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 July 17, August 21, September 18, 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/.
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.
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
September 5 - Oobleck in Becka's Studio
September 6 - Face Painting in Woods
September 12 - Parachute Play in Invention
September 13 - Ping pong in Water
September 19 - Experiments with Ice in Water
September 20 - Bubble Painting in Becka's Studio
September 26 - Not a Box in Invention
September 27 - Float, Flink, Sink in Water
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?
Saturday, September 27 from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Does your child's teddy bear or favorite snugly toy need a check-up? The Pacific Northwest Child Life Association (PNCLA) will be hosting a Teddy Bear Clinic at the Children’s Museum of Tacoma on September 27, 2014 from 10am to 2pm.
In the clinic children will be able to become a compassionate doctor to their beloved lovie, explore child-friendly medical supplies, and play alongside PNCLA child life specialists. These playful interactions provide familiarization and education to make your child’s next doctor visit more comfortable and less frightening.
What is a Child Life Specialist?
Child life specialists are child development experts who work to ensure that life remains as normal as possible for children in health care environments. They promote effective coping and support through: play, self-expression activities, age-appropriate medical preparation & education. As advocates of family-centered care, child life specialists work in partnership with doctors, nurses, social workers and others to meet the emotional, developmental, and cultural needs of each child and family.
This event is FREE and no registration is required.
Thursday, October 16 from 2-3 p.m. OR 3-4 p.m.
Join artist Colleen Cotey on October 16 to create wire oysters. Guests are encouraged their own treasured trinket for incorporation. Recommended for children ages 5 and older with the support of an adult.
Cost: Registration required with Pay As You Will donation. Register here.
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. Includes manual with accompanying CD; a $30 value.
Class meets every Wednesday for six weeks:
October 15, 22, 29 & November 5, 12, 19
1501 Pacific Avenue
3rd Floor Training Academy Conference Room
Tacoma, WA 98402
Join us as we partner with KBTC each month for fun and learning around a selected KBTC television show.
Cost: Free. Registration is required and spaces are limited. Registration opens at noon the Monday prior to each event.
Recommended for children ages 3 and older
September 13 – Fetch! With Ruff Ruffman
Oct 11 – Curious George
November 8 – Super Why
December 13 – Peg + Cat
January 10 – Clifford
February 14 – Sesame Street
March 14 – Arthur
April 11- Dinosaur Train
*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.
First Saturday of each month from 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.
Upcoming story times:
Second Thursday of every month. 6 - 8 p.m.
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.
September 11 – Teaching Language with Verbal Behavior
October 9 – How to Incorporate Essential Oils into your Everyday Life and Move Toward Safer Alternatives
November 13 – Creating Fun Picture-Based Magnetic Task Calendars with Your Child
December 11 – Holiday Social
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.