Hands On Children's Museum

Olympia, WA

Where are we going?

Hands On Children's Museum
106 11th Ave SW
WA 98501

360 956 0818

What is there to do?

The Hands On Children's Museum is ALL about giving kids a super fun learning experience through over 150 interactive exhibits just for them!

Perfectly suited for kids up to 10 years, the Hands On Children's Museum stimulates curiosity, creativity and learning through fun, interactive exhibits and programs for children, families and school groups.

At Hands On, they believe that all children deserve respect and the opportunity to learn and that families are important as children's first teachers and as their partners in learning. So do we - so we love it!

The exhibits are designed specifically to encourage interaction and inquiry, as well as interaction from the parents too. After all, why should the kids have all the fun! 

All of the exhibits feature a different theme, so kids can spend hours at the museum and not cover the same topic twice! Those creative kids can get their hands buys with the huge assortment of craft supplies and create a masterpiece, or they can channel the heroes in the community as they ride the police car, or sound that fire engine!

Future construction workers and architects have their hard hats ready in the Build It gallery, where they can create their own sky-scraper or home - pretty cool! They can also explore a nurse log at the Animal Rescue Center, make fancy flying machines or climb up a tree!

A day at the Hands On Children's Museum also lets kids float their own boat, or learn about healthy lifestyles and why it's important for them to follow.

Did we mention the 25ft AirWays Maze too?

SO many fun things for kids to explore, discover, create and play with at this fun children's museum. You just might find your family day out here turns into two...then three...then many more!

Have fun kids, and remember - touch EVERYTHING!

How much does it cost?

Adults: $12.95

Children: $12.95

Discount: Free admission 5pm - 9pm 1st Friday of the month

Free Under: 23 months


Need a little extra help?

Just speak to staff if you have any questions about the accessibility of the exhibits!


When can we go?

10am - 5pm Tues - Sat / 11am - 5pm Sun & Mon

Year round, but closed Easter, Independence Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas


Any top tips?

The museum is an open-concept design that can be loud on busy days. At the Front Desk, they can loan your child a pair of brightly colored, noise-muffling headphones to wear during his or her visit.

I’m Hungry!

The Play Day Cafe is open daily and features Batdorf & Bronson coffee, drinks, and snacks. Yum! The Cafe Team also creates a wonderful selection of sandwiches, soups, salads, and of course, grilled cheese!

Healthy Eating

You can bring your own healthy food and enjoy it at certain tables in the cafe, or in the East Bay Public Plaza if you want to, but just keep the food well away from the water feature! There are also healthy options in the cafe.

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