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All shows and activities are free with Museum Admission. 

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Fire Rescue Spectacular - June

Fire Rescue Spectacular
Check out our highlight event for June (Click here for a full list of activities). 
June 24, 11am -3pm

Here they come… Olympia’s Emergency Rescue Fleet and Local Firefighters! Come see Fire Engines, AID #1, Fire Boat, Sprinkler Demo Trailer, Police Cruiser, and a Police Motorcycle. We’ll even have a vintage fire truck on display!

  • Explore Olympia's Emergency Fleet
  • Meet Sparky the Dog & See a Vintage Fire Truck
  • Take the Jr. Firefighter Challenge: bucket brigade, flaming house spray down & hose relay
  • Enjoy "Firehouse Hot Dogs" & ice cream
  • Meet your local firefighters!

In partnership with: Olympia Fire Department

Street activities are free to the public. Special activities in Museum are free with admission. 

Super Heroes & Stunts - July

July is Super Hero month at the Museum! We will have a host of different activities, live performances, show, and special guests that bring your kiddos favorite super heroes to life! Check out some of our highlights (Click here for a full list of activities). 

The month of July is sponsored by Olympia Federal Savings. 

XPogo Stunt Shows

World Famous XPogo Stunt Team
July 6-8: Noon, 1pm & 2pm

These high-flying athletes hold 13 Guinness World Records and have appeared on dozens of national media events including the TODAY show, the Tonight Show, and Ellen! The XPogo Stunt Team is the world's best extreme pogo demo crew, featuring Championship Pro Athletes flying over 10-feet in the air on extreme pogo sticks while doing flips & incredible tricks! Thank you to our show sponsor: Dairy Queen.

Climbing Wall

Climb the Rock Wall
July 19

Kids can test their climbing skills and scale a 25-foot climbing wall. Thank you to our climbing wall sponsor: TwinStar Credit Union.

Super Collies
Amazing Super Collies Stunt Shows
July 21 & 22
Showtimes: Noon, 1pm & 2pm

Meet "Hero" the Super Collie and his trainer as they perform their Stunt Dog Show! Hero became the world's youngest champion trick dog at 2 months old and now, a full-grown pup, he knows over 400 tricks! The Super Collies are known for their appearance on the Late Show with David Letterman and Ellen. Their antics have captivated audiences all over the world! Thank you to sponsor MudBay!

Stars, S'mores & 
the Great Campout

Hands On will be celebrating the outdoors the entire month of August! Don't miss these great events highlighted below or click here for a full list of activities

The month of August is sponsored by Lucky Eagle Casino & Hotel. 

Great Campout
The Great Campout!
August 5, 5-10pm

Join us for this special nighttime event in the Museum's Outdoor Discovery Center. Listen to stories and sing around the campfire. Toast marshmallows and make s'mores. Learn about S'more Science while using a microscope. Make bug boxes with Olympia Parks & Recreation and learn about lunar & solar eclipses with The Evergreen State College Astronomical Society. We will end the night with a short outdoor movie as the stars come out. Thank you to our Great Campout sponsor FORMA Construction!

Experience the Planetarium
August 11 & 12

Climb inside a portable universe and gaze at the night sky, right inside the museum! This mobile planetarium is a great introduction to astronomy for learners of all ages. 

Featuring six shows daily, programs will lead you on an interactive journey to the stars and moon. Find the North Star and discover why you can't fly a kite on the moon. Thank you to the Museum of Flight for bringing this event to the Museum!

Solar Days
Solar Days
August 19 & 20

South Sound Solar will be here with their crowd favorite, the water slide duck dash and a solar powered air dancer! Learn how to cook your favorite foods in a solar oven and get ready for the big total solar eclipse on August 21. Thank you to our Solar Days sponsor, South Sound Solar!

Please note that the Tacoma Astronomical Society was here earlier in the summer to make solar eclipse viewing glasses. Solar eclipse viewing glasses will not be available during Solar Days. 

Climb the Rock Wall
August 18, 19 & 20

The rock wall returns in August thanks to our climbing wall sponsor, TwinStar Credit Union

Save the Date! Aug. 25

2017 Summer Splash! Gala

It's time to play like a kid again at everyone's favorite summer gala!

Exciting Event Highlights!

See the Big Reveal. You helped us design it - now it's time to unveil it! Meet the design team from Turner Exhibits with Master Treehouse Designer Daniel Ash of Pete Nelson Treehouse.

  • Enjoy cocktails, appetizers and silent auction in the Outdoor Discovery Center
  • Tour fabulous foodie stations for a stream side dinner on the East Bay Plaza
  • Dance to the Craig Lawrence Band, Seattle's premier dance band
  • Make a super hero cape in the new MakeSpace, sample liquid nitrogen ice cream and get a body painting
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Please thank our 2017 Summer Splash Sponsors!

2017 Gala Sponsors
To see the full list of Gala Sponsors, click here!