School Programs

Pennsbury Manor offers a variety of programs designed specifically for children. We are the only historic site in the country that relates specifically to William Penn, his contributions to Pennsylvania, and his impact on American history. All of our educational programs meet Pennsylvania history standards 8.1, 8.2, and 8.3. Our hands on approach to learning means that every student has the opportunity to be involved. Programs are offered Tuesdays – Fridays throughout the year. Our Education Program Coordinator will be glad to help you plan your Pennsbury Manor experience! Call 215 946-0400 for reservations and information. We cannot make reservations via email.

WILLIAM PENN’S WORLD Join us in 2018 as we commemorate the anniversary of William Penn’s death with a NEW program! “William Penn’s World” will immerse your students in colonial life through living history demonstrations and activities. The program will include favorites such as quill pen writing and Manor House tours in addition to special demonstrations like Open-Hearth Cooking, trades demonstrations, and seasonal activities. Join us as we remember William Penn, honor his legacy, and explore his world! See available dates below. Pre-registration is required.

FALL 2018: October 10, 11, 17, 18
$9 per student, $9 per parent chaperone, teachers and staff free

SPRING 2019: May 2, 9, 16, 23, 30
$9 per student, $9 per parent chaperone, teachers and staff free

PENNSBURY BY THE DAY The Pennsbury By the Day program offers teachers more options to design a program specifically for their students. Your school is the only school on site that day. Students rotate between five locations.  The first three locations are standard: a tour of the Manor House, Daily Life in the Worker’s Cottage, and Writing with Quill Pens. Two other locations are selected by the teacher. Among those options are 17th Century Medicine, Open Hearth Cooking, a Visit to the Kitchen Garden, Animals at Work, and a scheduled time to visit to the William Penn: Seed of a Nation Exhibit. The cost is $1,200 for up to 100 students. Each additional student is $12. Teachers and school staff are complimentary. Additional adults are $12 each. Pre-registration is required.


PRESCHOOL PROGRAMS Our pre-school programs are designed to meet the developmental needs of young children ages four to six.  Children get to experience the past through sensory activities in an historic setting.  Individual programs can be tailored to meet the needs of your group, whether you want to visit the animals in the stable or see what’s growing in the garden.  Registration is required.  The cost is $6.00 per child.  Teachers and school staff are complimentary.  Additional adults are $6.00 each.


HOMESCHOOL FAMILIES & GROUPS Whether visiting as part of a larger group or as an individual family, Pennsbury can help you plan your visit to meet your goals. Homeschool families and groups are welcome to join us for “William Penn’s World” on the dates above. We also schedule private homeschool group programs at $9 per person. Call us at 215-946-0400 to discuss which option is best for your group.

HOMESCHOOL DAY: APRIL 11, 2019: Stay tuned for more information on Homeschool Day 2019!

Scouting Groups: Pennsbury offers badge and activity oriented for Girl Scouts, Cub Scouts, and Boy Scouts. Service and Eagle Scout projects are also available. Reservations are required.