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Hands On Children's Museum
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Today 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
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414 Jefferson St NE Olympia, WA 98501
414 Jefferson Street NortheastUSWashingtonOlympia98501
(360) 956-0818hocm.org
Children's MuseumToday 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Monday 11:00 am – 5:00 pmTuesday 10:00 am – 5:00 pmWednesday 10:00 am – 5:00 pmThursday 10:00 am – 5:00 pmFriday 10:00 am – 5:00 pmSaturday 10:00 am – 5:00 pmSunday 11:00 am – 5:00 pm
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Center offering participatory exhibits & programs on art & science for kids.- Google
"This a fantastic place for parents and kids to have some quality time together."
4 reviewers
"Fantastic place for the kids especially if the weather is less than favourable."
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Ken Grubb
a month ago
I recently went to the Hands On Children's Museum with my son's Kindergarten class as a chaperone, and he had a blast! I tried to show him as much as I could, but he got fixated on what he wanted to do so I just went with it. My daughter and her friend have gone there quite often--probably 8 or 10 times--and they don't get tried of it. They are open 7 days a week, and the weekends can understandably get pretty busy. There are Members Only hours on Monday and Saturday mornings. Membership pays for itself in a few visits. First Friday night of the month, it's free from 5 PM to 9 PM, so you can try before you buy.
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Louise Alford
4 months ago
Fantastic place for the kids especially if the weather is less than favourable. It easily entertained my 5, 8 and 10 year old girls a few times. We wouldn't think twice about travelling down from Seattle for the afternoon.
Nicole Anderson
3 months ago
Big enough for my 6 year old to have an entire day of fun and not get bored.
Bradley Eastep
5 months ago
wonderful experience for children great place for the wet months
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Timothy Lemmon
4 weeks ago
I love this place and even more my son loves this place. Great for a rainy day.
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Katrina Thiessen
9 months ago
The Hands On Children's Museum is an awesome place for kids, engaging and interactive exhibits but the staff seems to be completely oblivious or perhaps they're simply not adequately staffed whenever we have visited. I don't feel as if my 18 month old daughter is safe even under my constant supervision and we stay only in the baby/toddler area. For example, today some blonde girl around 4-5 came running into the baby/toddler area with scissors, two pairs, which she proceeded to bring down the tree fort slide, completely unaccompanied by a parent or adult guardian. She tore around the area for about 10 minutes with her scissors then discarded them on the train table. We stayed a few more minutes after this and then left, taking the scissors with us and dropping them with a staff member in the Art Studio. Not once did a staff member come in the area to do a check the entire hour we were there. Overall I'm incredibly disappointed by the lack of staff supervision over children in the exhibits, children run wild, uncontrolled by their parents or staff, putting other children at risk. I know it is a place for children to play but that free play should have certain limits and boundaries that don't infringe upon the safety and well being of other visitors. A few months ago we visited and teenagers were running in and out of the toddler/baby area throwing balls and almost knocking over small children. On that particular visit the gates in the toddler/baby area were left open constantly, I must've closed them half a dozen times in less than a hour. Rules are clearly stated, for instance, shut the gates, take shoes off, this area is for x age group, etc, but I don't see the point of posting rules if staff at the Museum doesn't make any effort to enforce them. We will gave the Museum another chance since I already bought a membership but I don't think we will be renewing next year. It's always over crowded and the undisciplined older children being rowdy in the toddler/baby area really irritate me.
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Nathaly Sherrill
4 months ago
There was kids that were bad very bad. But I loved it
Jim Plantenberg
a year ago
My wife and I took our 3 year old grand-son and had a WONDERFUL time! There is more than enough to keep kids busy and interested. I appreciate how they have included activities for such a nice range of children ages; I should think 8 to 2 yrs and it's all very interactive. The facilities were very clean if not a bit cramped. I expect that some of the parking issues (not enough) will be addressed after some of the construction is completed. The museum is well staffed by some very efficent people. Though it is a bit of a drive for us up in Pierce county, we will be back again, often.
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I think you may have mistaken us for the Hands On Children's Museum in Jacksonville, FL. We are separate and independent of the museum in Jacksonville, Florida.

Our facility and programs welcome all families and our membership packages support foster families, grandparents, single parent households, and two-adult households of any type.

Please learn more about us and our programs at www.hocm.org.
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Hands On Childrens Museum
414 Jefferson St NE, Olympia, WA 98501
I'll never take my grand-kids here. I teach them to fight bigotry in all of its forms.
Appeal Very GoodFacilities Very GoodService Poor - Fair
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