Hands On is one of the most visited Children's Museum in the Northwest! We actively work to meet our vision to be a unique and essential community resource.
Our acclaimed Field Trip Education Program
promotes academic achievement in the arts and sciences for elementary school students by offering interactive learning opportunities based on curriculum standards. Hands On was recently honored by the Olympia School District for our Continuing Community Partnership contributing to the success of students and staff in Olympia’s Public Schools. Our Early Learning Center
Programs won national recognition for the past two years with a Promising Practice Award from the Metropolitan Life Foundation and the Association of Children’s Museums. Hands On competed with 42 other children’s museums nationwide and was selected based on our strong community collaborations
and the ability of our programs
to serve as model for Museums around the country.
We offer a Free-and-Reduced Admissions
Program designed to reach specific groups of low-income and at-risk children; Our Arts & Parts Studio
provides numerous opportunities for families to experience the arts and our Sand In The City
signature event is the largest sand sculpting competition and the largest educational outreach event in our State bringing more than 50 different art and science activities to the community for free and serving over 40,000 children and families each year.
Our Museum is consistently voted “The Best Place To Take Kids” in The Olympian’s community-wide poll, and wins high praise from regional educators, the youth museum industry, our contributors, and most importantly from kids and their families.
Recent Press Releases:
8/7/2013 - Thirteen teams shape 300 tons of sand August 23-25 to raise money for the Children's Museum's Free Programs, plus new Outdoor Discovery Exhibits to preview at Sand in the City
7/17/2013 - Sand in the City, Washington's Largest Free Family Sand Festival, August 23-25, will offer 40 activities, sand sculpting and entertainment plus the chance to visit the Children's Museum's new Outdoor Discovery Exhibits
4/17/2013 - Hands On Children’s Museum named first children’s museum in the world to receive Green Globes certification
10/23/2012 - The Outdoor Discovery Center at the Hands On Children's Museum chosen as a national pilot site
Recent Articles about Hands On Children's Museum:
Tacoma News Tribune
The Olympian "After Long Wait"
The Olympian "New Downtown Gem"
South Sound Magazine
South Sound Community Guide
Around Thurston County interview
Association of Children's Museums Grant
Olympia Power & Light
Recent Videos about Hands On Children's Museum:
Patty Belmonte & the Hands On Children's Museum
Comcast Neighborhoods: Olympia
Hands On Children's Museum Grand Opening PSA