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Racing: A Need for Speed

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Kids Who Race Day

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Racing: A Need for Speed

Category:
Adult, Exhibits, Featured, Youth

As participants and spectators, Americans love racing.  We race to compete and win, to improve ourselves, and master our machines, to find community with others and simply for fun, thrills and the love of spectacle.  In this original exhibition, explore the colorful history of racing in Bucks County, PA and the Delaware Valley across four sports-motor racing, horse racing, foot racing and cycling,  from the footraces of early Native Americans and colonists to the horse tracks and fairgrounds of the…

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YOUR MISSION: Flee the fumaroles-laced, quaking earth aboard your trireme, fight the stinging tentacled Hydras lurking just offshore, and follow the “Spiraling Waves.” The odyssey of the Minoan survivors begins!  For students who have completed grades 3-7. Campers use basic Arduino Modules & LEGO  Manufacturing Systems, MIT’s SCRATCH programming, and LEGO Mindstorms materials to develop autonomous robots. To sign up, call 215-348-9461, ext. 210.

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YOUR MISSION: The journey begins in the shadow of the Great Sphinx. Hieroglyphics at the temple of Hatshepsut reveal: “When the sun is in Leo follow the “Golden One” to the snow covered “Zenith of the South.” Beware the giant sand serpents of the  Olduvai Gorge…hold fast to your lapis lazuli charm….  For students who have completed grades 2-6, camp features LEGO Mechanical Devices Kits, plus MIT’s SCRATCH programming. To sign up, call 215-348-9461, ext. 210.

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Dr. Alison Kreitzer, adjunct faculty member at the University of Delaware, discusses the expansion of automobile racing in Pennsylvania during the first half of the twentieth century, including the local fair circuit and Langhorne Speedway, one of the nation’s first tracks built purposely for motor racing.  The program is included with museum admission.

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YOUR MISSION: From “la Cota d’lvoire” ride the howling cyclones west to where the “Mother of the Waters” meets the Atlantis Thalassa. … follow the code carvings of the Jaguar. … Ascend the terraced slopes to the dominion of “he who overturns space and time.” There you shall find the golden essence of “Inti.” For students who have completed grades 1-3, camp features enhanced LEGO WeDo Robotics projects.plus MIT’s SCRATCH programming in developing creatures & mechanisms. To sign up, call 215-348-9461,…

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YOUR MISSION: Flee the fumaroles-laced, quaking earth aboard your trireme, fight the stinging tentacled Hydras lurking just offshore, and follow the “Spiraling Waves.” The odyssey of the Minoan survivors begins!  For students who have completed grades 3-7. Campers use basic Arduino Modules & LEGO  Manufacturing Systems, MIT’s SCRATCH programming, and LEGO Mindstorms materials to develop autonomous robots. To sign up, call 215-348-9461, ext. 210.

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Fonthill Castle

Stories by the Castle with Darcy Fair

Category:
Youth

Visit the castle grounds for a rollicking children’s story hour featuring oral tales, readings, music, participatory activities, and a touchable object from the museum’s education collections. Bring a blanket, folding chair, some lunch, a cold drink and your enthusiasm.  Programs are presented by Darcy Fair of Buckslore, and are suitable for children of all ages and their caregivers.  Free, drop-in program.  Program will be moved inside in case of inclement weather.

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Fonthill Castle

Tower Tour for Families

Category:
Adult, Tour, Youth

In this one-hour tour, children and parents explore Henry Mercer’s castle from basement to tower and learn about Mercer’s creative ideas through stories and prints.  This special tour travels through some areas of the castle not seen on the regular tour, including the Kitchen, Morning Room and Wind Room and takes guests up to the top terrace.  Children must be 6 or older and able to climb the steep stairs.  Space is limited. Reservations required, call 215-348-9461.

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Mercer Museum

Mercer’s Wizarding Academy

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Calling all witches and wizards! Get sorted into your houses, prepare your wands, and get ready for classes in Potions, Defense Against the Dark Arts, Care of Magical Creatures, Herbology, Quidditch and more. Come one, come all to earn (or lose) points for the House Cup!  Wizard dress is highly encouraged. This camp experience connects history, science, literature. Space is  limited. For ages 7-12. To sign up, call 215-348-9461, ext. 210.

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Fonthill Castle

Bus Trip to Toms River, NJ

Category:
Adult

SOLD OUT Go on the road with the Friends of the Bucks County Historical Society to Toms River, NJ, for a delightful 11⁄2-hour cruise on the River Lady, a 150-passenger, 85′ authentic reproduction of a paddle wheel riverboat.  Cruise takes place rain or shine, since seating is protected from the weather. Please note: our seats are on the upper deck which requires the climbing of 12 steps. After the cruise, spend the afternoon in Historic Smithville, which began as a…

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In addition to installing his own Arts and Crafts tiles in Fonthill, Henry Mercer incorporated Persian, Chinese, Spanish and Dutch tiles.
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