Hands On Children’s Museum Website
Address: 414 Jefferson St. NE, Olympia, WA 98501
Hours: Monday–Saturday 9 am-5 pm, Sunday 10 am-5 pm. Sensory Friendly Hour & Art time Sunday 9 am-11 am.
Admission: General admission (18 months-64 years old): $15.95; seniors (65+): $14.95; military/first responder/foster (with valid ID): $14.95. Free to members.
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
There are 150 interactive exhibits and a half-acre of outdoor play space including a giant climbing boulder, dino dig, vintage schooner, lighthouse lookout, trike loop and children’s garden. Plus, an art studio, MakeSpace, two-story climber and stream slide, Ballcano, water table, Emergency! gallery and Airways Maze. There are also seasonal themed events with special guests and activities.
Why Parents ♥ It
Washington’s award-winning museum sits on Olympia’s waterfront, near downtown, Farmers Market and Percival Landing. Clean and beautiful facility with fresh foods in the Play Day Café. Voted “Best Family Fun Destination” by Showcase magazine and “Best Children’s Party Venue and Museum” by The Olympian Best of South Sound.
Events & Exhibits
New Wags and Whiskers Animal Hospital Exhibit
Kids get to be the vet, use a checklist to evaluate their furry friends, conduct X-rays, and pretend to wash and fluff at the grooming station in the Wags and Whiskers Animal Hospital sponsored by Olympia Veterinary Hospital.
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 ballet 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.