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10am - 5pm
At the Museum - Aug 28th
We have just a few spots left in our half- and full-day summer camps! Don't miss out! Call us today to schedule: 360-956-0818 ext. 103.

Hours & Info


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Everyone's Favorite Sand Festival

15th Annual Sand in the City®
Aug. 22 & 23, 2015 
at the Hands On Children's Museum

Sand in the City®
 is the South Sound's largest free family festival!

At this beloved event, families can watch expert sand sculptors craft works of art, enjoy dozens of FREE art and STEM learning activities and visit the award-winning Hands On Children's Museum for a discounted rate of $5.50 per person.

Your Guide to the Weekend

  • Sand in the City Gala: 7-11 p.m., Friday, Aug. 21. This is a Party with a Purpose just for grown-ups, and the museum will close at 3 p.m. in preparation for the party!
  • Big Beach Party: 10 a.m.-7 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 22
  • Grandparents' Day: 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Sunday, Aug. 23
SPECIAL NOTE! Aug. 20 - We have extended our special Sand in the City discounted admission rate to include Thursday because we are setting up for our event in the Outdoor Discovery Center. This will create limited access to the center today. Thank you for supporting this important event that raises funds to allow free and reduced access to the museum for our community!

For a printable document full of maps and activities schedules, click here for The Olympian tabloid.

Get $10 off a Hands On Children's Museum Membership

Visit the museum Aug. 21-Aug. 23 and get $10 off a museum membership! Not valid with other offers. Not valid online or by phone. Expires at 5 p.m. on Sunday.


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Museum Hours Sand in the City Weekend
10 a.m.-3 p.m., Aug. 21
10 a.m.-7 p.m., Aug 22 - Event Day: No members-only hours
10 a.m.-5 p.m., Aug 23

Support Our Free and Reduced Admissions Programs

Proceeds from Sand in the City®  supports the museum's Free & Reduced Admissions Programs, serving nearly 80,000 children and families each year.

Our Free & Reduced Admissions Program includes:

    • Free Friday Nights
    • Power Parenting classes
    • Gold Star Military Family Support Program & military discounts
    • Family support groups
    • Dental Health Month screenings
    • Field Trips for underserved schools
    • Sponsored family memberships
    • Special Night of Play for families of children with Autism
Presenting Sponsor

Event Day Sponsors

Friday Evening Gala Sponsor

Heritage Bank 2015 - USE

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

Media Sponsors

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Gala Hospitality Sponsors 

Main Stage Sponsor

Gala Entertainment Sponsor

Rock Wall Sponsor

Cabana Sponsor

Main Stage Sandbox Sponsor

Premier Green Sponsor

Lemay Shredding  

Info Booth Sponsor: Plaza


Signage Sponsor

Sand Sculpting Exhibition Sponsors

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Major Table Sponsor

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Art Activity Sponsor

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Gala Centerpieces Sponsor

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Raffle Sponsors

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Shuttle Sponsors

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Gala Auction Sponsor


Info Booth Sponsor: Stage


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Art Supply Sponsor 


Oasis Sponsor

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Materials Sponsor

Equipment Sponsor

A-1 Rentals
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Supporting Green Sponsor

Janitorial Sponsor

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Sand Band Sponsor


First Aid Sponsor

Olympic Ambulance                                                                               

Delicious Food from Local Eateries

  • The Hot Box Food Cart
  • Barb's BBQ & Catering
  • Batdorf & Bronson
  • Jamba Juice
  • McNashton's Shave Ice
  • Burrito Boy
  • Kettle Corn from Old Red Barn Popping Co.
  • Pizza Time
  • Waterfront Kiwanis Hot Dogs

Event Supporters and Friends

  • Anthony's HomePort
  • Creation Station
  • Olympia Beekeeper's Association
  • Lacey Parks & Recreation
  • Olympia Parks & Recreation
  • Southgate Ace Hardware
  • Lossing Construction
  • Old School Pizzeria
  • Olympic National Forest
  • Smokey Bear
  • The Evergreen State College Women's and Men's Soccer Team
  • The Evergreen State College Women's Volleyball Team
  • Thurston County Explorers
  • Olympia Police Explorers
  • Timco Inc.
  • Joe Griffith
  • Michaels
  • SARE Electric
  • Thrive Washington
  • Madsen Family Cellars, Ste. Michelle Winery
  • Capitol City Press

Master Basket Donors

  • Jawa Gourmet Nuts
  • Chehalis Mints
  • Honey Bear
  • Chrisman Farms
  • Simply Life Farms
  • Batdorf & Bronson Coffee Roasters
  • Paper Matters
  • The Popinjay
  • Pure Luxe
  • Johnson's Smokehouse
  • The Port of Olympia