Educational Programs at Historic Mount Hope

Your year-round destination for student & youth programs—for groups of all sizes! For over 21 years, Mount Hope Estate and the Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire have provided enriching, interactive, and fulfilling Student Programs for hundreds of thousands of students in the Northeast. Whether at School Days at the Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire, Summer Youth Day at the Faire or through our Holidays at Mount Hope Theater in the Mansion program, our main goal is to help with the growth and learning of the youth of today, the future of our tomorrow. We invite you to peruse our Student Programs and learn why getting your students involved will help invigorate, energize and promote their love for education, history, the earth, science and more!

Summer Youth Day

Date & Time

The 2019 Summer Youth Day takes place on Thursday, August 1 from 9:00AM to 3:00PM. Minimum group size of 10 or more youths. Checks can be made payable to "PRF" or "Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire." Pre-registration is required—please check back for updates.

Day-Of Check-In

Upon arrival at the Faire, our friendly parking attendants will direct you to the registration table. Please bring all forms contained within the Summer Youth Day Handbook with you when you register. ALL GROUPS must check in at this table to claim their admission wristbands, even if prepaid. No one will be admitted without wearing a wristband in plain sight.

Royal Privies

We have restrooms located outside the front gate in the Victorian Gardens. We also have restrooms in the Faire grounds near the O'Malley's Stage, Swashbuckler Stage and also along Privy Lane. Please check your map for specific locations.

First Aide Emergencies

The First Aide building is located behind the Bread and Broth food booth, near the entrance to Bosworth Field. An E.M.T. is always present at the First Aide building and Faire Staff (wearing designated shires) and uniformed security guards are also available should you need assistance.

Educational Programs
Educational Programs
Educational Programs
Educational Programs


Pre-reservation is required to attend Summer Youth Day.
Admission is $10 per person. Minimum group size of 10 or more youths.
Please Note: ALL GROUPS must check in at the registration table day-of to claim admission wristbands, even if prepaid.

Events & Competitions

In addition to all the shows and events throughout the day during Summer Youth Day, your groups can also become involved with or take part in the following events and competitions! Specific details and entry instructions for each competition are available on the Summer Youth Day Handbook Page.

Coat of Arms

Coat of Arms Poster Competition

Camps and Groups are invited to try their hand at creating a poster depicting a Coat of Arms, incorporating in-class suggestions to represent the Camp or Group. Coat of Arms must be submitted at the registration table upon your arrival. Instruct children to identify characteristics, motto, accomplishments, etc. of your camp or group. List these items on the board such as camp or group colors or mascot. When the list is complete, decide which elements the children would like to represent on their competition poster. The design they decide upon is, in essence, the Coat of Arms of their camp or group.

Command Performance

Command Performance

Would your students like to perform for Her Majesty? Groups are invited to perform a period song, juggling act, dance piece, period skit or magic act for the Queen. Only registered groups who have filled out the participation form in advance will be permitted to perform. All performances must be prepared in advance of the students’ visit to School Days. Acts must be no longer than two minutes in length and students should be ready to perform when called to the stage. Students who perform will receive a special boon from Her Majesty for their hard work!

Silly School

Silly School

Learn the art of juggling! The Shire’s Master Jugglers will teach students the step-by-step process to juggling their own hand-made juggling bags. Groups must pre-register and prepare their own juggling bags in advance of their trip to attend this event.

Scouts Camping Information

The Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire invites the Girl Scouts & Boy Scouts for a Camping Experience at Summer Youth Day on Wednesday July 31, 2019! Camping for Scouts at Summer Youth Day is just $10 per person (Scouts and Chaperones), and includes Camping on Wednesday, July 31 (check-in after 4PM), Open Fire, Access to Water, Security Fence and Port-o-Johns, Admission to Summer Youth Day Event on August 1, and Clean-Up/Clear-Out AFTER Summer Youth Day Event. To register for camping, please fill out the registration form above and be sure to check the last box!

