Outdoor Discovery Center

This unique half-acre outdoor space encourages unstructured play and includes the Lighthouse Lookout, Puget Sound Beach, Megan D Schooner, Hike-and-Trike Loop, Children's Garden, Naturalist Cabin, and Gravel Dig.

The Outdoor Discovery Center was chosen by the Association of Children’s Museums and The Trustees’ Philanthropy Fund of Fidelity Charitable to be one of only three Going Wild! pilot sites nationwide.

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Trike Loop Safety Rules

Our trike loop is ride at your own risk. Thank you for playing safely on our trikes. Please keep these rules in mind while enjoying this fun exhibit:

  • Adult supervision required.
  • All children must wear helmets. Borrow one of ours or bring your own.
  • No bare feet.
  • One child per trike.
  • Stay within Trike Loop boundaries.

Exhibit Features

  • Lighthouse Lookout
  • Mama & Baby Orca Sculpture
  • Puget Sound Beach
  • Bouldering on the Beach
  • Log Scramble
  • Dino Dig
  • Mud Kitchen
  • Beach Shack
  • Beached Dingy
  • Water Pump
  • Megan D Vintage Schooner
  • Merman Sculpture
  • Trike Depot & Trikes
  • Hike & Trike Loop
  • Gravel Dig Area & Water Play
  • Harmony Bells
  • Sasquatch
  • Nursing Gazebo
  • Insect Hotel
  • Naturalist Cabin
  • Rain Garden
  • Sunflower Stage
  • Children’s Garden
  • Green House
  • Garden Hand Pump
  • Splash Sink
  • Terrace
  • Fire Circle
  • Handwashing Station

Sponsorships

We need your help to finish the exhibits in the Outdoor Discovery Center! If you are interested in sponsoring, call (360) 956-0818 x151 or email twinski@hocm.org.

Megan D Vintage Schooner is Open!

Outdoor Discovery Center 10 Hands On is known for its unique and engaging exhibits and we are so excited to bring the Megan D, a vintage 56′ schooner exhibit to the Museum’s re-created Puget Sound Beach. This vessel is designed to spark a child’s imagination of sea-faring adventures long ago. It will also teach them about the rich history of schooners in the Puget Sound which hauled fish and timber along the West Coast.

Children can:

  • Use the rope climb to reach the top deck high above ground
  • Navigate the ship’s rope ladder to the lower deck
  • Explore the crow’s nest
  • Learn about wind power
  • Walk the plank!

A remarkable team of retired carpenters from FORMA Construction, (many of whom worked on the construction of our Museum) stepped forward to lead the renovation from dilapidated vessel to engaging exhibit. In addition, hundreds of generous contributors have given small and large gifts to renovate this exciting new exhibit.

Thank you to our generous donors!

Generous Foundation Supporters

  • M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust
  • Ben B. Cheney Foundation
  • D.V. & Ida J. McEachern Charitable Trust
  • Dawkins Charitable Trust
  • The Norcliffe Foundation
  • Norman Archibald Charitable Foundation

Nautica Crew

  • Drew Phillips, FORMA Construction & FORMA Retired Carpenters:
    • Dale Harrison, Project Manager
    • Mark Bean
    • Chuck Berns
    • Joe Hotzel
    • Steve Kelley
    • Mike Ross
  • AHBL
  • All Star Rent-A-Fence
  • Altus Traffic Management
  • American Portable Storage
  • Associated Boat Transport
  • Bayview Lumber
  • BES Electrical Services
  • CT Specialties Powdercoating
  • Deschutes Upholstery
  • Edensaw Woods Ltd
  • Evergreen Rigging
  • Hardel Lumber
  • Infinity Construction
  • Kell-Chuck Glass
  • McFarland Cascade
  • McNICHOLS Co.
  • Nets Unlimited
  • Olympia Supply & Co. & Eric Hendricks
  • Olympia Yacht Club
  • Olympic Iron Works
  • Paul Hagen, FORMA Construction
  • Pettit Marine LLC
  • Sherwin-Williams
  • South Puget Sound Woodturners
  • Tundra Mechanical LLC
  • Valley Nut and Bolt
  • Zeigler’s Welding, Inc.

