Daybreak 2

Sand Sculpting Exhibit

Over 275 employees of local businesses and organizations will go “shovel-to-shovel” building giant sand sculptures at this year’s Sand in the City® event, the South Sound’s favorite family sand festival.

Thirteen teams will compete in this year’s event, held August 23-25 at the new Hands On Children’s Museum on Olympia’s East Bay Waterfront. The 13th annual Sand in the City® event is the Hands On Children’s Museum’s signature event and raises funds for the Museum’s Free and Reduced Admissions Programs. About 50,000 people from the Puget Sound region are expected to visit the free event, which showcases the Museum’s educational outreach programs and partners.

The team sculpting competition runs Friday, August 23 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. when the whistle blows. A panel of judges and two master sculptors will judge the creations and award top honors, including the coveted Golden Shovel Award, at 4 p.m. on Friday. The public can vote for their favorite sculpture throughout the weekend in the People’s Choice Award competition. The People’s Choice winner will be announced at 4 p.m. on Sunday.

The event hours for Friday are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. with public viewing of the team competition along with select art activities. Saturday’s giant Beach Party, which includes hands-on activities, live entertainment and demonstrations by Master Sand Sculptors, runs from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Then, Sunday’s Grandparents’ Day, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., features additional activities designed for children and their grandparents to do together.

For more information about Sand in the City®, visit

Information from Communications Manager, Hands On Children's Museum