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Little Explorer and Me provides thematic educational activities specifically designed for preschool aged children in the museum’s Nature Gallery. Each month’s program aligns with the current exhibits and themes of the North Museum and offers new art, craft and fine motor activities.

Come celebrate Halloween with a spooky scavenger hunt, a lecture on where to find real ghosts, and more at the North Museum!

A Taste of Science
Saturday, October 26th from 6:00 – 9:00pm

Join us for an extra special HALLOWEEN edition of ‘A Taste of Science’ to benefit the nonprofit Lancaster Science Factory!

This SPOOKTACULAR night will feature delicious food and drink by local restaurants, music and dancing, costumed fun, and MORE – all set against the backdrop of a newly expanded Science Factory. We’ve grown by 50%, added a ton of fun new exhibits and Maker Space. These exhibits aren’t just for kids – we can’t wait to share the new space with you at this party!

NEW FOR THIS YEAR, our host and mistress of ceremonies will be THE BRIDE OF FRANKENSTEIN, Kahmor Vixenn! For your dancing pleasure, DJ Smiles will be spinning the scientific and spooky tunes. Go all out for your chance to win our costume contest or craft your own Halloween mask or costume in our Maker Space. Wear your costume over to Tellus360 where you can receive $5 off admission to their Halloween Party with your Taste of Science proof of attendance!

What to Expect

This year the theme is spooky science, and that includes the food! Sample delicious small plates from the best local restaurants at eight stations throughout the Hall of Science. There will be an enticing array of savory and sweet dishes to choose from.
The Baker’s Table
The Commons Company
Quip’s Pub
Four54 Grill
TFB Hospitality – Per Diem at the Rock Lititz Hotel
American Bar & Grill
The Horse Inn

Open bar. Enjoy beer, wine and cocktails!
Raffle and 50/50. Enter the raffle to win local experiences, treats, and treasures!

Get Your Tickets Today!

Only 250 tickets are available for this event. Early bird specials and ticket bundles are available until October 7th.

Ticket prices are as follows:
Single Ticket
$85 in advance
$90 at the door (if available)

Ticket Bundles
$160 for 2 tickets (Save $5 per ticket)
$300 for 4 tickets (Save $10 per ticket)

Come celebrate Halloween with themed activities at the North Museum!

Come out and join us for a spooktacular evening of thrills, chills, and good old fashioned fun! After hours at the North Museum is Halloween fun for all.

Sit by the campfire in our planetarium and listen to some stories including local lore and Native American tales about the stars. Take a flashlight scavenger hunt throughout the Museum and find some of our creepy, crawly, and uncanny collections along the way. Stop by our Mad Scientist’s Lab and learn how to make some terrifyingly fantastic potions. All this and more in our Haunted Museum!

Buy tickets for Spooky Science Trick or Treat and get your ticket for the Haunted Museum at half price! Come out for our daytime event and get tickets to the evening event at half the price! What a spooktacular deal!

Stop into the North Museum this Halloween for our Spooky Science Trick-or-Treat!

Each activity station will have a candy or non-candy treat for all our guests! You’ll get a complimentary trick or treat bag to carry your stash of goodies and all your crafts to take home! There will be a Costume Contest at 12pm and 3pm with prizes for the first, second, and third place winners! We encourage all our guests to wear costumes for this day of fun!

Our activities for the day include slime brain dissection, build a monster, spider leg potions, and so much more!

All activities and events are included in the price of admission! Add a planetarium show for a small additional charge.

Rock Ford welcomes the return of “Tales from the Caretakers: The Haunted History of Rock Ford Plantation.” This play was first presented in 2013 and was favorably received by regional audiences. After five years, the “Caretakers” are returning to their former home at Rock Ford!

This one-act play is being presented at Rock Ford by professional actors Cynthia Charles and Evan Cooper of The Theatre of the Seventh Sister. Evan and Cynthia will be playing eccentric husband and wife caretakers in the Rock Ford mansion in the years before the house was restored and became a museum. These characters are loosely based upon an actual couple who lived in Rock Ford during the 1930’s into the 1940’s and will relate stories spanning over two centuries. They will lead visitors on a candlelit tour of the mansion during which they will share some of the many legends, supernatural stories and first-hand accounts that have enshrouded Rock Ford and its inhabitants since the early nineteenth century. This unique event will blend theatre, history and ghost stories into an enchanting witch’s brew of spooky and atmospheric Halloween fun.

To our guests, please note that you will be standing for the duration of the play, following the characters from room to room, and walking up and down stairs.



Journey to Sleepy Hollow … one last time!  Experience this original 45-minute immersive play performed in the candlelit rooms of the first floor of the Rock Ford mansion. Guests will follow Ichabod Crane, Brom Bones, Katrina Van Tassel and Squire Van Tassel from room to room as Rock Ford is transformed into the Van Tassel Family home, scene of the autumn ball in Washington Irving’s classic tale, The Legend of Sleepy Hollow.  Due to space considerations, each performance is limited to 20 guests.

Performance dates and times:

Thursday, October 5, 12, 19 and 26 at 6:30 PM and 8:00 PM

Friday, October 6, 13, and 20 at 7:00 PM and 8:30 PM

Friday, October 27 at 7:00 PM, 8:30 PM and 10:00 PM

$15 per person (recommended for children ages 12+)

Reservations will be accepted beginning Friday, September 1, 2017 by calling the Rock Ford office at (717) 392-7223 between the hours of 10 am and 4 pm (Monday-Friday).  Please note that there are no on-line ticket sales for this event.

Take learning to the next level with the new ‘Interactive Science Discovery’ series at The Lancaster Science Factory! This FREE family-friendly event will feature our partners from Franklin & Marshall College.

Since this event falls on HALLOWEEN, costumes are encouraged!

Join F&M professors and students to explore spooky magic tricks! You will learn some tricks and take home the materials you will need to perform them, and discover the psychology, math and physics behind these tricks.

Plus, see some amazing tricks by an F&M Student and Magician. He will not reveal his secrets, but you can watch, and then try to figure out how the heck did he do that?!?

The regular LSF exhibits will all be open for science play, and don’t worry, there will be treats with the tricks! All guests in attendance will enjoy FREE pizza generously provided from Pats Pizzeria!

RSVP on the event page here:

Experiment with mysterious smoke, oozing chemistry and atomic glow in this spooky Science Cafe!

Science Cafe sessions will run 12-1pm and 2-3pm. Seating is first come, first served.

All activities are FREE with your paid admission (8.50 per person) or Lancaster Science Factory membership.