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Children's Workshops

Themes and activities are based on temporary and permanent exhibition topics, gallery discussions, and related Pennsylvania history. Each workshop is 5$ per participant. Parents are welcome to participate in the activities. Most lessons and activities are designed for students in elementary and middle school but some exceptions apply. Please pre-register for workshops! Contact Museum Educator Alyssa McQuirns at 215-679-3103 or by email, alyssa@schwenkfelder.com.

Download and print a 2017-18 registration form here.

Schwenkfelder Thanksgiving vs. National Thanksgiving
November 21, 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm

Come and learn about how these two Thanksgivings are alike and how they differ. We will be making a craft to remind us of all things to be thankful for. Snack included.

Exploring the Putz
December 5, 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm

Come get into the Christmas spirit by exploring the Putz! We will walk around and discover all the different scenes of the Putz. Then we will create our own edible Putz!

Victorian Christmas Traditions
December 19, 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm

Many of the traditions we have today can be traced back to the Victorian Period. Some of these traditions that became popular had German influences. Come and learn where may of our holiday traditions come from! Snack included.

Colonial Cooking
January 9, 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm

Cooking used to be a more labor intensive task before we got all our modern conveniences. This workshop will be discussing how the Early Americans prepared their dishes and how their meals differed from ours. We will be making homemade butter! Snack included.

History of the Canals in the United States
January 23, 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm

Canals completely changed transportation of goods throughout the country. We will be learning the importance of these waterways and how they got boats across the country. There will be a display of works of art by Dennis Gerhart depicting mules and canals, which we will be exploring! Snack included.

How did Valentine's Day Come About?
February 20, 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm

We all know that Valentine's Day is about celebrating love, but how did it become to represent that? Come and learn about the holiday while creating a special valentine! Snack included.

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