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Field Trips & Group Visits

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"The best field trip ever!"

Five reasons to choose a Hands On Field Trip:

  • Hands On is consistently voted Best Place to Take Kids in South Puget Sound.
  • Our interactive exhibits make learning exciting, engaging, and fun!    
  • Museum exhibits and programs are designed to support Washington State Learning Standards through dramatic play, investigation & hands-on activities. 
  • Our Arts & Parts Studio gives every student an opportunity to take home a unique work of art.
  • Hands On 2U brings the museum field trip experience to your school or organization.

At the Hands On Children’s Museum, we believe that students learn through experiences as well as experiments. Click for a Virtual Tour of the museum. Or visit our Exhibit Galleries page for more information about our galleries!

Add a Hands On Workshop

Catapult Construction • Thunderbolts, Amps & Volts • Zoom In! 
Circuit Scientist • Push Pull • Art Bots • Dr. Science: States of Matter

Field trips at Hands On typically last about 2 hours. Expand your students' hands-on experience by including one of our 25-minute workshops led by a museum educator during your visit. 

2019-2020 Field Trip Guide, which includes pricing and workshop information.

Click here for Washington State Education Standards (Next Generation Science Standards and Common Core) for each workshop.

Ready to plan a Field Trip? Call our Reservations desk at (360) 956-0818 ext. 103 or fill out a Field Trip Inquiry Form! (Field trips are scheduled Tuesdays through Fridays.)


Field Trip & Group Visits
Admission Rates (10 students min.) 
1:5 chaperone/child ratio required, chaperones $5 each. One lead teacher per class FREE.  

Please Note: Headstart/ECEAP receive 50% off of the group rate.

Add a Hands On Workshop
Teacher must be present during each Workshop

24 students max. per Workshop

Add a Lunchroom
Room only, lunch not provided.

Up to 24 students
25-50 students
Each add. group of 25 students after 50

After-Hours Field Trip
Includes playtime in the entire museum, plus a separate room for food and belongings. (Outdoor Discovery Center not included.)
100 people max. group size
150 people max.
200 people max.


Field Trip Scholarships

Limited Scholarships for Field Trips may be available for Rural, Military, and Title I schools and students thanks to:

  • The Goldberg Family Charitable Foundation
  • Robert E. and Adele M. Boydston Foundation
  • Dawkins Charitable Trust
  • Green Diamond Resource Company
  • Port Blakely
  • Grays Harbor Community Foundation
  • Nisqually Indian Tribe
  • TwinStar Credit Union 
  • Muckleshoot Tribe

Call for more information, call (360) 956-0818 ext. 103 or download a Field Trip Scholarship Application

Want Hands On to come to your school? 

Let our educators bring hands-on art and science to your classroom or school! Our Hands On 2U workshops can be held in a single classroom setting, an open space area for a multi-station learning experience, or assembly format. Learn more in our Field Trip Guide or call our Offsite Program Coordinator at (360) 956-0818 ext. 165.

Booking a Group Visit

Not a school field trip but  looking to book a group visit of 10 or more children? You get a discount! Learn more about Group Visits by clicking here.