Museum Info

Hands On Children’s Museum Website
414 Jefferson St. NE, Olympia, WA 98501
Hours: Monday–Saturday 9a-5p, Sunday 10a-5p. Sensory Friendly Hour & Art time Sunday 9a-11a.
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.
Free/Discounted Days: Access Admission (EBT cardholders): First two guests free, each additional $2; First Friday Night (each month): $1. 
Camps/Classes: Find out more here.
Museum Café: Play Day Café. See hours and menu at
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’s also seasonal themed events with special guests and activities.

Why Parents ♥ It

Washington’s award-winning museum sits on Olympia’s waterfront, adjacent to the WET Science Center and a plaza with a 250-foot iWashington’s award-winning museum on Olympia’s waterfront adjacent to the WET Science Center and Plaza with a 250-foot interactive stream. 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 The Olympian Best of South Sound.

Events & Exhibits

Celebrate the Holidays

Celebrate the Holidays

Explore 150+ exciting exhibits, 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. December 1-31, 202

Ice Adventures

Ice Adventures

Watch a master ice carver, melt an ice block to see what’s inside, meet costumed ice princesses, see Dr. Science’s liquid-nitrogen demos, explore a black light ice cave, and skate in your socks. January 18-20, 2020

Bouldering on the Beach

NEW Bouldering on the Beach Exhibit

Kids build confidence and problem-solving skills while free climbing on a giant boulder and other structures on the Puget Sound Beach.

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