The Hay Activity Center

They called it work, we call it fun!

In the 1800s, if you needed it … you made it yourself. 

In the new Hay Activity Center, learn by doing as you try your hand at a wide assortment of nineteenth-century crafts.  You can tin-punching, top-painting,  weave, dip candles, design a quilt square, and more.  One ticket allows you to enjoy the wide variety of crafts in an area designed for family fun. Take your creations home to remember your visit to Roscoe Village!

Ticket Prices

Adults:  $13.00
Seniors:  $13.00
Students:  $13.00
RVF Members:  $10.00

RVF Student Members:  $10.00
Family (2 adults + 2 kids):  $48.00
Each family Add-On:  $9.00
Ages 2 and under:  Free

Groups of ten or more: 
Adults $11.00 each  Students:  $11.00 each

Candle Dipping

We take light for granted now but lighting up a room wasn’t just a flip of a switch in the 19th century. Learn the important task of hand-dipping a small wick into warm wax to form your very own pair of candles.


The earliest weavers used a slotted wooden frame, yarn and their fingers to practice their craft. Participants can duplicate these early methods to create their small (approx. 2” square) weaving to take home.

Rope Making

When the captain needed rope to secure his canal boat to its moorings, he made a visit to the local rope-maker. Join in the fun of twisting rope from simple jute twine. The length of rope can be left intact or you can add knots and cut into souvenir sections for each member in your group.

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