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 216 E Main St Westminster MD 21157  See map

Taking place at Cockey's 216 East Main Street Westminster, Maryland 21157 410-848-6494

Join us for a fun filled event each month!


Children from 3 to 6 years old will discover what Carroll County was like in the 1800s. They will travel back in time through themed stories, songs and crafts or activities. This one hour program will focus on a different topic each month and will conclude with a craft or activity that will reinforce the theme. Wendy Raith will be the instructor for each class.


Classes are the 3rd Saturday of each month from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. in the Koontz-Yingling Learning Center at Cockey's. For each class, there is a $5.00 charge and pre-registration is required.


To develop their independence, we suggest children only during story time. Parents and caregivers will rejoin the child and assist with the craft or activity. Of course, everyone is welcome to remain with the child for the story if you wish. The accompanying adult must remain on site during the one hour program. There will be a room available for adults to gather during the story time.


There are limited openings available so don't delay!

Call today to register.



Past Times for Children  Stories and Crafts

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Saturday, January 21, 2012           Toys of The Past

This month's story time introduces various toys from the 1800s. Your child will be able to play with different toys and create their very own to take home and keep. After class, you and your child can explore our Playthings of the Past exhibit in the first floor exhibit gallery.  You can also check out the variety of traditional toys in The Shop at Cockey's. This class has already taken place.


Saturday, February 18, 2012          Games of The Past

This month's story time will show your child games that were played in the past. Most of these games are played through singing, hand claps and other various techniques. Game boards will not be used. Your child will bring home a game to share with the family. This class has already taken place!


Saturday, March 17, 2012   Rural Free Post Office/ Past and Present

Carroll County had the first rural free delivery of mail. The children will learn about past and present mail through stories, songs and role playing. They will create their own mail bag and distribute the mail. 

Saturday, April 21, 2012           Trains in Carroll County

Your child will discover the excitement of trains through music, literature and creativity. They will create their own train and bring it home.


Saturday, May 19, 2012              Memorial Day Parades

Westminster has the honor of continuously hosting a Memorial Day Parade longer than any other city in America.  Your child will celebrate parades through music, creativity and literature.  They will create a flag that they will be able to wave at the Westminster Memorial Day parade on May 28th.


Saturday, June 16, 2012     The Civil War Comes to Westminster

Your child will learn the basics of the Civil War through pictures, stories and creativity. They will make a clothespin soldier to take home. The following weekend is Westminster's Corbit's Charge Commemoration, a living history encampment commemorating the Battle of Westminster in June 1863. What a great tie in for the kids!


Saturday, July 21, 2012   Everyday life in Carroll County in the 1800s

Your child will discover what life was like for men, women, boys and girls on a farm in the 1800s. Each person had a specific job or chore to do. They will follow up with a tasting challenge.


Saturday, August 18, 2012     Food and Where To Find It in the 1800s

Your child will explore the world of food and how to find it on a farm.  Jack wakes up and asks his Mom for pancakes and then the food adventure begins in the book Pancakes Pancakes by Eric Carle. They will make butter and eat it with homemade bread.


Saturday, September 15, 2012      Farming- Living with Animals

Farming is hard work in Carroll County. Caring for the animals and collecting all the food they provide is a big chore. Through music, stories and activities, the children will experience this. They will bring home a lift-the-door animal activity.


Saturday, October 20, 2012         Mills - A Big Part of Carroll County

There were many mills in this area. The most popular would have been the grist mill that would have ground the wheat into flour. Children will experience the mill and how it works from the book The Little Red Hen. They will create a wheat art project.


Saturday, November 17, 2012   Native Americans in Carroll County

There were not many Native Americans in Carroll County but the children will be introduced to them through the book When the Shadbush Blooms. They will make a craft to take home.


Saturday, December 15, 2012   Limestone Quarries in Carroll County

To end the year, we will discuss the various limestone quarries in the area. Limestone is crushed and used for many different purposes. The children will explore a quarry by building their own using rocks, stones and trucks.


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