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.
Opening January 29
Wonder and curiosity abound as you interact with the light in its different forms. Overhead projectors produce beautiful, vibrant images rich with opportunities for experimentation and manipulation. Through a variety of materials, explore concepts of translucency, opaqueness, transparency and sheer delight.
Opening January 29, 2014
Endeavor into the world of creativity and science as you explore color through multiple media. What will you discover about red, blue and yellow? What happens when blue meets red?
Through June 1, 2014
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 April 16 through June 30
3, 2, 1... Blast Off! Join us as Voyager launches into outer space. Explore a moon inspired terrain and collaborate with fellow travelers to ensure a safe journey.
Opening April 30
Who does a city, like Tacoma, belong to? What stories are waiting to be told? Inspired by Marva Russel's sculpture "City of Life, Work and Play", Block City provides an abundant supply of modular materials inviting the young architectural artist to plan, build and tell the story of their own urban inspired structure.
Opening June 18
Enter into Box Inventions with curious and creative abandon as you play, build, climb, and more! Revel in the untapped creative potential of cardboard boxes. What possibilities will you discover?