Captain's Club

  • MJ Murdock Charitable Trust
  • Drew & Kylie Phillips
  • John & Sally Warjone
  • Donald Rhodes & Nancy Beveridge
  • Ben B. Cheney Foundation
  • Stars Foundation of Thurston County
  • Merritt & Marsha Long
  • D.V. & Ida McEachern Charitable TrustDawkins Charitable Trust
  • Edie Harding & Dave Smith with Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
  • Jim & Gayle Phillips
  • Weyerhaeuser Co.
  • Robert E. and Adele M. Boydston Foundation
  • The Norcliffe Foundation
  • Bonbright Family Foundation with Ben & Sarah Merrifield
  • Norman Archibald Charitable Foundation
  • James Kruidenier & Susan Bryant
  • Amee & Craig Kiefer
  • Jay & Carla Rudd
  • Tim & Vonna Madeley

First Mate's Club

  • Mike Auderer
  • Mike & Christine Brewer
  • Roger & Genevieve Chan
  • Mitch & Laura Dietz
  • Brad & Krista Jurkovich
  • Teresa & Bob Leech
  • Sean & Holly McDonald
  • Matthew & Cassandra Phillips
  • The Turner Family
  • Kathy & Mark Wagner
  • Tammy Adams & Mike Cairone
  • Adam & Amanda Adrian
  • Ryan & Maria Anderson
  • Nancy & Ken Anderson
  • Shelly & Brad Badger
  • Laurie Berryman
  • Melanie Boyajian
  • Tim Boyd
  • Linda Villegas Bremer
  • Sonny & Kim Bridges
  • Sharon & Dave Cammarano
  • Gary & Tina Campbell
  • Bill & Barbara McGregor
  • Crystal & Dexter McKenzie
  • Holland & Loren Cohen
  • Columbia Distributing
  • Marcia David & Howard Goldberg
  • Rishi & Gordon Dhanda
  • Courtney & Mike Drennon
  • Tom & Cindy Eaton
  • Eric & Jennifer Foley
  • Jim & Bobbe Haley
  • David & Dione Hayes
  • Dennis & Paula Heck
  • Klaus & Carol Jade
  • Jocelyn McCabe PR
  • Rodney Joe & Barbara O Keefe
  • Karen Kashmar
  • Kiley Juergens Wealth Management LLC
  • David & Pat Kohler
  • Randolph M. Lindblad
  • Chris & Lisa Lunde
  • Jocelyn & Chris McCabe
  • Dan Michael & Billie Uhri
  • Kirk Miller & Jacque Ellis
  • Rachel Olmsted
  • Jeff & Janet Pearson
  • Lauren & Andrew Pitman
  • Kathy & Jeff Randich
  • Jim & Diane Reus
  • Rob & Helena Rice
  • Amy & Scott Rowley
  • Maria & Rem Sackmann
  • Gary Schneider & Nancy Snyder
  • Perry & Susan Shea
  • Tony Sinclair & Renee Radcliff Sinclair
  • Oscar & Barbara Soule
  • Ed & Lasha Steinweg
  • Paul & Gail Taylor
  • Greg & Jeanne Tranum
  • Alison Vega & Jared Ham
  • Harpreet & Dave Virk

