At the Children’s Museum of Tacoma we believe play is the elemental component of children’s learning. Our new specially designed museum experience engages young children and their adult caregivers in self-directed play through innovative design that celebrates imagination and encourages creativity.
The museum’s playscapes and programs support children’s growth through play by addressing age-appropriate development, especially in the areas of creativity, social and emotional skills, cognitive and critical thinking skills, gross and fine motor development, and early literacy learning.
PLEASE NOTE: For the safety of all our visitors, only adults accompanied by a child will be allowed in the galleries. We do offer guided tours of the galleries for interested adults based on staffing availability.
Becka's Studio has a new twist! It has been transformed into a Movement and Music Studio with the help of local artist Carla Barragan. Create a beat or new sound with drums, boom-sticks, xylophones, and shakers. Use ribbon dancers, scarves, movement shapes and dice to move and dance. Watercolor paint to music and let your paintbrush dance across the paper. Occasionally we will even also throw down our drop cloth and dance with painted feet!
Carla Barragán is an Ecuadorian dancer, choreographer and educator working between Seattle, Mexico and Ecuador since 1998. She is co-founder and director of BQdanza. In addition to her work as a choreographer, she also teaches Theatre fulltime at the Bethel school district, at Elk Plain School of Choice.
Movement and Music is made possible with funding from Tacoma Arts Commission.
Fort Inventions invites visitors to go on a creative adventure in stretching, tucking, draping, and clipping to build an individual or collaborative fort.
Use a variety of materials, like blankets, furniture, clips and strings.
Each fort will take on its own unique footprint and design. Once built, imaginations can soar as the fort becomes a voyaging vessel, cave, cabin in the woods, schoolhouse, rocket ship, or anything else our minds can imagine.
Fort Inventions can be found in the Museum's Invention playscape.
Opening October 12, 2013
Visitors are invited to explore patterns, shapes and a variety of media as Studio B transforms into an artist’s workshop. Local artists Brian Hutcheson will create and install a playful set of durable wooden stencils ranging from simple shapes to dynamic patterns. Both individual and collaborative art exploration and creation are encouraged.
About Brian Hutcheson
Brian Hutcheson is currently an art and design teacher at Charles Wright Academy Upper School. He has a Master’s Degree in Design and Art Education from the Rhode Island School of Design and a Bachelor’s Degree in Drawing and Painting from Biola University. For the past seven years, Hutcheson has worked with children age 4 to 18 in school and community settings from Kent to Thailand facilitating artistic and creative experiences. Hutcheson created the Mail Art Collaborative project featured in Becka’s Studio when the facility opened January 14, 2012.
Play Shapes is made possible with funding from Tacoma Arts Commission
If you've already played in our playscapes, click here to let us know about your experience.