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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.

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.

Join the North Museum for our biggest event of the summer! STEAM Carnivale is a fun-filled day of experiments, activities, and projects that inspire kids of all ages with the wonders of Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math (STEAM). This year, STEAM Carnivale will be a BILINGUAL event!

Activities will include:
– Planetarium shows in English AND Spanish
– Girl Scout STEM Mobile
– SpheroBots
-Art and Technology Demos
– and so much more!

May 27- 2-3:30pm: Learn to solder your own blinking LED pin in this hands-on workshop! All participants must be age 10 and over.
Led by the Make717 Innovation Center

About Make It Yourself Workshops at the Lancaster Science Factory:

Join us for a series of workshops where children connect fun, hands-on projects to Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (S.T.E.M.) Local STEM professionals provide “real world” perspective and mentoring.

This session is for children age 10+
Workshops are FREE with paid admission or membership. Regular admission rates apply
Program sessions are on select Sundays from 2-3:30pm.
Events are subject to change without notice.

March 1: (9:30 – 11:00am or 1:00 – 2:30pm)

Reuse and Re-Purpose: Students will learn why reuse and re-purpose are crucial in today’s society by exploring composting and MORE…

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

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

To sign up for a homeschool class, please contact Rachel Cahill at or 717-509-6363 x105 or follow the link to register electronically.

Send your kids to the coolest camp in the coldest time!

The 9th annual Cold Storage Winter Camp takes place December 26, 27, 28 & 29, 2017 at The Lancaster Science Factory. Campers will enjoy hands-on activities, fun demonstrations, and be submerged in the chill and thrill of science!

Each half-day session costs $30 per child. Reserve both sections on the same day for $55. Or book all 8 sessions for $200. The more you book, the more you save! Members also receive an extra 10% off.

Children that are attending both morning and afternoon camps are welcome to stay for Lunch Bunch, in which they can eat their own packed lunch, and then enjoy time on the exhibit floors before the afternoon camp begins.

We are also recruiting volunteers age 16+ to help with Camp!

Space is limited, so make your reservation soon…

Camp Descriptions:

Cookies & Milk
Tuesday, December 26 – AM Session (Grades K-8)
Take a new look at Santa’s favorite treat. Explore games and activities inspired by yummy holiday favorites. Take those yummy cookies and create a skyscraper that you are sure Santa will not miss as he flies by. Add a little holiday magic to his favorite drink to help the elves with a few last minute toys and pictures.

From Snowballs to Hot Chocolate
Tuesday, December 26 – PM Session (Grades K-8)
Join in a frosty experience where gloves are required. Try your hand at Eskimo engineering and sub-zero science. When the chill gets to be too much create the perfect cup of chocolatey warmth…

Uh OH … Santa
Wednesday, December 27 – AM Session (Grades K-8)
Join an elite group of Elves to help Santa with all his traveling Whoo’s… Don’t Look but Santa is stuck in a chimney. How does he fit all those holiday presents in that stocking? Oh NO… Don’t overshoot that Sleigh’s landing!

Wednesday, December 27 – PM Session (Grades K-8)
From the gooey and the slimy to the messy and disgusting, join in the Grinch-mas Celebration of food, fun and rotten. Try your hand at carving the Grinch out of a green apple (just because he’s a little tart) and watch how he rots. Search through the disgusting to find that gooey, slimy mixture that is simply Grinch-ERRIFIC.

Ornamental Science
Thursday, December 28 – AM Session (Grades K-8)
Ornamental science is truly elementary from Geo-Boards to atoms and astronomy to thermodynamics. Join in the holiday spirit as you create these STEAM inspired creations that will brighten your holiday tree or window pane.

Soap is Not Just for Bath Time Anymore!
Thursday, December 28 – PM Session (Grades K-8)
Surround yourself in the world of soap suds and bubbles, NO washcloth needed !! Can you save your rubber duckie from an oil spill? Are you able to make a bubble BUG or BUG- erpillar? How about a human bubble?

