Tinker Swiss Cottage Museum offers families Grounds for Investigation. The event, the first Family Day of the new school year, debuts the museums new self-guided grounds tour. The tour allows visitors to explore at their own pace while providing a glimpse inside history to learn what surrounded the unique Swiss Cottage in the Tinkers era. Visitors pick up the tour brochure and begin at the Tinker Barn & Visitors Center.
During Grounds for Investigation, visitors will find additional information and related activities at each stop on the tour. Hands-on items will help bring the activity of a gentlemans farm to life while historic images draw a concrete picture of the Tinkers estate a century ago. Kids will enjoy hunting for objects and facts to complete the Grounds for Investigation Scavenger Hunt and searching for artifacts at the mock archaeological dig. Everyone who completes the scavenger hunt wins a prize.
Tours of the historic Cottage during Grounds for Investigation will begin every half hour starting at 1 p.m. and feature hands-on baskets so kids and visitors of all ages can get up close and personal with select items that help to illustrate everyday life a century ago.
Throughout the school year, monthly Family Day activities give the younger and older generations a chance to connect learning about history together. Different crafts or activities, all with a connection to the Tinker family and the era in which they lived, are featured each month. Family Day is the second Sunday of each month, September through April. Activities are included with regular admission.
Admission to Tinker Swiss Cottage Museum is $1 for children ages 5 and up, $4 for adults, and $3.50 for seniors. Children 5 years old and younger are admitted at no charge. Celebrating its 60th year open to the public, Tinker Swiss Cottage Museum is at 411 Kent St. Information: 964-2424.