Hands On Children's Museum

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Museum Info

Hands On Children’s Museum Website
414 Jefferson St. NE, Olympia, WA 98501
Hours: Monday–Saturday 9 am-5 pm, Sunday 10 am-5 pm.
Admission: General admission (18 months-64 years): $16.95 online/$18.95 at the door; Seniors (65+): $15.95 online/$17.95 at the door; Military (with valid ID): $14.95 online/$16.95 at the door. Free to members.
Free/Discount Days: Daily Access Admission, First 2 guests FREE / each additional $3 (with EBT, P-EBT, CHIP, Provider One, WIC, or Apple Health card and ID). First Friday Night: $1
Museum Cafe: hocm.org/plan-your-visit/play-day-cafe
Camps/Classes: Find out more here.
Reciprocal Memberships: Yes! Click here to find out more.
Accessibility and Inclusivity Information: Click here to learn more about sensory friendly events.
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Why Kids ♥ It

150 interactive exhibits and half-acre of outdoor play space including a giant climbing boulder, dino dig, vintage schooner, lighthouse lookout, trike loop, and children’s garden. Plus, Art Studio, MakeSpace, two-story climber and stream slide, Ballcano, water table, Emergency! gallery and Airways Maze. Seasonal themed events with special guests and activities.

Why Parents ♥ It

Washington’s award-winning museum on Olympia’s waterfront. Near downtown and the Farmer’s Market. Clean and beautiful facility with fresh foods in the Play Day Café. Consistently voted “Best Family Destination,” by Showcase Magazine, and Best of South Sound for “Family Destination,” “Museum,” “Children’s Party Venue,” and “Preschool.” 

Events & Exhibits


Get your hands wet and experience the different states of water. Play with a steam bell and launch balls into the 8-foot-tall water vortex.

Boo Bash

Dress up and bring your little monsters, superheroes, and princesses to the Hands On Children’s Museum for a spooktacular good time. Enjoy Halloween-inspired fun and exciting activities without the fright.

Celebrate the Holidays

Meet Nutcracker dancers and special guests, make a hand-crafted gift, design a nature wreath, tinker in the MakeSpace, and join the Noon Year’s Eve Party countdown on December 31.

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