Over the course of three days, more than 50,000 people are expected to travel through Sand in the City. Olympia’s largest beach party is located at the new Hands On Children’s Museum (414 Jefferson Street NE in downtown Olympia) and supports the Museum’s Free and Reduced Admission Programs.
While the popular, family friendly event is open all weekend, Sunday is especially geared to a multi-generational crowd. “While the entire event is free and open to all families, we try to focus Sunday’s activities around things that grandparents and grandkids can enjoy together,” says event coordinator Amy Brockman.
Beginning at 10:00 am on Sunday, August 25, grandparents can entertain their grandchildren for hours at the free Sand in the City event. Complete event details, including all the free craft activities can be found here.
The day is sponsored by Lucky Eagle Casino. Covering event expenses with their donation, Lucky Eagle Casino ensures that even more dollars are headed towards the Museum’s Free and Reduced Admission programs.
“Lucky Eagle Casino is proud to support Hands On Children’s Museum in their mission. We believe childhood development within the concept of hands on teaching and learning is an important and vital part of our community’s future. We value the opportunities the museum provides and we recognize the benefit of having such a valuable resource in our own back yard,” says Lucky Eagle Casino CEO, John Setterstrom.
“Lucky Eagle has been extremely generous to the Museum,” adds Brockman. “In addition to their day sponsorship, they are providing shuttles to transport people between the Port of Olympia’s donated parking space and the event.”
Additionally, Lucky Eagle will be one of eleven food and beverage vendors at Friday’s Sand In the City Gala. Dubbed “A Play Party for Grown-Ups”, the Gala is intended to bring even more dollars towards the Museum’s mission.
Beyond a monetary donation, Lucky Eagle also supplies an active volunteer to serve on the Sand in the City planning committee. “This provides necessary support to help pull off the event,” says Brockman.
“In addition to being a great community event that provides local fun for families, 100% of the proceeds go to support Free and Reduced Admission programs. These funds enable thousands of families, each year, to participate in education programs and enjoy exhibits, regardless of their ability to pay,” reports Brockman.
Sand in the City is a free event at the Hands On Children’s Museum at 414 Jefferson Street NE in downtown Olympia. Donations are appreciated. The Museum will be open, during event hours, for $25 per family which will be earmarked for the free and reduced programs. Members are admitted for free.
Sand in the City Hours:
Friday, August 23 – 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Saturday, August 24 – 10:00 am – 8:00 pm
Sunday, August 25 – 10:00 am – 5:00 pm (Grandparent’s Day)