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 several scavenger hunts that engage different age groups with exhibits around the museum. Tying in with the theme of this year’s special exhibition, Where Creativity Flows, we also have art activities to help children explore forms of artistic expression, both outside along the Lehigh Canal and in our new Kids’ Corner of the museum. 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.
2021 Kids on the Canal Days
April 17: STEAM into History!
Fun activities related to science, technology, engineering, art and math
May 15: Immersion Day
Try out some of the activities that we normally do for our spring field trips for schools
June 19: 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 17: 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 21: 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 19: Pirate Day
Ahoy me hearties! Join our motley crew and enjoy a swashbuckling set of pirate-themed activities.
October 16: Fall Festival
We’re celebrating everything autumn with a leaf scavenger hunt and seasonal crafts.
October 31: Halloween Trick or Treat
It’s a Sunday not Saturday, but we couldn’t resist having a special historically themed Trick or Treat event.
November 20: Those That Came Before Us
Meet the groups that settled in our region from the native Lenape people to more recent arrivals.
December 18: Holidays on the Canal
Learn holiday traditions of the people who lived and worked on the canals.