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10am - 5pm
At the Museum - Nov 28th
We have a few spots left in our Winter Break Camps. Call us to learn more at 360-956-0818 ext. 0.

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Everyone's Favorite Sand Festival

Sand in the City® 2015
was a great success!

Sand in the City® is the South Sound's largest free family festival with more than 22,000 guests at this
year's two-day 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.

Supports the Museum's Free and Reduced Admission Programs

Proceeds from Sand in the City®  directly supports the museum's Free & Reduced Admission Programs, serving nearly 76,000 children and families this past year.

Our Free & Reduced Admission Programs 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

Thurston First Bank LOGO SM NEW Nov. 2015

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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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Oly Waldorf School

Red Lion Logo                                               


Squaxin Island Museum Library and Research Center Logo

Sunrise Landscaping Logo

Tranquility Dental LOGO                                                                                                                                                                                                            

Major Table Sponsor

Sunset Air

Art Activity Sponsor

Macys Logo

Gala Centerpieces Sponsor

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Voting Sponsor

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Sandbox Play Sponsor

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Activity Sponsor


Raffle Sponsors

Southwest Airlines LOGO


Gala Paddle Sponsor

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Tot Spot Sponsor


Shuttle Sponsor

Gala Photobooth Sponsor

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Oasis Sponsor

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Materials Sponsor

Equipment Sponsor

A-1 Rentals
Mini Mountain

Supporting Green Sponsor

Janitorial Sponsor

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Sand Band Sponsor


First Aid Sponsor

Olympic Ambulance                                                                               

Delicious Food from Local Eateries

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

Event Supporters and Friends

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

Master Basket Donors

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