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Hands On Children's Museum

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Address: 414 Jefferson St NE, Olympia, WA 98501-1124
Phone Number: 360-956-0818
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Sun - Mon 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
Tue - Sat 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Interactive exhibits teach children through activities.

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Nicely done!

My grandkids love it here. They have done an excellent job with loads of interesting thing for busy kids. I think I like the water features best!

5 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
Jill R
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Lacey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

My grandkids love it here. They have done an excellent job with loads of interesting thing for busy kids. I think I like the water features best!

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Thank Jill R
Olympia, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Great place for the kids!! Took the younger grandsons on and he loved it! All the hands on things to do was the best thing for him!

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Thank Vickie B
Olympia, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

great place for kids to explore and learn, the slide is great even for seniors with the nerve. Enjoyed it.

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Thank Joyce D
Olympia, Washington
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

It was very crowded. Some older unsupervised children were being destructive and beligerant. It seemed staff was overwhelmed or apathetic. The place is a very comfortable experience otherwise. Pack a lunch and spend the day. There is no better value for the dollar. Activities inside and out are designed to work the child's mind.

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Thank Bob M
Seven Points, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Attended an after hour Military Appreciation event here where hundreds of veterans and their family's came to enjoy the museum. There are so many different thing for the kids to investigate and enjoy. They can even build boats and race them, or visit a "beach in Washington.

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Thank MaryRz2015
Olympia, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I have visited many times with my grandson. It's really hard to pick out a favorite part of this engaging museum. He particularly likes the outside area now at the age of 8, but the pneumatic tubes entertain all ages.

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Thank Olymom_12
Seattle, Washington
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7 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Plan to spend a lot of time, this will keep the kids busy for hours. We took our 1 2 & 5 year old grand children..all had an amazing time. It is hard to do it all in one visit. There are 2 floors filled with activities and a large outside area complete with a tricycle race track, chickens, bubble... More 

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Thank ausmithwa95
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I took my 7 year old son here on a Sunday afternoon. The parking was a little strange. they have metered on street and a 1$grilled per hour parking lot around the back of the building. They had alot of staff directed ways to play aka paint a cardboard castle,pet a chicken, ride tricycle. it was nice and clean and... More 

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

Dear Trillium, Thank you for your review! Hands On is a non-profit educational organization designed to encourage children and their families to play and learn together. Like other non-profit museums, admission covers only a portion of the cost to serve each visitor. We do offer several free and reduced admission options including free admission from 5-9 p.m. on the First... More 

Aurora, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Lots of hands on exhibits for kids to explore and play with. Water table to experiment with currents; air current toys; climbing toys; and lots of imagination play

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1 Thank theotherjamie
Palm Beach Gardens, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Very imaginative, so many things to keep your child interested! My 3 yr old had a great time building a sail boat.playing in the kitchen, participating in the dragon parade and that was just inside! There were also great activities outside-painting the castle, riding a trike and blowing giant bubbles to name a few! Clean, friendly and well organized!

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