Alberta's Provincial Historic Sites, Interpretive Centres and Museums
Rutherford House Provincial Historic Site

Summer Youth Programs

Historical Programs

Rutherford House Mouse

1 1/4 hour interpreter-guided program

  • Ages 3 to 5
  • Maximum 25 participants

Explore this historic home of the Rutherford family… from the perspective of the Rutherford House Mouse! Rutherford Mouse is shy and he is hiding. Where could he be? While looking for our furry friend, children play games, listen to a story, make a craft and learn about long ago.

Young Ones and Yesterdays

1 1/4 hour interpreter-guided program

  • Ages 5 to 7
  • Maximum 30 participants

Visit the home of the Rutherford family and discover what they did for family fun. Explore this magnificent house to see what is different from your own. Discuss how the Rutherfords opened their home to the community. During this multi-sensory adventure children make an old-fashioned treat, create a craft souvenir to take home, and learn about families, communities and traditions of long ago.

Good Ole Summer Time

1 1/4 hour interpreter-guided program

  • Ages 6 to 12
  • Maximum 30 participants

Join us at Rutherford House for a game of croquet and explore this magnificent home. Learn about summers long ago filled with fun activities and historic pastimes. Enjoy the pleasures of a bygone era by making lemonade the traditional way.

If the weather is too poor for croquet outdoors, we will alter the program to remain indoors.

Edmonton in the Past

1 1/4 hour interpreter-guided program

  • Ages 8 to 12
  • Maximum 30 participants

Communities are a very important part of who we are. Discover how the community of Edmonton has changed over the last century. How has it stayed the same? How did the Rutherford family influence their community? As the children tour Rutherford House, they will make history come alive by following an old-fashioned recipe in the historic kitchen, creating a traditional craft and imagining the sights, sounds, and the people of Edmonton in the past.

Mind Your Manners

1 1/4 hour interpreter-guided program

  • Ages 6 to 12
  • Maximum 30 participants

Ladies first! Young guests can learn all about an era where good matters mannered. Learn how to behave in public with fun and practical lessons. You will amaze your family and friends with your new found knowledge of days gone by and how it still applies today.

Dramatic Programs

Our dramatic programs bring children face to face with costumed characters acting as though it really is 1915. This experience allows children to use their imaginations and discover what life was really like in the past. Rutherford House will help you make the most out of your visit by providing Group Leaders with a package of background information and suggestions on how to prepare for your field trip.

Upstairs, Downstairs

1 1/4 hour role-played program

  • Ages 8 to 12
  • Maximum 30 participants

The Rutherfords welcome you into their home. Children arrive as guests for one of Mrs. Rutherford’s “At Home” tea parties, and settle in to discuss the war, the latest fashions, or the new movie at the Princess Theatre with a member of the Rutherford household. But a mix-up brings the guests into the kitchen with the maid and they will visit parts of the house the public was never meant to see. Explore life in 1916, upstairs and downstairs.

Booking information

Please call 780-427-3995, or toll-free within Alberta by dialing 310-0000.

Office hours: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. Advance bookings are required for all programs.

For deaf or hearing impaired calling please dial 780-427-9999 in Edmonton, or 1-800-232-7215 from other locations.


Historical programs: $4 per participant

Dramatic or role-play programs: $5 per participant. Minimum 15 children, maximum 30 children.

There is no charge for teachers or supervisors, unless the numbers exceed the recommended adult to children ratio of one adult per six to eight children. Extra adults will be charged the regular admission fee of $5.

Cash, Visa, MasterCard and debit are accepted. Cheques should be made payable to: Government of Alberta.

Payment and issuing of receipts will be dealt with at the end of the program.

Last reviewed/revised: March 18, 2016