Hands-on House, Children's Museum of Lancaster

Hands-on House, Children's Museum of Lancaster Where playing and learning go hand-in-hand.
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Our Mission Hands-on House, Children's Museum of Lancaster is a not-for-profit educational center whose mission is to create and provide interactive learning opportunities for all children and their families through self-directed exhibits and programming that stimulate curiosity and invite the joy of discovery through play.

Join us outside at Hands-on House today for these fun (and free) activities: Ahoy Matey!, Line Art, STEM Build-a-Boat an...
06/10/2020

Join us outside at Hands-on House today for these fun (and free) activities: Ahoy Matey!, Line Art, STEM Build-a-Boat and Chalk It Up! Please note, due to the heat, activities will end at 1:00 p.m. today.

Do you ever wonder about your shadow when you are outside on a sunny day?  In Ms. Maggie's story today bear tries to get...
06/10/2020

Do you ever wonder about your shadow when you are outside on a sunny day? In Ms. Maggie's story today bear tries to get rid of his shadow! Find out if he is successful and then learn how to make a few shadow puppets on your own!
https://youtu.be/-dsb4x4QpJ4

06/09/2020

Due to the heat, we are closing the parking lot activities early today. We will be back tomorrow at 10 (weather permitting).

It is a beautiful Monday.  Join us at the Hands-On House for four FREE activities.  Today we are offering Hocus Focus, R...
06/08/2020

It is a beautiful Monday. Join us at the Hands-On House for four FREE activities. Today we are offering Hocus Focus, Rainbow Fish, Matisse Paper Cutout Collage, and Chalk It Up. We will be outside until 4 today!

Can't make it today? We offer activities daily: Monday-Saturday 10-4 and Sunday 1-4. Hope to see you soon!

06/07/2020

FREE Parking Lot Activities beginning at 1:00 today!

If you haven't had a chance to participate in the FREE activities at the Hands-On House, TODAY is the day.  Join us for ...
06/06/2020

If you haven't had a chance to participate in the FREE activities at the Hands-On House, TODAY is the day. Join us for several fun activities on this beautiful day!

06/06/2020

Join us today at the Hands-On House! We are offering activities for FREE in the parking lot from 10-4. Today we have Pointillism Art, Rainbow Magic, Monkeying Around Art, and Chalk It Up. Hope to see you there!

06/05/2020
Caps For Sale

Ms. Maggie is back with another exciting Virtual Story Stretcher. This story is all about hats. After the story Ms. Maggie shares different types of patterns. Enjoy the story!

https://youtu.be/bS47HDTWleE

Come join us for a fun day at the Hands-On House.  Today we are offering four FREE activities in the parking lot - A Roy...
06/05/2020

Come join us for a fun day at the Hands-On House. Today we are offering four FREE activities in the parking lot - A Royal Welcome, Cubism Art, Jellyfish Art, and Chalk It Up. Weather permitting, we will be here from 10-4.

While visiting, be sure to grab a STEM Activity Bag!

It is going to be a fun day at the Hands-On House!  Join us for FREE parking lot activities.  We will be here (weather p...
06/04/2020

It is going to be a fun day at the Hands-On House! Join us for FREE parking lot activities. We will be here (weather permitting) until 4.

THUNDERSTORM!Unfortunately, we due to the thunder storms, we are having to close the parking lot activities early.We are...
06/03/2020

THUNDERSTORM!

Unfortunately, we due to the thunder storms, we are having to close the parking lot activities early.

We are still available if you want to pick up a Clubhouse Kit To Go. Just give us a call and we will get it ready for pickup! Call 717-569-5437.

https://www.handsonhouse.org/visit/clubhouse-kits-to-go/

We hope to see you at the Hands-On House today for our FREE parking lot activities!  We will be here from 10-4.  Today's...
06/03/2020

We hope to see you at the Hands-On House today for our FREE parking lot activities! We will be here from 10-4.

Today's activities are a Line Art Activity, Hocus Focus, Wibble Wobble Paper Birds, and Chalk It Up.

This is Botley. It is a coding robot that teaches the basics of coding in a fun, interactive way. Botley helps to develo...
06/03/2020

This is Botley. It is a coding robot that teaches the basics of coding in a fun, interactive way. Botley helps to develop thinking skills needed for experience in STEM learning. Take Botley home for a couple days with our Clubhouse Kits to Go .

To learn more about Botley, or other Clubhouse Kits to Go, click the link below.

https://www.handsonhouse.org/visit/clubhouse-kits-to-go/

It is a busy day at the Hands-On House!  Every day we offer FREE parking lot activities (Monday-Saturday 10-4 and Sunday...
06/02/2020

It is a busy day at the Hands-On House! Every day we offer FREE parking lot activities (Monday-Saturday 10-4 and Sunday 1-4).

