"Sarah, Plain and Tall" -- This trilogy isn't about the Amish, but provides an interesting glimpse into farming life through fascinating stories appropriate for families. (School Age and Up)
"For Richer or For Poorer" -- When Tim Allen and Kirstie Alley pretend to be Amish farmers to hide from the IRS, hijinx ensue. From the comic geniuses behind "Dumb and Dumber." (Teens)
Soft Pretzels -- Along with cheesesteaks, PA is known for its doughy pretzels. Try a frozen variety before you go -- you'll really appreciate the difference when you taste them fresh.
Pennsylvania Dutch Funny Cakes -- Kids love this easy dessert with a "funny" chocolate layer that sinks.
Campfire S'Mores -- Hershey bars are the classic choice for this sweet sandwich. Eat up, then see if they taste any different from the ones at the park!
"Down Buttermilk Lane" by Barbara Mitchell -- A sweet, simple introduction to a day in the life of an Amish family in the rolling fields of Pennsylvania Dutch country (Ages 4 to 8)
"Raising Yoder's Barn" by Barbara Yolen and Bernie Fuchs -- When a young boy's family barn burns down, he learns the value of faith, perseverence, and community when the town helps them rebuild. (Ages 4 to 8)
"20 Most-Asked Questions About Amish and Mennonites" by Merle Good -- This straightforward introduction to the culture is particularly useful for older kids with specific questions. (Ages 12 and Up)
"Plain Secrets: An Outsider Among Amish" by Joe Mackall -- Offers candid, personal insight into an often misunderstood way of life. (Ages 16 and Up)
Tin Can Train -- The Strasburg Railroad will seem that much cooler after making a mini version.
Go Green -- Try living without electricity for a day to get a taste of how the Amish live. Bonus: You'll come away with energy-saving lessons.