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Sand in the City 2013

Sand in the City®, the much-beloved free summer celebration now in its 13th year, will be held the fourth weekend in August at the New Hands On Children’s Museum on Olympia’s East Bay Waterfront!


Kick things off on Friday, August 23rd. Watch the Team Sand Sculpting Competition, with 13 t eams competing this year for the coveted Gold Shovel Award! This year’s teams include:

  • ·         Alpine & Warehouse Rock Gym powered by Puget Sound Energy
  • ·         Berschauer Phillips Construction
  • ·         Boys & Girls Club of Thurston Co., Sponsored by:  Olympia Federal Savings
  • ·         Brown and Caldwell
  • ·         Great Wolf Lodge & Big Brothers Big Sisters of SW WA, Sponsored by: Great Wolf Lodge
  • ·         Morningside
  • ·         North Thurston Public School Art Teachers, Sponsored by: Mortenson Construction
  • ·         Olympia Free Clinic, Sponsored by: Heritage Bank
  • ·         Olympia School District, Sponsored by:  WSECU
  • ·         Olympia Waldorf School, Sponsored by:  Reliable Electric
  • ·         Panorama
  • ·         Port Blakely Tree Farms
  • ·         Saint Martin’s Alumni Association, Sponsored by: Saint Martin’s University


Visit Saturday, August 25th for the big Community Beach Party with over 40 hands-on activities, rock wall climbing, tide pool touch tanks, giant sandboxes, paddle board demonstrations, face-painting, arts & crafts, live music, and other on-stage entertainment. Then come by Sunday, August 26th for Grandparent’s Day, with all the fun of Saturday plus special activities for grandparents and grandkids! Visit www.hocm.org/sandinthecity for a complete listing of activities and entertainment.


The ever popular Sand in the City Gala is Friday evening, August 23rd from 7-11pm. Enjoy scrumptious food from the region’s premier restaurateurs, sip on spirits and munch on s’mores around the fire, dance to the great cover band The Beatniks, bid on the bigger-than-ever Silent Auction, and play inside the fabulous new Museum! To buy tickets to Gala, an adults-only event, visit www.hocm.org/sandinthecitygala.


In addition to all the outdoor fun, families can play inside the new Museum for a special event admission rate of $25. Special admission includes access to the Museum’s 150+ hands-on exhibits in nine themed galleries and the first exhibits of its new Outdoor Discovery Center designed to connect children to nature: a giant two-story stick sculpture by renowned artist Patrick Dougherty and the Driftwood Fort Construction Area.

Proceeds from this three-day event, special event museum admission, and the evening gala, benefit the Museum’s Free & Reduced Admission Program. Call 360-956-0818 or see our website www.hocm.org/sandinthecity for more information.