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, and 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!

Read below for more information on our programs.

Call 215 946-0400 or email c-kerscott@pa.gov for reservations and information.  


 

WILLIAM PENN’S WORLD

What was life like 300 years ago?  The stories of people who lived and worked at Pennsbury Manor will come to life through living history demonstrations and activities, including gardening, blacksmithing, open-hearth cooking, and more! Each class will visit the house at a scheduled tour time and visit the other stations at their own pace. Join us as we remember William Penn, honor his legacy, and explore his world! See available dates below. Space is limited. Pre-registration is required. Admission is $9 per student, $9 per parent chaperone, teachers and staff are free. (If you enjoyed Harvest Day, Sheep Shearing Day, William Penn Day, or Pennsylvania Day but hated the lines, then you will love this program!)

10:15 am – 12:45 pm

FALL 2021: Tuesday October 26

SPRING 2022: Tuesdays May 10, 17, 24, & Thursday June 2


 

PENNSBURY BY THE DAY

This popular program offers teachers the opportunity to customize their visit for their students. Your school will be the only school on site that day. Students rotate between five locations.  Two stations are standard and highlight the contributions of William and Hannah Penn. Three additional locations are selected by the teacher. Among those options are: 17th-Century Medicine, Open-Hearth Cooking, Daily Chores, a Visit to the Kitchen Garden, Animals at Work, and Writing with Quill Pens. 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.


 

School Tours

Our guides will engage your students in discussion and activities as they tour the Manor House and participate in two 20-minute hands-on activities.  Each tour can accommodate up to 4 classes of students and are 1-3/4 hour in length.  Cost is $9/student and adult chaperones.  School staff are free.  This option is not available in May.


 

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 individual or homeschool group programs at $9 per person. These tours include the Manor House and 2 hands-on activities.  Call us at 215-946-0400 to schedule.  Reservations required.

Homeschool Day:

Tuesday April 5, 2022:  12:30pm to 3:30pm.

Designed with family learning in mind, Homeschool Day offers interactive and hands-on activities for learners of all ages.  Advance registration is preferred. Admission is $9 per person (age 4+), with one adult FREE per family group (Please note: this special program is not included in a Pennsbury Manor membership).


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.