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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
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Interactive exhibits teach children through activities.

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Hands on fun

Great time with me and my granddaughter! Multiple areas and topics for kids and adults to learn. Spending time with young ones is important to their development!

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
J C
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3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Great time with me and my granddaughter! Multiple areas and topics for kids and adults to learn. Spending time with young ones is important to their development!

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Thank J C
Olympia, Washington
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34 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

I've taken my niece here multiple times, and I even went to the old building when I was growing up in the area! The interactive exhibits are so much fun for everyone, no one will be bored and it's educational to boot! If you go in the summer there is a free wading stream out front to play in.

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Thank swedishballerina
Olympia, Washington
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29 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Went there this past September with our 2+ y.o. grand nephew. This place is not to be missed for kids. The designers definitely knew how to engage, educate and entertain children. It was such a pleasure to watch all the kids actively involved in the variety of things to do. The adults thoroughly enjoyed watching the kids go at it.... More 

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Thank p0pcycle
Olympia, Washington
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6 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This is two stories of adventure, learning, fun activities, arts and sciences and culture. There is a fantastic out door learning space as well!

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Thank beachcombs4glas
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19 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

My kid is three and loooooved this place! The activities were clean, bathrooms were clean, and there was tons to do for all different ages. He loved the helicopter and the construction area. Definitely worth a visit!

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Thank Lisaplywood
Tumwater, Washington
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10 reviews
9 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We are members and visit this museum often. We always pack our own lunch and eat after playing. The cafe doesn't have an amazing selection for kids. They have a coat closet lobby area you can store your belongings while you play. You can buy a lock for $2 to store in the cubbys. I recommend this since the lobby... More 

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Thank marley187
HandsOnOlympia, Public Relations Manager at Hands On Children's Museum, responded to this review

Thank you for your review, Marley187! In our Play Day Café, we strive to provide fresh and whole foods for our guests with as many local ingredients as possible. We offer kid-friendly fresh fruits and veggies, grilled cheese sandwiches and quesadillas made on-site, handmade macaroni and cheese from the popular Ramblin Jack's restaurant, hummus and crackers, and other items. We... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Our daughter has a membership to HOCM but we do not get to use it as often as we would,like. However, the few times we have been there- she never leaves disappointed. She has so much fun and gets to let out some of that 6 year old energy. I love how they have so many things for kids of... More 

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Thank Gabby H
Rainier, Washington
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23 reviews
13 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is simply a great place to take younger children to. They can spend hours playing with the various focus centers or just going down the slide a hundred times. There are role playing areas, home play areas (like kitchens, grocery stores and others) as well as educational areas where science and phyics come into play (but don't tell the... More 

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Thank Randy M
Olympia, Washington
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6 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

My grandson, Nolan, especially liked the crane he could maneuver. It was just like the real one close by the museum. As a boy, he has been very curious how all these mighty machines work. These small scale workshops were educational for the adults as well. He was excited about everything and didn't want to go home. He's looking forward... More 

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Thank victoria633
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14 reviews
7 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2016

We took our grandkids, both girls ages 3 and 4-1/2. It is called "Hands On" but it isn't just hands on, it is climb in and enjoy. The girls started at 10:00 in the morning, we stopped for 45 miniutes for lunch and they continued to explore, learn, do crafts and learn until 3:20 when we needed to leave. We... More 

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Thank Thomas I

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