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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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Not just for kids!

We attended a wedding at the museum and it was incredible! The hands-on exhibits are wonderful learning opportunities for children and silly fun for adults.

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 25, 2015
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Reno, NV
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Reno, NV
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31 reviews 31 reviews
8 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015 NEW

We attended a wedding at the museum and it was incredible! The hands-on exhibits are wonderful learning opportunities for children and silly fun for adults.

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Olympia, Wa
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121 reviews 121 reviews
30 attraction reviews
124 helpful votes 124 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015

The museum is a busy place. It offers so many fun things for toddlers as well as older children. It is a bit pricey, however, but your child can be entertained for hours. It it used as a field trip attraction for many elementary schools. I think it is perfect for 1st-3rd graders. On the outside it also has a... More 

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Olympia, Washington, United States
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103 reviews 103 reviews
25 attraction reviews
54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015

I spent a wonderful afternoon with my granddaughter here. There are so many activities and special little places. After walking about, you can stop in the snack bar and enjoy a treat!

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Austin, Texas
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88 reviews 88 reviews
44 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2015

This is a not to be missed children's interactive play place while visiting the Olympia-Lacey area. We can't count how many times we've taken our grandkids here. They have always had a great time.

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Tacoma, Washington
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15 reviews 15 reviews
8 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2015

So I'm going to start this review out with what I disliked about the HOCM. I dislike that adults have to pay an admission to get in. Its double dipping if you ask me, and its not exactly cheap to get in for my family of 5. Happy you guys participate in Groupon. But I will say other than that,... More 

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

Thank you for your review, Darlene! We run Groupon deals two-three times each year. We’re glad you took advantage of a deal and enjoyed our museum so much. Hands On is a non-profit arts and education organization designed specifically for children and adults to explore, play and learn together. Like other non-profit museums, each visitor is required to pay for... More 

Bainbridge Island, Washington
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32 reviews 32 reviews
5 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2015

We visit a lot of the area children's museums with our grandchildren. Olympia's is the biggest and best out there. Fairly new it has an extensive set of exhibits on two floors. Plan to spend several hours. There's also an in-house restaurant that caters to young ones. The water-based exhibit is outstanding, and the number of exhibits is too numerous... More 

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Olympia, Washington
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34 reviews 34 reviews
3 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015

I took my 11 month old son to this museum one weekend when it was rainy out thinking the baby area wouldn't be as crowded as other parts of the museum. It was super busy and I found that there were kids in the 4 and under area who were way too big to be in there and were practically... More 

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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

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
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015

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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83 reviews 83 reviews
24 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2015

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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