TODAY we have four activities set-up in our parking lot waiting for your arrival.

Creature Features - Animals come in all shapes and sizes, patterns, and textures - big and small, striped and spotted, furry and feathered, hard and soft. Go under cover as we travel around the world to investigate animals and the skin they’re in.

STEM Build-a-Boat - Your child will enjoy the challenge of creating a boat that is able to hold a ‘person’ without sinking. This is a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) activity so it requires creative problem-solving skills. Enjoy splashing in the water as your child develops their ‘engineering’ skills.

Paper Plate Crowns - What can a paper plate be transformed into? Join us today to create something you can wear.

Chalk It Up - One of summer’s perks is that little artists have a roomy new canvas for their drawings - why else was asphalt invented? Chalk it up to a good time when you join us for our Let’s Create and Let’s Play chalk activities. The “Attack of the Chalk Creatures,” friendly of course, will bring out the Dr. Frankenstein lurking in even the most mild-mannered children.

See you at the Hands-On House soon!

06/01/2020

UPDATE: Parking lot activities will be offered daily, weather permitting. Monday-Saturday from 10-4 and Sunday from 1-4. Hope to see you soon!

Our  free Parking Lot activities are set-up and waiting for you!Today we are offering:  - Silly Expandable Coloring Page...
06/01/2020

Our free Parking Lot activities are set-up and waiting for you!

Today we are offering:
- Silly Expandable Coloring Pages
- Paper Plate Dream Catchers
- STEM Ice Rescue

It is a beautiful day!  Join us at the Hands-On House parking lot.  Today's activities are Rainbow Magic, STEM Sugar Cub...
05/30/2020
Hands-On House | Children's Museum of Lancaster, Pa

It is a beautiful day! Join us at the Hands-On House parking lot. Today's activities are Rainbow Magic, STEM Sugar Cube Tower, Hocus Pocus, and Chalk it Up.

While you are there be sure to pick up a rental bin to continue the fun at home!

https://www.handsonhouse.org/visit/clubhouse-kits-to-go/

Hands-on House, Children’s Museum of Lancaster is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to helping kids learn and making sure they have lots of fun in the process. The museum is designed for children ages 2-10 years. At Hands-on House, adults and children play and learn together.

05/29/2020

The parking lot activities are finished for today, but we will be back tomorrow at 10 AM with new activities! Check in tomorrow morning to see what we are offering!

TODAY is a beautiful day to join us at the Hands-On House for our FREE Parking Lot Activities starting at 10 AM!Rainbow ...
05/29/2020

TODAY is a beautiful day to join us at the Hands-On House for our FREE Parking Lot Activities starting at 10 AM!

Rainbow Fish Foil Paintings - Have you read the story Rainbow Fish? He was special because he had shiny scales that he learned to give away to make others happy. You get to paint a rainbow fish on foil to create his special shiny scales!

LEGO Alphabet Shadows - In this activity we will be using LEGOS to explore the alphabet. This activity will help your young learner practice letter recognition as they create alphabet shadows. Hope it is a sunny day!

Creature Feature - Animals come in all shapes and sizes, patterns, and textures - big and small, striped and spotted, furry and feathered, hard and soft. Go under cover as we travel around the world to investigate animals and the skin they’re in.

Chalk it Up - One of summer’s perks is that little artists have a roomy new canvas for their drawings - why else was asphalt invented? Chalk it up to a good time when you join us for our Let’s Create and Let’s Play chalk activities. The “Attack of the Chalk Creatures,” friendly of course, will bring out the Dr. Frankenstein lurking in even the most mild-mannered children.

UPDATE: Sadly, due to weather we will be canceling our morning parking lot activities.  Hope to see you tomorrow!
05/28/2020

UPDATE: Sadly, due to weather we will be canceling our morning parking lot activities. Hope to see you tomorrow!

Today's Activities are:     - Handprint Parrot     - Jellyfish Art     - STEM Ice Rescue     - Chalk it Up
05/27/2020

Today's Activities are:
- Handprint Parrot
- Jellyfish Art
- STEM Ice Rescue
- Chalk it Up

Head to the Hands-On House to participate in FREE, socially distant parking lot activities! We will be there from 10-4 t...
05/27/2020

Head to the Hands-On House to participate in FREE, socially distant parking lot activities! We will be there from 10-4 today so please drop by.

