Check out Museum programs, events and activities!
The Museum’s Play Guide team have 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!
Some of the Power Plays include:
Float, Sink and Flink
Ping Pong Ball Races
Three times each month from 6 - 9 p.m.
Need a night out? Let us entertain your children in a safe and fun environment.
Cost: $25 per child, $10 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!
Mondays, Members only, from 9:30 - 11 a.m.
November 4, 11, 18
December 2, 9, 16
Fridays, open to the public, from 9:30-11 a.m.
November 1, 8, 15, 22
December 6, 13, 20
Beginning September 13, 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.
Cost: Members Free! $15 per family of four, $5 for additional siblings. No registration required.
November 15 from 1-3 p.m.Drop in and help Jack, Rylee and Zack make a stop time video, like the one below. Jack, Rylee, and Zack are museum volunteers and students at our local Tacoma School of the Arts.
November 23 from 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Join artist, Brian Hutchison as we create patterns and layer shapes. Artists will utilize the one of a kind wooden stencils from Studio B in the Children's Museum of Tacoma to make your very own playful buttons. Additionally, work collaboratively to create a canvas of shapes.
This workshop is a parent child workshop for kids ages 4-7 and follows our admission model of Pay As You Will. You must register in advance.
Play Shapes is made possible with funding from Tacoma Arts Commission.
Sunday, November 24 from 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Bring the entire family downtown and join us for a Children's Museum of Tacoma Skate Party at Polar Plaza. The Kent Valley Skating Club will also be on hand to assist all levels of skaters, and you may even get a chance to skate with some Museum Play Guides!
Cost is $4 and includes skate rental.
Please register in advance . Online registration is sold out. Limited onsite ticket sales will be available.
Polar Plaza is located in Tollefson Plaza, across the street from the Museum. It is presented by Tacoma Art Museum.
Saturdays from 9 - 10 a.m.
Drop in Saturdays during the 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. For more information about the activities, visit our Power Plays page.
Upcoming Power Play Themes
November 2 - Not a Box Structures in Invention
November 9 - Story Time in Woods
November 16 - Ping Pong Races in Water
November 23 - Marble Prints in Becka's Studio
November 30 - Traveler Telescopes in Voyager
December 7 - Parachute Play in Invention
December 14 - Flashlight Fun in Woods
December 21 - Fruity Play Dough in Becka's Studio
December 28 - Scavenger Hunt in Voyager
October 26, November 2, and November 16 from 10-11:30 a.m.
Visitors are invited to explore patterns, shapes and a variety of media as Studio B transforms into an artist’s workshop. Local artists Brian Hutcheson will create and install a playful set of durable wooden stencils ranging from simple shapes to dynamic patterns. Both individual and collaborative art exploration and creation are encouraged. During the Artist in Studio time, young artists will be able to work directly with Brian on their artistic creations.
Play Shapes is made possible with funding from Tacoma Arts Commission
The third Friday of each months from 11 a.m. - 12 p.m.
September 20, (OCTOBER 18 CANCELLED), November 15, and December 30
Join us for 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.
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.
November 9 – SuperWhy!
December 14 – Dinosaur Train
January 11 – Wild Kratts
February 8 – Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood
March 8 – The Cat in the Hat
April 12 – SID the Science Kid
May 10 – Curious George
June 14 – Martha Speaks
July 12 – Word Girl
August 9 – Fetch! With Ruff Ruffman
September 13 – Fetch! With Ruff Ruffman
*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.
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.
Upcoming Meeting Themes:
November 14 – General understanding of neurology, mitochondrial dysfunction and redox signaling in special needs, Dr. Mary Clement, Naturopathic Physician
December 12 – 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 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.