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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.

STEM Story Time features a live story presentation from a member of the museum’s education team based around current museum exhibits and themes. This program provides preschoolers with new science and nature based concepts and vocabulary using the familiar tools of story time and pairing hands on activities to further enhance new learning opportunities.

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)

Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, and yes, Pluto! The planets in our solar system have similarities and differences. Learn about them while molding a model of Mercury, performing fizzy experiments, and setting up Saturn’s rings. Students will take home their own Solar System.

Cost is $15 per child, per session. Classes are geared towards ages 6-13.

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

To sign up for a homeschool class, please follow the link to register electronically.

Looking for something to do with a day off from school? The Lancaster Science Factory is the place for you! We will be OPEN Monday, February 18th from 10am-5pm for the Presidents’ Day holiday.

The Coolest Camp at the Coldest Time!

The 10th annual Cold Storage Winter Camp will take place December 26th – 30th. Campers grades K – 8 will enjoy engaging, hands-on STEM activities in half-day sessions (or choose to stay for the whole day) that are the perfect cure for the cabin fever that sets in during Winter Break!

Pricing
Individual camp session (AM or PM): $30 per child
Full day camp session (AM and PM on the same day): $55 per child – pack a lunch and stay all day!
*BEST VALUE* All 8 sessions of Cold Storage Winter Camp: $200 per child
Lancaster Science Factory members receive 10% total registration costs with their special promo code!

Camp Descriptions

Wednesday, December 26th
9am – Noon | A Very Grinchy Science Class
Feeling like the Grinch the day after Christmas? We’ve got you covered. Explore gross toadstools and fungus. Try and find the Grinch’s heart using freezing-point depression and then make it grow three sizes with a homemade snow globe.

1pm – 4pm | Rockin’ Around The Christmas Tree
From carols to The Nutcracker, the holiday season is full of music and dance! Discover the sound energy in famous songs. Find out just how much physics there is in dancing while learning some choreography. We’ll end with a rockin’ recital for your family!

Thursday, December 27th
9am – Noon | A Frozen Wonderland
Winter is one of four seasons here in Pennsylvania, but some places on earth experience cold temperatures almost all year round. In this Biome based camp, you’ll learn about Cold Deserts and the Tundra. Experiment with thermal insulators and take home your very own Biome-in-a-Box.

1pm – 4pm | Cookies and Milk in the Chemist’s Kitchen
Thermodynamics may sound complicated, but it’s really just cooking! In this tasty camp, you’ll bake up some amazing science and then eat your experiment. What goes better with cookies than milk? Campers will learn some cool biochemistry and Santa’s favorite midnight drink. *alternative foods will be available for children with non-contact allergies, please disclose allergies in online registration. This camp is not recommended for children with contact allergies to dairy, or bananas.

Friday, December 28th
9am – Noon | Junk Drawer Engineering
Join the Lancaster Science Factory’s team of engineering elves as they explore pneumatic construction and the perpetual motion marble machine. The sky is the limit when you try your hand at these innovative creations!

1pm – 4pm | Backwards Engineering
Oh no! Some of the Science Factory’s engineering elves are all mixed up! Instead of making new toys they’re taking them apart. Come and join them so you can learn all about how your favorite toys work- from the inside out.

Saturday, December 29th
9am – Noon | Candy Cane Cosplay
Have you ever imagined dressing up like a snowflake or a holly jolly candy cane? Maybe you’ve thought about matching your Elf on the Shelf? Come and learn about the mathematics, engineering, and problem solving properties involved in sewing and costume making during this STEAM Maker camp! Wear your work home and impress your family and friends.

Sunday, December 30th
9am – Noon | The Yule Ball
Top hats and gowns are optional during this Harry Potter themed camp. Enter and be sorted into your appropriate House then work with your classmates to build Hogwarts. Gaze at the wonders in the Winter sky, and then finish off with some homemade Butterbeer.

The Coolest Camp at the Coldest Time!

The 10th annual Cold Storage Winter Camp will take place December 26th – 30th. Campers grades K – 8 will enjoy engaging, hands-on STEM activities in half-day sessions (or choose to stay for the whole day) that are the perfect cure for the cabin fever that sets in during Winter Break!

Pricing
Individual camp session (AM or PM): $30 per child
Full day camp session (AM and PM on the same day): $55 per child – pack a lunch and stay all day!
*BEST VALUE* All 8 sessions of Cold Storage Winter Camp: $200 per child
Lancaster Science Factory members receive 10% total registration costs with their special promo code!

Camp Descriptions
Wednesday, December 26th
9am – Noon | A Very Grinchy Science Class
Feeling like the Grinch the day after Christmas? We’ve got you covered. Explore gross toadstools and fungus. Try and find the Grinch’s heart using freezing-point depression and then make it grow three sizes with a homemade snow globe.

1pm – 4pm | Rockin’ Around The Christmas Tree
From carols to The Nutcracker, the holiday season is full of music and dance! Discover the sound energy in famous songs. Find out just how much physics there is in dancing while learning some choreography. We’ll end with a rockin’ recital for your family!

Thursday, December 27th
9am – Noon | A Frozen Wonderland
Winter is one of four seasons here in Pennsylvania, but some places on earth experience cold temperatures almost all year round. In this Biome based camp, you’ll learn about Cold Deserts and the Tundra. Experiment with thermal insulators and take home your very own Biome-in-a-Box.

1pm – 4pm | Cookies and Milk in the Chemist’s Kitchen
Thermodynamics may sound complicated, but it’s really just cooking! In this tasty camp, you’ll bake up some amazing science and then eat your experiment. What goes better with cookies than milk? Campers will learn some cool biochemistry and Santa’s favorite midnight drink. *alternative foods will be available for children with non-contact allergies, please disclose allergies in online registration. This camp is not recommended for children with contact allergies to dairy, or bananas.

Friday, December 28th
9am – Noon | Junk Drawer Engineering
Join the Lancaster Science Factory’s team of engineering elves as they explore pneumatic construction and the perpetual motion marble machine. The sky is the limit when you try your hand at these innovative creations!

1pm – 4pm | Backwards Engineering
Oh no! Some of the Science Factory’s engineering elves are all mixed up! Instead of making new toys they’re taking them apart. Come and join them so you can learn all about how your favorite toys work- from the inside out.

Saturday, December 29th
9am – Noon | Candy Cane Cosplay
Have you ever imagined dressing up like a snowflake or a holly jolly candy cane? Maybe you’ve thought about matching your Elf on the Shelf? Come and learn about the mathematics, engineering, and problem solving properties involved in sewing and costume making during this STEAM Maker camp! Wear your work home and impress your family and friends.

Sunday, December 30th
9am – Noon | The Yule Ball
Top hats and gowns are optional during this Harry Potter themed camp. Enter and be sorted into your appropriate House then work with your classmates to build Hogwarts. Gaze at the wonders in the Winter sky, and then finish off with some homemade Butterbeer.

 

Laser Shows are back in our Planetarium! Starting December 14th, music-lovers of all ages can experience light and audio magic with our amazing Laser Show line-up!

During the day, families can enjoy the sights and songs of their favorite pop and holiday classics with our Laser Holiday and iPOP shows!

At night, viewers will enjoy a rock experience like no other with shows featuring such rock legends as U2, Metallica and, of course, Pink Floyd! If you’re not a big rock fan, you might enjoy some of our Laser Country and Laser Pop evening shows. With 10 different shows over the course of 14 days, there’s bound to be a something for everyone! Tickets can be purchased online or at the door – reserve your seats today!

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.