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 weave, tin punch, dip candles, design a quilt square, paint a wooden top 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:  $10.00
Seniors:  $10.00
Students:  $10.00
RVF Members:  $7.00

RVF Student Members:  $7.00
Family (2 adults + 2 kids):  $36.00
Each family Add-On:  $9.00
Ages 2 and under:  Free

Groups of ten or more: 
Adults $9.00 each  Students:  $9.00 each

Tin Punching

Practice the craft of a tinsmith by transforming a simple piece of tin into a decorative ornament.

  • Recommended for Grade 2 and higher
  • Craft involves the use of a hammer and nail. Younger children should have adult assistance.

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.

  • Recommended for Grade K and higher


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.

  • Recommended for Grade 4 and higher
  • Limited to 20 participants per session.
  • ounger children can successfully complete this craft, but may need additional adult assistance
  • As practice, it may be helpful for school students to make a woven paper craft before their visit to Roscoe Village

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.

  • Appropriate for all ages

Top Painting

Canal life was filled with work, but there was also time for play.  After learning about some canal era games, you can decorate your own wooden top, a 19th century favorite. 

  • Appropriate for all ages
  • Limited to 20 participants per session
  • Paint shirts are not provided, washable paint
  • Allow for dry time

More Information

Please call for availability

  • Discounted for groups of 10 or more
  • Unless otherwise noted, each activity can accommodate up to 30 participants at one time and is structured to last 20 – 30 minutes