Family Activities


Encouraging a Sense of Wonder through Exploration and Discovery

For families with children, Canterbury Shaker Village offers activities in the Simply Colorful Room as part of the Dwelling House self-guided exhibit, which encourages adult/child participation. We also offer many family-focused activities as our special events throughout the year.

For outdoor enthusiasts, Canterbury Shaker Village has nearly 700 acres of forests, fields, gardens, and ponds under permanent conservation easement, as well as the Turning Mill Pond trail to explore.

Enjoy a Day Together
In the Simply Colorful Room in the Dwelling House, children can try hands-on crafts, play games and dress up as 19th-century Shakers. Children can also browse through our collection of books on the Shakers, nature, farming, as well as some classics. Responsible adults must accompany children at all times in the Center.

Nature Trails
Enjoy miles of trails or a leisurely walk around the pond. Maps of the Turning Mill Pond Trail are available at the Admissions Desk. This trail includes forest, field and pond habitats, beaver lodges, the historic Pump Mill, and remnants of the Shaker mill pond system. It is an engaging visit into the Shaker Village’s natural world.

Interested in a Family Membership? Click here for details.