Group & School Visits | Hands-On House
Outreach to Schools
Group Visits

Discovery To Go outreach enrichment workshops bring the museum to your school classroom! These exciting, action-packed programs incorporates 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.

Discovery to Go workshops are available for K-Third grade, in elementary schools throughout south-central Pennsylvania. Programs are presented at your school by an experienced Hands-on House Museum Educator.

Costs:  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.

$250 for 1 class presentation

$300 for 2 class presentations

$415 for 3 classes

$465 for for class presentations

Plus Travel Fee.

BONUS: Each child who participates in a school workshop receives a one-time free child’s admission pass to Hands-on House (a $12.00 value) for a future museum visit with his or her family.

Reservations: To find out more about bringing any of the Discovery To Go programs to your school, please contact Hands-on House at (717) 569-5437 or email




Become a dinosaur paleontologist and journey back in time with a traveling fossil dig. This enrichment workshop brings dinosaurs to life while exploring paleontology, geology, and more! Students will use their imagination and thinking skills to solve mysteries from the age of dinosaurs. This interactive workshop is geared for kindergarten, first and second grade classes.

Explore tree trunk traffic with 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. Students will learn about environmental awareness and conservation of natural forest resources. This interactive workshop is designed for kindergarten and first grade classes.

Go on a Senses Safari with Hands-on House! Explore and compare your senses with those of your favorite jungle animals, to discover how animals navigate the world. Sniff like a snake, see like a zebra, and touch like a wild cat. This interactive workshop is geared for kindergarten, first and second grade classes.

Estimation + Cooperation = FUN! Become mathematical problem solvers at the Hands-on House picnic, where students will measure, estimate, count, observe, predict and sort. Unpack your picnic and get your hands on math! This interactive workshop is designed for kindergarten and first grade classes.

Use the Scientific Method in order to master the forces of gravity, magnetism and light. Students will hypothesize, predict, observe and test through experiments using raceways, kaleidoscopes and magnets. This interactive workshop is designed for first, second and third grade classes.


The Big Red Barn By Margaret Wise Brown
Construct a fence to keep the farm animals inside the barnyard.
15th, 22nd

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.
12th, 19th

1st, 8th, 15th, 29th


The Snowy Day By Ezra Jack Keats
Investigate the temperature ups and downs behind snow science.
10th, 17th

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.
7th, 14th

10th, 17th, 24th, 31st


Go Away Big Green Monster By Ed Emberley
Create, play, and imagine in our puppet workshop. Mondays:
11th, 25th

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.
11th, 18th

7th, 14th, 21st

Group Visits

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

Groups 15-120 people: $7.50 per person weekdays and $9.00 per person weekends (children and adults)

  • Group visits are limited to 90 minutes indoors
  • Groups over 50 people are encouraged to schedule visits on Thursdays.
    Ask about our after-hours options.
  • Reservations for groups are required at least one week in advance.
  • One chaperone (age 16 or older) for every 4-5 children is strongly recommended.
  • Hands-on House has limited outdoor group picnic facilities for bag lunches.
  • Clubhouse activities are not included with group visits.
    Outdoor play area is included. Areas may be limited during Summer Camp sessions.
  • Groups are welcome to make purchases from our Gift Shop where we have snacks, water, juice, STEM and art products as well as assorted toys.
  • Reservations are now being taken online. If the day you are requesting is not available, please call the museum at 717-569-5437 and we will verify the size of the other group to see if we can accommodate yours.
  • Hands-on House meets PA Common Core and Academic Standards. Take a look at our OUTREACH programs to have Hands-on House come to your organization.

COVID-19 protocols may change from when you book your visit to when you come in. Please check our website for current protocols within 7 days of your visit.


Bring Hands-on House to your child's classroom!

With our Discovery To-Go Outreach programs we can bring learning through play to local schools for classes K-3! Pass along the idea to your child's teacher or PTO.

Learn more about scheduling and available programs