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Everyone's Favorite Sand Festival

Sand in the City® 2014
Proudly Presented by WSECU

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 23 and from 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Sunday, August 24, 2014. 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.

Free Event Highlights! Aug. 23 & 24
Free activities are featured on the street around the museum, on the East Bay Plaza and at the LOTT Wet Center.

(Donations are appreciated and support our Free & Reduced Admissions Programs.)

Big Beach Party sponsored by Olympia Federal Savings. Grandparents’ Day sponsored by Lucky Eagle Casino & Hotel. All donations benefit the museum’s Free & Reduced Admissions Programs.

· Watch the Masters sculpt in the NEW! Masters' Sand Carving Exhibition

· Choose from over 40 hands-on activities

· Enjoy live music and performers

· Scale the rock climbing wall

· Go inside a life-sized, pin hole camera

· Play in huge sandboxes

· Blow giant bubbles

· Get your face painted

· East Bay Plaza Stream & LOTT WET Center

· Free shuttles from Swantown Parking Lot

· Easy parking

Explore Inside the Museum!
Special event admission discount of just $5 per person Aug. 22-24 during the Sand in the City event.

· Visit 150 engaging exhibits

· See exciting new outdoor exhibits

· Get a cast or splint by Providence resident physicians

· Silkscreen a t-shirt in the Arts & Parts Studio

· So much more fun

Sand in the City Gala - A Party with a Purpose!*

The Sand in the City® Gala is from 7-11 p.m., Friday, August 22, at the museum. Sponsored by Heritage Bank.

Play Like a Kid Again and help us finish our treasured new museum and make it possible for every child to experience inspired hands-on learning!

· Enjoy scrumptious food from the region's premier restaurateurs

· Sip spirits and groove to The Beatniks

· Ride Giant Trikes, silkscreen a t-shirt and have your fortune told

· New special evening program and exciting silent auction items - trips, tickets, unique experiences and gourmet foods

*Tickets are $95 per person, $85 for members. Adults 21 and older only.


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



Media Sponsors

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 100,000 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® 2014? For sponsorship opportunities for this year's Sand in the City®, contact Amy Brockman, Events Manager, at (360) 956-0818 x151.