Check out Museum programs, events and activities!
March 3, April 14, and May 12 from 5:30-6:30 p.m.
Come visit Preschool Powered by Play at one of the upcoming Open Houses. Teachers will be on-hand to show you around the classroom, answer your questions, and learn more about your unique school-readiness needs for your young child. This event is appropriate for adults and their preschool-age children. No reservations required.
Visit PlayTacoma.org/preschool for an application form. For questions, or to schedule an appointment to see the classroom during regular school hours, contact Shannon Rojecki at firstname.lastname@example.org or 253.627.6031 ext. 228.
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.
April 2, May 7, and June 4 from 5 - 7 p.m.
Location: 1911 Pacific Avenue, Tacoma, WA 98402.
The Children’s Museum of Tacoma will be hosting an activity for children 6 and under at the History Museum’s Family Fun Night every first Thursdays through June. Cost: Free with History Museum admission. For more information, visit www.WashingtonHistory.org
Open until 7 p.m. on March 19, April 16, May 21, and June 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/.
Thursday, April 16 from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Reading will occur at 11:15am.
Join local author, Tara Thomas Sanderson, as she shares two of her beloved children’s books: Princess Crazy Hair and Jungle Baby. Books on sale pre- and post-reading.
From the time Tara was eight years old, she knew she wanted to be an author. Now as a mother of three, Tara’s children not only are the inspiration for her writing, her daughter and two sons are also an integral piece of her creative writing process.
Free with admission. No registration required.
April 26 from 3-6 p.m. OR May 31 from 3-6 p.m.
Come get messy with SPUN as you take over Becka’s Studio for an afternoon of art-making. This hand-on experience with clay includes multiple techniques, including time on the wheel with professional clay artists. If you choose to have your creation fired afterwards, drop it off at SPUN for a $1 firing. Cost for the workshop is $20 per child per workshop. Appropriate for ages 2-13. Advanced registration. Register below or by calling 253.627.6031 ext. 221, or email Miranda Owen at email@example.com.
Developed in collaboration with SPUN Clay Arts Studio and Gallery.
Supported by the Tacoma Arts Commission.
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!
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 the following dates:
March 30-April 3
April 6 & 10 - “F is for Flowers”
April 13 & 17 - “N is for Nest”
April 20 & 25 - “E is for Earth”
April 27 & May 1 - “K is for Kite”
May 4 & 8 - “W is for Whale”
May 11 & 15 - “S is for Sun”
Second Thursday of every month from 6 - 8 p.m.
March 12 | April 9 | May 14 | June 11
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com.
March 12 - TBD
Second Saturday of each month from 10 - 11 a.m.
March 14 | April 11 | May 9 | June 13
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.
*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.
March 7 | April 4
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
March 6 - Parachute Drop
March 7 - Ping Pong Play
March 13 - Roll with the Changes
March 14 - Fruity Play Dough
March 20 - Window Viewers
March 21 - Nature Wands
March 27 - Scavenger Hunt in Woods
March 28 - Twirly birds
April is “Wind” Month
April 3 - Twirly Birds
April 4 - Parachute Drop
April 10 - Fabulous Flying Machines
April 11 - Parachute Play
April 17 - Parachute Play
April 18 - Fabulous Flying Machines
April 24 - Parachute drop
April 25 -Twirly Birds
May in “Water” Month
May 1 - Bubble Prints
May 2 - Polar Pals
May 8 - Bubble Painting
May 9 - Bubble Prints
May 15 - Float, Sink, Flink
May 16 - Ping Pong Play
May 22 - Experiment with ice
May 23 - Float, Sink, Flink
June is “Nature and the Outdoors” Month
June 5 - Traveler Telescopes
June 6 - Flashlight games
June 12 - Animal Footprints
June 13 - Window viewers
June 19 - Nature Wands
June 20 - Journey Mapping
June 26 - Scavenger Hunt
June 27 - Animal Footprints
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