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Step back in time for a fun-filled afternoon of Colonial-inspired Christmas activities featuring take-home crafts and holiday treats! This program is geared for Grades 2-5. Children must be accompanied by an adult (no younger siblings, please). This event will be held in the Rock Ford Barn.

Cost: $12 per child

Reservation deadline: Wednesday, November 22.

Please note that the maximum number of children for this event is 25. If the maximum is reached before the deadline, reservations will close prior to November 22.

For reservations, please call the Rock Ford office at 717-392-7223 (Monday-Friday from 10 AM to 4 PM).

This popular children’s event is geared toward ages 4 and up. Children will use their artistic talents, play games and have fun in a series of activity stations. A story about George Washington will help children to understand why we continue to celebrate his birthday. During the special visit from “George Washington,” children will sing “Happy Birthday!” and enjoy cake and ice cream. Pretzels and beverages will also be served.
This event will be held in the Rock Ford Barn.
Reservations required.  $10 per child and $5 per adult.  Parent(s) must accompany their children.
Call 717-392-7223 for reservations.
Snow date: Sunday, March 5.


May’s Mommy & Me is all about the Wacky Weather of planet Earth.

Changes in the weather can be a source of wonder for young children. Interacting with it on a smaller scale encourages little ones to consider the world around them. At this event, children and adults will explore weather concepts through fun, hands-on activities like creating their own take home weather wheel and assembling a tornado tube.

At each Mommy & Me, enjoy free coffee and meet other Lancaster parents. Bring your little ones, 5 and under, to the Explore Nature Gallery for a hands-on introduction to science and nature. Daddies and caretakers are also invited to attend.

Non-Members: Mommy and Me activities are included in admission price, children under 5 are free.
Members: Mommy and Me activities are free with Museum Membership ID.


Active military personnel and their families will receive free general admission to the North Museum of Nature and Science from Memorial Day to Labor Day, 2016.

The Blue Star Museums program is a collaboration between the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families, the Department of Defense, and over 2000 participating museums across America. This collaboration provides military families the opportunity to spend quality time together in between deployments while enjoying the wealth of arts and culture found in our nation’s museums.

Non-Members: General admission is free to all active-duty military personnel and up to five additional family members (includes spouses, children, grandparents, aunts and uncles.) Current military ID required.


Go behind the scenes at the North Museum of Nature and Science. At this event North Museum Members are invited to view areas normally unseen by the public. These include viewing private collections, the production of a SciDome show, exhibit construction, graphic design for interactive displays and animal maintenance with our animal care technicians.

Non-Members: Non North Museum Members may attend the behind the scenes tour as guests of attending members. Regular Museum admission rates apply for non-members.

Members: The Behind the Scenes Tour is $5.00 with Museum Membership ID.

Members must RSVP for both members and guests by May 6, 2016 at or 717.358.3941. Prepayment is required to reserve space on the tour.

Note: For the full behind the scenes tour please arrive promptly at 5:30 pm.

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Join us during Lancaster Artwalk and discover the science in art!

During ArtWalk, visit the North Museum and enjoy a family-friendly hands-on activity that combines science and art. ArtWalk activity will take place, rain or shine, in the Museum lobby. While at the Museum, explore the three unique installations from local artists inspired by science and nature in the STEAM Art Gallery.

Non-Members: There is no cost to participate in the Spring ArtWalk hands-on art activity. Museum admission required to visit the SciDome Theater and to view the new art installations in the STEAM Art Gallery.

Members: There is no cost to participate in the Spring ArtWalk hands-on art activity. Museum admission is included with Museum Membership ID.