Check out Museum programs, events and activities!
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.
Museum and Café Play hours:
Open until 7 p.m. on January 15, February 19 and March 19.
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!
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:
Dec.15 through Jan. 2
March 30-April 3
Second Thursday of every month from 6 - 8 p.m.
December 11 | January 8 | February 12 | March 12
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.
December 11 - Holiday Social
January 8 - The Effects of Increased Oxygen Flow to the Brain
February 12 - Jennifer Adams, Ms. Wheelchair America 2014: Inclusion Revolution
March 12 - TBD
Second Saturday of each month from 10 - 11 a.m.
December 13 | January 10 | February 14 | March 14
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.
December 6 | January 3 | February 7 | March 7
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
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?
January 2 - Twirly Bird
January 3 - Travelers Telescope
January 9 - Parachute Drop
January 10 - Journey Mapping
January 16 - Animal Footprints
January 17 - Texture Art
January 23 - Flashlight games
January 24 - Bubble Prints
January 30 - Scavenger Hunt in Voyager
January 31 - Face Painting
February 6 - Not a Box
February 7 - Ping Pong Play
February 13 - Fabulous Flying Machines
February 14 - Float, Flink, Sink
February 20 - Experiments with Ice
February 21 - Oobleck
February 27 - Polar Pals
February 28 - Bubble Printing
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