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Thank You for a Summer Filled with Fun & Learning!

Hands On was filled with engaging, exciting learning opportunities all summer long thanks to the support of many community sponsors who funded travelling exhibits, special activities, themed adventures, animals and guest performers!

With the opening of our national travelling exhibit Children's China, visitors were treated to a summer of cultural experiences and daily dragon parades. Each month new themes emerged and we celebrated sand sculpting, fort building, rock climbing, pirate adventures, free flight parrot shows, magic demonstrations, juggling, dance and music! In addition, we extended Free Friday hours and added new Pay What You Can days.

Thanks to our sponsors and our Gala donors, the museum raised critical funds for our Free & Reduced Admission Programs and Raise the Paddle donors raised the funding to build a new Treehouse exhibit in 2017.

Thank you for supporting inspired learning!

Click here to download your summer program with in-depth details on our summer-long festivities!

After 15 successful years of Sand in the City® Hands On is transitioning to Summer Splash!, our first annual summer-long family festival of fun!

  • Themed Adventures
  • Live Stage and Roving Performers
  • Animal Guests
  • Special Activities
Free & Reduced Admission Days

Summer Splash!
and the Hands On Children's Museum was open to families for FREE or by pay-what-you-can method on:

Aug. 27 & 28: Pay What You Can Weekend

Sponsored by: 
Heritage Bank 2015 - USE

National Exhibit Opens - June

Thousands of families joined the Dragon Parade, nurtured baby pandas, learned to write Chinese characters & play Chinese instruments. A special Celebration of Children's China was held June 23-25. Exhibit access generously provided by: The Community Foundation of South Puget Sound. Click here to learn more.

Children's China Exhibit Access Sponsor:               Moving Sponsor: 
 The Community Foundation                                    Morgan Transfer

Sand, Water & Forts - July

Sand masters carved a towering sand sculpture, kids created their own cork boat to sail in the regatta, made a sand band, launched water rockets & so much more.
Pirates & Parrots - August

The Museum was visited by an authentic 40-foot pirate ship, free flight parrot demonstrations, Pirate Ballerinas from Studio West, kids created their own pirate hat & climbed the Crow's Nest climbing wall. The Pirate's Parrot Show was enjoyed three times each day August 9-13 at 11 a.m., 1 & 3 p.m.

Click here to download the Summer Splash! flier.

August Awesome Activities (varied daily):
  • Pirate Dress Up
  • "Rube Goldberg" Pirate Contraptions
  • Vitamin C Science - Fight Scurvy!
  • Face Painting
  • Photo Booth
  • Dissect a Sea Monster
  • Secret Messages with Lemon Juice

Summer Splash! Gala - Aug. 26

Over 600 Adults were able to play like a kid again while they mixed, mingled and feasted on great food and spirits. Many danced to live music under the stars during this popular adults-only Party with a Purpose.


We all watched live stage and roving performances on Thursdays and Saturdays all summer long. Click here for more information.

Click here for directions & parking information.

Event Sponsors 

Summer Splash! Access Sponsor:

Giant Castle Painting Sponsor:

Summer Performance Sponsor:

Sand Sponsor:

Moving Sponsor:

Premier Green Sponsor:

Climbing Wall Sponsor: 

Display Sculpture Sponsor: 

Special Guest Sponsor

Science Table Sponsor: 

Daytime Photo Booth Sponsor: 

Art Supply Sponsor:

Macy's - Art Supply Sponsor of Summer Splash!

Cork Boat Regatta Sponsor: 

Pirate Trike Loop Sponsor: 

Face painting Sponsor: 

Media Sponsors:

Event Hospitality Sponsors:

Fort Play Sponsor:

Green Activity Sponsor:

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