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Hands On Children's Museum
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414 Jefferson St NE Olympia, WA 98501
414 Jefferson Street NortheastUSWashingtonOlympia98501
(360) 956-0818hocm.org
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Today 11AM–5PM
Sunday 11AM–5PMMonday 11AM–5PMTuesday 10AM–5PMWednesday 10AM–5PMThursday 10AM–5PMFriday 10AM–5PMSaturday 10AM–5PM
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Center offering participatory exhibits & programs on art & science for kids.- Google
"Fantastic place for the kids especially if the weather is less than favourable."
"Lots to do in a huge newly-renovated area, a great cafe and gift shop."
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Robin Kehler
a week ago
Top-notch children's museum. Lots of different exhibits and (almost) all of them open, ready to use and well stocked with comsumables (unlike some *other* children's museum -- looking at you Seattle). The arts & crafts room was fantastic and it was great to see all the different types of materials for kids to free play and build with. Loved that it was mostly recycled materials too! Staff was friendly and kept the place clean.
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Rich Ellis
a month ago
This has got to be one of the best designed children museums. You can tell great care was taken in the design of the play exibits. There is a tree that spans multiple floors that kids can climb up and through and take a slide to return back to the first floor. The weird thing is they charge for adults and children!? So if you and your spouse want to be there you are paying 33% more. Strange.
Response from the owner - 3 weeks ago
Dear Rich, Thank you for your review! Hands On is a non-profit educational organization designed to encourage children and their families to play and learn together. Like other non-profit museums, admission covers only a portion of the cost to serve each visitor. We do offer several free and reduced admission options including free admission from 5-9pm on the First Friday of each month. And, if you choose to purchase a Deluxe membership at Hands On, you will receive unlimited annual admission for household parents, child(ren) and any two guests each visit. Finally we do provide admission specials through sites like Groupon and Living Social during holiday visitation. We look forward to seeing you again at Hands On!
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Jean-Noel Filippi
2 months ago
We had an awesome time there. Very safe environment. Lots and lots of activities for kids of all ages (under 10), including slide, emergency vehicles, water structure, farm/grocery store/house/garden and art and craft area with lots of supplies/ideas. You can easily spend 3hr there. Highly recommended.
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John Abbott
4 months ago
Don't forget the Adult Swim nights. Just a few times a year the museum opens in the evening for an event which allows adults to visit the museum without their children. Adult beverages are served (maybe to help bring out the child in us) and we are allowed, encouraged even, to play with the kids' toys. These events are themed in a way that encourages the child in us to explore some aspect of the natural, and sometimes, unnatural world.The Adult Swims are often sold-out so buying the $20.00 tickets in advance, on-line, is the best way to go (pun intended).
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Graham Bradley
2 months ago
There is no place better for a four year old and a two year old. Wet spent four hours here exploring and could easily have stayed longer. Exhibits are amazing engaging and visually compelling. His of the day were the water tables, wind room and the Build It! Room. My daughter couldn't get enmity of building and painting a house. The museum has a variety of activities that is sure to please any child.
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Rachel Deming
a month ago
So entertaining I've brought kids 0-7 yrs old. The rooms are sectioned out in a way that watching multiple kids is still possible. The place is huge so if you do lose a kid it's pretty overwhelming but the staff are great at helping. The outdoor stream is great too. It's a bummer we aren't supposed to bring drinks in with us because it would be a nice coffee break while letting the kids explore. Almost every time we visit the kids get sick which is understandable since the place is almost always packed!
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The Gentleman Farmer
3 months ago
We've been to a lot of these museums over the years. This one is hands down the best for a number of reasons. There are a wide variety of themes, from emergency vehicles to water canons that shoot balls tens of feet into the air. Another key differentiator is the cleanliness of the place. The staff monitors the toys that get chewed on and keeps busy constantly cleaning up after the waves of kids as they progress through the museum.
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Noah A. Rappaport
6 months ago
This place is amazing, we've been a few times with our toddler and even after a few hours we have to drag her out of there. All the areas are very well maintained, and the outdoor play space is constantly being improved, and modified. Highly recommend it!

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414 Jefferson St NE, Olympia, WA 98501
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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.
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Raccoon Run by Patrick Dougherty, in our Outdoor Discovery Center
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