Hands on Activities at the farmstead:

We offer a variety of hands-on activities for students of all ages on a wide array of topics pertaining to the Farmstead- the arts, sciences, and history.   We will work with you to create a program that fulfills the requirements of your curriculum and addresses the interests of your group. 


"Charlie Needs a cloak" program

- This storybook program tells how Charlie’s cloak, quite worn from wear, is replaced using wool from his sheep.  Primary school students (Preschool-2nd) learn about the process of making cloth from sheep’s wool.  The students will enjoy related hands-on activities and a tour of the farm.  A first floor tour of the historic farm house is also available as part of this program. 

Colonial life program- 

Discover what life was like during the colonial era.  Designed for grades 3 and above, the students will tour the farm and historic house to learn about home life during the 18th century.  They will also participate in a hands-on game and take a close look at some reproduced items typical of the era. 

Decorative arts program

 This program introduces those in 3rd grade and above to the idea of proper museum etiquette and decorative arts in a hands-on format.  Learn about the architecture and material culture of the colonial period by observing these features during a tour of the historic house. 

colonial day program

 - Bring 40 or more of your 3rd, 4th, 5th, or 6th grade students to the Farmstead for a day full of hands-on activities.  They will learn about many of the crafts and trades typical of the 18th century and rotate through a number of hands-on stations conducted by costumed interpreters.  After a brief break for lunch, the students will then continue with their lessons before returning back to school later in the afternoon. (Fee: $5/student ) 

environmental education- 

Working with the Montgomery County environmental educators, we can add any number of nature programs to the day ’ s offerings suitable for your group.  Topics include: water studies, tree identification, medicinal plants, specific animal discussions and more. 


Learn about everyday life during the late 18th century (Peter Wentz Farmstead) and early 20th century (Pennypacker Mills).  Your 3rd through 8th grade students will enjoy the hands-on activities offered at each site and the tour of the historic homes.
 Half-day or full-day options available. Plan to lunch at either location. Options: Kitchens, Laundry, or Everyday Life. 

Supplemental Activities - Extend your day with these supplemental activities:
Colonial clothing 
Scherenschnitte (scissor cutting) 
Butter making 
Nature Walk 
Quill penmanship/early School lessons 
Farm chores 
Colonial manners & customs 
Revolutionary War Soldier 
Toys & Games 

Please advise staff of any accessibility issues your students may have so we may adequately accommodate everyone ’s needs. 

Restrooms, picnic tables, & gift shop available for on-site visitors. 

Want more information?  to schedule a visit?: 
Contact the museum educator: kboice@montcopa.org  or  610-584-5104