Electronics and Robotics
Friday, December 29 – AM Session (Grades K-8)
From those NEW electronic toys to those of past history, join in the advancements of programming. See if your creation is from the past, present or future…. As you explore Lego Mind-Storms, Edison Robots, and Little Bits.

Junk Drawer Engineering
Friday, December 29 – PM Session (Grades K-8)
Join the LSF Engineering Elves as they explore Pneumatic Construction and the Perpetual Motion Marble Machine. Your Mind is your ONLY limit as you try your hands at these innovative toy creations.

Sunday, October 8th from 2-3:30pm

Bob Lydum with Agilent Technologies, presents Science in Motion: Hydro Lift

Description: Participants will build their own hydro lift and learn about the transfer of energy used to increase force. Use your newly founded creation to demonstrate the principles of Hydraulics and see if you can recognize where it might be useful in the working world.

*All activities are free with your paid LSF admission or membership.

November 30: (9:30 – 11:00am or 1:00 – 2:30pm)

Scientific Method and Data Discovery: Dive Deeper into Data

Students will explore data and learn different ways to use data to explain a scientific investigation. Students will learn the ins and outs of the bar graph, line graph and xy scatter plot but they will have to gather their data first.

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 contact Rachel Cahill at or 717-509-6363 x105 or follow the link above to register electronically.

Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology and The Lancaster Science Factory present a FREE Kids STEM Faire to celebrate The Extraordinary Give!

Friday, November 17, 4 – 6 pm:
Come early and bring the kids!
No RSVP is necessary.

Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology and The Lancaster Science Factory are throwing a Kids STEM Faire, where LSF will offer FREE ADMISSION from 4-6 pm. Bring your credit card for the #ExtraGive stations while kids, K-8th grade can enjoy Baxter, a lovable robot that will meet and greet you.

Kids STEM Faire events include casting your own metal figurine, photo ops with Star Wars characters, Free T-shirts screen-printed on-site, make your own wooden snowman, get a zipper pull produced on a 3-D printer, make techy jewelry from electronics components, explore how pollution gets into a stream or lake, try on virtual reality glasses, and see some of the Science Factory’s favorite science experiments like making a cloud or fly a drone.

No RSVP is required for this event. Hope to see you there!

Stick around for our Happy Hour afterwards:

STEM Happy Hour
Come raise a glass, give extra to Thaddeus Stevens and the Science Factory, and have fun.
When: Friday, November 17, 2017
Time: 6-8 p.m.
Location: Lancaster Science Factory, 454 New Holland Ave., Lancaster, PA
It’s FREE. Must be 21 or over! RSVP required—so we have enough food and drink.

Watch as we screen print a T-shirt for you.
Make your own terrarium in a jar.
Watch a 3-D printer in action and take home a zipper pull.
Take a selfie with a fully-costumed Star Wars character – who’s your favorite?
Explore all the interactive stations at the Lancaster Science Factory.
Try on some virtual reality glasses.
Talk to Thaddeus Stevens College students about their experiences.
Donate to Lancaster Science Factory & Thaddeus Stevens College Foundation

Adult partygoers may enter the speakeasy (ID required) and
Enjoy yummy hors d’oeuvres as you chat with friends, old and new.
Have Baxter the Robot pour your wine.
Beer and soda are also available.
Bring your credit card, and use the ExtraGive Day donation kiosks.
Remember: You must be age 21 or older to access the speakeasy.

Register Now for the Adults only STEM Happy Hour!

November 16: (9:30 – 11:00am or 1:00 – 2:30pm)

Scientific Method and Data Discovery: The Walk through

Students will explore the Scientific Method while completing the “Strength of Different Brands of Paper Towels.” As the students tour through proper scientific experimental process they will briefly research background knowledge, create a hypothesis, write an experimental procedure, identify dependent and independent variable, test their experiment using multiple trials, record their data, analyze their data including graphing, identify their results, and lastly create a conclusion where the hypothesis is re-evaluated.

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 contact Rachel Cahill at or 717-509-6363 x105 or follow the link above to register electronically.