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2018 Summer Splash! Festival

Summer Splash! is the Museum’s signature summer-long festival. The event features three months of exciting interactive learning experiences designed to engage children and alleviate summer learning loss. Each month includes themed adventures, live performers, unique activities and special guests. In this photo children explore Riveropolis, a 30ft waterway with tinkering stations. 

Fire Rescue Spectacular! June 23

Join us on Saturday, June 23 11am-3pm for the Summer Splash kick-off event, Fire Rescue Spectacular! Olympia's emergency rescue fleet and firefighters are on the way!

Meet your local firefighters and explore Olympia's fleet of fire rescue vehicles including AID#1, Safety Boat, Police Cruiser and a Police Motorcycle.

  • Climb aboard Fire Engine #1 and Other Exciting Emergency Vehicles
  • Meet Sparky the Fire Dog & See a Vintage Fire Truck
  • Experience the Spray Gallery
  • Mini Ice Cream Cones
  • Take the Junior Firefighter Challenge
    Bucket brigade, flaming house spray down & hose rolling relay!
We're closing off the street in front of the Museum for this special event. If your kids love everything about fire trucks and firefighting, don't miss this one day celebration!

Street activities are free to the public.
Special activities in Museum are free with admission.

Riveropolis! July 19-Aug. 17

Riveropolis, a traveling fantastical waterways exhibit will be at Hands On this summer!

Flowing water play inspires endless investigation and experimentation. Build bridges & boats at nearby tinkering stations and get your hands wet exploring the properties of water.


Hot Shop! Aug. 9-11

The Museum of Glass Hot Shop will be at Hands On with their mobile glassblowing studio!

Engage with live glassmaking demonstrations and learn about molten glass and how it can be shaped. Kids can experiment with heat by creating art of their own including plastic sculptures and mini-shrink pendants & keychains.

Jay Macdonell at work in Museum of Glass Hot Shop. Photo courtesy of Museum of Glass.

Photo courtesy of Museum of Glass.

For a complete listing of summer events  see our calendar!

Summer Splash! Gala Aug. 24

Learn more about the Summer Splash Gala!