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.

Learn about the acts that entertain us at the Greatest Show on Earth. Build a working human cannonball out of Legos in o...
02/26/2020

Learn about the acts that entertain us at the Greatest Show on Earth. Build a working human cannonball out of Legos in our STEM classes this week! Free for members and included with admission. Pre-registration is encouraged. https://www.handsonhouse.org/visit/clubhouse/

Come to Story Stretchers on Tuesday and Wednesday for a three-ring adventure with Clifford and his best friend Emily Eli...
02/23/2020

Come to Story Stretchers on Tuesday and Wednesday for a three-ring adventure with Clifford and his best friend Emily Elizabeth when the circus comes to town. Free for members and included with admission; pre-registration is encouraged. https://www.handsonhouse.org/visit/clubhouse/

02/21/2020

Don't forget, members! Tonight is Member Evening. The museum is open just for your from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.!

They "fly through the air with the greatest of ease" and walk across a tightrope. How do trapeze artists do that? Find o...
02/19/2020

They "fly through the air with the greatest of ease" and walk across a tightrope. How do trapeze artists do that? Find out in our Ready Set Learn STEM class on Thursday and Friday this week! Free for members, included with admission. Pre-registration encouraged!
https://www.handsonhouse.org/visit/clubhouse/

Registration is OPEN for Hands-on House Summer Camp! Learn and play as we create, discover, investigate and invent.  Cam...
02/18/2020

Registration is OPEN for Hands-on House Summer Camp! Learn and play as we create, discover, investigate and invent. Camps available for ages 4-7 and a special new week for ages 8-10! Find all the info and register here https://www.handsonhouse.org/education/summer-camp/

Can you say abracadabra, hocus pocus, presto change-o? Join us as we create our own magic in the Clubhouse on Tuesday an...
02/17/2020

Can you say abracadabra, hocus pocus, presto change-o? Join us as we create our own magic in the Clubhouse on Tuesday and Wednesday. Free for members, included with admission; pre-registration is encouraged! https://www.handsonhouse.org/visit/clubhouse/

Is it magic or an illusion? Put on your cape and wave your magic wands and learn the secret behind the magic. Join us fo...
02/12/2020

Is it magic or an illusion? Put on your cape and wave your magic wands and learn the secret behind the magic. Join us for this STEM class on Thursday or Friday. Free for members and included with admission. Pre-registration is recommended, https://www.handsonhouse.org/visit/clubhouse/

Step right up and join the circus with Peppa Pig and her friends on Tuesday and Wednesday at Story Stretchers.  Free for...
02/10/2020

Step right up and join the circus with Peppa Pig and her friends on Tuesday and Wednesday at Story Stretchers. Free for members and included with admission; pre-registration is encouraged. https://www.handsonhouse.org/visit/clubhouse/

Learn the story of P.T. Barnum and his 21 elephants who helped prove that the Brooklyn Bridge was safe to cross. Can you...
02/05/2020

Learn the story of P.T. Barnum and his 21 elephants who helped prove that the Brooklyn Bridge was safe to cross. Can you build a bridge to hold 21 elephants? Join us Thursday or Friday at our STEM class — for ages 3-6 (with an adult). Free for members and included with daily admission. Pre-registration is encouraged. https://www.handsonhouse.org/visit/clubhouse/

New hours! Starting this week, we'll be opening our doors at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday through Friday. And tomorrow, members, we...
02/04/2020

New hours! Starting this week, we'll be opening our doors at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday through Friday. And tomorrow, members, we're open for you at 9! Come for Members Only Morning... stay for Story Stretchers at 9:30. https://www.handsonhouse.org/visit/prices-and-hours/

What better book to kick off a month of Kid City Circus in the Clubhouse? Join us for "Circus" this Tuesday and Wednesda...
02/03/2020

What better book to kick off a month of Kid City Circus in the Clubhouse? Join us for "Circus" this Tuesday and Wednesday and enter a big top of circus excitement with pages full of leaping lizards, marching snakes, whistling parrots, and the tumbling Zucchini Brothers. Pre-registration is encouraged. https://www.handsonhouse.org/visit/clubhouse/

Step right up and become part of the Greatest Show on Earth! Explore Circus Science in the Clubhouse, starting Tuesday, ...
02/02/2020

Step right up and become part of the Greatest Show on Earth! Explore Circus Science in the Clubhouse, starting Tuesday, February 4. Check out the schedule of Story Stretchers, Ready Set Learn classes and Self-Guided Exploration at https://www.handsonhouse.org/visit/clubhouse

01/27/2020

Please note that the area soon-to-be HOH Construction Co. will be CLOSED on Tuesday, January 28 for carpet installation. The rest of Museum WILL BE OPEN during this time. Additional work may be necessary on Wednesday, January 29. Please feel free to call us at 717-569-5437 to check before you visit.

