“The first time my kids visited Hands-on House my daughter grabbed my sleeve and said ‘Mom, that was AMAZING!!’

-Anonymous guest

On Friday November 18th, please visit www.extragive.org/organizations/hands-on-house-children-s-museum-of-lancaster to make a contribution and know that your gift preserves a cherished community resource and supports the kind of learning that lasts forever.



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. 

At Hands-on House we believe learning is active. It happens when children watch bee’s buzz to and fro, pollinating flowers. It happens while shopping at the Farmer’s Market, while helping a grownup with a building project, or while getting messy with art supplies. While kids are learning through play, memories are also being created. 

Here is a bit of what’s new in the past year – All thanks to our donors! 

TECH Lab: Added in March, the TECH Lab offers a variety of interactive activities. One highlight is DRAW Alive where kids color a picture, scan it, and watch it become animated on an 85″ TV!

Engineering & Construction Zone: We’re excited to have expanded this great exhibit by adding a build-a-doghouse activity, vinyl siding game, and a flooring installation component! Now, even more trades are represented!

Multi-Purpose Room: We converted a large workspace into a classroom – doubling our classroom space! More art. More STEM. More fun! Now, birthday parties are being offered 7 days per week.

Play Lab: Our front classroom, previously called the Club House, has been converted to a Play Lab. Here, kids enjoy table-top discovery through open play and classes! The best part, there is always a teacher in the room!

STEM Nature Trail: Welcoming birds, butterflies and more, the new STEM Nature Trail includes indigenous trees and flowers as well as some fun activities for kids and wildlife!

Added an Outdoor Storytime & Sharing Space: Thanks to area Boy Scouts, this outdoor space was added to provide opportunities for reading, learning, and fun in an outdoor environment. A big hit with kids!

Expanded our Teaching Staff: To better deliver upon our mission, we’ve added three new teachers, bringing our count to five. We’ll be offering additional classes, camps, museum programs, and expanding our outreach programs to area schools. 





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Register for our 5k, 10k, or half marathon on Saturday, Sep 30th! Bring a friend or the whole family!

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