The National Canal Museum is a fun and educational place for families. Every day, there’s always something to delight and inform young minds about canals and our region’s industrial history. Many of the museum exhibits are highly interactive. Kids can pretend they are a captain at the tiller of a canal boat, learn hands-on about simple machines, or control the flow of water in our water table. There are also scavenger hunts, Grab ‘N Go lessons, and touchable artifacts that engage different age groups with exhibits around the museum. Our Hands on History area also has activities that tie in with this year’s special exhibition, Beyond Rosie and Rivets. In addition to the daily attractions and activities, we offer monthly Kids on the Canal events.
Kids on the Canal Days – Third Saturday of the Month
Fun-filled days at the museum that include crafts, games, and other learning opportunities. Each day has a theme and most activities are outside (weather permitting). Activities are included in the price of museum admission unless otherwise noted.
2022 Kids on the Canal Days
April 16: STEAM into History!
Fun activities related to science, technology, engineering, art and math
May 21: Immersion Fest
Try out some of the activities that we normally do for our spring field trips for schools
June 18: Let’s Get Buzzing About Nature
Let’s learn about the bees, butterflies, and other pollinators that hang out in our native plant gardens.
July 16: Waterplay on the Canal
We’re learning about water -why things float, how water moves, and how people can harness its power. Plus we’ll probably get a little wet!
August 20: Mule Madness
Our mules, Hank and George, are the stars of the show. Come meet them and find out what makes mules great animals to work with.
September 18: Pirate Day (it’s a Sunday, not Saturday)
Ahoy me hearties! Join our motley crew and enjoy a swashbuckling set of pirate-themed activities.
October 15: Fall Festival
We’re celebrating everything autumn with a leaf scavenger hunt and seasonal crafts.
October 29: Halloween Trick or Treat (extra KOC event)
Join us for a fun, historically themed Trick or Treat event.
November 19: Those That Came Before Us
Meet the groups that settled in our region from the native Lenape people to more recent arrivals.
December 17: Holidays on the Canal
Learn holiday traditions of the people who lived and worked on the canals.