Hands On Children’s Museum Makes Events Fun

The idea that kids have all the fun proves untrue at the new Hands On Children’s Museum in Olympia. The rules state that normally only those adults lucky enough to be accompanied by a child can visit this landmark destination on the East Bay waterfront, featuring 100 exhibits in eight galleries, plus an art studio. But there is another way. You can host your next special event here.

Michelle Lewis, private events coordinator and development assistant for the museum, said, “It’s a great, versatile event space for everything from family events to formal receptions.” Enjoy a waterfront view, high ceilings, murals and art installations, a café and a lobby suitable for seated banquets, all in a handsome 28,000-square-foot LEED Silver Certified “green” building. By August 2013, a new outdoor discovery area will open, with an event plaza for tables and entertainment. The best part is that guests get to feel like kids again.

“You have complete access to all the galleries and the art studio,” Lewis said, “so the events take advantage of the whimsy and all the fun activities that are available throughout.”

Or reserve one of four meeting rooms that seat from 25 to 75 people each. “Another thing we love to do,” Lewis said, “since we’re a nonprofit and we’ve had so much community support, is to offer discounted rates for other nonprofits in the area.” The museum also tries to accommodate community meetings and support groups.

Unlike with ordinary event spaces, the rental fees at this museum benefit children. “One of the points of our mission,” Lewis said, “is to never turn anyone away and make sure we’re allowing access, despite a family’s inability to pay.”

The Hands On Children’s Museum works with preferred local caterers to make impressive events as easy as child’s play.

For more information:
Michelle Lewis at 360.956.0818, ext. 152
privateevents@hocm.org

CANDACE BROWN