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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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Great place for kids

We have been to both the new and old museum. Great place for kids. Lots of hands on simulation. Need to go on an off day when less people. We went in the 1st Friday when it was... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 3, 2015
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Deer Park
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40 reviews 40 reviews
18 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015 NEW

We have been to both the new and old museum. Great place for kids. Lots of hands on simulation. Need to go on an off day when less people. We went in the 1st Friday when it was free for kids and it was crazy. Still worth it though. Lots of education and fun. Would do it again in a... More 

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Olympia, Washington
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63 reviews 63 reviews
27 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015 NEW

The Science Center is a great place to allow children to play and learn at the same time! Highly recommend coupling with WET Science Center

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Bellevue, Washington
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80 reviews 80 reviews
8 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015

I wish this had been around when our daughters had been growing up!! Our 10 yr old granddaughter (and her Papa) enjoyed all the interactive activities!!! I just wish there were more docents to help the children understand the different activities..and how they worked and WHY..as most of the young mother's were clueless!!

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Olympia, Washington
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33 reviews 33 reviews
10 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015

If you're a local, get a membership. Use it on rainy days! They make awesome gifts for Birthdays and Holidays. If you're not a local, allow some time to spend relaxing and playing. Maybe walk to the farmers market for lunch and head back for more!

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Olympia, Washington
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

This place is totally child centered. The exhibits are FUN, the volunteer docents are very helpful, the staff keep everyone safe and happy. Our grandchildren, ages 3-10, really enjoy spending a rainy afternoon here. Upstairs there's a room with craft supplies, including clay, where the older ones often migrate to. They often have a 'craft of the day' - like... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015 via mobile

Great for kids up to say 8.But they charge full price for both kids and parents. Not worth it. Used to be less expensive before they built a new facility. I would go to Charlie's Safari in Lacey. Kids can climb, jump on bounce houses and play laser tag. They do not charge for parents, and have buy one get... More 

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Olympia, Washington
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11 reviews 11 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

I took my grandson to the Children's Museum when he visited us last summer. He LOVED it. They are always updating the activities so there are new activities. If you have kids, this is a "must do" when visiting Olympia.

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Lacey, Washington
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60 reviews 60 reviews
24 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2015 via mobile

This place is AWESOME ! It has two floors and an outdoor area that will stimulate the brain of every child and adult who participates in any of the activities. I can not begin to describe everything...go to the website for an idea of everything it has to offer and make a day of it. If you are within an... More 

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Olympia, Washington
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38 reviews 38 reviews
10 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2015

This place is so fun! There are so many areas to go to and explore! I went with some friends and our kids. They all had so much fun! I can't wait to go back!

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Olympia, Washington
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14 reviews 14 reviews
6 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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