I visited Amish Country a while back (in my 20s), and while I don't remember specific details, there were few things terribly interesting, despite my more-than-average interest in history.
If visiting the area (Lancaster Cty, PA), what would be the things of interest for 8-12 year old range? Assume normal city kids, so no super special interest in horses/farming. If it matters, the time of visit is late summer.
I checked some guides (such as this) but none are age-bracketed, and didn't see anything especially kid-friendly aside from may be buggy rides.
Must be within 30 mins driving radius (so 20-30 miles tops) from Lancaster, PA.
Ideally should be somewhat unique to the area; something that you can't get in any other place, likely for cheaper.
For example I saw a Balloon Ride on one of the sites, which may be fun for kids - but there's nothing special about a balloon ride over Amish Country and it would likely be overpriced being in the middle of tourist trap area.
Charlie'sHershey Chocolate factory(because I already know about it).