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Hands On Children's Museum

414 Jefferson St NE, Olympia, WA 98501-1124
+1 360-956-0818
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Not a typical museum

Definitely not a museum. It’s just a fabulous fun place for kids with all kinds of things to do... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
MNunn
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Northville, Michigan
via mobile
Nana time

Visited with my granddaughters age 3 & 5. They absolutely loved it and can’t wait to return they... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
goleary52
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Bremerton, Washington
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Interactive exhibits teach children through activities.
  • Excellent81%
  • Very good16%
  • Average1%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“all ages” (44 reviews)
“water table” (12 reviews)
“water play” (9 reviews)
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414 Jefferson St NE, Olympia, WA 98501-1124
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+1 360-956-0818
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"all ages"
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"water table"
in 12 reviews
"water play"
in 9 reviews
"outdoor area"
in 9 reviews
"great place for kids"
in 13 reviews
"art room"
in 7 reviews
"water features"
in 6 reviews
"tree house"
in 6 reviews
"new building"
in 8 reviews
"grandkids love"
in 5 reviews
"two stories"
in 5 reviews
"fire truck"
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"construction site"
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"adult swim"
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"police cars"
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"older children"
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"different activities"
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Definitely not a museum. It’s just a fabulous fun place for kids with all kinds of things to do. From water spouts to crafts, climbing areas and pretend play, there’s something for every kid—under 9. Just make sure you have one adult per child. Too...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Visited with my granddaughters age 3 & 5. They absolutely loved it and can’t wait to return they loved doing crafts and playing inside and outside

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We've taken toddlers, preschoolers and older kids to this great museum on the Olympia Waterfront. But I have to say the most fun was seeing senior citizens and adults "playing" when we hosted Grandpa's 90th birthday at the museum a few years back. Can you...More

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Reviewed 11 March 2018 via mobile

From start to finish this is a masterpiece of fun for kids. Stunningly decorated with a hundred “centers” for learning AND FUN! Kids of all ages stared and played in harmony (not even kidding). Attentive and friendly staff. Visit if you have kids, buy a...More

Thank Matthew M
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Reviewed 4 March 2018

My husband and I are grandparents! We recently visited with our 4 and 6 year old grandkids. What a surprise! The hands on experiences that our children enjoyed were varied and fun. We had an opportunity to participate in many "role playing" activities with them....More

Thank penny66
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Reviewed 3 March 2018 via mobile

Visitors! the first Friday of the month they are open until 9 and parking is free (not sure exactly when that started but when we got to our car it was free parking. 🤩) It’s great fun. We were there for a little over and...More

Thank Jennifer P
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Reviewed 20 February 2018 via mobile

Took my kid and her best friend here for years. We were members for awhile, it's absolutely fabulous. Then a group of friends and I went to an adult swim (there 21+ adult nights) and we had a blast. Ate weird things. Drank some decent...More

Thank Laura K
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Reviewed 6 February 2018

Our 1st experience with the relocated HOCM was last summer with our 28-year-old grandson & our 4.5-year-old great grandson. Wow, what a day. It was so good for all of us, from rock climbing for the "kid" to game playing & arts things for all...More

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Reviewed 4 February 2018 via mobile

Lots to do for all the kids. Was very busy but kids were able to try everything they wanted to do. It's a favorite place for the kids.More

Thank LarryELee
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HandsOnOlympia, Manager at Hands On Children's Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 7 February 2018

Greetings, LarryELee! Thank you so much for your review! We always work to ensure that each of your visits is a 5-star experience. If you have any feedback for us that could improve your experience, please email us at communications@hocm.org. We hope to see you...More

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Reviewed 24 January 2018

What a great place to entertain my 5.5 year old son! He would not lose interest for hours and hours! Great exhibit, very organized and neat, and the variety of activities is just overwhelming! My son wanted to visit this museum after watching a video...More

Thank elikoleva
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Marcosnstoli
28 December 2016|
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Response from HandsOnOlympia | Property representative |
Greetings! We always suggest that people plan on being here a few hours. We have 8 galleries, over 150 exhibits, and a half-acre Outdoor Discovery Center with a newly opened Lighthouse Lookout over Puget Sound. Here is... More
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rhonams
3 July 2016|
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Response from HandsOnOlympia | Property representative |
So glad to see many people weighing in on this question! The Museum is geared mainly toward infant to 10 years, but as others have stated, our Arts & Parts Studio is loved by kids of all ages! We also host quarterly Adult... More
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