Youth Programs

Wistariahurst has been alive with the pitter-patter of little feet and the buzz of children’s chatter since it was built in 1868 and the seven Skinner children roamed the halls. The museum currently offers unique activities for children to become acquainted with local history, from the dinosaur age to the industrial revolution, their own family’s origins and history, textiles, music, the arts, and so much more.

Upcoming Youth Programs:

Work & Play in a Manor House
Monday, October 14 from 10am – 12pm


Travel back in time to experience the Skinner mansion at the turn of the 20th century. Find out about members of the Skinner family, their servants and experience the household as it ran on a day-to-day schedule – from making beds to dinner etiquette! Using objects from the past, kids will discover what everyday life was like as a young master or miss and they will explore the “behind-the-scenes” life of working servants. Participants will learn how to read an artifact from the past through hands-on exploration. This program introduces today’s youth to life in a household manor, comparing and contrasting upper class and working class as well as the different roles each played.
Admission $7, pre-registration is required

A sampling of photos from our past youth events including the Holyoke Youth Strings concert, Bagshare, and Victorian Christmas Crafts:

The museum also offers a diverse selection of programs for Girl Scouts every year.

Visit our Scout Programs page, or our Calendar of Events to learn more.