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Field Trips

Enhance your group’s trip to the Science Factory with some specialized programming.
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The Lancaster Science Factory’s own STEM Educator has a number or specialized programs that will enhance and excite young scientists of all ages:

  • Get up close and personal with electricity and electrical circuits!
  • Use skittles to learn about fractions!
  • See a chemical reaction happen right in front of your very eyes!
  • Learn about the properties of solids, liquids and gasses!
  • Think like an engineer with one of our design challenges!

These programs are either $75 or $112.50 per session, depending on the length of the program. Pre-Registration is required. More information is available here, or you can contact the Lancaster Science Factory at (717) 509-6363 X104 for more details.

Would you like to know more about Field Trips?

Below are some of our Frequently Asked Questions for Field Trips. For more information, please contact Audrey Lilley at alilley@tlsf.org or 717-509-6363 X104.

1. So what exactly do you offer?

We have over 60 hands-on exhibits, not for reading and admiring, but for touching, using, and experimenting with. Each exhibit deals with a topic in physical science or mathematics, and they are all aligned to PSSA Curriculum Standards.

In addition at the Bunting Science Café, who knows what hands-on science activities you will find. It could be anything from puzzles and brain teasers, making static electricity or making vibration.

2. And where is the Factory?

454 New Holland Ave
Lancaster, PA 17602

It’s the old Kerr Glass Factory if you remember that. Just a couple blocks from the heart of downtown.

3. I know getting there is half the fun, but how do we do so?

Take US Highway 30 to the New Holland Ave exit. Head south (toward Lancaster). The Factory is about 2 miles from US 30 on the left hand side.

If you’re coming by bus, feel free to pull in right in front of our main entrance for unloading. Our parking is in a lot across the street on New Holland Avenue.

GPS Coordinates:
40.046519, -76.296624
N40° 2.7911′, W076° 17.7974′

4. Show me the numbers! What price are we talking about?

Our discounted rate applies to groups of 10 or more with a reservation. Chaperones (within a certain ratio) are free. Additional chaperones will be charged the group rate.

If you have 9 or fewer, there is no group rate available. It would be our regular admission prices.

5. Is the Field Trip guided?

No, but yes. Who doesn’t love an answer like that?

No, the Field Trips are self-guided. We recommend splitting your large group into small ones, each with a chaperone. Those small groups can then freely explore.

So what’s with the “but yes?” Well, we have several Activity Guides you can use to direct students based on curriculum, or just to rotate your small groups throughout the Factory. We also have a variety of Hands On STEM Enrichment Activities that you could add to your visit.

6. Do we really need chaperones?

Yes, you do need chaperones. Teachers and chaperones are responsible for the behavior of the children. How many you need depends on the age of the children.

For children age 8 or younger, we ask for one chaperone for every four children.

For children age 9 or older, we ask for one chaperone for every six children.

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.

7. Start time? Duration? Talk to me about the clock.

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 you plan on 2 hours for the students to enjoy our exhibit floor.

8. Do you have lunchroom facilities?

The short answer is no. But, we do have a classroom that can hold a smaller group. However, it isn’t always available.

For lunch questions, call 717.509.6363 X104 or email alilley@tlsf.org.

9. How do I register?

You can call 717.509-6363 X104 or you can Download the Group Reservation Form, which you can then mail, fax (717.509.6386) or email us at alilley@tlsf.org.

10. I heard you have free field trips. Is this true?

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. Call our Programs Office at 717-509-6363 X104 to find out more.