North Museum of Nature and Science
400 College Avenue
Lancaster, PA 17603-3393
I love Zoos and Aquariums but Natural History Museums don’t really excite me, or my kids. But they are valuable and a great road schooling tool! So we go… BUT…
The North Museum of Nature and Science is actually a fantastic place!
We were all pleasantly surprised! They had so many hands on actives, wide open space, but still small that you can let your kids explore on their own in the area. They were actually so excited that they were running back and forth saying “Come Here! Come Here! You have to see this!” Pulling each other across the room and to new things they found.
The new exhibit ( we were the first ones to get to use it) was the coding area. I went to the front and checked out the iPads and robot ball. There are 2 programs to choose from. One is easier for younger kids to use, but for non readers there are task you need to read to them so they know what to do. The task are to teach them how to control the robot. The other program is the actual programing one. My older son enjoyed it! He was able to change lights, add spoken words and music, tell it how to move and how long. The options are endless! I would totally buy one of those for the kids to play with, I did make the suggestion to have them available in the gift store, if they weren’t to expensive! But off to amazon to search! Luckily I found this one, which looks even cooler!
Hey Mom look! Quick take my photo…..
Wind!… Mom you try!…
OMG! I didn’t realize it was that strong! lol There was a toddler there and I totally made him laugh!
The bottom level was the area I though my kids would spend 2 seconds in but instead they LOVED it! My boys have always loved rocks and man do they have a cool collection! I was even saying “oh cool look at this guys! I love this one!” Ha who knew rocks could be so fascinating! The animal collection was also a big hit, especially the birds as my mom has been sharing her love of birds with the boys while we are visiting them in PA. They picked out many of the birds they have seen in the yard! how cool!
If you are in York county PA this little gem is worth the stop! They also had a toddler area, craft section, live animals you could touch and a 3rd floor gallery walk.
The museum is a Participant of the ASTC Passport Program.