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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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We were in the Seattle area for a conference and had a few days to spend freely. We initially intended to stay in Olympia/Lacey for two days and visit Mt Rainer and the Olympic... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 30, 2015
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41 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015 NEW

We were in the Seattle area for a conference and had a few days to spend freely. We initially intended to stay in Olympia/Lacey for two days and visit Mt Rainer and the Olympic mountain range, however the kids and weather had other plans. Instead we hung out in the hotel pool and found the Hands On Children's Museum. So... More 

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Monterey, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015 NEW

Perfect for young kids. The new museum has a large number of attractions. Especially good for toddlers in 2 to 5 age bracket. Hard to think of any more play stations they could add. It can be busy so pick a good time to visit.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015 NEW

Wow, I wished I had something like this when I was young. So many different areas for kids to play in. Great outdoor area for nicer days. Can get busy on weekends. We bought a year pass and use it often.

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015 NEW

If you live in the area, a season pass is a must. Hours of creative fun can be had here, and it's visually very beautiful.

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Olympia, Washington
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 115 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

I have taken several different batches of kids and I find the 5 to 8 year old kids enjoy it best. I always enjoy the place so my job is to find enough kids!

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Olympia, Washington
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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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
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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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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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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