Hands On Children's Museum, Olympia

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  • 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 "k...  more »
  • 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 »
  • 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 ...  more »
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  • Kids and I loved our day here. Lots to do, kids ranged from 7-12 and all were occupied. We had a blast riding the trikes outside even though it was a cold day and noses were red! The steps up the lighthouse are slim and steep but find for older kids and more active adults. Climbing within the structure to the upper floor was a treat for the kids and I was a tad disappointed that I couldn’t climb in there with them! The craft options kept all three kids occupied for a good few hours while I grabbed a quick cuppa in the cafe. Win! Make sure you pay for more parking than you anticipate as I had to run down and add more twice...
  • This is a great place for kids. The clientele is generally very kind and respectful, and the staff always is. The primary reason I bring my child here is to help socialize her, which isn't an easy task for a male caregiver. The only thing preventing this from being a five star review really is my kid's age - less than a year. While there is an infant area, it's just not the primary focus of the place and it's usually kids significantly older who are around. We always end up spending less time here than it deserves because of how quickly the youngest ones tire. I'd recommend bringing children here. The exhibits are built like playgrounds and it is quite up to parents to direct education, but the opportunities are definitely there.
  • My daughter and I especially love the Sensory Play events. It’s perfect for her to be comfortable and explore at her pace during the special hours. The staff is very helpful and compassionate to the needs of our family. I believe her name is Ella, she instantly informed me of various opportunities that are offered. I would also like it if this event was offered twice a month because we would be in attendance every time.
  • I love this museum and it has amazing activities. I would give it 5 stars if my kids were older. Instead, I have visited this place twice. My son was 3 the first time we went - I lost him. He was on a completely different level because he was doing the slide and there are multiple entries and levels to it. The second time we visited was just a couple weeks ago. It was difficult to watch my 4 year old and 1 year old. I don't have to worry about my 4 year old wandering off as much but my 1 year old would easily escape through one entrance and end up 50 feet away from me and out of site in seconds. I feel like there are too many entrances to each area (except the area with the fire truck and police truck). This place is fun - but have one adult per kid when you go.
  • My two older kids have both been here for a feild trip and loved it. I am babysitting full time now and they're always asking to go so I finally got a family pass. I took my youngest and a little boy I babysit, 2 & 1, and they had the best time ever. They absolutely did not want to leave. We packed a lunch and we're able to use a table inside which is rare for some places. We were there for three hours and didn't even see or do everything but it'll be nice to go back. Their favorite was the river maker and the sand pit outside, with the tot lot and career area coming in close second. There's tons to do for all ages. We're going to go again next weekend with all my kids, 9,7&2.
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