Summer Camp | Hands-On House

2020 will be a landmark year for Hands-on House Summer Camp. We are adding new weeks, extending our day, and introducing camps for different age groups.

Hands-on House camp is an adventure.  Learn and play as we create, make, discover, investigate and invent. Open-ended activities give children a chance to apply problem-solving skills, test and revise their ideas, and encourage collaboration with friends. Designed by our Director of STEM Education, our camps are led by experienced educators, with assistance from trained teen volunteers, offering the best opportunity for both fun and learning. All camps include time in the museum exhibits as well as the Clubhouse and garden, where learning is fun, and fun is learning.


2020 Camp Calendar

June 15 – June 19

Camp Discovery Ages 4-7

June 22 – June 26

Camp Discovery Ages 4-7

July 6 – July 10

Camp Discovery Ages 4-7

July 13 – July 17

Camp Explorer Ages 4-7

July 20 – July 24

Camp Discovery Ages 4-7

July 27 – July 31

Camp Adventure Ages 8-10

August 3 – August 7

Camp Explorer

Ages 4-7

August 10 – August 14

Camp Discovery Ages 4-7

*Registration for Camp Explorer is now open for all campers. 


Daily Schedule

Camps run Monday – Friday, 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

9:00 a.m. – 9:45 a.m. Free play in the museum before it opens to the public.

9:45 a.m. – 11:15 a.m. Rotate through hands-on activity stations in the Clubhouse and garden.

11:15 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Snack (provided by Hands-on House)

11:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Large group activity in the garden.

12:00 p.m. – 12:30 p.m. Lunch (campers bring a bag lunch and drink)

12:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. Group activities related to the daily theme


Registration Information

  • All weeks of Camp Discovery will have identical themes and activities. While you are welcome to sign up for multiple weeks, we encourage repeat campers during the 2020 season to enjoy a week of Camp Explorer.  Camp Explorer will have new themes and activities giving campers yet another way to play with purpose and embrace curiosity. Initially a bonus offering available first to campers registered for Camp Discovery, registration for Camp Explorer is now open to all campers.
  • The camp day has been extended for 2020 and will end at 2:00 p.m. If you wish, you may request a 12:00 p.m. end time for the week.
  • Registration fee for Camp Discovery (Ages 4-7), Camp Explorer (Ages 4-7) and Camp Adventure (Ages 8-10) is $195/session for members, $215/session for non-members.
  • Fees are non-refundable and non-transferable.
  • Space in each session is limited. Registrations will be processed on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • For Camp Discovery and Camp Explorer, campers must be 4 years old by September 30th.
  • All children attending MUST be toilet trained (not needing diapers or pull-ups).
  • For additional information, contact or call (717) 569-5437.

Register now for

Camp Discovery (Ages 4-7)

Camp Explorer (Ages 4-7)

Camp Adventure (8-10)