Make a donation today to expand opportunities for children and their families to learn through play.

Children are curious by nature, eager to explore and unearth new ideas. When given the opportunity to tap into this inquisitive nature we find that “learning” goes far beyond what happens in the classroom. 

Learning is active. It happens when children watch bee’s buzzing to and fro pollinating flowers. It happens while shopping at the farmer’s market, while helping a grownup with a building project, while getting messy with art supplies

It’s these landmark learning experiences that stick with children long into adulthood.




Play leads to deeper learning

Play isn’t just about having fun (though we’re certainly big fans of fun around here!) Play is about critical thinking through trial and error, about ”what if” and “imagine this.”




Introducing the Hands-on House 2022 initiative:





Through interactive exhibits, story time sessions, art classes, stem education, summer camp, and outreach programs , Hands-on House is striving to reach more children with fun educational opportunities than ever before.


What Hands-on House is already doing to improve access to educational opportunities:

  • Expanded museum hours to benefit working families by bringing programs to evening and weekends.

  • Planning in-class math and literacy program for pre-k students in Lancaster through Discovery Outreach.

  • Offering free/low cost access to the museum for military members and families enrolled in PA SNAP program.

  • Offering scholarships to families in need who wish to enroll their child in Summer Camp.


Your donation will help us:

  • Provide Summer Camp scholarships
  • Maintain and improve current exhibits
  • Create programs that promote diversity, inclusion, and equity
  • Expand our Pre-K outreach programs
  • Develop more in house Hands-on programs focused on STEM, reading, art and more
  • Host special community events
  • Offer SNAP discounts to participating guests
  • Offer Military admission discounts
  • Purchase educational supplies for classes
  • Keep up with operating costs so we can continue serving the community and providing learning opportunities for kids


We thank you for your generosity!



Hands-on House Discrimination Policy

Hands-on House Children’s Museum of Lancaster does not and shall not discriminate based on race, color, religion (creed), gender expression, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, military status, or income in any of its activities or operations. These activities  include, but are not limited to hiring and firing staff, selection of volunteers and vendors, and provisions of services. We are committed to providing and inclusive and welcoming environment for all members of our staff, clients, volunteers, subcontractors, and vendors.

Hands-on House Children’s Museum of Lancaster is an equal opportunity employer. We will not discriminate and will take affirmative action measures to ensure against discrimination in employment, recruitment, advertisements for employment, compensation, termination, upgrading, promotions, and other conditions of employment against any employee or job application on the bases of race, color, national origin, gender, religion, creed, age, disability, veteran’s status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression.

*updated and ratified by the Board of Directors on November 2, 2021.



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