and end times listed on your confirmation sheet are OK with their schedule. Advance notice makes it easier for us to effectively adjust the schedule since Museum staff use the recess and lunch break times to clean up and prepare for your class’ next activity.
For most programs, students will be divided into two or three groups. In order to make the most of your time while at the Museum, please double check your confirmation sheet and divide your students into these groups before arriving.
Parts of the tour will be conducted outside. Urge the students to dress appropriately for the weather, including hats, gloves, rain or snow boots, and snow pants – as necessary.
Younger children (grades 2-5) might enjoy dressing as a pioneer for the day. Some suggestions might be long skirts or dresses with aprons and shawls (square tablecloths make good ones) for the girls & suspenders, plaid or striped shirts & caps for the boys.
Snack breaks/lunch hour & Gift Shop visits
Due to limited space for storing additional “stuff,” students should plan to leave their regular school bags at school. They should bring only what they need for that day: lunch, indoor shoes (if you’d like), and personal emergency supplies. Litter-less lunches are encouraged. Students might choose to bring their lunch in a suitable container: basket, handkerchief, tin bucket, etc. The Museum is proudly participating in the green bin program, and we encourage students & teachers to make use of the green bin and blue boxes available on site.
During the program breaks and the lunch period, teachers are responsible for their students. When the weather is agreeable, you may picnic in the adjoining park. Indoor eating facilities are available for cold or rainy days. If poor weather precludes outdoor activities, please be prepared with indoor activities, such as games, books, pencil crayons, etc., to occupy your students.
There is a small gift shop that can be visited by students at your discretion. Please allow students to visit the gift shop only during their snack break & lunch break. Groups of 5 students at one time are permitted under adult/teacher supervision only.
Cell phone & camera use
We ask that student devices be put away during program sessions. If students would like to take photos Museum staff will provide a little extra time to take photos following the program. We strongly encourage all parents to turn off cell phones during the programs & to refrain from making/taking phone calls during programming sessions.
An accessible washroom is located on the main floor of the Visitor Centre and more washrooms are located on the lower level. Please keep in mind that the Museum is a public facility and that it is open to the public. Students must always be accompanied by an adult/teacher for washroom visits.
In your classroom prior to your visit, please discuss with your students the purpose of their visit: i.e. What is a Museum? Why are they going there? What behaviour is expected from them while they are at the Museum? Please note that no food or drink are permitted inside the buildings while the students are on tour; this includes gum and candy.