Hands On Activities
Hands-On Experiences at Pennypacker Mills!
Explore what life was like 100 years ago by doing some of the same activities. Activities for all ages - children and adults. Make history with us!
Choice of Activities:
A Visit to the General Store*- The General Store served as the Post Office, food store, hardware store, and meeting place for friends & neighbors. Through the eyes of its customers learn about what foods & products were available, make purchases, weigh and grind grain.
This is the Way We Wash the Clothes*#
-Technology was changing to improve peoples’ lives with new inventions such as indoor plumbing and early washing machine devices made life easier. Time to get your hands wet!
Life in a Coal Mine, Children at Work *- Thousands of boys descended into dark, dangerous coal mines or worked above ground as coal breakers. You can sort & size coal, learning about the jobs that children performed, and discovering why Gov. Pennypacker wrote the first child labor laws in Pennsylvania targeting coal mines.
Victorian Kitchen Gadgets- The Victorian kitchen was the epicenter of technology with new-fangled gadgets, & stoves that cooked & heated water for baths! You will use a variety of kitchen tools & discover what the kitchen of the 1900’s was like.
Note: Some activities available year-round. Those with * are available April through October; # - Minimum of 20 participants, outdoors.
- Extend your day with these supplemental activities:
Tour of the Mansion - focus on what it was like for children to live here 100 years ago
Child’s Play of Long Ago - tabletop games & lawn games
Period Craft - seasonal craft, age appropriate
Penmanship - pen and ink
The Art of the Calling Card - learn why these cards were so important, and make one of your own.
Educational programs are available during regular museum hours.
Tours of the mansion & each activity take approximately 45 minutes.
All activities are $5.00 per person per day. You may choose as many programs as time will allow, considering the number of participants involved. Teachers and chaperones are free. Activities are based upon a full-day experience and the number of participants.
Picnic grounds are available.
Restrooms are handicapped accessible.
How to schedule: Contact us at 610-287-9349