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EDUCATION & PROGRAMMING - Youth Programming & Events

Family Drop-in Saturdays         

Families visiting the Trust on the third Saturday of the month can enjoy a hands-on family activity included in the price of regular admission.   Unless otherwise noted, activities are ongoing between 11-1, require no pre-registration, and are included with the price of  admission.

Toys of the Civil War Era

January 17, 2015

Time: 11:00-1:00

Location: Historical Society Museum

 What did children do for fun during the Civil War era? Come to the Historical Society Museum to discover toys of the 1860’s and make your own optical illusion toy to take home. Also, complete a Family Riddle Hunt of The Fiery Trial: York’s Civil War Experience

Be an Engineer!

February 21, 2015

Time: 11:00-1:00

Location: The Agricultural and Industrial Museum

Use blocks, marble runs, K-nex, or other building materials to build and explore. Create a chain reaction contraption or build a castle. Have fun creating and playing as a family.

Crafts and Trades

March 21, 2015

Time: 11:00-1:00

Location: The Agricultural and Industrial Museum

Celebrate National Craft Month by learning about 18th and 19th century crafts and trades. Families will get the chance to get hands-on experience with a craft or trade.


Family Valentine Card Workshop

February 7, 2015

Time: 11:00-12:30

Location: Historical Society Museum

Fee: Members-Free; Non-Members-$5/child

Registration: By February 3, Call 717-848-1587 x301


Families can enjoy working together to decorate Valentine cards using pieces of scrap, just like the Victorians did. All materials will be provided. 


Stuffies' Night at the Museum

Date: March 27, 2015
Drop-Off:  9:00-5:00 at the Agricultural and Industrial Museum
Pick:Up at 11:00 on March 28 at the Historical Society Museum (Sign up for the Hatter's Tea Party and have tea with your stuffed pal, too!)
Fee:  Members-$3/Stuffy;  Non-Members-$7/Stuffy
What happens in the museum at night?  Drop your stuffed pal off for a nighttime adventure to find out!  Participants will receive emailed updates of their stuffies' activities, four photographs to take home, and a picture frame they can decorate.  (Please note that drop-off is at the Agricultural and Industrial Museum, 217 W. Princess Street.  Pick up will be at the Historical Society Museum, 250 E. Market Street.

Hatter's Tea Party

Date:  March 28, 2015
Time:  11:00-1:00
Location:  Historical Society Museum
Fee:  Members-$7/child;  Non-Members-$13/child;  Parents-Free
Registration:  By March 24, call 717-848-1587 x301 or email
This is not your average tea party, so don't dress frilly--dress silly!  Boys, girls, parents, and even stuffies can enjoy a spot of tea, learn about hat-making, and even make their own hats in our Hatter's Tea Party.
Stuffies Night at the Museum and Hatter's Tea Party Package
Members-$8/child;  Non-members-$17/child; Parents-Free

Scouting Programs
York County Heritage Trust offers interactive tours and programs at all of our sites for Boy Scout and Girl Scout groups.  We can tailor programs to each troop's individual needs.

In addition to our interactive tours, we offer Girl Scouts the opportunity to earn a White Rose pin by learning about colonial life in York.  Programs appropriate for Daisies through Ambassadors are available.  All programs start with an orientation to the Colonial Complex, including a tour of the 1741 Golden Plough Tavern building and the house that was home to Revolutionary War general, Horatio Gates, during his stay in York.  Troops will choose their hands-on projects from options including candle dipping, colonial games, and Pennsylvania German crafts.  Contact the Education Department for more information. 



Thanks to our new Family Programming Partner, Tots2Tweens!


York County Heritage Trust
250 East Market Street, York, PA 17403
717.848.1587 (ph) • 717.812.1204 (fax)
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