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.
Through January 2015
Expanding upon the Museum’s beloved Airways system, continue to challenge and expand your understanding of the properties of air using other air inspired systems. How do objects respond to air? How will objects travel through an air system? Answer all of these questions and more!
This Invitation to Play for Invention includes activities as a way to extend the Museum experience beyond our doors.
Through February 2015
Though the weather outside may be frightful, Winter Whimsy at the Children’s Museum is quite delightful. Enter a world of whimsical wintry experiences in our Woods playscape and explore frosty art processes in Becka’s Studio, sure to warm those winter chills.
Through March 30
Dive down to the briny underwater floor where the sunken vessel Voyager lies. Pour over maps, send messages in bottles, befriend a bounty of unexpected animals and explore a tide-pool of colorful creatures.
Check out the Invitation to Play to extend the fun and learning.
Featured March 16 - 23
In honor of St. Patrick’s Day, Becka’s Studio is green with creativity. Paint and collage your way to colorful discoveries.
Opening March 25
Come explore a favorite three dimensional media: CLAY! Encounter clay with your whole body; digging in with your fingers, elbows, and even your toes or knees. Using real artist’s tools, experiment with how clay responds to water and discover what forms you can create by wedging, rolling, pinching, and sculpting.