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Hands On Children's Museum
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NameHands On Children's Museum
Address414 Jefferson St NE
Olympia, WA 98501
Brief DescriptionInteractive exhibits/programs for families & school groups
CategoryChildrens Museum
DescriptionThe Hands On Children's Museum is proud to serve more than 250,000 visitors each year with exciting and educational programs and events. When it comes to fun and learning, Hands On is “the place to go”! The Museum is a unique community resource that serves as an exciting, educational gathering place where children and parents can learn and play together! Voted Best Place to Take Kids for nearly a decade, The Hands On Children's Museum hosts more visitors for its size than any other youth museum in our region! The Museum has 8 galleries, an arts & parts studio, maker space, and outdoor discover center filled with more than 150 exciting, interactive exhibits.


Good for You! Gallery at East Bay, presented by Providence St. Peter Hospital - Focused on healthy lifestyles and making good food choices, young visitors can role play in the Farmer’s Market, the 14 Carrot Café and the Healthy Home, growing, cooking and serving colorful foods.

Puget Sound Gallery presented by Seattle Shellfish and Taylor Shellfish - Become the captain on the 2-story cargo ship and then explore Puget Sound sea life up close as you crawl through the hull and into Puget Sound. Operate the crane on the Port’s working waterfront, make and float your own boat, and don’t miss the Ballcano Water Exhibit with an 8ft tall vortex and the Puget Sound Science Table with HD digital microscope!

EMERGENCY! presented by Olympia Emergency Services - Kids can be community heroes with an Olympia Police Car, Fire Engine, Emergency Room, Medic One, Scream Room, and 911 Dispatch Center.

Tides to Trees Climber presented by Heritage Bank. The two-story climber and slide are intertwined and lead to a giant eagle’s nest perched 70 feet in the air!

Snug Harbor presented by Rick and Pam Panowicz - The youngest visitors, crawlers, and waddlers will enjoy sensory investigations, quiet corner,s and exciting explorations.

Fabulous Forest presented by Weyerhaeuser, Port Blakely Tree Farms, Simpson Timber, and Green Diamond - Enter and explore a nurse log, visit the Animal Rescue Center, climb up into the Tree House, and make fancy flying machines at the Woodland Wind Tunnel.

Arts & Parts Studio, presented by Olympia Federal Savings - Busy hands of all ages can choose from a huge assortment of new and recycled art supplies to express ideas and create their own unique works of art.

Move It! Gallery - It’s a huge Water Tower with viewers to “spy on” downtown Olympia. Send scarves and nerf balls through a 25-foot Air Maze.

Build It! Gallery, presented by Rob Rice Homes - Use our popular builder boards to build your own home or create sky-high Keva structures. Operate the yellow dump truck or shovel rocks into wheelbarrows.

The Outdoor Discovery Center will get kids outside and encourage families to connect with nature. The half-acre of outdoor exhibits includes a hike and trike loop, a storytelling fire ring, children’s gardens, a giant sand dig and mud pie pit, a naturalist cabin, and driftwood fort construction.

The museum also offers Spring, Summer, and Winter school break day-camps, educational field trip experiences, art and science workshops for visiting school groups. The museum hosts its own award-winning nine-month preschool program for 3-5 year olds. Birthday parties, after-hours private events, and weddings are held in one of the South Sounds most unique venues available.

Phone 1(360) 956-0818
Handicapped AccessibleYes
Time Allowance2-4 hrs
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Last Updated12/19/2016
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