Pickering Museum Village continues to come up with fun ways to keep Durham residents entertained while following health and safety protocols during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Pickering Museum Village features several events beginning this spring. Here are two starting in April:
Izzy and the Mystery at the Mill
This drive-through tour is geared toward children, parents and grandparents who can work together to help 10-year old Izzy, the daughter of local constable, Charles Hadley, solve a mystery in 1830s Pickering. Mr. Peak’s freshly ground grain has gone missing at the local mill, and it needs to be loaded on the next ship leaving the harbour. This tour begins Wednesday, April 14, with dates until Friday, May 28. Tickets are $20 per vehicle.
Roaring 1920s Drive Thru Tour
Journey back in time to the Roaring ‘20s and learn about Pickering’s toe-tapping music scene and how the dry days of Prohibition led to bootlegging. This event is presented as part of Drama in Durham: War on Whiskey tours through South Durham. After visiting the museum, download the Temperance and Temptation podcast and self-guided driving tour to visit local micro breweries and learn how the Bluenoses who supported temperance openly clashed with the bootleggers and moonshiners who defied the movement. Canadian Automotive Museum and Parkwood Estate in Oshawa will also participate in the Drama in Durham event. Tickets for the Pickering tour are timed entry and must be purchased in advance. It’s $20 plus tax per vehicle. It begins Saturday, April 17, and will run on weekends until Sunday, May 23.
Here are three events to look forward to in June:
1920s Escape Room
Rumour has it that a speakeasy is operating at the Brougham Hotel. Bring your detective team to see if you can uncover the whisky runners and find the moonshine before time runs out. This 45-minute escape room is designed for minimum groups of two people to a maximum of six. The price for this program is $80 plus tax per session, not per person. Also presented as part of Drama in Durham: War on Whiskey tours through South Durham, it will run from Wednesday, June 2, to Friday, Aug. 27.
The Anne Experience
Explore the world of Anne of Green Gables in a behind-the-camera tour of Pickering Museum Village, the set of various ‘Anne’ productions for almost forty years. Enjoy a picnic lunch while learning about how the village was transformed into Anne’s world. Take an audio tour with Anne to remember some of her favourite memories from the book, visit the historic houses and learn about author Lucy Maud Montgomery and historic fashions from Anne’s time. Enjoy a scone and create your own tea blend as you bring the past to life. The program will run from Thursday, June 3, to Sunday, Sept. 12.
Friday Evening Ice Cream
Gather some friends, family or your date and learn how to make a delicious ice cream recipe from scratch with costumed interpreters. Enjoy your own creation afterwards. Each session is 45 minutes and a new ice cream recipe will be featured each week. Physical distancing between participants from different groups will be maintained for this program, with a maximum of nine participants per session. It’s $15 per person plus tax. It begins Friday, June 4, and runs to Friday, Aug. 27.
Tickets must be purchased in advance. Visit www.pickering.ca/en/discovering/pmv-whats-on.aspx or all 905-683-8401 for tickets and more information