In today's episode of Virtual Story Stretchers, listen to Ms. Maggie read Llama Llama Red Pajama and practice color word...
05/22/2020

In today's episode of Virtual Story Stretchers, listen to Ms. Maggie read Llama Llama Red Pajama and practice color words to help Ms. Maggie create a quilt like llama’s!

https://youtu.be/47l46J5qP58

Ms. Maggie's Story Stretcher Bag is VERY full of clues for today's story! But first, we have some sorting to do. Tune in...
05/19/2020

Ms. Maggie's Story Stretcher Bag is VERY full of clues for today's story! But first, we have some sorting to do. Tune in and learn how to use a bar graph and listen to one of our favorite color stories!
https://youtu.be/QejY06orumM

We’re expanding hours for pick up and drop off our Clubhouse Kits To Go (and switching over to telephone reservations)!B...
05/18/2020

We’re expanding hours for pick up and drop off our Clubhouse Kits To Go (and switching over to telephone reservations)!

Browse the catalog, then give us a call Monday through Saturday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. or Sunday 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. to make your reservation and payment. (Contactless curbside pick up and drop off still apply!)

And starting tomorrow, during these hours, we will also have free activities available for families to do in our parking lot! Social distancing measures will be in place.

It's Hands-on (at your) House! We are excited to announce the launch of our rental program, Clubhouse Kits To Go.  Enjoy...
05/14/2020

It's Hands-on (at your) House! We are excited to announce the launch of our rental program, Clubhouse Kits To Go. Enjoy your favorite Clubhouse lessons or try something new with our wide array of educational toys and games, while supporting Hands-on House. Reserve online, pick-up curbside. Our first pick-up windows will be this Friday and Saturday. Pictured here are just a few of the many kits available. Click here to see them all and book your kit today!
https://www.handsonhouse.org/visit/clubhouse/?month=May#clubhouse-kits

What kind of lizard is a color-changing wizard? A chameleon! But what happens when one of these colorful critters decide...
05/13/2020

What kind of lizard is a color-changing wizard? A chameleon! But what happens when one of these colorful critters decides he'd rather just stay the same? Watch and listen along as Ms. Maggie reads A Color of His Own by Leo Lionni!

https://youtu.be/RVcGS8JL9IM

05/08/2020
Virtual Story Stretchers: Sky Color by Peter H. Reynolds

Ms. Maggie's Story Stretcher book is just the remedy for the dreary weather here in Lancaster ... Sky Color by Peter H. Reynolds! Marisol and her painting are sure to brighten your day -- and maybe even inspire your creativity! https://youtu.be/cewI3gFF3vw

Marisol is working on her class mural, but how will she paint the sky without blue paint? Find out in this episode of Story Stretchers with Ms. Maggie, and p...

As a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, Hands-on House depends on donations, as well as memberships, admissions and other...
05/05/2020

As a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, Hands-on House depends on donations, as well as memberships, admissions and other programs to fund our operations. Canceled programs and events and closed doors during the COVID-19 pandemic have resulted in a significant loss in crucial revenue.
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During the closure, we've been working behind the scenes to improve the museum and develop learning experiences adapted for our "new normal." Your support is needed to sustain Hands-on House through this crisis and ensure that we can continue to provide children and families opportunities to learn, play and create lifelong memories together.
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If you are able, please consider making a donation on #GivingTuesdayNow. https://handsonhouse.kindful.com/?campaign=1027839

Thank you for your generosity.

Address

721 Landis Valley Rd
Lancaster, PA
17601

Opening Hours

Tuesday 10:00 - 16:00
Wednesday 10:00 - 16:00
Thursday 10:00 - 16:00
Friday 10:00 - 16:00
Saturday 10:00 - 17:00
Sunday 12:00 - 17:00

Telephone

(717) 569-5437

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Hands-on House, Children's Museum of Lancaster is a not-for-profit educational center whose mission is to create and provide interactive learning opportunities for all children and their families through self-directed exhibits and programming that stimulate curiosity and invite the joy of discovery through play.

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My husband and i have passes for our son that expire in July. We have not had A chance to use them before this pandemic happen. Is there an Extension for them since we cant use them right now????
How does long term closing impact yearly membership?
Thank you Hands-on House and Andrea DeStefano Petrillo for sharing these STEM kits with my kids! They are enjoying them!
Bug catching today was a hit! 🦋 🐝
Is there an age for tickets? My daughter is only 8 months, will she need a ticket too?
Thank you so much for Abby’s 6th birthday she had a blast it was so nice to people fun times thank you
Robot Factory in the Clubhouse this month!
Angela Sinclair something to do
Are you planning to open at 10 still today?
So i lost our membership card there yesterday. Can i just show my picture id?
I will be visiting the area and was thinking of visiting with my family. Your website is currently down, what is the admission cost and the hours on Friday 11/30? Thank You.
My two little froggies had a great time at Backyard Boo today! Thank you!