Group Visits
Double The Fun Tour
Storybook STEAM

Group Visits

Hands-on House is a fun and educational place to take your class or group!

  • Group visits are 1 1/2 hrs, and are available Monday, Thursday, and Friday mornings or afternoons. No group reservations are taken for visits on Saturdays or Sundays.
  • Advance reservations for groups are required. (Minimum: 2 weeks)
  • Group admission is $5.00 per person for children and adults.
  • Hands-on House can accommodate group reservations of 20 to 70 children.
  • One adult chaperone (age 16 or older) for every four children is required.
  • Hands-on House does not have indoor or outdoor group picnic facilities, and eating or drinking is not permitted in the building. A staff member would be happy to recommend a park with covered picnic tables within a 10 min drive.
  • Mason’s Active Adventure Garden & the Clubhouse are not included with a group visit.
  • Groups are welcome to make purchases from our Gift Corner. ($1-$10)
  • To schedule a group visit, call Hands-on House at (717) 569-KIDS.
  • PA Common Core and Academic Standards are addressed by your field trip to Hands-on House.

Double The Fun Tour

Looking for more than the average field trip? Double the Fun tours give your group the chance to play at Hands-on House and check out Oregon Dairy’s Farm & Store Tour! It’s DOUBLE the fun!

Group tours are available Mondays, Thursdays, and Fridays, April through October.

  • Starting at Hands-on House from 9:30am-11am
  • Lunch at Oregon Dairy
  • Ending at Oregon Dairy from 12:30pm-2pm

Groups will begin by spending 1 1/2 hrs at Hands-on House, then have lunch at Oregon Dairy and finish the afternoon tour at Oregon Dairy.

Hands-on House

Your visit to Hands-on House will include plenty of time in each of our exhibits, including:

  • Right In Your Own Backyard: Explore a treehouse, paint your face, and transport coal with construction machines.
  • Little Valley Farm: Pick apples, collect eggs, and use a pulley to haul up bales into our hayloft.
  • Grocery Corner: Follow a grocery list, learn about the food pyramid, and make a multi-layed sandwich in the Hands-on House Deli!

Oregon Dairy Farm & Store Tours

  • Tractor and wagon ride to farm
  • Tour the barn and milking facility
  • Pet a calf and learn all about dairy farming
  • Tour the store and visit all the departments
  • See “behind the scenes” in our warehouse and learn how we recycle cardboard
  • Receive a sample of our famous Chocolate Milk and mini vanilla ice cream cone!
  • If time permits, children can play in our farm themed playground.

Price: $9/person (No charge for babies in arms)
Group Minimum: 20 children
Group Maximum: 60
One adult per every 4 children is required

For reservations or more information, call Hands-on House at 717-569-KIDS

Storybook STEAM is an additional educational component lead by one of our Museum Educators. These programs includes literature, an extra STEAM activity, and time spent in the Clubhouse. Storybook STEAM is available for scheduled visits on Monday and Thursday mornings for up to two classes. (or approximately 50 children) Hands-on House is excited to announce Free Group Visits for qualifying organizations from October through March. Qualifications:

  • Must be an organization located in Lancaster County.
  • School or daycare that is receiving 50% free & reduced lunches.
  • OR a non-profit organization that services underprivileged children and/or their families.

For reservations or more information, call Hands-on House at (717) 569-KIDS


The Big Red Barn
By Margaret Wise Brown

Construct a fence to keep the farm animals inside the barnyard.

Mondays: 15th, 22nd
Thursdays: 4th, 11th, 18th, 25th


Don’t Let The Pigeon Drive The Bus!
By Mo Willems

Design, build, and test drive a bus just the right size for a pigeon.

Mondays: 12th, 19th
Thursdays: 1st, 8th, 15th, 29th


The Snowy Day
By Ezra Jack Keats

Investigate the temperature ups and
downs behind snow science.

Mondays: 10th, 17th
Thursdays: 6th, 13th, 20th


Pete’s Pizza
By Williams Steig

Pizza “fraction fun” is the order of the day as little chefs identify and match fraction equivalents.

Mondays: 7th, 14th
Thursdays: 10th, 17th, 24th, 31st


Go Away Big Green Monster
By Ed Emberley

Create, play, and imagine in our puppet workshop.

Mondays: 11th, 25th
Thursdays: 7th, 14th,21st, 28th


Little Blue And Little Yellow
By Leo Lionni

Explore how primary colors mix together to make secondary colors in the color lab.

Mondays: 11th, 18th
Thursdays: 7th, 14th, 21st


Discovery To Go outreach enrichment workshops bring the museum to your school classroom! These exciting, action-packed programs involve your class in activities designed for learning by doing. They each incorporate a variety of unique hands-on activities that blend learning with having fun.

Discovery To Go workshops are multi-disciplinary and can be integrated into many areas of your classroom curricula. All Discovery To Go workshops have been designed to be presented to individual classes. The workshops are available to travel to area elementary schools throughout south-central Pennsylvania. Programs are presented at your school by an experienced Hands-on House Museum Educator. Programs are available for K-Third grade.

Discovery To Go fees are determined by the number of classroom presentations made. All Discovery To Go workshops have been designed to be presented to individual classes, rather than as a large assembly. This allows each student ample opportunity to participate and experience the hands-on learning activities. BONUS: Each child who participates in a school workshop receives a one-time free child’s admission pass to Hands-on House (an $9.50 value) for a future museum visit with his or her family.

To find out more about bringing any of the Discovery To Go programs to your school, please contact Hands-on House at (717) 569-KIDS.

Become a dinosaur scientist and journey back in time with a traveling fossil dig. This enrichment workshop brings dinosaurs to life while exploring paleontology, geology, and more. This workshop encourages children to use their imagination and thinking skills as they solve mysteries from the age of dinosaurs.

Explore tree trunk traffic on the Hands-on House traveling tree. Take a walk in the woods, explore the forest floor, and encounter creatures that creep, crawl and fly as Hands-on House brings the outdoors, indoors. This hands-on workshop promotes environmental awareness and conservation of natural forest resources.

Go on a Senses Safari and compare your senses with those of some favorite jungle animals. Sniff like a snake, hear like a cricket, see like a zebra, and touch like a wildcat. This workshop builds on students existing knowledge as they discover, experiment, and explore.

10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1 Blast Off on a far out adventure into wellness that is out of this world. Travel with your personal space trainers on an intergalactic mission where you learn to build a balanced meal, avoid environmental hazards, fuel up with self-esteem and more! Mission…YOU! Is designed to launch earthlings into establishing healthy habits that will last a lifetime.

Estimation + Computation + Cooperation = Fun! Unpack your picnic and get your hands on math. At our picnic, children will become problem solvers as they measure, count, observe, predict, and sort.

This science sampler challenges children to use the scientific method to master the forces of gravity, magnetism, and light. Students observe, hypothesize, predict and test as they experiment with toys such as raceways, kaleidoscopes and magnets. This introduction to the scientific method as a tool for problem solving provides children with strategies that can be built upon in any science curriculum.