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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.
  • Try out our Makers Investigations that are facilitated explorations allowing students and chaperones to engage in self-paced activities.

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 Workshop

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. Topics include Engineer Art Bots, Catapult Construction, Fossils Rock, Circuit Scientist, and Silk Screening Design & Printing.

Click here for a printable PDF of our current 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 x103 or fill out a Field Trip Inquiry Form! (Field trips are scheduled Tuesdays through Fridays.)


Field Trip Admission
Minimum 10 students required for group rate. One adult required and admitted free for every 5 children.

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

Add a Workshop
Maximum of 1 class per workshop.

5-30 students 
31-40 students

Add a Lunchroom
Room only, lunch not provided.

5-30 students
31-40 students

Add a Sack Lunch
Pre-orders due 2 weeks prior to visit. 72-hour cancellation policy. Click here for more information & order form. 

Minimum order of 10. Available for students & adults.
$5.75 per person plus tax

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
  • Institute of Museum & Library Services
  • Thrive Washington
  • Timberland Bank
  • Port Blakely Tree Farms
  • US Bank
  • Robert E. and Adele M. Boydston Foundation
  • Nisqually Indian Tribe
  • TwinStar Credit Union 

Call for more information, (360) 956-0818 x103.

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 Education Programs Coordinator at (360) 956-0818 x144.

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.