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“Bees” 3 of 5 stars
Review of Hands-on House

Hands-on House
721 Landis Valley Road, Lancaster, PA 17601
717-569-5437
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Ranked #14 of 29 Attractions in Lancaster
Type: Children's Museums, Museums
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Owner 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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“Bees”
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 an obvious nest there as well.

When I reported it to the staff they just said they knew about it and nothing else. This was a huge concern for me as my daughter is allergic to bees, and they did nothing about it

Visited July 2014
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HOHLancaster, Guest Relations Manager at Hands-on House, responded to this review, July 8, 2014
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 chemicals around a children's play area. We are surely not ignoring the situation and appreciate your feedback.
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Havre de Grace, Maryland
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6 reviews 6 reviews
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
“CHILDREN LOVE IT”
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..

Visited June 2014
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HOHLancaster, Guest Relations Manager at Hands-on House, responded to this review, July 8, 2014
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!
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Mount Joy, Pennsylvania
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60 helpful votes 60 helpful votes
“Great place to bring kids”
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

Visited May 2014
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Somerset, Pennsylvania
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“Great place for toddlers or children under 5.”
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 the good ones, and you can practice milking a cow. Another exhibit had an assembly line where of you followed the directions, you make a cute little "gear". One section is all about mazes. They have magnetic maze pieces where you get the ball from one end to the other by lining up the pieces right. Their is a dress up section with a pirate boat and stage. And a face paint section where the child can paint their own fave in the mirror. Outside, there is a castle shaped climber, and some big bongos and wind chimes that you can play. There is a sand box, and a small climbing wall. There is many things to do for smaller children. Cost roughly $28 for two adults and one child. If we had smaller children, this would be the place to be!!

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Bear, Delaware
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“Toddler Fun”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2014

We have a membership with a Children's Museum near us. This museum was one we could use our card to purchase tickets half off. At first my thought was this was a small museum. However my son loved it. There are cute hands on activities for farming and a child size grocery store. There is also an assembly line that kids can follow to make a product. My 3 year old was engaged and interested. There is an outside section where kids can play. There was a large sandbox with trucks. One warning is the slide is very steep and kids were flying out of it. My son shot out unexpectedly and looked like a cannonball. He thought it was hysterical. Just a heads up for other parents.
The staff was welcoming and helpful.

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