January 22, 2018

8 Fun Factory Tours Your Kids Will Love


Adobe Spark (31) (1)Are you looking for something fun to do with your child? Why not help them learn about manufacturing by taking a factory tour? Here are 8 fun factory tours your kids will love:

1. Harley Davidson Motor Company, Vehicle Operations – York, Pennsylvania 

If your child has an interest in motorcycles, he or she is sure to love the Harley Davison Motor Company tour. The tour will give your child an idea of how the Softtail, Touring, CVO, and Trike models are made. You can take a free tour or a Steel Toe tour for $35 per person. Fully enclosed, low heeled shoes are required for a Harley Davidson tour. It’s best to avoid going on a Saturday as production does not take place. 

2. Herr’s Snack Factory Tour – Lancaster, Pennsylvania 

Your child can see Herr’s chips and other snack products being made at the Herr’s Snack Factory Tour. The tour will teach your kids little known facts, like how to determine if a potato is good for chipping and how tortilla chips are seasoned. The tours, which you will need to wear rubber soled shoes for, are offered Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. 

3. Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream Factory Tour – Waterbury, Vermont 

If your child loves Chunky Munky or Cherry Garcia, it may be worth considering a Ben & Jerry’s Factory Tour. You and your child will get to learn more about the ice cream manufacturing process and will be offered free samples of your favorite flavors, as well as special flavors. Tours are free for children who are 12 and under and $3 for adults.

4. Crayola Experience – Easton, Pennsylvania 

While Crayola doesn’t allow you to go into the factory to witness crayon production firsthand, the Crayola Experience does teach kids how crayons are made and offers them a chance to color and play at the visitor center. Tickets are $9.75 for anyone over the age of two. 

5. Louisville Slugger Museum and Factory – Louisville, Kentucky

Any child who loves baseball will enjoy seeing how baseball bats are made at the Louisville Slugger Museum and Factory. The tour costs $10 for adults, $5 for kids between the ages of 6-12, and is free for anyone younger. Included in the price is a miniature souvenir bat. 

6. Jelly Belly Factory Tour – Fairfield, California

Your child can see how jelly beans are produced if you go on a Jelly Belly Factory Tour, which includes a self-guided walk, interactive exhibits, a Jelly Belly Bean Art gallery, and free samples. You’ll also learn fun facts, like why a single jelly bean takes seven minutes to be produced. 

7. Hershey’s Chocolate Tour – Hershey, Pennsylvania 

What kid doesn’t love chocolate? On the Hershey’s Chocolate Tour your child will have the chance to learn more about the cocoa and dairy farms used in the manufacturing process and the animated barnyard cows that are the face of Hershey. You’ll also get to see a Hershey Kiss assembly line firsthand. Best of all, admission is free for everyone and includes free samples. 

8. The Vermont Teddy Bear Factory Tour – Burlington, Vermont 

If your child loves teddy bears, the Vermont Teddy Bear Factory Tour may be a fun experience. Learn more about how teddy bears are made and be sure to stop by the teddy bear shop before you leave. The cost of admission is $4 for children and adults over the age of 12 and $3 for seniors. 

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