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“Small but you wouldn't know it”

The Lancaster Science Factory
Ranked #14 of 82 things to do in Lancaster
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: Welcome to the Lancaster Science Factory, a hands-on, interactive technology and science center in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. We invite you to come explore our exciting exhibits relating to the physical sciences, engineering, technology and mathematics.
Reviewed January 17, 2013

First of all entry fee is cheap, compared to other places like this. At first it seems small being that everything is in one floor.. but there are soooo many interesting things to do. Balls that fly up in the air, magenets, hovercraft, sand drawings, balls that fly through the tubes, paper airplane.. it was chock full of hands on things to do and each exhibit has a display of explaining the science behind it. My 5 yr old seemed too young, even though he had a blast, to understand the science.. maybe 8 to 9 yr olds would have an excellent time (and the 40 yr old dads too)

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"hands on activities"
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"couple of hours"
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"free parking across the street"
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"great interactive exhibits"
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"great place to take your kids"
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"rainy day"
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"few hours"
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"school age children"
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"school field trip"
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Reviewed January 12, 2013

The space isn't as large as other science museums, but every activity is a winner for children and adults alike! It has a wide variety of hands on activities.

1  Thank RC34
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Reviewed January 6, 2013

Friendly staff, great interactive exhibits and lovely open space defines this museum. Although small it will keep the whole family busy for hours.

Thank Medcircle
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Reviewed November 21, 2012

If you have experienced really good big city science museums, a perspective adjustment is needed. First, it's much smaller. Second, it's very affordable. Third, simpler has its own appeal in demonstrating fundamental science. Fourth, enjoy the small city hospitality.

Easy parking is across the street. Depending on how crowded it is and the age of your children, allow 1-2 hours for the visit.

Thank Oski_Bear_DC
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Reviewed November 11, 2012

My 10 year old did the Cub Scout activity there to earn an engineering pin, which he enjoyed. He was back and forth between a classroom and the factory floor. During that time, I stayed in the factory part with my 12.5 year old son and a 7 year old sister of one of the Cub Scouts. They were kept fully occupied for about 3 hours just checking out the exhibits and neither one complained of boredom. Lots of interesting, hands-on exhibits great for a kid interested in science, kinesthetic learners or "antsy" kids who need to expend their energy. I'd give it a 5-star review except a few of the exhibits were out of order, the sand pendulum table had no sand, etc. But it was still a great way to spend an afternoon.

Thank HiddenHelper
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