Being that my store is open Tuesday through Saturday, and my husband works Monday through Friday, Sunday is our only day of the week to spend as a family-the four of us. He is pretty much a single parent on Saturday’s and me on Monday’s, which is exhausting for the two of us. So when Sunday rolls around, we either do one of two things: plan something super fun for us to do as a family, or plan nothing at all other than church, because we are both so tired! Those ‘lay low’ kind of days are nice to have every once in a while, but nothing beats the excitement on our girls’ faces when we tell them we have a surprise planned for the day!
This past Sunday was one of those days where we had an adventure planned for the girls! These are the kinds of adventures we don’t tell them about until we are heading out the door. Otherwise, we hear about it non stop (from Ella), or there is major disappointment and tears if the plans fall through!
Hands on House is this great, local destination in Lancaster. It is an interactive children’s museum that has super fun, imaginative and interactive exhibits! What’s great is that they are educational as well. They force your children to think and reason while they are playing, without them realizing it! They have everything from a make believe/dress up exhibit, post office, farm/farm stand, to learning how a factory works. (Luckily, we bypassed the Face Painting Porch!)
The entrance is so adorable! And yes, Ella is wearing a Saint Patrick’s Day headband in August. You pick your battles…at least it matched, though!
The grocery store was her favorite out of all of the exhibits. Luckily, we got there early enough that we had it pretty much all to ourselves! She actually was able to scan everything, she had to determine if some of the items were a fruit or vegetable, and tell us the total cost of everything! Also, the cutest thing (I didn’t get pics of this)- all of the exhibits had mailboxes outside of them with addresses. There was a little post office in the museum with actual USPS packages (empty of course). They were able to deliver the pretend packages and letters- teaching them how to read addresses. So adorable.
There is also a really cute outdoor play garden- I would have loved to play there a little longer but it was so hot and they were having a sand flea problem so we stayed clear of the sandbox and surrounding area just to be safe. They also have a lot of extra activities that they offer on a daily basis that is free with their regular admission.
Knowing this wouldn’t be an outing where I would be doing more than just walking around, I wanted to be comfortable. I knew this would be the type of place where I would be down on the floor with the girls, running around, playing, etc. Comfort was at the top of my list when getting dressed that morning for sure.
If anyone lives in the Susquehanna Valley region, I definitely recommend the Hands on House. We had such a great time there. I am sure other parents can relate-sometimes it just feels so refreshing to take your children somewhere and know that it is acceptable for them to run around, scream, jump, touch things, pick things up, etc. It was such a fun afternoon- I cherish the one full day a week we get to spend as a family!
Disclosure: I was compensated by Hands on House, but all opinions are 100% my own.