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Hours and Admissions


Visit us! Online Reservations Required​

Families can enjoy a two-hour session of exploration and fun! There will be several visit times each day and a new Personal Play Date option from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. Capacity is limited to about 35 families per session. Online registration required. 

Face coverings are mandated in Washington state for all visitors ages 5 and up and are strongly encouraged for children ages 2-4. Medically Exempt visitors may request a face shield or alternative service. Face coverings must cover nose and mouth at all times. 

Be sure to check out the new Colorful Plate Pizzeria in the Good For You Gallery, make colorful shadows and shapes in the new Shadow Room, and test your skills on the new Obstacle Course in Puget Sound Beach area. Nursing Mothers will also enjoy the new Woodland Nursing Nook located in the Fabulous Forest Gallery.​

​Please take a minute to read important information about your visit
We continue to monitor the COVID-19 situation and will respond as directed by our Governor and Department of Health. Any changes to operating hours will be posted to our website.  We recommend checking the current operating status on the day of your scheduled visit.
Preschool and camps are running on their normal schedules. 
Temporary Closure

To use a Free Family Pass, ACM or NWAYM reciprocal benefits, or if you have difficulties making online reservations please call our front desk at (360) 956-0818 ext. 0.

For Member and Public Registration
Take Over the Whole Museum

For Families with Special Needs 

Cancellation Policy: If your party cannot attend at the reserved time, we ask that you cancel or reschedule your reservation at least 24 hours in advance to allow others to utilize your time slot.  Refunds are allowed with 24 hours’ notice.  An exception to the 24-hour notice requirement may be granted for COVID-related health issues. 


Mon. - Wed.
Session #1
9:00 a.m. - 11:30 p.m.
Session #2
12:30 - 3:00 p.m.
Personal Play Date5-30 - 7:30 p.m. 
Thurs. - Sat. 
Session #19:30 - 11:30 a.m.
Session #212:00 - 2:00 p.m.
Session #32:30 - 4:30 p.m.
Personal Play Date5-30 - 7:30 p.m. 
Sensory Friendly Hour9:00 - 10:00 a.m.
Session #110:30 - 12:30 a.m.
Session #21:00 - 3:00 p.m.
Session #33:30 - 5:30 p.m.

The cost of your admission can be applied to a membership purchased on the day of your visit. 
 FREE Join today!
Babies (0-17 mo.)
General (18 mo - 64 yrs)
Seniors (65+)
Military, First Responder, Foster Family (w/valid ID)  
Sensory Friendly Hour
 $7.50/Members FREE
WSECU Wednesdays 

Call to make reservations (360) 956-0818 ext. 0

Half-price admission for WSECU members on the first Wednesday of each month. 

Access Admission   
Sponsored by WSECU

 FREE/$2 (EBT Cardholders)  
 First 2 guests free, each additional $2    
Personal Play Date
 $295 Members
 $395 Non-Members
 Reduced pricing for Access/EBT          
  • Locker rental $2/day
  • Annual parking pass $65

2020 Closures
Thanksgiving: November 26
Christmas Eve: December 24 (EARLY closure - 3 p.m.)
Christmas Day: December 25

Please note

• Occasionally the museum closes early for special events and holidays. Please check the home page (top-right of page) to see the current day's hours. 

Children must be accompanied, and supervised by a caregiver 16 years or older.

Free & Reduced Admission

Thanks to the Museum's many generous sponsors:
The Hands On Children's Museum is committed to being accessible to all children and their families, regardless of their ability to pay. We are able to regularly sponsor visits and memberships.

Museums for All
(Washington State EBT cardholders)
Two guests admitted free of charge every day when presenting an EBT Card and ID. $2 admission for each additional guest.
We are proud to participate in the Institute of Museum & Library Service's national Museums for All initiative to make the rich learning environments of museums accessible to all children and families. This special discounted rate is available to families receiving food assistance, as identified by showing an EBT card.

Thanks to our partnership with WSECU we have received our national Museums for All designation, allowing the museum to expand its mobile educational programs, increase subsidized field trips for schools serving low-income student populations, and offer free & reduced admission to any family receiving state basic food assistance through a Washington State electronic benefits transfer (EBT) card.

Supervised Visits
If you attend the Museum on a supervised visit, family members and supervisor should identify themselves at the front desk as here for a supervised visit. All adults and children that are part of the visit, including the supervisor, will be admitted at no charge. Call the front desk to register for a timed admission session (360) 956-0818 ext. 0. 

Access Membership
For qualified families who want the benefits of an Annual Membership we offer an Access Membership Program.  Access Memberships include unlimited admission, discounts on camps and classes, and a 10% discount in the Museum Cafe and store, for $25 per year.

More Information

What about other special restrictions?

For the comfort of our visitors and their families, we are a Weapon-Free Zone. We ask that visitors not bring any sharp objects or concealed weapons into the museum.

We are also a Tobacco & Vape-Free Zone. We ask that visitors do not smoke on museum property, including the Outdoor Discovery Center and entrance areas.