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Oct 6th (9:30 – 11:00am or 1:00 – 2:30pm)
Polarity: The tie-dye effect.. A Rainbow of Color
Students will be introduced polarity of different colors and fabric. Students will investigate why certain colors will stain specific fabrics, while others rinse right out… Through their investigation they will determine what solutions will remove grass stains, mud stains and grape juice; all while learning the polarity of the materials they are working with. For this class each student will need to bring with them a white cotton T-shirt.
Cost is $15 per child, per session
**Lancaster Science Factory members receive a 10% discount on all Homeschool Classes!**
To sign up for a homeschool class, please visit our website for online registration or contact Rachel Cahill at or 717-509-6363 x105.
Lancaster Science Factory

The Lancaster Science Factory is pleased to host an encore event of A Taste of Science. This year’s event is sure to be another wonderful and unique evening for adults to experience the science of food and drink! Come explore the Science Factory exhibits while tasting extraordinary food and drink – all with a twist on how science relates to us in everyday things such as eating and drinking. There will also be a silent auction during the evening’s festivities.

Dress code for the event is “casual chic”. Lab coats and other scientist-type clothing – optional!

New This Year…
We will be holding interactive games throughout the evening for chances to win specially designated prizes. Come play Periodic Table Bingo, Blackhole Corn Hole and Scientific Wheel of Fortune! Tickets to play are $5.00 each/5 tickets for $20, each winner receives additional 5 chances to enter their name in a drawing for    specially designated prizes.

The Tasting Offerings:
There will be food and drink offerings at different areas throughout the building. Local restaurants will prepare tempting dishes all with a unique twist relating to science. Wine, beer and cocktails will also be offered to enhance the food selections. They too will have an aspect of science to share. Come prepared to be delighted and amazed! Confirmed food and drink sponsors are:

American Bar & Grill, The Horse Inn, Classic Cuisine Catering, The Federal Taphouse, The Bakers Table, Four54 Grill, Wacker Brewing Co and Pour on Prince

Silent Auction:
As part of the night’s festivities, we will be having a silent auction with many unique and varied items to delight you. Below is a very short sampling of some of the items that will be offered. Auction Items purchased must be paid in cash, by check, or by credit card at the end of the evening. You will receive a number for bidding and a detailed event program at the door.
What can you expect to find at the silent auction?
Theatre Tickets
Sports Memorabilia
Local Artists’ Prints
Restaurant Certificates
Golf Certificates
…and much, much more!!


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’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.


Uncover a hidden world of color in the North Museum’s latest exhibit, the “Rock Box.

The “Rock Box” exhibit, created in partnership with ATOMIC, allows visitors to view hidden wavelengths through a combination of curated specimens from the Museum’s own geology collections, and ultraviolet light. In this specially designed dark room guests control buttons that activate bursts of infrared light. This light interacts with the carefully chosen minerals to produce a vibrant fluorescent display.

Non-Members: The “Rock Box” exhibit is included in admission price.

Members: The “Rock Box” exhibit is free with Museum Membership ID.

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

Gear up for fun as you power up a robot of your very own.

Adults and children participate and learn together. Pop-in any time between 11:00am – 2:00pm on the scheduled days.

Cost: FREE with regular admission to Hands-on House

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

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