Pickering Museum Village has an exciting line-up of family fun this season! Ever dream of taking the family somewhere where you can solve a mystery, get your hands dirty in a garden or create your own art like a pro? Well look no further because soon you and the family will be able to do all of these activities and more at Pickering Museum Village.

Start off the spring season by solving a few mysteries that are afoot at the village. This March Break, take a drive with Izzy and the Mystery at the Mill Drive Thru Tour. On March 16 and 17, you can use clues to help detective Izzy find out who stole Mr. Peak’s freshly ground flour before it’s too late! If you miss this chance to be part of this adventure, don’t worry because Izzy comes back for an in-person Mystery Adventure starting in May, and this time we’ve added some family teamwork challenges and activities where you can make a punched tin ornament at the Tinsmith’s house, play games, and much more!

Still have an itch to solve more mysteries with the family? Why not take a History Detective guided tour. These tours run from April to September and gives you the opportunity to explore some of our historic buildings, hunt for hidden objects, and solve some tough riddles and puzzles along the way.

From May to September, you can experience Garden Gnomes and Fairy Homes, a new program which offers children a chance to explore the enchantment of the museum’s garden! You’ll discover where magical creatures have made their home, plant seeds, partake in a scavenger hunt, and even dig for sparkling fairy treasure.

Coming up this summer, two new programs will also be featured in the newly installed interactive exhibit in the Greenwood Blacksmith Shop! Step into the role of an apprentice with Junior Carriage Painter. Kids will learn to mix pigments to create colours, make stencils, and create their own masterpiece that they can take home. Put your skills to the test even further by partaking in the Blacksmith Shop Challenge, a series of fun challenges set up for the whole family! Working as a team, you and your family will complete a series of challenges around the blacksmith shop that will test everyone mentally, physically, and creatively. Teamwork required!

All Pickering Museum Programs can be booked online. Visit their What’s On page to choose your family adventure, or call the museum at 905.683.8401 during regular business hours to reserve your spot.  Children must be accompanied by an adult for all programs.

Culinary programs are returning to Pickering Museum Village this season! From apprentice cook programs, to teas, to family butter and ice cream programs, the museum invites visitors to taste the past.

Two Tea and Talk themes are on the menu this year. The Pickering in the Roaring 1920s Tea & Talk on April 30 and May 1 offers a temperate cup of tea along with a scone and sweet. No bathtub gin allowed – our tea room isn’t a speakeasy!  What will be flowing, however, is the straight goods on the amount of bootlegging going on in Pickering during prohibition.  Along with tea, a scone and a sweet, museum staff will serve up some delicious tidbits of clipper ships, the origins of afternoon tea and tea parties, and social etiquette at the Victorian Tea & Talk on September 10 and 11.

Returning by popular demand for a special Mother’s Day edition on May 7 and 8, is The Anne Experience. This is a unique opportunity to explore the world of Anne of Green Gables through the eyes of Pickering Museum Village, the set of various ‘Anne’ productions for almost forty years. Enjoy a picnic lunch, a painting workshop, sample a homemade scone while you sip on your own hand-made blend of tea, and listen to an audio tour with Anne recounting some of her favourite memories. A delightful program complete with a picnic lunch, perfect for all kindred spirits and Anne enthusiasts!

For more information on these culinary experiences, or to reserve a seat at the table, visit the Pickering Museum Village’s What’s On page or call the museum at 905.683.8401 during regular weekday hours.

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