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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
11:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Sun - Mon 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
Tue - Sat 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

Interactive exhibits teach children through activities.

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Great Place For Kids

Excellent for kids of all ages. Check Groupon for possible deals. There are neat hands-on activities.

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
Howard W
Montesano, Washington
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Montesano, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Excellent for kids of all ages. Check Groupon for possible deals. There are neat hands-on activities.

Thank Howard W
Petah Tiqwa, Israel
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

this place is great for young kids a lot of things to do very welcoming and good atmosphere a great experience

Thank gity1
2 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Two stories of hands on discovery for the entire 3rd grade classroom. I definitely enjoyed the various scenarios kids got to enact like the stage for dress up. The staff set up a small interactive class for understanding dinosaur fossil and making if them.

Thank Chaka V
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

It is well worth the money to buy a membership if you go more than 3 times in a year. They always have new and engaging things for the kids to do and always keep it clean and inviting even with as many people as go in and out all day long.

Thank Jennifer F
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

My daughters grand parents took my 3yr old daughter and they had a fantastic time. Lots to do and was very entertained they spend about 4 hours there and said they could've definitely spent and entire day there

Thank Josh C
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

So fun for the whole family because there are so many activities, and if you want to know what they are, them you'll just have to go to the museum

Thank Indian62
Olympia, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We have been coming to this museum for 8 years and it is absolutely worth every penny!! it has something for everyone. It has a beautiful and wonderful outdoor play area. The exhibits are fun for everyone, even the adults. My kids are engaged in activity for hours and can't wait to come back. I have been to a lot... More 

Thank Nicol S
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Great Hands on place for kids to learn and have fun. Probably best suited for young kids. Very large area and has its own parking lot. Can get annual membership if you are going to frequently visit.

Thank song-yan g
Sammamish, Washington
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We spent 1/2 the day at eh museum....but could have spent much longer. Our son is 6 and he absolutely loved it. Our daughter is 15 and she had fun with the crafts and educational content. We were impressed with the high quality of the museum and it's features/exhibits. Highly recommend!

Thank Dawn L
Boise, Idaho
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Outstanding stop! We have 2.5 year old twin girls and they were in heaven. Each area is incredible inside and out! Detailed to the last safety feature and so much fun. A place where you don't have to say don't touch.. They can touch it all! Water features were a very cool point as well as the eagles nest and... More 

Thank Kassielee13

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