Lancaster PA Kids’ Attractions – Things To Do for Children

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What Fun Things Are There for Kids To Do in Lancaster?

Lancaster County, PA offers many fun things for visitors of any age. You’re probably wondering what to do with kids in Lancaster, whether you’re visiting or if you live here. Things for kids to do are becoming more plentiful every year! Toddlers and children of all ages will have a blast! Scroll down to see our 2022 list of field trip ideas and kids activities in Lancaster, PA.

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Explore our expanding list of fun things to do with kids below. Whether you’re a parent looking for some one-on-one time with your kiddo or a teacher looking for a field trip idea, there’s plenty of creative activities for children in Lancaster, PA. Have a blast, create some fun memories, and enjoy your time together. They won’t be little for very long!

If you live here or are visiting Lancaster with kids, you’ll find everything from exciting outdoor activities for kids in Lancaster, to indoor things to do for kids on rainy days in the list below. You’ll also see popular kids attractions in Lancaster, including farm adventures, train rides and displays, indoor play centers (where they can jump around and lose some of that energy!), amusement parks, theatres with kid-friendly plays and magic shows, mini-golf courses, places to ride a horse, playgrounds, children’s museums in Lancaster, and other Amish Country fun.

See also our complete list of things to do in Lancaster, PA, as well as our list of things to do for families in Lancaster, PA.

We won’t let you get bored here! Lancaster County offers Amish-related attractions, theaters, many historic sites, and so much more. Check out the list in the sidebar to learn everything there is to see and do in Lancaster.

Amusement Parks
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Bounce Houses
Corn Mazes
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Field Trips
Fun on the Farm
Mini Golf
Petting Zoos
Rail Road Attractions
Summer Camp
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Here are Things To Do in Lancaster, PA with Kids:

Hands-On House Children’s Museum of Lancaster

Our Summer is full of STEM, art and learning through play for children ages 4-10.  Hands-on activities educate, entertain and engage imaginations. Go wild for animals, take a storybook adventure, explore outer space, discover music, art, and world cultures; find session dates and details and register today!

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721 Landis Valley Road
Lancaster, PA 17601

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Snapology Discovery Center – Kids Indoor Play Center

An amazing indoor play center where kid(s) make friends and have tons of fun. A makerspace like no other featuring LEGO® building toys, interactive activities and educational play of all kinds. Best of all, you can drop them-off* while you run errands, shop or dine in-or-around the area. 

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1571 Manheim Pike
Lancaster, PA 17601

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Third Space Children’s Theatre – Fun for Children

The Children's Show is closed for the season. See you in 2023!  Third Space Children's Theatre presents "Even Monsters Can Be Royalty". This zany show is geared towards boys and girls ages 3 - 10, but it’s such a funny show that every age will enjoy. There are enough monsters and action to keep even the non-princess lovers entertained! Location and times vary.

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Performances at Various Locations
Across Lancaster County

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“The World Through Bella’s Eyes: A Pit Bulls Story”

Have you ever felt misunderstood and alone? Bella the dog was ignored for being different and was afraid to trust anyone. In this inspiring true story, Bella shares her experiences of being cruelly mistreated and left alone to starve to death. But she was rescued and found happiness in a loving home. Easy read, ages 8 and up.   Visit Website

By Peter and Lindsay Harrower

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Waters Edge Mini Golf

Escape to Water’s Edge for a serene outing filled with cascading waterfalls, trickling streams, and lush greenery. Visit Annie the llama at the Bird-In-Hand Petting Zoo, take a stroll around the pond and feed the fish, and stop in for a scoop of hand-dipped Turkey Hill ice cream, all at Water’s Edge.

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230 North Ronks Road
Bird-in-Hand, PA 17505

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Amish Village: Tour an Amish House, School, and Village

Imagine life without the internet or cell phones. Welcome to Amish Country. Treat your family to a guided tour through an authentic farmhouse and learn about the culture and traditions of the Amish.  Enjoy the fresh air exploring the 12-acre property complete with a barnyard of rescued farm animals.

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199 Hartman Bridge Rd. (Rt. 896)
Ronks (near Strasburg), PA 17572

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FAQs About Things to Do With Kids in Lancaster, PA

What are the best things to do with kids in Lancaster, PA when it's raining?

Rainy days in Lancaster provide the perfect opportunity to check out some of Lancaster’s indoor family activities. Your family can play games and participate in the immersive experiences at the Lancaster Virtual Reality Lounge. Or you can learn how ice cream is made, then create your own ice cream flavor at the Turkey Hill Experience. If your kids are extra energetic, they can burn off energy at Bounce Kraze.

What are the best outdoor family activities in Lancaster, PA?

Lancaster has a variety of free parks, trails, and family-friendly playgrounds. Longs Park is centrally located and features a petting zoo, decorative pond, playgrounds, and walking trails. If you feel more adventurous, the trails at Columbia Crossing prove a safe, flat walk along the Susquehanna River. At the southern end of the county, your family can enjoy the overlooks and trails maintained by the Lancaster County Conservancy.

What free things are there to do with kids in Lancaster, PA?

In addition to the trails, playgrounds, and shopping in Lancaster, many local businesses provide free activities for families. There is no cost to watch the trains at Strasburg Railroad, and they have a great, free play area. You and your family can observe a variety of exotic animals and Fish at That Fish Place. For more local animals, check out one of the many free petting zoos!

What are the best educational activities for children in Lancaster, PA?

You will find educational activities for kids of all ages in Lancaster County. The Lancaster Science Factory is continually adding new science experiments and activities that families can participate in. Or, your family can learn about the history and culture of the Amish at Amish Village. If your kids have a creative side, be sure to check out Painting with a Twist.