School Vacation Week at the Old State House

During school vacation week, April 17th through April 21st, visit the Old State House to learn about Boston’s colonial past! Young visitors can hunt for artifacts using the Old State House scavenger hunt or join our Education Staff in one of our hands-on historical activities: fashion a coat of arms, create your own colonial portrait, design a broadside or make a paper lantern.

Drop in anytime from 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM. There’s a different activity every day. No registration is required and all activities are free with admission. Kids 18 and under are FREE with adult admission to the Old State House.

MONDAY, APRIL17: Scavenger Hunt
Explore the galleries of the Old State House with a series of questions and riddles about the exhibits and artifacts.

TUESDAY, APRIL18: Colonial Broadsides
These one-sheet posters were a vital part of communication in Colonial America. Hear about some of the uses and history of broadsheets while you make your own with our stamps and supplies.

Find out about the symbolism of heraldry in coats of arms. What do all the animals and shapes mean? What can you learn from the colors? What’s with all the Latin? Create your own coat of arms with stencils and art supplies.

THURSDAY, APRIL 20: Lanterns
Learn the history and significance of the Liberty Tree and the lanterns hung on it and make your own paper lanterns.

FRIDAY, APRIL 21: Colonial Portraits
Get dressed up with props and costumes from Colonial Boston and learn about portrait-painting in the 18th century. Check out examples of paintings by John Singleton Copley, then take a selfie or try your hand at drawing your own portrait.

Article from The Exchange – The Monthly Newsletter of the Bostonian Society