Join us for our final Ready Set Learn class in the Robot Factory series  and see for yourself what it is like to use rob...
01/27/2020

Join us for our final Ready Set Learn class in the Robot Factory series and see for yourself what it is like to use robot arms and hands to pick up objects. For ages 3-6 with an adult. Sign up for Thursday or Friday at 9:30 or 10:30. https://www.handsonhouse.org/visit/clubhouse/

Raybot is traveling the world in search of a best friend... that barks! What animal is he looking for? Join us for Story...
01/26/2020

Raybot is traveling the world in search of a best friend... that barks! What animal is he looking for? Join us for Story Stretchers this week and take a guess! Pre-registration is encouraged; give us a call at 717-569-5437 or sign up online. https://www.handsonhouse.org/visit/clubhouse/ Sign up on line or

Coming soon... A-Mazing Airways!  The HOH Construction Co. exhibit area will be closed today (Wed 1/22) for electrical w...
01/22/2020

Coming soon... A-Mazing Airways! The HOH Construction Co. exhibit area will be closed today (Wed 1/22) for electrical work and the installation of this exciting new feature. Additional work may be necessary tomorrow (Thu 1/23). Feel free to give us a call at 717-569-5437 to check the status before you visit!

Wednesday is Member Morning y'all! This special member-only hour of play is one of the perks of museum membership!
01/21/2020

Wednesday is Member Morning y'all! This special member-only hour of play is one of the perks of museum membership!

We had many friends join us for our special Monday edition  of Story Stretchers yesterday as we read "My First Biography...
01/21/2020

We had many friends join us for our special Monday edition of Story Stretchers yesterday as we read "My First Biography: Martin Luther King Jr." Then we drew pictures of the dreams we have for a better world, which we will send along to U.S. Rep. Lloyd Smucker.

Come for Story Stretchers on Tuesday or Wednesday and spend some time with Clink, a misfit robot who used to be state-of...
01/20/2020

Come for Story Stretchers on Tuesday or Wednesday and spend some time with Clink, a misfit robot who used to be state-of-the-art, but now finds himself out-of-date with lots of missing parts! Story Stretchers is free for members and included with daily admission. Pre-registration is encouraged! https://www.handsonhouse.org/visit/clubhouse/

Not sure what weather Mother Nature might bring this weekend? Members, come get your PLAY on Friday evening from 4 p.m. ...
01/17/2020

Not sure what weather Mother Nature might bring this weekend? Members, come get your PLAY on Friday evening from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. And THIS grocery store will have some bread and milk left! Member Only Evening is one of many membership benefits; learn more here https://www.handsonhouse.org/support/become-a-member/

We will be open on Monday January 20 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.! Plan to join us at 10 a.m. or 11 a.m. for a special edition of St...
01/15/2020

We will be open on Monday January 20 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.! Plan to join us at 10 a.m. or 11 a.m. for a special edition of Story Stretchers, celebrating the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King. Free for members and included with admission, but pre-registration is recommended! https://www.handsonhouse.org/visit/clubhouse/

Thank you to the team from Wickersham Construction & Engineering, Inc., who shared their time and expertise with us yest...
01/15/2020

Thank you to the team from Wickersham Construction & Engineering, Inc., who shared their time and expertise with us yesterday, extending an existing wall and building a knee wall in the area that will soon be HOH Construction Co! We appreciate their skilled and helping hands!

