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At Hands On, we 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. 

Our programs and participatory exhibits are designed specifically to encourage interaction and inquiry, as well as participation from the entire family. 

We believe that learning occurs in a variety of ways, and that experiential learning is essential for proper brain development. 

At Hands On, we know that communities are enriched when diverse groups work creatively together to educate our children. 

We actively partner with social service agencies, public schools, service clubs, public libraries, and other community organizations to bring interactive education to the community.

Your donation supports our Free & Reduced Admission Programs. Hands On raises funds through our  Imagine That! Breakfast, donations throughout the year and the Leadership Circle.

Below is a list of our extensive Free & Reduced Admissions Programs. 

To learn more about sponsored admission or sponsored memberships, click here.

To learn more about enrolling in these programs, call us at (360) 956-0818.
To support these programs, call us at (360) 956-0818 or email development(at)hocm.org.

Major Free Access Programs

Free & Reduced Field Trips

  • Preschool & Elementary Students in Six Counties
  • Head Start Field Trips
  • Early Childhood Education and Assistance Program Field Trips
  • United Way Right from the Start

Parent Support Programs

  • PowerParenting - free monthly classes
  • PlayWise - Free Weekly Preschool Enrichment
  • Foster Support Group
  • Kinship Support Group
  • SafePlace Support
  • Special Night of Play - For Autistic & Special Needs Children
  • Crohns & Colitis Support Group
  • Cedar Creek Corrections Center

Military Support Programs

Supporting Families in Need

  • Sponsored Visits
  • Sponsored Memberships
  • EBT - Free Admission to any family receiving state basic food assistance
  • South Sound Reading Foundation, Free Book Distribution

By the Numbers

Dashboard free & reduced