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 September 29
Be inspired by the rich beauty and texture of working with natural and recycled materials. Create assemblage collages using a plethora of sustainable supplies and collaborate with fellow artists to design whimsical, larger than life sculptures inspired by the world outdoors.
Invitations to Play highlight the play and learning that takes place in each of the Museum's playscapes by providing adults with prompts and resources to further engage children. This Invitation to Play for Becka's Studio includes activities as a way to extend the Museum experience beyond our doors.
Through December 31
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.
October 1 - November 24
In celebration of Metal Urge, a city-wide program organized by the Tacoma Arts Commission, come explore and experiment with metal in its many forms. Bend, twist, layer, and shape collaborative metal creations. Installations throughout the Museum are inspired by local artists Colleen Cotey, Deborah Paul, and Joni Joachims.
Opens November 25
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.