School Frolics

Designed for students in 1st grade through 5th grade, School Frolics provide five educational and fun-filled hours of learning about Colonial America and historic Native American culture through living history demonstrations and hands-on activities.

Frolics educate the whole student by providing a multi-faceted educational experience around the 1719 Hans Herr House and the life and culture of the Swiss-German Mennonites that settled here. This learning opportunity takes place along “The Great Conestoga Road” at the very birth-place of Lancaster County.

Students lean about the life and culture of eastern woodland Native Americans at the Longhouse, a full-sized furnished replica of the type of dwelling used by Native Americans in this part of Pennsylvania. Learn about the food they ate, the tools they used and and the impact the Europeans had on their culture and very existence.

At the Frolic students walk around the Herr House and Longhouse grounds stopping at stations  where interpreters demonstrate cooking and crafts, explain Colonial and Native American lifestyles, and highlight notable features of the 1719 House, the Longhouse and surrounding gardens and orchards.

  • Hands on
    Frolic participants receive the unique chance to see, hear, smell, and taste the elements of Colonial & Native American life. Students get to play Colonial and Native games and participate in demonstrations like basket making, quilting, butter churning, scherenschnitte and fraktur. When they are done, they can wash up with authentic home-made soap.
  • Authentic
    Frolics reveal the authentic details of 1750 clothing, Germanic architecture, blacksmithing, a four-square German garden, wool spinning, and fabric dyeing, in addition to authentic Native American architecture, hide tanning, food preparation and basket making.
  • Flavorful
    Students will enjoy tastes of Colonial & Native American life including freshly made butter, three sisters soup, smoked sausage, ginger bread, and pound cake. Frolics are enhanced by the smells of a blacksmith’s fire, smoke-house smoke, woodshop shavings, and a wood fire on the hearth.

School Frolics at the 1719 Herr House are a great culminating activity to any social studies or history curriculum.

2019 School Frolics

9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Friday, April 26, 2019
Friday, May 10, 2019
Friday, May 24, 2019

Among other activities, each school group will visit the Herr House and the Lancaster Longhouse and play Colonial and Native American games, and have time to shop in the Museum Store.

Students – $6
One adult chaperone per 8 students, required – Free
Additional adults – $5


Complete the registration form below or contact Registration is required at least 2 weeks prior to the event. A non-refundable deposit is required for each group registering for the Frolics, which holds your school’s spot in the event. Payment is required for the number of students given when reservations are made, even if fewer attend the event.

2018-19 Frolic Registration Form