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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:
Oobleck
  Collage
           Slimy Science
 Puppet Trio
 Texture and Collage

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

Thank You Curiosity Kit Funders

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
WeyerhaeuserPort Blakely
Agostinho Rodrigues Trust
Walmart
Nisqually Indian Tribe
Give Local Donors
Commencement BankRotary Club of Olympia
Macy's  


Major Curiosity Kit Funders from the 2020 Summer Splash! Gala
Drew & Kylie PhillipsJames Kruidenier & Susan Bryant
John & Sally WarjoneEric & Jen Foley
Donald Rhodes & Nancy BeveridgeKathy & Jeff Randich
Stars Foundation of Thurston CountyDavid & Dione Hayes 
Rick & Pam PanowiczBob Heck & Kiley Juergens Wealth Mgmt
Denny & Paula HeckMarty & Heidi Juergens
Merritt Long & Marsha Tadano LongMarvin Kaufman & Shelley Foltz
Scot & Annette McQueenRick & Ellen Middleton
Robert E. and Adele M. Boydston Foundation