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Hands On Children's Museum

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Address: 414 Jefferson St NE, Olympia, WA 98501
Phone Number: 360-956-0818
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10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Sun - Mon 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
Tue - Sat 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Description: Interactive exhibits teach children through activities.

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This has got to be one of the best childrens museums anywhere. And it is good for all ages up to about 14. The indoor and outdoor displays and play areas are superior. I would... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 27, 2015
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Olympia, Washington
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255 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 126 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

This has got to be one of the best childrens museums anywhere. And it is good for all ages up to about 14. The indoor and outdoor displays and play areas are superior. I would bring my Grandchildren here once a month if they lived close enough.

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Lacey, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015

This museum is a wonderful adventure for young children. There are so many different things to do; the water table with a flowing current, dress up as a firefighter or police officer, pretend to cook and serve in a mini restaurant, climb up the tree to an eagle's nest, slide down a big, curvy slide, and much more. Expect to... More 

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Lacey, Washington
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4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

Fun and informative place to go. I would definitely recommend for children or grandchildren as a fun place to spend some time.

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Olympia, WA
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 94 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

Olympia's Hands-On Children's Museum is a fun place to spend a few hours with kids. The focus is community life. Favorite features: Plenty to do inside and outside, e.g., play in police cars, fire trucks, helicopter, doctor's office, theatre, trikes and fun with water and air. Least favorite features: Lack of child-friendly history and information. Have visited similar facilities in... More 

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HandsOnOlympia, Manager at Hands On Children's Museum, responded to this review

Thank you for your review! We’re so glad you enjoyed our museum. We have a signage package already designed for the entire Museum and we are actively raising funds to fabricate and install it as part of Phase II during this next year. If you have further questions or want to speak with us more about this, please don’t hesitate... More 

Calgary, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2015

This was our second visit to this museum. We come yearly to Seattle/area to visit my parents and visited this place for the first time last year on a whim. Went back this year and the kids (aged 5.5 and 2.5) had a great time again! Everyone over the age of 1 is charged about $11 for admission which is... More 

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HandsOnOlympia, Manager at Hands On Children's Museum, responded to this review

Thank you for your review! Our Museum is designed to encourage families to learn and play together which research shows is beneficial for a child’s cognitive growth. Family interaction also helps ensure that all visitors enjoy the exhibits and facility safely. You are welcome to bring your stroller in the museum and park it in the coat area off the... More 

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17 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2015

Lots of things to do for younger children. Both indoors and out. It is large enough so there are things to do even when it is crowded. Found coupons on Groupon. Parking is $1 per hour in their lot. Street parking is metered at the same rate. Takes 5, 10, and 25 cent coins.

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Tumwater, Washington
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2015

Great place to take guest with kids from out of town. So many interesting exhibits. Lots of exhibits will teach about Puget Sound. Definitely a great place to visit on a rainy day.

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Newport, Washington
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4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015

Love this museum. We spent two hours there with family and friends. The two little girls were enthralled. We could have spent all day. There are activity rooms with volunteer helpers. Wonderful hands-on displays. I highly recommend this.

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Olympia, Washington
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015

We had family visiting recently from out of town. There were three children ages 5, 6 and 8. We took them to the Hands On Children's Museum - what an amazing place. They had such a great time. The Museum is very well thought out and easy for children to go through. We ran out of time so we didnt... More 

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Portland, Oregon
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21 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 86 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2015

If you are anywhere near Olympia and have young kids, make the trip and make their day. Clean, inviting, and innovative, this children's museum sets itself apart from the others by having adequate, enthusiastic staff and a thoughtful design. The outdoor tricycle racetrack and the emergency vehicle room really impressed all of us because of how well it was made... More 

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