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Hands On Children's Museum

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Address: 414 Jefferson St NE, Olympia, WA 98501-1124
Phone Number:
+1 360-956-0818
10:00 - 17:00
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Sun - Mon 11:00 - 17:00
Tue - Sat 10:00 - 17:00

Interactive exhibits teach children through activities.

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Great place for kids

If you ever have to entertain kids for the afternoon - this is the most definitely the place! Enjoy!

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed yesterday
Darlene C
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4 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

If you ever have to entertain kids for the afternoon - this is the most definitely the place! Enjoy!

Thank Darlene C
Olympia, Washington
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6 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Brought my grandson to the museum and was pleasantly surprised at all the activities it offered. He is 3 and was early 3 at the time we went. He could participate with almost everything and enjoyed hours of playing. We will return! Only one thing I did not like was the slide where they got into it on the lower... More 

Thank Laura M
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5 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Taken our two granddaughters twice for visits there. They are always finding something new there and enjoying activities they experienced the first time. We have taken out a grandparents membership and plan to go back with them in the near future. Highly recommend

Thank Pete H
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We used to go to the old Hands on Children's museum, and this new version of it is much nicer and larger. It has a lot to do for younger children, not so much for teenagers, though. The reason why I deducted one star is because of how hectic it is, and also the layout is set up in a... More 

Thank Jani B
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3 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This is an incredible place for all. The hom does soo much for the community and their staff members are very friendly

Thank David C
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We travel to WA regularly and always make time for a stop here. Interactive exhibits, clean, nice facility and health options for snacks/food in their little shop. The museum is constantly adding new exhibits and it is always well maintained. Would highly recommend if you are in the Olympia area.

bloomington, United States
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

was visiting town looking for an apartment and had some time to kill and keep the kids busy too. have a 13 and a 9 year old. the younger one loved it but no as much for the 13 yr old. lot of interesting and fun things about math science nature.

Thank 654hariprasadp
Olympia, Washington
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25 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 November 2016

Visited with (3) grandchildren ages 4-9, and all were thrilled by experience. Particular favorites were the grocery store and restaurant exhibits, the 'scream' box, the water ball exhibit, and the 'nursery' where dressing up as doctors and nurses was a particular hit.

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Lacey, Washington
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 November 2016

The Hands On Children's Museum in downtown Olympia is a great way to spend an evening out with the kids! The variety of stations give children plenty of opportunity to learn, explore and play.

Thank KrysTamar
Savannah, Georgia, United States
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 November 2016

My kids love this place, there is so much to do and discover. Great for kids to learn and play in a smart way. Only thing I do not like is the place charges parents' admission too which I do not agree upon since it is a place for kids and not for adults.

1 Thank Alessandra M
HandsOnOlympia, Owner at Hands On Children's Museum, responded to this review

Dear Alessandra, Thank you for your review! Hands On is a nonprofit educational organization designed to encourage children and their families to play and learn together. Like other nonprofit 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 

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