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Make It Yourself Workshop: Chromatography
Led by: Bob Lydum & Agilent Technologies

Participants will investigate and problem-solve a make-believe mystery involving a ransom note. They will learn and use the scientific technique of “Paper Chromatography.” The participants will use their newly developed scientific skills to test a number of pens to determine which pen and who wrote the ransom note.

Program Details and Pricing:
*Programs are for kids in grades 3 – 8.

*Workshop cost per child: FREE with your paid admission or membership.

*Regular Science Factory rates apply: Members are FREE, All Visitors are $8.50.

*Program sessions are Sundays, from 2 – 3:30 pm.

*To reserve a space in this workshop, please contact Rachel Cahill at or 717-509-6363 x105.

The Lancaster Science Factory is excited to roll out our newest program for our youngest guests:”Pre-Kindergarteners Active in Science Technology Exploration” (PASTE): Science that Sticks for Ages 4 to 6. This program is specifically designed for Pre-K children between the ages of 4 and 6 years old.

We’re offering this program bi-weekly, the fall dates are: Sept 6th, Sept 20th, Oct 4th, Oct 18th, Nov 1st, Nov 15th, Nov 29th & Dec 13th, all starting at 9:30am.

All sessions will be FREE for participants who complete pre-registration.

Questions? Please contact our STEM Educator, Rachel Cahill, at or 717-509-6363 x105 for more details…

Special thanks to our generous sponsors who have made this program possible: PNC Foundation, Fulton Family Foundation & Clark Associates


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.

The World War II Encampment returns for 2016 with tanks, trucks, tents and troops to recreate the camps of WWII. Explore vintage military vehicles, inspect the weapons, talk with the troops and tour our “Homefront” trailer. A special exhibition of Lancaster WWII artifacts and photographs will be on display in the Stauffer Wing in the main building of


  • Saturday, May 21 from 10am – 10pm
  • Sunday, May 22 from 10am – 4pm

The Encampment is free and open to all ages. Parking is available on-site for free as well.

May 12th (9:30 – 11:00am or 1:00 – 2:30pm)
Chemical and Physical Change: Ice Cream to Elephant Tooth Paste
Students will be exploring the changing world around use. Students will be introduced to physical changes and matter as well as provided some visual everyday examples. Students will then be introduced to chemical changes and its difference to a physical change. They will also have the opportunity to participate in a few examples of a chemical change. Then the students will be asked to identify the change in some experiments before their very eyes; whether it is the explosion of popcorn, the creation of ice cream or making of elephant tooth paste. Students will then be able to determine the importance of these changes to our everyday lives.
Standards aligned: 3.4.7A, 3.5.7D, 3.1.7C, 3.1.7E, 3.2.7B

Register here

Cost is $15 per child, per session

**Lancaster Science Factory members receive a 10% discount on all Homeschool Classes!**

To register, please contact Rachel Cahill at or 717-509-6363 x105 for more details or register online!

Grab a pair of binoculars and come bird watching with us as we go undercover to discover why springtime is for the birds.  Nests you can nibble on and a birdhouse you build will give you something to chirp about.

Pre-registration is required. $12 members/$15 non-members **includes museum admission for child

Apr 28th (9:30 – 11:00am or 1:00 – 2:30pm)
Food for Measurement: It’s only a Fraction
Students will have the opportunity to put fractions to use in everyday life. Students will first be introduced to the basic fractions. Students will learn the connection between the numerator and the denominator by using measuring cups. They will be able to place fractions in increasing and decreasing orders. Student will then use their new found knowledge and make a measurement surprise.
Standards Aligned: 3.7.7A, 3.7.7B, CC2.1.7D1, CC2.1.7.E1, CC2.2.7.B3

Register here

Cost is $15 per child, per session

**Lancaster Science Factory members receive a 10% discount on all Homeschool Classes!**

To register, please contact Rachel Cahill at or 717-509-6363 x105 for more details or register online!

Buggy-but true!  Ladybugs can be grouchy in a bug eat bug world. This program is for families with children ages 2-5 years old accompanied by an adult. Siblings under two may attend along with at least one paying older child. One adult required for every four children attending.  Pre-registration is required.

Available Classtimes:

Tuesday, April 19

10:15am-11:00am                  2-5yrs

12:15pm-1:00pm                    2-5yrs

Wednesday, April 20

10:15am-11:00am                  2-5yrs

12:15pm-1:00pm                    2-5yrs

If you like fast, funny and froggy, you will be “hoppy” to join us for some “un-frog-gettable” amphibian activities that include choosing a tadpole of your own to take home and wait for big changes.

Pre-registration is required. $12 members/$15 non-members **includes museum admission for child