Quartermaster's Club

  • Gary Altman & Rose Bailey
  • Carrie & Jason Andrew
  • Joe & Patty Belmonte
  • Mary & Mike Bowen
  • Heidi Bray & Steve Swanson
  • George S. Bridges
  • Richard & Jennifer Brotherton
  • Robert & Lynn Brunton
  • Keith Buchholz & Robin Zukoski
  • Heather Burgess & Kelli Stidham
  • Laurie & Tom Carroll
  • Ellen Cavanaugh & Kate Beck
  • Anthony & Nicolette Chavez
  • Natalie & Ian Child
  • Kevin & Christy Conner
  • Maureen Craig
  • Jen Creighton
  • Ryan & Amy Cuoio
  • Anne Marie & Chris Davis
  • Jeffrey & Shannon Devlin
  • Len & Margaret Faucher
  • Brian & Valerie Fluetsch
  • Marcia Fromhold
  • Tami Garrow & John Mertz
  • Marcelle & Xadier Gonzalez
  • Sandy Hall
  • Lucas & Katherine Hansen
  • Edie Harding & Dave Smith
  • Charly Harrington & Cristina Charney
  • Nicole & Kurt Hatch
  • Lisa & Jason Hicks
  • Cindi Holmstrom & Mike Spilde
  • John & Katie Hurley
  • Steve & Elizabeth Hyer
  • Annie & Chris Johns
  • Jeff Johnson
  • Dannielle & Patrick Knutson
  • Damien & Stephanie Kolb
  • Mike & Patty Korosec
  • Edmon Lee & Susan Rivera-Lee
  • Linda Lentz
  • Carolyn Logue
  • David & Sonja Lundgren
  • Doug & Cathy Mah
  • Cole & Holly Mason
  • Sheelah & Calvin McGaughan
  • Connie & David Michener
  • Tanya Mote
  • Jane Myung & Grant Aaker
  • Drake & Rosanne Nicholson
  • Tim & Wendy O’Haver
  • Bill Penn & Maggie Jekel Penn
  • Dennis & Joan Peterson
  • Mick Phillips
  • Danielle Rants
  • Delmy & Louis Santamarina
  • Steve & Karin Senna
  • Heather & Ron Sisson
  • Court Stanley & Kelly Zuck-Stanley
  • Keith & Paula Stottlemyre
  • Kristopher & Marriann Tefft
  • John Specht & Diana Wall
  • Michael & Bree Warjone
  • Susanne White & Jeff Reiner
  • Brandy & Maura Willie
  • Jessica & Kyle Winter
  • Mike & Roxanne Wittenberg

Sailing Masters

  • Devin & Jacob Alexander
  • Krista & Gus Anderson
  • Fatimah & Travis Bearden
  • Dennis & Becky Boone
  • Michael & Pamela Boyd
  • Annie & Brian Bradley
  • Luke & Dodie Brogan
  • Jon & Linda Bryant
  • Shannon Cameron
  • Troy & Sandy Chabot
  • George & Marion Clark
  • Dan & Shelly Davidson
  • Marcia & Josh Deck
  • Cheryl Duryea
  • J.C. & Mette Earlywine
  • Carina & Troels Engholm
  • Jeff Engle & Cheryl Selby
  • David & Terri Fisher
  • Stacey Folsom
  • Julia & Nathan Gorton
  • Kelly & Brian Green
  • Stephanie & Brian Hacker
  • Darrin & Teri Haglund
  • Vicki & Scott Hanauer
  • Trent & Christy Hart
  • Amy Head
  • Mat Hervin
  • Whitney & Patrick Holm
  • Erick & Jodi Johanson
  • Nancy S. Kelly
  • Brian & Brook LaFave
  • Maia & Colby Langenberg
  • Justin & Marilyn Leech
  • Garth & Heidi Magaro
  • Jamin & Amanda May
  • Elissa & Tyson Maynard
  • Drew & Hayley Mazzeo
  • Deborah McCurley
  • Robert & Marion McIntosh
  • Scot & Annette McQueen
  • Devon Nichols
  • Bart & Connie Olson
  • Fred & Teresa Olson
  • Ned & Wendy Owens
  • Kim & Scott Peterson
  • Bob Potter & Cindy Hageman
  • Jack & Lynette Ramsey
  • Marvin & Mary-Lynne Reiner
  • Peter Rex & Ann Flannigan
  • Natalie & Greg Rhodes
  • Mike Salvaggi
  • Tracey & David Schmaltz
  • Tom Schumacher & TJ Reinoso
  • Sean & Marina Shaughnessy
  • Alexandra Sheldon & Daniel Berner
  • Susan & Eric Shoblom
  • Ron & Vicki Slosson
  • Kim Steepy
  • Shauna & Chris Stewart
  • Jennifer & Jeff Statham
  • Frank Swinkey & Jan Shefferly
  • Brittany & Weston Taylor
  • Jamie & Sam Thomassen
  • David Troutt & Jean Carr
  • Jon & Marcia Tunheim
  • Devens Vogt
  • Dean & Nancy Wiese
  • Don & Holly Wilder
  • Laura & Mike Willett
  • John & Karen Wilson
  • John & Suzie Winans
  • William & Shina Wysocki
  • Morgan & Jennifer Ziegler

