Summer Group Programs

Experience Alberta's history this summer at the Ukrainian Cultural Heritage Village with our unique hands-on experiential programs.

Dynamic interpreters and an enchanting environment offer a unique opportunity for active and experiential learning for groups of all ages.

  • All programs must be booked in advance.
  • Programs are available during our summer season (May 19 to Sept. 3, 2018).
  • Program bookings are subject to availability.
  • Book early to ensure your selected date is available.
  • Program bookings may be made up to 1 year in advance.

Contact us to book a program

For Children Ages 3-6

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I Spy!

Young children can notice the most interesting things while visiting our museum. Inspired by some of our youngest visitors, we’ve prepared a special photo scavenger hunt for young children.

Groups will receive a book of photographs taken throughout the museum, along with some suggestions for activities and things to do when they find the items pictured. Children can seek out the objects pictured using our special “history hunting” toy binoculars, which will help them concentrate on the hunt and appeal to their sense of imagination.

Groups will visit all areas of the museum and will have all their senses engaged as they learn about the things they’re spying along the way.

Duration: 1-2 hours (self-directed)

Group Size: 10-100

Program Cost: $11 per child

Egg-cellent Explorers

This program provides an opportunity for young children to get up close and personal with our chickens!

Children will visit a historic home, see how the family and their chickens live, and have an opportunity to explore the yard with the chickens and observe how they live, eat, and lay their eggs.

Duration: 1 hour (directed)

Group Size: 10-30

Program Cost: $11 per child

How Does Your Garden Grow?

In a time before supermarkets with every food product imaginable, most people had to grow all their own food.

This program aims to bring modern children back to the roots of food production: the family garden. Through visiting our historic environments, children will learn about what is necessary for plants to grow. A variety of hands-on activities will allow them to get down and dirty in the garden!

Duration: 1.5 hours (directed)

Group Size: 10-30

Program Cost: $11 per child

For Children Ages 7-12

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It's an Amazing Race

Participants get to experience first-hand just how amazing our early Ukrainian pioneers really were.

The self-directed groups are divided into smaller units or teams and compete against one another, trying to complete as many stations as possible. They’ll gain a sense of the local history, cultural beliefs, and traditions of the Ukrainian settlers as they search for answers, solve riddles, or lend their hands in some sort of physical historic task.

It’s a high-energy, fun, interactive learning program keeps the participants moving, laughing, and appreciating Alberta’s history.

Duration: 2-4 hours (self-directed)

Group Size: 10-150

Program Cost: $13 per youth

Needle in a Haystack

This fun scavenger hunt through the museum will allow children to explore history in a fun and challenging way. By finding the correct answers to the questions, children will not only learn about life for our early Ukrainian pioneers in east central Alberta during the 1920s, but will also earn a reward for all their efforts!

Duration: 2-3 hours (self-directed)

Group Size: 10-100

Program Cost: $11 per youth

Half-Pint Pioneers

Children were pioneers too!

This fun and immersive program will allow children to experience what life was like for children living in Alberta during the 1920s. By spending time in one of our historic buildings, children will learn first-hand about the daily lives and activities of children just like themselves.

Groups will have the opportunity to help with cooking and chores, along with completing games and crafts led by our site interpreters.

Duration: 1.5 hours (directed)

Group Size: 10-30

Program Cost: $13 per youth

How Does Your Garden Grow?

In a time before supermarkets with every food product imaginable, most people had to grow all their own food.

This program aims to bring modern children back to the roots of food production: the family garden. Through visiting our historic environments, children will learn about what is necessary for plants to grow. A variety of hands-on activities will allow them to get down and dirty in the garden!

Duration: 1.5 hours (directed)

Group Size: 10-30

Program Cost: $11 per youth

Wonderful Wheat

Why do farmers grow grain?

This fun and interactive program will allow children to trace the origins and uses of wheat and flour from field to table. Through hands-on activities, children will learn about planting and harvesting grain, grain elevators, making flour, and baking biscuits.

Groups will also have an opportunity to spend time in a historic building with one of our first-person interpreters, learning about the lifestyle of early Ukrainian pioneers in east central Alberta. At the end of the program, children will have a chance to enjoy a snack with the foods that they have prepared.

Duration: 2.5 hours (directed)

Group Size: 15-30

Program Cost: $13 per youth

Marvelous Milk

Where does milk come from? What can you do with milk?

This fun and interactive program will allow children to trace the origins and uses of milk from pasture to table. Through hands-on activities, children will learn about raising cows, milking, and processing milk.

Groups will also have an opportunity to spend time in a historic building with one of our first-person interpreters, learning about the lifestyle of early Ukrainian pioneers in east central Alberta. At the end of the program, children will have a chance to enjoy a snack with the foods that they have prepared.

