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South Sound's Premier Venue
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Due to the current public health crisis, large private events are not being offered at this time. If you have questions, please contact Chantol at 360-956-0818 ext. 164

Let the Hands On Children's Museum be the setting for your most memorable event ever! With a half-acre of indoor space, in addition to our half-acre Outdoor Discovery Center, the museum is a unique venue your guests will love.
Hands On offers a fun, whimsical atmosphere for your next:
  • Private dinner
  • Corporate meeting or reception 
  • Wedding
  • Birthday party
  • Anniversary party
  • Holiday or Christmas party
  • Memorial Service   
  • Fundraiser
  • Family Reunion 
  • Summer Staff Picnic 
  • School Dance
Ready to plan an event? Fill out our Private Event Inquiry Form. Or for more information, please call (360) 956-0818 ext.164 or email privateevents@hocm.org.

Key Features

  • Half-acre Outdoor Discovery Center where guests can play under the stars!
  • Spacious galleries filled with more than 150 fun, hands-on exhibits to excite your youngest to oldest guests.
  • Waterfront views of the East Bay and close proximity to Olympia‚Äôs downtown hotels, shopping, and other attractions.
  • Beautiful, eco-friendly, and LEED- and Green Globes-certified building with state-of-the-art sustainable features.
  • Spacious event spaces and set-up plans to accommodate your event, whether an intimate meeting to cocktail reception to an annual conference. 
  • Kitchen facilities throughout the museum, including refrigerator, freezer, microwave, stove and oven, high-temperature dishwasher, industrial cooler, and triple sink system.
  • ADA accessibility, including ramps and a centrally located elevator.
  • Video screens throughout can display presentations or video.
  • Exceptional, personalized planning with a dedicated event coordinator.

For a list of our preferred caterers, DJs, florists and party rentals, click here.