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Tips for Getting the Most Out of Your Visit

  • We are geared for children aged 2-10.
  • There must be 1 adult for every 4 children.
  • All children must be accompanied and supervised by an adult.
  • Adults and children are expected to put away everything they play with.
Hands-on House features self-directed exhibits that are designed for adults and children to play and learn together. The adult's role during your visit to Hands-on House is very important. Adults can help the children get more out of their visit to the museum by:
  • Playing: Join in the playing, pretending, and fun.
  • Asking: Talk about what your child is seeing and doing. Share your thoughts and ideas, too.
  • Following: Let the child take the lead.
  • Sharing: Help the child relate the experiences they have at Hands-on House with other experiences in their life.


  • Your admission is good for the whole day and you may leave (to go to lunch, for example) and return the same day. Most visitors stay 1 1/2 -2 hours.
  • Everything is on one floor.
  • Hands-on House is an active place. Adults should plan to play, too. There is limited seating for adults.
  • The museum is wheelchair accessible and has accessible restrooms. We also have a designated bus drop off site and parking spaces for visitors with disabilities.
  • The museum is stroller-friendly, but you may find that a front or back child carrier for your infant makes it easier to get around.
  • We are air-conditioned.
  • We have diaper changing tables in the men's and women's restrooms.
  • Eating and drinking are not allowed inside our building.
  • We have limited on-site picnic facilities, which may be closed due to museum programs. But, we can always direct you to a nearby park with covered picnic tables within a 10 minute drive.
  • Hands-on House offers a small gift shop with small toys and gift items priced from $1-$15.
  • We accept payments by cash, check, Visa, or MasterCard.
  • In general, the less busy time at the museum is late in the afternoon.

Questions? For more information, call us at (717) 569-KIDS.