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10am - 5pm
At the Museum - May 5th
We're welcoming a large field trip this morning. Prefer a quieter experience? Please visit us after 1 p.m. today. Thank you for your patience!

Hours & Info


Everyone's Favorite Sand Festival

Sand in the City® 2015 is Aug. 22 & 23
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 Free and Reduced Admissions Programs

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

Our Free & Reduced Admissions Programs include:
  • 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

Gala Hospitality Sponsors 


Main Stage Sponsor

Gala Entertainment Sponsor

South Sound Radiology

Art Tent Sponsor


Cabana Sponsor


Shuttle Sponsor

Premier Green Sponsor

Sand Sculpting Exhibition Sponsors

Oly Waldorf School

Reliable Electric Logo

Tranquility Dental LOGO

Parent Resource Center

Command Central Sponsor


Main Stage Sandbox Sponsor


Rockwall Sponsor


Gala Auction Sponsor


Gala Paddle Sponsor


Info Booth Sponsor: Plaza

Info Booth Sponsor: Stage


Info Booth Sponsor: Swantown


Signage Sponsor

Art Supply Sponsor 


Tot Spot Sponsor


Oasis Sponsor


Raffle Sponsor


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