Gunners

  • Cindy & Greg Aden
  • Krystal A. Barkus
  • Joel Baxter
  • Alisha Blain
  • Jessica Boad
  • Brian Brock
  • Matthew & Gina Buelow
  • Alec & Theresa Burkheimer
  • Amanda Cecil
  • Luke & Sophia Cheney
  • Steve & Jill Cooper
  • Sam & Kristin Costello
  • Angela & art Dalessandro
  • Moira & Joey Davin
  • Carolyn Dillman
  • Kim & Cindy Dinsmore
  • Vanessa Dulman
  • The Evergreen State College Foundation
  • Trenton Fluetsch
  • Pam Folsom
  • Kristen & Daryl Fourtner
  • Chuck & Karla Fowler
  • Darrin Garmen
  • Becky Gibson
  • Leslie Goldstein
  • Chris Gregor & Jill Giudice
  • Steve Groves
  • John & Mary Hall
  • Cary & Steve Hamilton
  • Christopher & Crystal Heck
  • Jillian & Dane Henze
  • Jamie Jo Hiles
  • Kelsey Hulse
  • Cindy Huntley
  • Jake & Teresa Jackson
  • Mort & Alice James
  • Curt & Hildegard Janhunen
  • Jordyn Johanson & Carter Avery
  • Jon & Susan Jones
  • Matt Jones & Jennie Foglia-Jones
  • Roger & Laurie Jones
  • Aaron & Kaila Jorgensen
  • Amal Joury & Robert Foor
  • Jessica & Brian Lindstrom
  • Jim & oanne Mabbott
  • Angela & Craig Maki
  • Tatem & Brendan Marchant
  • Daniel & Jennifer Masterson
  • Mellani McAleenan
  • Peggy A. McCanna
  • Dan & Lynette McCarty
  • Emily McMason
  • Drew & Megan Mikkelsen
  • Erik & Shawna Naslund
  • Mandee & Ryan Pantier
  • Val & Tremont Parrino
  • Mollie Parsons
  • Ben & Sheena Paylor
  • Shelley Prather
  • Susan Ramos
  • Mike & Sarah Reid
  • Christian & Gina Reimertz
  • Dave & Ivy Renschler
  • Frederick & Sandra Romero
  • Alley Savin
  • Van & Kristen Sawin
  • Amber Smith
  • Erica & Stephen Smith
  • Jeanette & Matthew Smith
  • Trudy Soucoup
  • David & Ellen Stagnone
  • Mike & Rhenda Strub
  • Holly Swanson
  • Dennis & Leigh Thompson
  • Trish & Jack Thompson
  • Kim Torres
  • Carole Washburn & Vern Gibbs
  • Courtney Welch
  • Kim Westall
  • Aram Wheeler
  • Beth Wilder
  • Wayne Williams & Melanie Stewart
  • Christine Winkleman
  • James & Katie Wojke
  • Sandy Wolf & Daniel Ash
  • Jocelyn & Kelly Wood
  • LaTasha Wortham
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