Check out Museum programs, events and activities!
June - August 2015
If your child is curious, creative, and imaginative, then there is a summer camp theme that will ignite their spark! For more information, including registration information, visit the Summer Camp page.
Every Tuesday morning from 10-11:30 a.m.
Beginning June 23, the Museum will be open every Tuesday morning exclusively for families with children who have special needs. This family program is drop in, with no reservation required. Admission is Pay As You Will. For more information, contact Miranda Owen at firstname.lastname@example.org or 253.627.6031 ext. 221.
Beginning September 22, in addition to freely exploring the Museum, join Museum and A Step Ahead Pierce County educators for an interactive and developmentally appropriate circle time at 11:15am.
No program Tuesday, September 1 or September 8.
Open until 7 p.m. on August 20, September 17, October 15, November 19, December 17.
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/.
July 25 | August 7 | August 14 | August 22
September 11 | September 19 | September 25
Time: 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! Each Parents' Night Out includes thematic activities.
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!
Dates and Themes
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July 25, 2015 - Outer Space
August 7, 2015 - Camping
August 14, 2015 - Pirates- Ahoy Matey
August 22, 2015 - Dinosaurs
September 11, 2015 - Super Heroes
September 19, 2015 - Pacific Northwest Pride
September 25, 2015 - Pajama Party
Museum staff and Eco-Artist Kyt Williams-Gardner will host two workshops in August focusing on the creative potential of recycled and repurposed items.
Ideal for children ages 5-10 years old with their adult. Cost: This workshop is Pay As You Will, with a suggested donation of $20.
Supported by the Tacoma Arts Commission.
Recycled Face Clocks - Saturday, August 15 from 10-11a.m.
Artists will be encouraged to explore the features that compose their face. Inspired by these observations, each artist will create a one-of-a-kind and functioning clock utilizing recycled materials. Register here.
Plastic Art on Canvas - Saturday, August 29 from 10-11a.m.
Artists will encounter concepts of symmetry, color, and whimsy as they compose collage on canvas with materials repurposed from common plastic containers. Register here.
August 22 and 23, 2015 from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Come play with us as we salute military families in our community. We will offer Power Plays - our own brand of special playscape activations - throughout the day, along with a special art activity in Becka's Studio. Whether its whirly gigs in Voyager, or arctic ice animals in Water, there will be plenty of fun for everyone! Blue Star Families will also be onsite Saturday morning with lots of information for families, give-a-ways, and more! And as always, we are Pay As You Will admission! Learn more here. Download a flier here.
September 28 | October 26 | November 30
Member-Only Program from 3:15-4 p.m.
Books are not a spectator sport during this activity! Through use of music, rhythm, chant, puppetry and movement, popular children’s literature will come to life in interactive ways that appeal to young children of all language ability levels.
Come and engaged with the storyteller Lorraine Maida as she tells the story in ways that teach sequence of events, prediction, cause and effect, vocabulary and other skills that are integral to early literacy development.
Second Thursday of every month from 6 - 8 p.m.
July 9 - Family Social in the Museum
August - No meeting
September 10 - Theme to be determined. No child care available in September due to Museum renovations.
The Children's Museum of Tacoma, together with the Exceptional Families Network's support group, SPECIAL Families of Pierce County, hosts a monthly evening program for families with children who have special needs.
Cost: Free. Pay As You Will donations will be accepted if families wish to donate. Registration: Advance registration through SPECIAL Families of Pierce County is required for admission of all children into the museum galleries on workshop nights. Parents will need to complete an online intake form for each child they plan to bring. To request an intake form and register your child, please contact SPECIAL Families of Pierce County at email@example.com.
If you wish to attend without your child an RSVP is preferred but not required. For More Information: Angela Fish Exceptional Families Network and SPECIAL Families of Pierce County firstname.lastname@example.org.
Second Saturday of each month from 10 - 11 a.m.
August 8 | September 12 | October 10
Join us as we partner with KBTC each month for fun and learning around a selected KBTC Kids television show. Cost: Free. Registration is required and spaces are limited. Registration opens at noon the Monday prior to each event.
*Sparks programs are presented in partnership with KBTC and are funded by a Ready To Learn grant (PR/AWARD No. U295A100025, CFDA No. 84.295A) provided by the Department of Education to the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. Programs in association with KBTC are FREE to all participants. The PBS KIDS logo is a registered mark of PBS and is used with permission.
August 1 | October 8 | November 7 | December 5
Time: 10-11 a.m.
A special story time session for preschool-age children, led by the READY! Set, Read-Tacoma! program’s magical Book Fairy! Join us for a morning of fun stories, reading activities, and the chance to discover how Tacoma’s new early-childhood enrichment program can help your young reader succeed in school! This is a FREE, drop-in program. Presented by Tacoma Public Schools and Communities in Schools.
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.
Member-only power play schedule from 9-10 a.m. each week
June 19 - Nature Wands
June 20 - Journey Mapping
June 26 - Scavenger Hunt
June 27 - Animal Footprints
July 3 – Oobleck
July 10 - Marbled Art
July 11 - Textured Art
July 17- Flashlight Games
July 18 - Oobleck
July 24 - Animals Prints
July 25 - Marbled Art
July 31 - Textured Art
August 1 - Polar Pals
August 7 - Polar Pals
August 8 - Bubble Painting
August 14 - Experiments with Ice
August 15 - Pink Pong Play
August 21 - Float, Flink, Sink
August 22 - Float, Flink, Sink
August 28 - Ping Pong Play
August 29 - Experiments with Ice
September 11 - Twirly Birds
September 12 - Leaf Rubbings
September 18 - Leaf Rubbings
September 19 - Twirly Birds
September 25 - Journey Mapping
September 26 - Nature Wands
WOW returns September 14, 2015.
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.
September 14 & 18 - "A" is for Apple
September 21 & 25 - "F" is for Fall