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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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Olympia at It's Finest

I am a retired preschool teacher and have seen lots of children''s museum. This is one of the best ones I have seen. It is amazing that a town the size of Olympia can put... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 15, 2015
pennie349
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hemet, ca
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hemet, ca
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27 reviews 27 reviews
5 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015 NEW

I am a retired preschool teacher and have seen lots of children''s museum. This is one of the best ones I have seen. It is amazing that a town the size of Olympia can put together this wonder for young children!

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Black Diamond, Washington, United States
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35 reviews 35 reviews
15 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015 NEW

The perfect place for parents or grandparents to spend a really fun learning time with their youngsters. The kids get to experience physical activity, creativity as well as imagination. The perfect spot to spend at least a half a day with the family. As an added bonus, the Olympia Farmers Market is just around the corner and you just couldn't... More 

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Belfair, Washington
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72 reviews 72 reviews
21 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2015 NEW

Perfect for all ages. Two levels packed with things to see and do. Outdoors free trike riding path was fun for our 6-11 year olds. Kids said it was as Fun as Great Wolf Lodge. We spent three hours there. We enjoyed it as much as our grandkids. Our hotel had a $5 off coupon. Also have a snack bar... More 

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Carlsbad, California, United States
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18 reviews 18 reviews
3 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2015

Being a teacher, mother and grandmother, I've been to quite a few children's museums. This was clean, attractive, and had a large variety of hands on activities. I was there with my grandchildren, ages 9, 7, and 2, and they all enjoyed it and had activities each age level could do and enjoy. It got crowded and noisy mid-day but... More 

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Olympia, WA
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10 reviews 10 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015

This is really an excellent children's museum for a city the size of Olympia. Their new building is wonderful.

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Fairbanks, Alaska
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28 reviews 28 reviews
9 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015

My great-niece and two great-nephews, ages 4-9, love this place and insist on visiting it whenever they come to Olympia. My niece likes that it keeps them busy playing and learning for hours. Leave lots of time.

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Olympia, WA
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

This museum grew from an idea a group of people had many years ago into an award winning place we all take our grandchildren (or children). It can be very crowded on holidays, but if you find a parking spot, go for it. I do wish the staff was better trained to explain why and how some of the exhibits... More 

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56 reviews 56 reviews
5 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2015

My daughter and grandson were visiting and I took them to the Hands on Children's museum. It was a nice facility but each individual space could have been larger. It was very cramped, limited on space and felt over crowded. It seemed like there should have been more employees manning each exhibition and maintaining control over the crowd and the... More 

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

Thank you - we appreciate feedback on the experiences of any of our visitors! While we are excited about being a highly popular family destination, we know that causes the museum to be crowded at times. Visitors are encouraged to call ahead and our staff can report on how busy we are and recommend best times to visit. On sunny... More 

Tacoma, Washington
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50 reviews 50 reviews
18 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2015

The Hands on Museum is so well thought out and put together. They have things for kids of every age, even toddlers. The different "exhibits" allow for lots of parent participation, too. A favorite is the little garden and market area or the water table. I thought the old location of this museum was pretty great and I took my... More 

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Olympia, Washington
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11 reviews 11 reviews
3 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2015

This place does not disappoint. Every person, from little to big, enjoys their experience here. So many options of activities, from tiny ones in the Harbor room, to older kids at the water table and jungle gym. Not to mention, the outside options are great and growing. We spend hours at the stream on hot days, or playing in the... More 

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