Educational Programs: Camping
Educational Programs: Camping
Educational Programs: Camping
Educational Programs: Camping

Frequently Asked Questions

Over the years, educators preparing for school trips to the Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire have asked many questions. We hope to answer some of the most frequently asked and, hopefully, assist everyone in the preperations for Summer Youth Day. If you have any other questions that have not been answered below, please contact our business offices at 717-665-7021, Monday through Friday, 9AM-4PM or visit our formal comment, question and feedback page to submit an inquiry.

The event is located on the grounds of Mount Hope Estate, home of the PA Renaissance Faire. The street address is 2775 Lebanon Rd. Manheim, PA 17545.
Summer Youth Days runs from 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM. Plan to come early and stay the entire day. The events on the Revels Schedule begin with Queen’s Court and end with the Finale In Song, so it is beneficial to spend the entire day at the Faire and experience as much as possible. Most groups arrive between 8:30am and 9:00am.
The Summer Youth Day is geared toward children in grades 3-12. There are a wide variety of shows that are portrayed on the grounds and each group leader can cater their schedule for the day to the age of children in their group. If group leaders must bring children under that age range, please note that everyone, regardless of age, will be required to pay the $10 admission fee. That includes all children, even toddlers.
As soon as possible. Summer Youth Day is a popular attraction among youth groups, scout camps and other organizations, and fills up quickly. To make a reservation, complete the Reservation Form.
The cost of Summer Youth Day is $10 per person, youths and adults. This includes all of the stage shows, competitions and entertainment. Youths and adults may choose to bring extra money for food, shopping at merchant booths, rides or games, but these services are optional.
An invoice will be mailed to you with a written confirmation after you complete online registration. Checks can be mailed to: Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire • 2775 Lebanon Rd. Manheim, PA 17545

If you choose to pay when you arrive at Summer Youth Day, the parking lot greeters will direct the registering chaperone to the Registration Table. Payment is requested by one check made payable to: Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire. Group size must be 10 or more students to be considered for Summer Youth Day.
When your group arrives at the Faire, the registered chaperone will be directed to the Registration Table where he/she will make their payment (if not paid in advance) and receive Admission Wristbands for their group. The Admission Wristbands are tickets and no one will be admitted inside the Faire grounds without wearing a Faire provided wristband for the safety of everyone attending. We do offer a pre-payment option for groups who can pay in full no later than 10 days prior to their visit. Pre-paid groups will receive their Admission Wristbands in the mail prior to their visit. Details regarding the pre-payment option are available in the Study Guide.
Yes, provided your group meets the minimum group size of 10 or more youths.
Two mobile phone numbers will be required of either the Registered Chaperone, or another adult chaperone that we will use as a contact in case of emergency, behavioral or other issue. These numbers should be provided by the Emergency Contact Form in the Forms section of the study guide.
The extensive on-line Study Guide provides a Revels Schedule, in addition to a great deal of other information. We suggest chaperones preview this schedule and loosely plan the day for their students leaving some “free time” for village exploration, lunch, souvenirs, etc. Planning in advance will alleviate students' wandering and will focus them on the available activities at the Faire.
Yes. We have a fully staffed First Aid station with licensed EMT personnel available for any emergency. The closest hospital is located six miles north of the Faire in Lebanon and is called the Good Samaritan Hospital.
Yes. Although we have many delectable Royal kitchens to choose from throughout the Shire, we allow youths to pack their lunches. Groups can store their lunches in large boxes or bags in the Lunch Storage Tent with prior notice by filling out the Lunch Form from the Study Guide and returning to the Faire offices one week prior to the field trip date.
The Shire holds hundreds of merchants, artisans and food vendors. These shops are independently owned businesses operated by the individual artisans and food merchants. If students wish to purchase crafts, food or souvenirs, play games or ride rides, they should bring spending money. Because the Faire provides an extensive Revels Schedule filled with performances and packed lunches are permitted on Summer Youth Day, money is not a necessity, as there is plenty to see and do without additional cost. The decision to bring spending money and the amount is solely up to the individual student.
The study guide will be posted on the Summer Youth Day website upon its completion and is avialable under the "resources" drop-down tab in the upper navigation on this page. In addition, the registered chaperone will receive an email containing the study guide when it is complete. The study guide is generally completed in spring or early summer.

Contact Mount Hope

Nicole Sutton, Group Sales Manager
717-537-8377 •