Throughout the year Hagley offers a variety of programs for people of all ages. We believe that a passion for learning begins at a very young age so create programs for families that will engage and inspire throughout a lifetime. We put particular emphasis on offering learning experiences that families can have together to make the most of the precious time they have as a group.
Part science fair, part community fair, and part something entirely new. Maker Fest is an all-ages gathering to invigorate the Maker spirit in everyone!
Cannon firings in the powder yards demonstrate how black powder was made and used.
Learn the importance of air resistance and drag in aerodynamics. Apply these concepts to slow down a race car
Celebrate the 200th anniversary of the Brandywine Manufacturers’ Sunday School. Games, fun activities, lemonade, ice cream, and more, along with beer from Dogfish Head Craft Brewery.
Explore the basic concepts of inertia, gravity, force, and motion by building a device that will complete a task through a chain of reactions.
Hagley’s popular Bike and Hike series expands the excitement this summer with selected evenings featuring Dogfish Head craft beers and Belin House Organic Café sliders.
Learn about the importance of foundations and structural loads as you build a trophy that supports a ball.
Enjoy a full evening of activities and picnics ending with a spectacular display of "The Best Fireworks in Delaware" and fire paintings!
Spend a summer Saturday at Hagley, and enjoy fishing and wooden boat races on the Brandywine.
Stretch your imagination by designing your own rubber band-powered car.
Spend a summer Saturday at Hagley, and try your hand at nineteenth-century games.
Light moves in predictable ways once you learn about the power of optics. Visitors will build their own light maze during this week’s activity.
In two different summer sessions campers can uncover scientific mysteries with experiements or learn the "lost arts" like fishing, woodworking and making their own toys.
Spend a summer Saturday at Hagley and discover the world of archaeology.
Dive into the science of water and experiment with different ways to generate power from this natural resource.
Spend a summer Saturday at Hagley and plunge into the fun of water with water balloon games, boat races, and more.
A fun family event featuring a historically accurate 19th-century “Base Ball” game with the hometown Diamond State Base Ball Club.
Spend a summer Saturday at Hagley, and enjoy fishing and barrel races on the Brandywine.
Discover how mathematics is everywhere in nature.
Spend a summer Saturday at Hagley, and power up your imagination with hovercraft, spin art, and fender blender activities.
Rock and roll with acceleration, physics, and lots of loops as you create a miniature roller coaster.
Explore the basics of electrical circuits, and create your own circuit to power an LED bulb.
Browse through more than 500 antique and restored cars that date from the 1980s all the way back to the early 20th century!
Discover how explosions light up the world. Play with miniature rockets and build your own building to withstand an explosion.
The concepts of momentum and energy transfer are introduced and applied to meet the challenge of building a catapult to launch a “pom-kin”.
Families can take a hayride along the Brandywine to experience the beautiful fall foliage in the Powder Yard.
In the Maker Space, you will be tasked to “make” a solution to one of several problems. Local makers will exhibit their projects and answer your questions.
Get a sneak peek at activities for Invention Convention 2018.
November 24 through January 1— The 1803 du Pont family ancestral home will feature holiday decorations and interpretation on the French traditions of exchanging gifts on New Year’s Day and the celebration of Twelfth Night.
Bring your family and out-of-town guests to enjoy activities, crafts, and games.
Learn all about sound with some noisy hands-on activities. Create your own musical instrument to take home.