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Hands-on House

721 Landis Valley Road, Lancaster, PA 17601
717-569-5437
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Ranked #14 of 35 attractions in Lancaster
Type: Children's Museums
Description: Kids can touch everything at this interactive museum designed to help children and their parents learn together in a fun way.
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lancaster, pa
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33 reviews 33 reviews
7 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 NEW

Great place to take young ones, lots of fun and learning, uses all of the kids senses. Perfect place for a raining day

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Riverdale, New Jersey
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49 reviews 49 reviews
20 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

Despite our many trips to Lancaster area, we happened upon this gem this year. It looks small from the outside but there are a number of activities for kids to participate in and some outside activities as well. I would estimate the age range to go up to about 10, unless you have a mature 10 year old then maybe... More

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York, Pennsylvania, United States
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014

Having been to several of these types of attractions, I will say that this was a great one! Hands on House was a perfect break from the normal day and a chance for my children to do something fun! I have a 7 and 4 year old and both were extremely entertained! We played in all of the areas...the farm,... More

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HOHLancaster, Guest Relations Manager at Hands-on House, responded to this review

We're so glad you enjoyed your time with us. Great idea to come later in the day! Please visit us again soon and stay for one of our many "Extra Play Drop-in" activities (included with your admission)! More

Butler Pa
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9 reviews 9 reviews
7 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

We stopped here on our way home from vacation and it was a blast. Very interactive with a great variety of play rooms. My children are 3 and 7 and they both had a great time. We have a membership at the Children's Museum in Pittsburgh so admission was half price. Definitely recommend stopping here if you have little ones... More

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HOHLancaster, Guest Relations Manager at Hands-on House, responded to this review

We love to hear out-of-town guests enjoying themselves! Glad to know you're getting great benefits from your Association of Children's Museum membership. More

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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31 reviews 31 reviews
8 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

It was smaller than what we were used to in Philly, but the space was utilized well and there were a lot of things to do at this place. We went on a rainy day in Lancaster and spent an afternoon there (probably could have stayed longer). There were dress-ups, a store, fun games, building-type sections...very cute and really well... More

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HOHLancaster, Guest Relations Manager at Hands-on House, responded to this review

Thank you for your compliments! We will be sure to let our Exhibit Designer know you were so pleased. Come back and see us soon! (Explore our Play Garden on a sunny day!) More

Hartford, Connecticut
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53 reviews 53 reviews
15 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

We had a great time here! Perfect for toddlers. Nice outdoor play area also. You can spend 2 -3 hours here! Great exhibits & was fun for kids! We stayed at Best Western resort ...only 5minutes down the road. We are also ASTC museum members so we got in for half price! Another plus!

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HOHLancaster, Guest Relations Manager at Hands-on House, responded to this review

Thank you for your feedback. We are so happy to hear that you enjoyed your visit to the Museum and Play Garden. Come back soon! More

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014 via mobile

Was not too please with Hands on House. I did not like that parents paid when there's really nothing for them to do... it's more just watching after your children. My biggest and most important complaint was the bees nest in the sandlot. There was a large amount of bees swarming in part of the sand lot and they had... More

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HOHLancaster, Guest Relations Manager at Hands-on House, responded to this review

Thanks for visiting Hands-on House and taking the time to write a review. We do try to encourage parents and children to learn and experience the museum together, hence the $8.50 per person price. We certainly understand your concern for the bees in the sandbox. We are trying non-toxic measures to get rid of them, so we are not spraying... More

Havre de Grace, Maryland
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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

We took our Granddaughter she was six.We only meant to visit for a couple hr's ended up staying for five hr's.She never stopped finding things to do & amuse herself as well as us..

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HOHLancaster, Guest Relations Manager at Hands-on House, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to write this feed back. We are so glad you thoroughly enjoyed your visit with us. Please return soon to see what else can be discovered! More

Mount Joy, Pennsylvania
Top Contributor
112 reviews 112 reviews
13 attraction reviews
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2014

Enjoyable for children. Lots of exhibits to touch, and learn from even if not all exhibits functioning

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Somerset, Pennsylvania
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45 reviews 45 reviews
22 attraction reviews
78 helpful votes 78 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2014

Visited here June 22, 2014. We took our 7 year old here. After reading some of the other reviews, I thought he might enjoy himself. He did have fun, but its more for toddlers. The exhibits are full of fun facts and we all learned something. They had an exhibit where you are to inspect eggs for crack and refrigerate... More

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