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We're celebrating spring at the museum! We have live animal guests, special free events and activities and camps to keep little ones engaged while class is out. Come enjoy the museum!

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Everyone's Favorite Sand Festival

Sand in the City® 2015 - August 22 & 23! 


Sand in the City® will be Saturday August 22 and Sunday August 23 at the Hands On Children's Museum on Olympia's beautiful East Bay. Check back for information on the exciting entertainment and activities planned for this years event!

Questions about this year's event? Call us at 360-956-0818.

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Sand in the City® is Washington's largest free family sand festival! Festival events include free hands on art and science activities on the streets around the museum and a discounted admission to visit Hands On. It takes place at the Hands On Children's Museum on Olympia's East Bay from 10 a.m.-7 p.m., Saturday, August 22 and from 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Sunday, August 23. Friday is the Sand in the City Gala, a Party with a Purpose just for grown-ups, and the museum will close at 3 p.m. in preparation for the party!


Presenting Sponsor





Event Day Sponsors


Friday's Event Activities and Evening Gala Sponsor
Heritage Bank

Saturday's Community Beach Party Sponsor
Olympia Federal Savings





Sunday's Grandparents' Day Sponsor
Lucky Eagle









Site Host & Event Support




Major Sponsors

Master Sand Sponsor


Moving Sponsor




Support free and reduced programs

All proceeds from Sand in the City® directly support the Hands On Children's Museum's Free & Reduced Admissions Programs. The Museum serves nearly 80,000 children and their families each year through Free & Reduced Admissions Programs, allowing families throughout Puget Sound access to quality, hands-on learning regardless of their ability to pay.

Our Free & Reduced Admissions Programs include:
  • Free Friday Nights
  • Power Parenting classes
  • Family support groups
  • Dental Health Month screenings
  • Military Family discounts
  • Free Field Trips for underserved schools
  • Sponsored family memberships
  • Nights of Play for families of children with Autism
Want to be part of Sand in the City® 2015? For sponsorship opportunities for this year's Sand in the City®, contact Amy Brockman, Events Manager, at (360) 956-0818 x151.