Duration: 2.5 hours (directed)

Group Size: 10-30

Program Cost: $13 per youth

Pysanky Workshop

Every Easter many Ukrainians take part in the tradition of writing pysanky. These special decorated eggs are an important symbol of the Easter season, and are a very recognizable part of Ukrainian culture.

Our pysanky workshops will teach you the background of this art as well as the symbolism and meaning of the designs. Participants will all have the opportunity to create their own pysanka that they may take home at the end of the workshop.

Duration: 1.5 hours (directed)

Group Size: 10-30

Program Cost: $13 per youth

Teenager and Adult Programs

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It's an Amazing Race

Participants get to experience first-hand just how amazing our early Ukrainian pioneers really were.

The self-directed groups are divided into smaller units or teams and compete against one another, trying to complete as many stations as possible. They’ll gain a sense of the local history, cultural beliefs, and traditions of the Ukrainian settlers as they search for answers, solve riddles, or lend their hands in some sort of physical historic task.

It’s a high-energy, fun, interactive learning program keeps the participants moving, laughing, and appreciating Alberta’s history.

Ages: 7+, great for groups with a wide range of ages

Duration: 2-4 hours (self-directed)

Group Size: 10-150

Program Cost: $13 per youth, $18 per adult

Ukrainian Heritage Foods Cooking Workshop

Participants in this workshop will explore traditional Ukrainian-Canadian food patterns and lifestyle. Through preparation of Ukrainian-Canadian foods, participants will discover the customs, practices, and development of the Ukrainian-Canadian diet.

Participants will have a greater appreciation for this unique cultural cuisine and will be equipped with the knowledge necessary to reproduce the meals on their own.

Ages: 13+

Duration: 2 hours (directed)

Group Size: 10-30

Program Cost: $13 per youth, $18 per adult

Guided Specialty Group Tour

Guided specialty tours provide an in-depth exploration of various themes and topics related to our living history museum. Your group can arrange for a specialty tour covering topics such as farming, churches and religion, architecture, behind-the-scenes activities, and more.

Contact us for more details about a specialty tour tailored to the needs of your group!

Ages: 7+

Duration: 2 hours (directed)

Group Size: 15 or more

Program Cost: $11 per youth, $16 per adult 

Emigration Gamble

Participants in this immersive program assume roles of prospective Ukrainian immigrants to North America at the end of the 19th century.

Groups will discover first-hand the pressures and difficulties facing Ukrainian immigrants as they decided whether or not to leave their homeland for a new life in Canada, as well as conditions faced upon arrival in Canada.

At the conclusion of a debate, participants will visit historic buildings throughout the museum to view the results of the Ukrainian immigration 20-30 years later.

Ages: 13+

Duration: 3-4 hours (directed)

Group Size: 15-60

Program Cost: $11 per youth, $16 per adult 

Smarter than a Villager

Just how much do you know about the history of Alberta and the settlement of the province?

Teams will face off in this game show for glory and bragging rights while learning fun and interesting facts about Alberta history and Ukrainians in Canada. This highly interactive program provides a great opportunity for team-building and entertainment.

Ages: 18+

Duration: 1 hour (directed)

Group Size: 10-100

Program Cost: $16 per adult

Pysanky Workshop

Every Easter many Ukrainians take part in the tradition of writing pysanky. These special decorated eggs are an important symbol of the Easter season, and are a very recognizable part of Ukrainian culture.

Our pysanky workshops will teach you the background of this art as well as the symbolism and meaning of the designs. Participants will all have the opportunity to create their own pysanka that they may take home at the end of the workshop.

Ages: 7+

Duration: 1.5 hours (directed)

Group Size: 10-30

Program Cost: $13 per youth, $18 per adult

English Language Learning

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Guided or Self-guided Tours

Journey back in time in a tour format and relive the dreams of Alberta's early pioneers. Compare their story to your own immigration journey.

Participants will receive an activity booklet to complete to practice reading and writing in English. Guided tours allow you to be accompanied by a tour guide who will reveal the rich background and history of Ukrainians in Alberta.

Choosing a self-guided tour will allow group leaders and students to move through the museum at their own pace as individuals or in small groups.

Duration: 2 hours (directed or self-directed)

Group Size: 15 or more

Program Cost: $10 per youth, $15 per adult

Adventure in Town

Take a stroll through town and learn what services and institutions were typically available during the 1920s.

Students will have the opportunity to practice vocabulary and conversation at businesses such as a store, a hotel, a police station, as well as visiting people in their homes.

Duration: 2 hours (self-directed)

Group Size: 10-100

Program Cost: $10 per youth, $15 per adult

Adventure on the Farm

Visit a pioneer household and learn that family's immigration story. Students will also learn to prepare traditional Ukrainian food and complete some simple farm chores in a fun and supportive environment.

Duration: 2 hours (directed)

Group Size: 15 or more

Program Cost: $11 per youth, $16 per adult