Field Trips are better at the Science Factory!
The Lancaster Science Factory is the perfect place for your next field trip. Groups of students ages 6-13 will enjoy the 75+ hands-on STEM exhibits that they can explore freely or using our own activity guides.
Our full menu of facilitated educational programs will add even more educational value to your trip and allow students to do physics experiments, solve engineering problems, create electricity, and so much more!
Navigate the menu to the right to see all of the ways a Field trip to the Lancaster Science Factory can work for your group.
Field Trip FAQ and Guidelines
What do you offer?
We have over 75 hands-on exhibits, not for reading and admiring, but for touching, using, and experimenting. Each exhibit deals with a topic in physical science or mathematics, and they are all aligned to PSSA Curriculum Standards.
Additional activities and demonstrations may be available in our Maker Space and walk-up Science Café.
Where is the Factory?
454 New Holland Ave
Lancaster, PA 17602
Just a couple blocks from the heart of downtown.
Do you have bus parking?
Students can be dropped off in our safe loading zone right by our entrance. FREE bus parking is available in our lot right across the street. To help your driver, we provide this bus parking map that will allow them to navigate to the lots without having to make any u-turns.
What is the price?
Groups of 10 or more with advance registration receive our group rate. A limited number of chaperones are free (based on the number of students), and educators (including teacher’s aides, support staff, and school nurses) are also free.
Is the Field Trip guided?
All visits to the Lancaster Science Factory are self-guided. Students should be divided into small groups with a dedicated chaperone. All children must be superised while on the exhibit floor. We also offer several different activity guides that you can use to direct students based on curriculum. We also have a variety of hands-on STEM Enrichment Activities you can add to your visit
Do we really need chaperones?
Yes, children must be supervised at all times. Teachers and chaperones are responsible for the behavior of the children and their safety on the exhibit hall floor. How many you need depends on the age of the children.
- We require one adult chaperone for every four students in grades 3 and below and one adult chaperone for every five students in grades 4 and above.
These chaperones are admitted free of charge. Woohoo! Here are some Chaperone Guidelines that we ask that you share with them in advance of your visit.
When can we arrive? How long can we stay?
We start taking school groups when we open at 10 AM. Most groups visit 10am-12pm or 12-2pm or 3-5pm (after school groups).
We recommend that groups wishing to stay longer than 2 hours add facilitated programs in our STEM Classroom or Maker Space.
Do you have lunchroom facilities?
The Lancaster Science Factory does not have a lunchroom and food is not permitted on the exhibit floor. We do have a classroom that can hold up to 30 students at a time, however it isn’t always available based on our regular programming schedule. Please inquire when you make your reservation if you need to each lunch during your trip.
Weather permitting, there are several local parks that we can recommend for an outdoor lunch.
Do you offer any free or discounted field trips?
We currently offer two free field trip programs.
First is the 6th Grade Field Trip Program, which allows all 6th grade classes in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania free admission for a field trip. Learn more on our 6th Grade Field Trip Program Page.
Do you have a class of at-risk students or are you a 501(c)3 agency that serves youth in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania? You may be able to book your field trip under the Youth Access Program.
Subject to change.