As we continue renovations in preparation for our upcoming exhibit, please note that the area soon-to-be-HOH Constructio...
01/14/2020

As we continue renovations in preparation for our upcoming exhibit, please note that the area soon-to-be-HOH Construction Co. will be closed on Thursday, January 16 for painting. The Museum WILL be open during this time, including the Clubhouse for Ready, Set, Learn Classes at 9:30 and 10:30 and self-guided exploration from 12-3:30. https://www.handsonhouse.org/visit/clubhouse/

Practice science and engineering as we get into the nuts and bolts of how robots are built! Join us for a Ready, Set, Le...
01/14/2020

Practice science and engineering as we get into the nuts and bolts of how robots are built! Join us for a Ready, Set, Learn STEM class — Thursday and Friday at 9:30 and 10:30. Free for members and included with admission. Pre-registration is recommended! http://ow.ly/INoE50xMQj8

A boy and a robot become friends. When the robot's power is switched off, what will it take to turn him back on again? F...
01/12/2020

A boy and a robot become friends. When the robot's power is switched off, what will it take to turn him back on again? Find out at Story Stretchers, Tuesday 1/14 and Wednesday 1/15. http://ow.ly/XV5o50xMPXs

Ready Set Learn! Our STEM classes (free for members and included in daily admission) give children ages 3-6 a chance to ...
01/07/2020

Ready Set Learn! Our STEM classes (free for members and included in daily admission) give children ages 3-6 a chance to explore, test, think, observe and discover! To make sure every participant has a great experience, please have one adult attending for every two children. This week, play and learning connect when young engineers power up a robot puppet. Register online or give us call. http://ow.ly/W9g250xMPJa

With BIG thanks to this volunteer crew from the Building Industry Association of Lancaster County, renovations for our n...
01/06/2020

With BIG thanks to this volunteer crew from the Building Industry Association of Lancaster County, renovations for our new exhibit are officially underway! If you've visited recently, you might have gotten a sneak peek at Pipescapes and Rig-a-Ma-Jig, the first elements of HOH Construction Co. Today, we cleared the way for more exciting installments in the coming weeks! We will be open throughout the process, so please pardon our appearance as we "build for the future"!

The first Member Morning of 2020 is Tuesday, January 7! Members, join us at 9 a.m. for an extra hour of play.
01/05/2020

The first Member Morning of 2020 is Tuesday, January 7! Members, join us at 9 a.m. for an extra hour of play.

Help a little girl solve problem after problem as she tries to build The Most Magnificent Thing. Join us for Story Stret...
01/04/2020

Help a little girl solve problem after problem as she tries to build The Most Magnificent Thing. Join us for Story Stretchers this coming week, on Tuesday and Wednesday at 9:30, 11:30 or 1:30. Free for members and included with admission. Sign up online or give us a call to save your spot! http://ow.ly/YLt050xMPs4

Start 2020 off on the right foot! Register today for the 17th Annual Hands-on House Half Marathon, 10K & 5K on Saturday,...
01/03/2020

Start 2020 off on the right foot! Register today for the 17th Annual Hands-on House Half Marathon, 10K & 5K on Saturday, September 26, 2020. AND... use promo code RESOLUTION to save $5 on your entry fee when you register online! https://www.handsonhouse.org/events/half-marathon-10k-5k/

Please note our special hours for the upcoming week!  We will be OPEN on Monday 12/30 from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. We will be o...
12/29/2019

Please note our special hours for the upcoming week!
We will be OPEN on Monday 12/30 from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
We will be open Tuesday 12/31 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. ONLY for our Noon Year's Eve party. Get your tickets here! http://ow.ly/8DGJ50xIVj1
We will be closed Wednesday 1/1.
We will resume normal operating hours 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. on Thursday 1/2!
Happy New Year!

Winding down from a busy holiday? Still in the thick of it? Come “chill” out in the Clubhouse.  We still have a few days...
12/28/2019

Winding down from a busy holiday? Still in the thick of it? Come “chill” out in the Clubhouse. We still have a few days left of Arctic Adventure before we explore a new theme! Our STEM classroom will be open for self-guided exploration Sat 12/28, Thu 1/2, Fri 1/3 and Sat 1/4 from 12-3:30 p.m.!

Got that "whole week off" feeling? It's Member Morning tomorrow -- 12/27 -- so come on over...early ! And bring up to tw...
12/26/2019

Got that "whole week off" feeling? It's Member Morning tomorrow -- 12/27 -- so come on over...early ! And bring up to two guests at regular admission prices ($11/child and $10.50/adult) to enjoy this special extra hour in the Museum!

