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Hours and Admissions


Welcome Back! Online Reservations Required​

General Visitation Resumes August 1​
Members Only Days – July 24, 25, 26 and 31 ​

​We've missed you! Families can enjoy a two-hour session of exploration and fun! There will be three visit times each day and a new Personal Play Date option from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. coming in August. ​

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.​

Daily general visitation begins August 1. We will continue to limit our attendance to just a portion of our capacity and online registration will be required. We will open online registration soon! ​

​Please take a minute to read our Visitor COVID-19 Protocols. 
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HOURS (Open for summer camps only. General visitation resumes visitation August 1.)

Monday - Saturday

Session #1
9:30 - 11:30 a.m.
Session #2
12:00 - 2:00 p.m.
Session #3
2:30 - 4:30 p.m.
Personal Play Date
5:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Sensory Friendly Hour
9:00 - 10:00 a.m.
Session #1
10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Session #2
1:00 - 3:00 p.m.
Session #3
3:30 - 5:30 p.m.

Cost of admission can be applied to a membership purchased the same day!  
 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
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

The Outdoor Discovery Center closes at 4 p.m. during the winter months, and 4:30 p.m. during the spring and summer months. It stays open late on First Friday Nights, depending on the weather. The Trike Depot hours are dependent on weather and staffing.  

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.

First Friday Night
First Friday of each month we are open late from 5-9 p.m. First 2 guests FREE, each additional guest $2.

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.

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.