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10am - 5pm
At the Museum - May 27th

We're welcoming a large field trip today! For a quieter experience, please visit us after 2 p.m. Thank you!

  • May 29, 10:00am - 12:30pm
    PlayWise: Draw a Story
       Develop in your role as your child's first teacher with this free workshop!
  • May 29, 11:00am - 3:00pm
    MakeSpace: Sewing
       Come enjoy this free activity at the museum!

Hours & Info


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    Sand in the City
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    Sand in the City Gala
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.

  • 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

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

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

Thurston Talk Logo

Gala Hospitality Sponsors 

Main Stage Sponsor

Gala Entertainment Sponsor

Art Tent Sponsor


Cabana Sponsor


Shuttle Sponsors

(Additional Shuttle Sponsorship available)

Premier Green Sponsor

Lemay Shredding  

Sand Sculpting Exhibition Sponsors

Oly Waldorf School

Reliable Electric Logo


Parent Resource Center

Command Central Sponsor


Main Stage Sandbox Sponsor


Rockwall Sponsor


Gala Auction Sponsor


Gala Paddle Sponsor


Gala Centerpieces Sponsor


Info Booth Sponsor: Plaza

Info Booth Sponsor: Stage


Info Booth Sponsor: Swantown


Signage Sponsor

Art Supply Sponsor 


Tot Spot Sponsor

Oasis Sponsor


Raffle Sponsors


Voting Sponsor

Sandbox Play Sponsor


Sand Band Sponsor


Camera Obscura Sponsor


Activity Sponsor

Hotel Hospitality Sponsor


First Aid Sponsor


Materials Sponsor

Supporting Green Sponsors

Ice Cream Tent Sponsor


Janitorial Sponsor


Supporting Hospitality Sponsors