5 Cheap Things to Do with Kids in Lancaster, PA

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When you’re looking for inexpensive or cheap things to do with kids in Lancaster, PA, you don’t mean activities poor in quality. We know a low price doesn’t always indicate low quality. In this case, it just means you get a good deal – no activity in this list is over $25! From archery ranges to adventures on Amish farmland, we’ve curated a list of affordable and fun activities in Lancaster, PA enjoyed by kids, parents and wallets alike!


Also, check out our lists of things to do for kids and other fun things to do in Lancaster.

1. Choo Choo Barn

Things To Do With Kids In Lancaster Pa

Kids will love the 1,700 square foot train display at the Choo Choo Barn

All aboard to Choo Choo Barn, the model railroading headquarters of Lancaster! Expanding over a 1,700 square foot display, believe us, their expansive model train display is not just another train layout. It’s a delight to watch the 22 model trains intersect and travel amid 150 hand-built animated figures, vehicles, and action sequences. While you ponder the construction of your own model railroad, there’s something unique and exciting to see from every angle. See their website for rates.


2. Lancaster Archery

Lancaster Archery Supply &Amp; Academy - Lancaster, Pa

Nock on with the kids at Lancaster Archery Supply

See why archery is ideal for even the youngest competitors at Lancaster Archery Supply. In the area’s largest archery showroom, you’ll find 10,000 square feet of bows and shooting supplies. Visitors can test shoot any bow in the indoor range before making a purchase. At Lancaster Archery’s Lancaster Archery Academy instructors provide one-hour classes with step-by-step instruction for students of all levels of proficiency. Kids ages six and up can learn archery etiquette and safety in an intro to archery class starting at $25 per person.


3. Lil’ Country Store & Miniature Horse Farm

Lil' Country Store &Amp; Miniature Horse Farm

Take a trip to pet and feed the miniature horses at the Lil’ Country Store and Miniature Horse Farm

Head down to Lil’ Country Store and Miniature Horse Farm to pet and feed the most adorable miniature horses. The friendly mini horses, along with full-size horses and goats, will be waiting in the barn to greet you hello. During your visit, you can also enjoy a saddle ride or cart ride with their miniature horses around the Amish farmland. There is no admission fee for touring the barn, but there is a small charge for rides.


4. That Fish Place / That Pet Place

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That Fish Place – home to more fish than you can imagine!

Welcome to the world’s largest pet store: That Fish Place – That Pet Place. Here you’re free to explore 88,000 square feet of aquarium and pet supplies, as well as aquariums full of live fish, exotic reptiles, birds, and small animals. Kids and adults will also enjoy a free interactive exhibit, the Pirate’s Cove Touch Tank, where you can observe and touch stingrays and other sea life.


5. Cherry Crest Adventure Farm

Cherry-Crest Adventure Farm

Treat your family to the more than 50 farm fun activities at Cherry-Crest Adventure Farm

Skip the crowded farmers market and go straight to the farm! With over 50 farm fun outdoor activities for the whole family in the heart of Amish country, you certainly won’t get bored visiting Cherry Crest Adventure Farm. Pop in on the farm animals, drop by the singing chickens and try out other activities like pedal karts, the paintball range, Apple Blasters, and of course, their iconic and famous maze during summer and fall. Whenever you aim to visit, be it spring, summer, or fall, tickets are affordable and range from about $12 to $17.

6. Day Out With Thomas at Strasburg Rail Road

Thomas and his friends return to the Strasburg Rail Road April 29 – May 2, 2022; June 17 – 20, 2022; September 16 – 19, 2022. The beloved Thomas & Friends™ — steam train and his friends — stop each season for a visit of wonder and excitement. Passengers will experience the sights and sounds of a full-sized operating steam locomotive as they roll through the scenic hills of Southeastern Pennsylvania. Passengers of all ages will enjoy the ride on the 45-minute trip, which includes separate photo opportunities with THOMAS, RUSTY, and MAVIS (select days). Other activities include a visit with Sir Topham Hatt, play pods, a dance party, and more! Tickets cost $25 and include a Thomas train ride and all Day Out With Thomas event activities.


Save on Fun and Memories

When you’re planning your trip to Lancaster County, be sure to add these budget-friendly cheap things to do with kids to your list. They’re easy on your wallet and a fun way to spend a weekend or even a few hours. You’ll be surprised to find just how much you enjoy a quiet family getaway in peaceful Lancaster County!