Hands On Children's Museum

Did you ever have that morning where you ended up doing something unexpected? Looking at these pictures, I'm pretty sure that we were supposed to go back to the hotel room after we dropped my hubby at work. Instead, we took a 30-minute drive southwest from Tacoma to play at the Hands On Children's Museum in Olympia.  Just because the kids are wearing pajamas doesn't mean they can't have fun outside the home!  (Note to self, though:  Keep extra outfits in the rental car for situations like these.)


The Hands On Children's Museum was smaller than I expected—in comparison to The Children's Museum in Seattle.  Size didn't matter, though, because it had more than enough exhibits to entertain my kids.


Driving the dump truck in the Build It! room.


Connor bringing the rocks over to the back of the truck.  What good team work!  (Except I still think Tristan got the better end of this deal.)


This is the coolest contraption. There's two parts to it, and I should have taken a video of how it works. There's are tubes in the middle of the room where you insert the balls. You press a button until the air has lifted it up and above. Then you pull down the lever, and watch the balls go down the obstacle course on the wall into a bucket.

The future is in your hands!


I love this age where they love to play with themselves in the mirror. (He was 8 months when this was taken.)

Once he saw Thomas, there was no going back.

Thomas the Train set found.

Seriously, what is the obsession with Thomas the Train? I feel like it's a natural inclination for toddlers. Whenever they see it, they just want to play with it for hours, and it takes a lot of work to get them away.


The children's museum is a block away from the capitol, so we were able to pass by it on our way back to the car.


A Closer View


Glimpse of Capitol Lake




Hands On Children's Museum
Hours:  Monday - Saturday (10:00 am - 5:00 pm); Sunday (12:00 pm - 5:00 pm)
Admission:  Adults (2-61):  $7.95 / Seniors (62+):  $6.95 / Toddlers (12 - 23 months):  $5.95 / Babies (<12 months):  FREE
Location:  106 11th Avenue Southwest, Olympia, WA 98501
Phone:  (360) 956-0818
Website:  http://www.hocm.org

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