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“Great stop with the Family ! 10 and under...”

The Lancaster Science Factory
Ranked #14 of 65 things to do in Lancaster
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: Welcome to the Lancaster Science Factory, a hands-on, interactive technology and science center in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. We invite you to come explore our exciting exhibits relating to the physical sciences, engineering, technology and mathematics.
Reviewed 19 August 2017

This is a great place to go to with the family. So many different activities with things changing all the time. Would look for a discount online 1st. Parking is free and just across the street.

Thank FamilyTime23
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"hands on activities"
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"free parking across the street"
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"all ages"
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"great place to take your kids"
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"interactive exhibits"
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"rainy day"
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"school age children"
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"school field trip"
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"year olds"
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"we spent hours"
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"roller coaster"
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"a lot of fun"
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Reviewed 18 August 2017

My niece thoroughly enjoyed this adventure. She loves science and couldn't get enough of this place. Our only regret was not getting there earlier. We got there about 4 and they closed at 5.

Thank Christina L
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Reviewed 14 July 2017 via mobile

We spent 2 hours and could have stayed longer. Tons of interactive items, everything had all of the pieces ready to go. Bathrooms were clean and the gift shop was neat. Parking was free and close.

1  Thank Jennifer A
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Reviewed 13 July 2017

The parking lot is across the street from the factory. The factory is a giant room, with little experiments kids can do. I think this place would be fun for kids 13 and under.

1  Thank 1Jaybee1
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Reviewed 10 July 2017

Many of the reviews that I saw centered around the fact that the center has great summer camps. While I'm sure that's true, I'm here to say that this is a great activity all on its' own.
I was extremely impressed with this place. The floor was filled with fun and engaging exhibits that helped kids learn about science basics...from fulcrums to fluid dynamics to optics...just a whole lot of stuff. The exhibits weren't technical masterpieces that looked like they cost millions. Instead, the exhibits looked like a "best of" list of practical machines and exhibits that you could expect that "the cool science teacher" in school built. As a result, the exhibits were robust and very hands on. They showed concepts in really, really, illustrative ways such as when they demonstrate the results of a fulcrum by having your kid try to move 10 pounds with levers set up at different distances. Your kid goes from not being able to budge 10 pounds on one side of the exhibit to being able to lift 10 pounds with a finger at the other side. I certainly could see lights going on with my son.
Then the museum works on many levels. For little kids, there's fun stuff to build and play with, but for older kids there are formulas and descriptions to help them really understand what's going on. My son, "got" the idea of a fulcrum through interacting with the exhibit, but I could expect that an older kid would have gotten even more out of it by looking at the formulas for the amount of force generated...printed just to one side.
We got there at 10. Left for an hour for lunch at the cork factory, (really good), and then had to get out to go to a wedding at 3. My son still didn't want to leave.
Great place. I feel as a different reviewer did that I would love to see this replicated in my area...and so would my son.

1  Thank mrfoxil
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