Hands On will be filled with engaging, exciting learning opportunities all summer long thanks to the support of many community sponsors who are funding special activities, themed adventures, animals and guest performers! Check back soon to see the great activities we have planned this summer!
All shows and activities are free with Museum Admission.
Summer Splash! Summer-Long Festival of Fun is sponsored by WSECU!
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Fire Rescue Spectacular - June
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
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
Climb the Rock Wall
July 18 & 19
Kids can test their climbing skills and scale a 25-foot climbing wall. Thank you to our climbing wall sponsor: TwinStar Credit Union
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
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!
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!
Climb the Rock Wall
August 19 & 20
Summer Splash! Gala: August 25
Save the date for this popular adults-only Party with a Purpose!
Please thank our 2017 Summer Splash Sponsors!
2017 Gala Sponsors