Check out Museum programs, events and activities!
The Museum’s Play Guide team has powered up to provide power plays at any time, on any day, in the Museum. When you visit, take notice of the colorful buttons each Play Guide is wearing on his or her new apron. Each button represents a new power play that the Play Guide is trained to share with you in the galleries. If you see an image that catches your eye or sparks your imagination, ask a Play Guide to tell you more and let the power play begin! Power Plays are facilitated play experiences that feature art or science and themes related to the Museum's playscapes.
Power Play Passports: Pick up your Power Play Passport at the Museum. Every time you complete a Power Play with one of our Play Guides, you will get a stamp in your Power Play Passport book. Once all 22 Power Plays in your passport have been stamped, share it with your Play Guide for a special prize.
Museum and Café Play hours:
Open until 7 p.m. on October 16, November 20, December 18.
Gear up, get out, and mingle! On the Third Thursday of every month downtown Tacoma’s museums, shops, galleries, and restaurants showcase the city as an arts destination. For more information, visit http://tacomaartgroup.org/.
October 25-31* from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
*The museum is closed on Tuesdays
We are celebrating the Halloween holiday with spooky art-making activities in Becka's Studio all week long. Come play and make a different activity every day.
October 25 - Pumpkin printing with paint
October 26 - Handprint bats with spooky white pencil accents
October 27 - Glowing ghosties!
October 29 - Golf ball print spider webs, a chalkboard pumpkin and orange play dough
October 30 - Sun catcher jack-o-lanterns, a chalkboard pumpkin and orange play dough
October 31 - Wear your costumer to the Museum and trick-or-treat at our front desk. We will bring back some of our favorite art activities from the week.
Twice a month from 6 - 9 p.m.
Need a night out? Let us entertain your children in a safe and fun environment. Sign up for Parents' Night Out and treat yourself and kids to some fun. While at the Museum your child will play games, explore the playscapes, create works of art, and enjoy pizza and treats!
Cost: $30 per child, $15 each additional sibling. Members receive a 10% discount. PNO is most appropriate for children 3-10 years old. All children must be able to use the toilet independently. Registration is required. Register early, spots fill up quickly!
WOW is back on September 15.
Drop in and enjoy thematic and musical programs perfect for toddlers, preschoolers, and their grown-ups. Program participation includes 30 minutes of exclusive play in the Museum.
No registration required.
Times: Mondays 9:30 a.m. - 11 a.m. - Members-Only
Fridays 9:30 a.m. - 11 a.m. - Open to the public
Cost: Members Free!
$15 per family of 4, $5 for additional siblings.
There will be no WOW on Nov. 24, Nov. 28, Dec. 15. Jan. 2.
Starts October 22, 2014. Classes meet from 5:30-6:30 p.m. every week for six weeks.
In a playful, educational and language-rich environment, caregivers will build their American Sign Language (ASL) vocabulary through instruction, interactive games and songs over a six week course. You will learn recommended first signs, the benefits of using ASL with infants and children, in addition to easy techniques for successfully integrating signs into everyday life.
Ruth Taylor Briggs is proud to be part of an international network of Baby Sign Language instructors through My Smart Hands. My Smart Hands Tacoma offers classes to the Olympia, Tacoma, and Puyallup areas. American Sign Language has been a passion of Ruth's since childhood, when she taught herself the manual alphabet and other signs. Ruth has a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Pacific Lutheran University. She has worked with children, parents, teachers, and childcare providers in a variety of instructional settings.
Pre-registration is required.
Cost: $170/ family unit of two adults for entire six weeks. Includes manual with accompanying CD; a $30 value.
Class meets every Wednesday for six weeks:
October 22, 29 & November 5, 12, 19, 26
1501 Pacific Avenue
3rd Floor Training Academy Conference Room
Need a night out? Let us entertain your children in a safe and fun environment while you explore downtown Tacoma. While at the Museum children will explore the playscapes, eat dinner, and participate in special projects.
Courtesy of Sittercity Military Program. PNO is most appropriate for children 3-10 years old. All children must be able to use the toilet independently. Registration is required. Register early, spots fill up quickly! You must show military identification at child drop off.
Register by clicking below:
The Department of Defense provides our nation's service members with fully paid members to Sittercity. This coverage includes Army, Marines, Navy, and Air Force including active duty, Reserve, Guard, and surviving spouses. Over 100,000 military families have found the caregiver that best meets their families changing needs through Sittercity. Military families can activate their Sittercity memberships at www.sittercity.com/DoD
Drop in Friday and Saturday mornings for Member's Only Hour as Museum staff provide an invitation to explore a facilitated play experience in one of the Museum's five Playscapes.
Cost: Free to members. You must be a Museum Member to participate in Power Plays. For more information on becoming a member click here.
Friday Member-only power play schedule from 9-10 a.m. each week
October 3 - Invention: Fabulous Flying Machines
October 4 - Invention: Fabulous Flying Machines
October 10 - Water: Float, Flink,or Sink
October 11 - Water: Ping Pong play
October 17 - Voyager: Twirly Birds
October 18 - Voyager: Twirly Birds
October 24 - Becka's Studio: Textured Art with Faux pressed metal
October 25 - Becka's Studio: Textured Art with 'Faux pressed metal
November 1- Voyager: Wind chimes with cups
November 7 - Voyager: Wind chimes with cups
November 8 - Invention: Parachute drop
November 14 - Becka's Studio: Textured Art with Metallic paints
November 15 - Becka's Studio: Textured Art with Metallic paints
November 21 - Invention: Parachute play
November 22 - Playscapes Scavenger hunts
November 28 - Window Viewers
November 29 - Voyager: Twirly Birds
December 5- Story time in woods- American Sign Language -Brown Bear Brown Bear
December 6 - Story time in woods- American Sign Language -Brown Bear Brown Bear
December 12 - Water:Polar Pals
December 13 - Flashlight play
December 19 - Becka's Studio: Textured Art
December 20 - Invention: Fabulous Flying Machines
December 26 - Voyager: Twirly Birds
December 27 - Water: Experiments with IceJune 27 - What Does Light Shine Through?
Sundays in December from 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Bring the entire family downtown and join us for a Children's Museum of Tacoma Ice Skating Party at Polar Plaza. Some of our play guides will be on hand to skate alongside you as your little skaters build their skills. After the skate party, come play at the Museum and warm up with a complimentary cocoa.
Cost is $5 and includes skate rental. Please register in advance. Children two and under are free.
Polar Plaza is located in Tollefson Plaza, across the street from the Museum. It is presented by Tacoma Art Museum.