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Hands On Children's Museum

414 Jefferson St NE, Olympia, WA 98501-1124
+1 360-956-0818
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What a Joy

Truly thankful for all the dedication it took to build this dream come true for kids destination... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Michelle B
Yelm, Washington
A wonderful family experience

We took our grandchildren and they loved all the play stations. It also has a nice little snack bar.

Reviewed 1 week ago
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Interactive exhibits teach children through activities.
  • Excellent81%
  • Very good16%
  • Average1%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“all ages” (41 reviews)
“water table” (12 reviews)
“water play” (9 reviews)
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Hours Today: 10:00 - 17:00
414 Jefferson St NE, Olympia, WA 98501-1124
+1 360-956-0818
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Truly thankful for all the dedication it took to build this dream come true for kids destination. Do not miss this place if you have kids. Better than Disneyland! The most helpful staff. 2nd year of buying a membership for my granddaughters.

Thank Michelle B
Reviewed 1 week ago

We took our grandchildren and they loved all the play stations. It also has a nice little snack bar.

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

No matter what your children’s interests are, they will find something to amuse them at the HOCM. There are opportunities to interact with your kids as they cook and serve you a meal at the restaurant, or shop for food in the produce store. There’s...More

Thank Keliokali
Reviewed 1 week ago

One of the cleanest Children’s Museums we have visited and they have so many interactive activities. We love their special events as well!

Thank Jamie C
Reviewed 1 week ago

Great activities for children. Have been part of a PAWS to Read event with our dogs. The kids love it. Downstairs is awfully noisy with all the kid activities but up stairs are more quiet and educational activities for kids.

Thank George W
Reviewed 3 October 2017 via mobile

We have 2 small kids between the ages of 1-4 and this Museum has something for everyone. The layout is great and I find that most of the time I can easily keep track of kids while they play. We especially love the vehicle room....More

Thank Jennifer F
Reviewed 2 October 2017 via mobile

Many dynamic exhibits but the space lacks any quiet space or cool down spot. One can be easily overstimulated after just 10 minutes here. So many people and often the grown ups don't seem to know how to interact with the space. You'll notice rings...More

Thank talcottb
HandsOnOlympia, Manager at Hands On Children's Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 7 October 2017

Thank you so much for your feedback. We do understand that the museum can be a stimulating environment, especially when busy so we offer monthly Special Mornings of Play for our guests with sensory sensitivities on the 2nd Sunday of each month from 9-11am. Exhibit...More

Reviewed 2 October 2017

Great place for kids to learn and do "hands on" things. Easy to spend a half day, or even whole day letting them do everything from science, acting, and art. A lot of thought went into creating a space where they can hang out and...More

Thank tryt53
Reviewed 26 September 2017

Easy to find, easy to park, many nice activities for kids, especially the different role playing areas such as the hospital, the grocery store and the fire department ;-) Brilliant place for kids in age 3 to 7.

Thank Gunnar_Eide
Reviewed 21 September 2017

My kids have their favorite play areas, and are always entertained with the new activities. We usually spend an hour and a half and find it a treat when the fire pit is lit out back. We also love when someone reads a story by...More

Thank Nybe
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Questions & Answers
28 December 2016|
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Response from HandsOnOlympia | Property representative |
Greetings! We always suggest that people plan on being here a few hours. We have 8 galleries, over 150 exhibits, and a half-acre Outdoor Discovery Center with a newly opened Lighthouse Lookout over Puget Sound. Here is... More
3 July 2016|
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Response from HandsOnOlympia | Property representative |
So glad to see many people weighing in on this question! The Museum is geared mainly toward infant to 10 years, but as others have stated, our Arts & Parts Studio is loved by kids of all ages! We also host quarterly Adult... More