Warm wishes for a happy holiday from all of us at Hands-on House to your family! We are closed December 23, 24 and 25. W...
12/23/2019

Warm wishes for a happy holiday from all of us at Hands-on House to your family! We are closed December 23, 24 and 25. We look forward to seeing you when we reopen on Thursday, December 26 at 10 a.m.! Check our website calendar for the full schedule of upcoming events and hours https://www.handsonhouse.org/visit/calendar/

Need a break from the hustle and bustle? A little extra play could do the whole family some good! It's Member Evening TO...
12/20/2019

Need a break from the hustle and bustle? A little extra play could do the whole family some good! It's Member Evening TONIGHT. The Museum will be open -- just for members! -- from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.

12/19/2019

It's not too late...yet! Purchase a gift membership, admission passes or gift certificates online TODAY and we will mail them out tomorrow Friday 12/20. Of course, you can always stop in and purchase in person, just to be sure. Our friendly front desk elves will be available to help you from 10 am - 8 pm Friday, 10 am - 5 pm Saturday and 12 - 5 pm Sunday. https://www.handsonhouse.org/support/become-a-member/

Now, we’re not saying New Year’s Eve is overrated... but isn’t it nice to wake up on January 1 feeling rested and ready ...
12/18/2019

Now, we’re not saying New Year’s Eve is overrated... but isn’t it nice to wake up on January 1 feeling rested and ready for the New Year (and your energetic little ones)? This year, celebrate with the whole family. Come countdown to NOON at Hands-on House -- and then get everyone to bed on time! 🎉😴
Learn more and buy your tickets here: https://www.handsonhouse.org/events/noon-years-eve-party/

12/17/2019

We don’t know who needs to hear this today 😉, but we have a Grandfamily memberships! This membership option includes two grandparents and all their grandchildren. You can also add a plus person and bring a guest each time you visit. Special memories — the gift that keeps on giving!

Join us on Thursday and Friday for an experiment that demonstrates just how penguins stay warm in the coldest places in ...
12/17/2019

Join us on Thursday and Friday for an experiment that demonstrates just how penguins stay warm in the coldest places in the world! Our Ready Set Learn STEM classes are included with admission and free for members, but space is limited! Pre-registration is recommended! http://ow.ly/tcYd50xpQZ1

Uh-oh...Polar Bear has lost his underwear! In this week's Story Stretchers session,  we'll help him find his missing und...
12/16/2019

Uh-oh...Polar Bear has lost his underwear! In this week's Story Stretchers session, we'll help him find his missing undergarments and learn about the power of camouflage. Space is limited, pre-registration is encouraged! http://ow.ly/A2py50xpO1d

Nothing unlucky about Friday the 13th here! Thank you to all our members and visitors who so generously helped to fill o...
12/13/2019

Nothing unlucky about Friday the 13th here! Thank you to all our members and visitors who so generously helped to fill our Toys for Tots donation box!

Come for Member Morning... Stay for "Imogene's Antlers" ? It's Member Morning tomorrow, and we have Ready Set Learn clas...
12/11/2019

Come for Member Morning... Stay for "Imogene's Antlers" ? It's Member Morning tomorrow, and we have Ready Set Learn classes starting at 9:30 and 10:30. These STEM classes are designed for children ages 3-6 with an adult, free for members (and included in admission.) Register here! http://ow.ly/agvg50xqXav

Imagine waking up one morning to find you have grown antlers! In our Ready, Set, Learn class this week, you'll learn abo...
12/10/2019

Imagine waking up one morning to find you have grown antlers! In our Ready, Set, Learn class this week, you'll learn about animals with antlers ... and see what it's like to move around with a pair on your head!!! Sign up online http://ow.ly/atWj50xpPTw or give us call to save your space.

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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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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!
Amy loved playing with the new kitty puppet today! Thanks so much to the awesome Miss Kristin for telling her about it right when we entered!
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So disappointed to find out there will be no more evening hours Labor Day- Memorial Day. I was also surprised I only discovered this by checking the website randomly- as a member I received no information about the museum closing at 4pm instead of 8pm. Mondays have been "closed" days for years, but now a loss of Friday evenings is a shame. My school-aged child already cannot go Tues/Wed/Thurs since you're closed by the time he gets home from school. Now the only chance he has to come is weekends. Any chance there will be evening hours on another day or be "member evenings"? Especially since the museum is geared for kids ages 2-10, it's sad to see kids 5+ have so few chances to visit during the school year. ☹️