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Hands On Children's Museum

Address: 414 Jefferson St NE, Olympia, WA 98501
Phone Number: 360-956-0818
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Ranked #1 of 26 Attractions in Olympia
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Children's Museums, Museums
Owner description: Interactive exhibits teach children through activities.
Attraction details
Type: Children's Museums, Museums
Hours:
Sun - Mon 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
Tue - Sat 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Owner description: Interactive exhibits teach children through activities.

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Olympia, Washington
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11 reviews 11 reviews
5 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2015

So I don't have kids, but they have adult nights every couple months, called Adult Swim. Get your tickets early and enjoy cocktails/wine/beer, activities, photo booth, and more! Always a great time.

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Seattle, Washington
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11 reviews 11 reviews
5 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2015

This is such a cool place! We took a two year old and she liked it. The only issue we had was that the older children were a little two loud for her but they do have an area for 4 and under. It was cold for the outdoor area but it was still fun to play in the rocks.

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Boxford, MA
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74 reviews 74 reviews
34 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2015

Our group included 3 seniors and one adult. We were not allowed to enter since they require all visitors to be accompanied by a kid. I tried borrowing one from the mom behind us (she had 2), but the staff interceded and explained they could give us a tour, if a person was available. In less than five minutes, someone... More 

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Olympia, Washington
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167 reviews 167 reviews
34 attraction reviews
88 helpful votes 88 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

We took our twp-year old granddaughter here, fearing she was too young. From the moment we went in, she was fully engaged as were children of all ages. We adults were also fully occupied in the numerous sections with all the various activities. We were beyond impressed with the facility and the activities. It was a very fun afternoon for... More 

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Lacey, Washington
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14 reviews 14 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2015

I can't say,enough good things about this place! I had so much fun here, as well as my 18month and 9 year old daughter. Everything is hands on, and they have craft station upstairs. Parking can be an issue on busy days. But its worth the walk. Try to get in on a day when its not as busy to... More 

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Olympia, Washington
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12 reviews 12 reviews
3 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2014

Brand new facility near the Olympia waterfront has creative and informative displays and activities for kids of all ages. Great venue for receptions, as well.

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Kirkland, Washington
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43 reviews 43 reviews
10 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2014

We were just killing some time before heading over to Great Wolf Lodge nearby, but this place was actually super good for young kids like my son, who was three years old. There are many things that kids can hands-on play with, and they do learn a lot from it. This place may be kind of boring for adults and... More 

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Olympia, Washington, United States
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4 reviews 4 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

The Hands On Children's Museum is one of the best children's museums I've visited. Many rooms to explore, fun and educational at the same time. Perfect for my kids while they are still small (1 and 4). We especially like the "Farm to Table" room where the kids can "pick" vegetables, buy food at the market and then "cook" dinner... More 

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Olympia, Washington
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23 reviews 23 reviews
8 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2014

The variety of "hands on" choices for children to explore... visual, tactile, auditory, physically invigorating, and creative will boggle the mind. This community came together to produce one of the finest Children Museums you will find anywhere. In fact, it's becoming well know as a destination for families coming to Olympia from out of town. The artistic adventure spaces both... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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21 reviews 21 reviews
5 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2014

My sister bought a groupon for the museum...2 adults and 2 kids $25. Great value since price is normally 11$ a person. This museum is awesome! Very realistic scenarios such as police car with lights ...fire trucks...medic cars...grocery store..cafe...and much much more for kids to play and re enact scenarios while also putting on costumes of the various service people... More 

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