Bored with the 21st-century? Time travel this spring break!

Ever wondered if you could have “made it” in colonial America? Come and find out at Colonial Survivor, a week-long experience during spring break for rising 3-6th graders, where kids try and overcome the obstacles of everyday life in colonial times! In the 1700s, Philipsburg Manor, like much of the 13 colonies, produced goods that were shipped throughout the colonies and across the Atlantic Ocean. Each day will be filled with exploring natural resources at Philipsburg Manor and transforming the raw materials into finished goods. We’ll get hands-on with the past and also explore the science behind the history.
Aspiring colonists can look forward to:

  • Food preservation, including making cheese and butter
  • Transforming a sheep’s fleece into usable fabric
  • Farm activities
  • Historic and contemporary fun and games with new friends
  • And much more!

Spring marks the start of the season on a farm, so join us for your spring break week as you get hands-on with history!

Registration will begin in February.

April 6 – April 10

9:00am-2:30pm

Admission
$250/week per youth
$225/week per youth for members*
* Some restrictions apply. Please see registration form for more information.

Ages
Colonial Survivor is for youth ages 8-12 (Incoming Grades 3 – 6)

What do you need to bring? Kids should come each day in close-toed, outdoor shoes and clothes that might get dirty, and a packed lunch. Daily snack will be provided. Most activities will be outdoors so sending your camper with sunblock and a water bottle is advised.

For more information, email info@hudsonvalley.org or call (914) 631-3992 x3912.

Directions

GPS address:
381 N Broadway, Sleepy Hollow, NY 10591

FAQs

What do participants need to bring?

Kids should come each day in close-toed, outdoor shoes and clothes that might get dirty, and a packed lunch. Daily snack will be provided. Most activities will be outdoors so sending your camper with sunblock and a water bottle is advised.

What is the age range?

Operation: Colonial Survivor is for youth in grades 3-6 (or ages 8-12).

Is the site wheelchair accessible?

Visitor Center and Site Access

  • Handicapped parking is available at the Visitor Center as well as handicapped restrooms.
  • Wheelchair visitors are asked to have the front desk staff person call the site manager on duty to arrange for entrance at the back gate of the property on Bellwood Avenue.
  • The entire site (including the Visitor Center) is about 5 acres. At this time, the bridge over the millpond is not accessible to any visitors due to an ongoing construction project. The walk from the Visitor Center around the millpond is on a dirt path, includes some uneven terrain, and takes about 10 minutes.

Historic Core

  • The historic core has limited wheelchair accessibility. The grist mill, the barn, and the lower kitchen and first floor of the Manor House are accessible using ramps. The Activity Center and the second floor of the Manor House are not wheelchair accessible.
  • There are a few steps into each building. There is a narrow, steep flight of 12 stairs from the first to the second floor of the Manor House and another similar flight of stairs back down to the first floor.