John Jay Homestead Spring Break Mini Camps

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The cost per day is $15 per child.  Members of the Friends of John Jay Homestead receive a $3 daily discount.  Advance reservations and payment in full are required, and can be made by phoning John Jay Homestead’s Education Department at (914) 232-5651 x101.

Monday, March 25th.  10am – 12pm.   Here, There, and Everywhere!  How did people get around 200 years ago?  What types of transportation did they use?  How did travel expose people to new and fascinating discoveries?  Children will answer these questions while exploring the bedrooms of John Jay and his daughter, Nancy.  They will then make a themed project to take home.

Tuesday, March 26th.  1pm – 3pm.  Clean as a Whistle.  How did people keep clean, bathe, and do their laundry 200 years ago?  How often did they take a bath?  If there was no indoor plumbing, where was their bathroom?  Children will tour William Jay’s bedroom and the cellar kitchen to learn about personal hygiene 200 years ago and make their own soap.

Wednesday, March 27th.  10am – 12pm.  What’s Cooking?  Experience first-hand what it was like to work in a kitchen 200 years ago.  Children will get the opportunity to tour and touch objects in the museum’s kitchen and dining room.  They will also prepare a historic recipe which they can complete at home.

Thursday, March 28th.  1pm – 3pm.  Down on the Farm.  Have you ever wondered what types of animals were raised or what crops were grown here at the Homestead?  Now’s your chance to find out!  Take a tour of our farm buildings and learn how the 700 acre Jay Farm was used.  Each child will also make a wool craft to take home.  Note: Part of this program will take place outdoors, please dress accordingly.

For more information, contact Bethany White, Education Coordinator at 914.232.5651, ext. 101 or at