Curiosity Kits

Hands On 2U@Home Curiosity Kit Program

The Curiosity Kit program is designed to provide interactive STEAM learning experiences for kids to do at home.

We are no longer taking Curiosity Kit orders.

The Museum is open full-time and staff are not making kits at this time.


Research shows that children under the age of eight struggle the most with virtual learning. Instead, they need active, hands-on learning opportunities for proper early childhood development. For this reason, the Museum began providing free or low-cost art and science kits to students in need this past summer.

Demand for these quality kits is growing exponentially and we are now working with dozens of community organizations as well as schools and libraries in five counties to enrich learning. More than 10,000 kits covering 25 topics have been delivered. Requests for 3,000 more are in the works.

If you would like to request a free kit or purchase a kit, see below. If you would like to sponsor a kit, please contact Tara at tmcqueen@hocm.org.

Free Curiosity Kits for Schools, Libraries, and Community Partners

The Curiosity Kit program is designed to provide interactive STEAM learning experiences for kids to do at home.

Research shows that children under the age of eight struggle the most with virtual learning. Instead, they need active, hands-on learning opportunities for proper early childhood development. For this reason, the Museum began providing free or low-cost art and science kits to students in need this past summer.

Demand for these quality kits is growing exponentially and we are now working with dozens of community organizations as well as schools and libraries in five counties to enrich learning. More than 8,000 kits covering 25 topics have been delivered in the past six months. Requests for 4,000 more are in the works.

Kit Topics and Age Range

Twenty-five different topics cover art and science themes and are designed for specific age ranges.

Curriculum for many of our preschool kits is available in English and Spanish.

Examples:

Order Kits

For a full list of available kits, or to request kits for your school or organization, email awilkening@hocm.org.

Curiosity Kit Funders

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Thank You to our Curiosity Kit Funders!

  • WSECU
  • MultiCare Community Partnership Fund
  • Dawkins Charitable Trust
  • Puyallup Indian Tribe
  • Grays Harbor Community Foundation
  • Northwest Farm Credit Services
  • Goldberg Charitable Family Foundation
  • Our Community Credit Union
  • Mary P. Dolciani Halloran Foundation
  • TwinStar Credit Union
  • Cowlitz Indian Tribe Access Funds
  • Lacey Rotary Club
  • Community Foundation of South Puget Sound
  • Kaiser Permanente
  • Weyerhaeuser
  • Port Blakely
  • Agostinho Rodrigues Trust
  • Walmart
  • Nisqually Indian Tribe
  • Give Local Donors
  • Commencement Bank
  • Olympia Yacht Club
  • Rotary Club of Olympia
  • Macy’s

Major Curiosity Kit Funders from the 2020 Summer Splash! Gala

  • Drew & Kylie Phillips
  • James Kruidenier & Susan Bryant
  • John & Sally Warjone
  • Eric & Jen Foley
  • Donald Rhodes & Nancy Beveridge
  • Kathy & Jeff Randich
  • Stars Foundation of Thurston County
  • David & Dione Hayes
  • Rick & Pam Panowicz
  • Bob Heck & Kiley Juergens Wealth Mgmt
  • Denny & Paula Heck
  • Marty & Heidi Juergens
  • Merritt Long & Marsha Tadano Long
  • Marvin Kaufman & Shelley Foltz
  • Scot & Annette McQueen
  • Rick & Ellen Middleton
  • Robert E. and Adele M. Boydston Foundation