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First Friday Night

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First Fridays are FUN!

First Friday Night, 5-9 p.m.

Join us on the first Friday night of each month for special activities from 5-9 p.m. 

First 2 guests FREE, each additional guest just $2 

Thank you for helping to offset the cost of providing special guests, live animals, and exciting programs & activities!

February 7, Dental Health Month

Join us for Free Dental Screenings, run toothbrush ‘bots through mazes, and check out some of the biggest teeth around with replicas from Elephants, Mammoths, and Mastodons.

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March 6, Play With Your Food

Felt a pea in a pod, paint a fruit bowl still life and look at fruits & veggies under a microscope. Meet professionals from the Olympia Area Dietetic Association and learn more about nutrition.


April 3, Tinkering with Trees

From Big Building with Cardboard to miniature Beaver Dams, we will be tinkering with trees and forest products.



2020 First Friday Nights are Supported By:


Sensory Friendly Room graciously supported by the Agostinho Rodrigues Trust

Free & Reduced Programs generously supported by Dawkins Charitable Trust and the Robert E. and Adele Boydston Foundation.
More About This Fun Event

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What about parking?

Parking is available in the museum's lot north of the building and is free after 5 p.m. The metered spots on the surrounding streets are also free after 5 p.m. You can avoid parking hassles by taking Intercity Transit. The museum is only two blocks away from the downtown transit center.

Are strollers allowed in the museum?

Yes, however you will be required to leave it in the lobby stroller parking during your visit.
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First Friday Night is one of our most popular programs. We serve up to 1,500 children and their families in a single night.

Want to learn more about Hands On's Free & Reduced Admission Programs? Click here.


Are you or your business interested in sponsoring this program? Call our Development team at (360) 956-0818 ext. 151, or email abrockman@hocm.org