Extraordinary Give | Hands-On House

Your generosity during 2019’s ExtraOrdinary Give helped us raise over $9,000!  Your contributions will help to fund the exciting things that Hands-on House is planning for 2020, from expanded programming and a new exhibit to welcoming more children and families. The power of play is ExtraOrdinary… and so are our donors!  Thank you! 


In 2020 we will open a brand new exhibit that immerses children in the experience of construction.  Hands-on activities will illustrate elements from excavation to insulation and painting – and specifically highlight the skilled trades. We hope to inspire the next generation of plumbers, electricians, carpenters and masons – the people who build our community!

It’s our mission to provide landmark learning experiences for children and their families through play — in our interactive exhibits; in the Clubhouse, where STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) skills are approachable for our earliest learners; and in hands-on workshops that enhance learning in local classrooms.

We believe foundational learning experiences should be available to all children in our community, and we are working to make the Museum more welcoming to all audiences.

In 2019, we joined Museums for All, an initiative that offers reduced admission for low-income families.  More than 600 individuals have benefited in less than 10 months! We again provided free admission to active military duty families from Memorial Day to Labor Day.  Future plans include multilingual signage and sensory friendly programming.

According the American Academy of Pediatrics, developmentally appropriate play with parents and peers helps children build social-emotional, cognitive, language and self-regulation skills and safe, stable nurturing relationships with caregivers. Play enhances brain structure and promotes the learning process. Play helps children thrive.