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At the Museum - Jul 5th

We are closed on the Fourth of July. Come visit us on July 3 and 5. Happy Independence Day!

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.

  • 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
Like us on Facebook to get event sneak peeks and share your experience: #HOCMsandinthecity

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

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Gala Hospitality Sponsors 

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Gala Entertainment Sponsor

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Cabana Sponsor

Shuttle Sponsors

(Additional Shuttle Sponsorship Available)

Premier Green Sponsor

Lemay Shredding  

Sand Sculpting Exhibition Sponsors

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