Family Field Trips

Hagley is offering a series of family-oriented programs in a safe and educational environment. These programs address History and STEM curriculum standards. Programs are conducted with small family groups of no more than five or six people. Each program lasts 2 hours but make a day of it by arriving early or staying later to experience Hagley’s many powder yard demonstrations, nature, and gardens. Bring a picnic lunch to enjoy at one of our many picnic tables throughout the property.

Life in a Powder Mill 

Discover what it was like to live and work in a 19th Century powder mill. Families will rotate between four engaging activities: Sunday School, Laundry, Gee Haw, and Powderman. During the program, families will write with a quill pen, wash socks, make a 19th century toy, and see a charge of powder fired off. Morning and afternoon sessions are available.

Dates: Thursdays, October 8, October 22, November 5, and November 19
Times: 10:30-12:30 and 1:00-3:00
Grade-level: 1st-5th grade
Fee: $60/family up to 5 people

STEM Explorations

Explore a variety of STEM topics and come up with solutions to engineering challenges together as a family. In four hands-on workshops you can learn about alternative energy and materials science, light and sound waves, chemistry and forces and motion. Each program includes a science lesson, demonstrations, and materials for completing an engineering design challenge. Student work is differentiated for age-appropriate tasks and objectives between lower (1st-3rd) and upper (4th-5th) elementary grade levels. Morning and afternoon sessions are available.

Dates: Thursdays (October 1, 15, 29 and November 12)– see schedule of topics below
Times: 10:00-12:00 and 1:00-3:00
Grade-level: 1st-5th grade
Fee: $45/family up to 5 people

· October 1: Wind Energy and Materials Science
· Learn about energy and materials then design and test wind turbine blades using various materials to optimize energy production.

· October 15: Waves – Communicating with Light and Sound
· Learn about the properties of light and sound waves then use that information to create two communication devices using each kind of wave to send signals over a distance.

· October 29: Chemistry – Physical and Chemical Changes
· Explore the differences between physical and chemical changes through hands-on demonstrations then design a use for a new fabric made from fusing plastic bags.

· November 12: Mechanical Energy (Forces and Motion)
· Discover the principles of forces and motion then apply them by designing and testing a catapult and marble rollercoaster.

Water Power Walking Tour 

Harness the power of water that operated mills along the Brandywine River through a walking tour of the Hagley powder yards. Families will explore the evolution of power sources used to manufacture black powder and will understand the principles of energy and power as illustrated by an operating machine shop, a turbine-powered roll mill, and a steam engine. Incorporated topics include gravity, renewable resources, technology, and potential, kinetic, and mechanical energy.

Dates: Available Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays
Times: 10:00-12:00 and 1:00-3:00
Grade-level: 3rd-7th grade
Fee: $45/family up to 6 people


Advanced reservations are required.
To make a reservation, contact the tour office at (302) 658-2400, ext. 259 or, at least one week in advance.
Hagley members receive $5 off registration fee.

You should have the following information available when scheduling your program:

· Contact name
· Contact address, phone, and e-mail (if available)
· Name of requested program
· Choice of date and time, along with two alternates
· Number of people in the party
· Grade level
· Any special needs of visitors

Financial Assistance
Scholarships are available for families in need to cover admission costs. To be eligible, you must submit a statement of need along with the scholarship application. Please fill out a scholarship application and return to

Safety Protocols
To ensure the safety of our visitors and staff, the following safety protocols are in place for all educational programs:

· Face masks are required at all times for both visitors and staff
· Nitrile gloves must be worn during hands-on activities
· All equipment will be disinfected between use
· Hand sanitizer will be available in all program areas
· Groups will be no larger than 5-6 people
· Activities will be held outdoors when possible
· Windows and doors will be open for indoor activities to allow for air flow.