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.
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 March 20, April 17, May 15, June 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: $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!
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 on a date 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
Mondays, Members only, from 9:30 - 11 a.m.
Fridays, open to the public, from 9:30-11 a.m.
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.
March 3 and 7 - “Windy Weather” theme featuring kite-making, floating feathers sensory activity, and lion, kite and wind songs.
March 10 and 14 - “Color Fun, Great is Great” theme featuring potato printing and St. Patrick’s day songs.
March 17 and 21 - “Spring Ahead” theme featuring coffee filter butterflies.
March 24 and 28 - “Bunny Hop” theme with bunny collages, cotton ball and egg sensory play, and bunny songs.
March 31 and April 4 - “April Showers” theme with splatter painting, water play and measuring, and rainy day songs.
April 7 and 11 - "Lucky Ducky" theme featuring ducky chick prints, feather sensory play, and little duck songs.
April 14 and 18 - "Trash to Treasure: Celebrating Earth Day" theme with waste-not frame-making, recycled materials sensory play, and songs about recycling.
April 21 and 25 - "Plant a Little Seed" theme with all things gardens, including songs, books and real garden tools and bark.
April 28 and May 2 - "Crawling Caterpillars" theme features The Very Hungry Caterpillar book and lots of crawling, but not creepy things.
May 5 and 9 - "Papa and Mama Mia" is the anthem for this week. Have you ever played with cooked pasta using tongs?
May 12 and 16 - "May Flowers" are springing up everywhere, including at WOW. We will explore tulip prints, potting soil, and learn about rainbows.
May 19 and 23 - "Fishy Fun" is our theme for the last week of WOW this academic year. Get ready to print, paint, and catch your fish.
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.
Saturday member-only power play schedule from 9-10 a.m. each week
April 5 - Wood Power Play: Face painting
April 12 - Voyager Power Play: Twirly Birds
April 19 - Water Power Play: Release the Rainbow
April 26 - Light and Color Studio Power Play: Color mixing through play dough
May 3 - Woods Power Play: Flashlight Games
May 10 - Becka's Studio Power Play: Face Painting
May 17 - Water Power Play: Experiments with Ice
May 24 - Light and Color Voyager Power Play: What does light shine through?
May 31 - Invention Power Play: Pabulous Flying Machines
June 7 - Light and Color Voyager Power Play: Spinning your color
June 14 - Water Power Play: Ping Pong play
June 21 - Becka's Studio Power Play: Texture Art
June 28 - Woods Power Play: Face Painting
Friday Member-only power play schedule from 9-10 a.m. each week
April 4 - Becka's Studio Power Play: Spinning Your Color
April 11 - Woods Power Play: Flashlight Games
April 18 - Water Power Play: Release the Rainbow
April 25 - Voyager Power Play: Discovery Bottles
May 2 - Becka's Studio Power Play: Eye Spy
May 16 - Water Power Play: Why are Bubbles so Colorful?
May 23 - Invention Power Play: Mirror, Mirror on the Wall: Angles of Reflection
May 30 - Voyager Power Play: Color Matching
June 6 - Becka's Studio Power Play: Glow in the Dark Play Dough
June 13 - Woods Power Play: Scavenger Hunt with color and light focus
June 20 - Water Power Play: Release the Rainbow
June 27 - Voyager Power Play: What Does Light Shine Through?
Third Friday of each month from 11 a.m. - 12 p.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.
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
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.
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.