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 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: $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
Wednesday, July 30 from 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Saturday, August 2 from 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Join us in Box Inventions as local artist and storyteller Monique Bridges uses pieces of boxes and characters created from cardboard to go on a journey to save the "Book of Wonders and Imagination." Free with admission.
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
June 27 - What Does Light Shine Through? in Voyager
July 11-Texture Art in Becka's Studio
July 18 -Twirly Birds in Voyager
July 25 -Journey Mapping in Voyager
August 1 - Parachute Drop in Voyager
August 8 - Ping Pong Play in Water
August 15 - Roll with the Changes in Invention
August 22 - Traveler Telescopes in Voyager
August 29 - Fabulous Flying Machines in Invention
September 5 - Oobleck in Becka's Studio
September 12 - Parachute Play in Invention
September 19 - Experiments with Ice in Water
September 26 - Not a Box in Invention
Saturday member-only power play schedule from 9-10 a.m. each week
June 28 - Face Painting in Woods
July 5 - Scavenger Hunt in Woods
July 12 - Flashlight Games in Woods
July 19 - Nature Wands in Woods
July 26 - Spin Art in Becka's Studio
August 2 -Texture Art in Becka's Studio
August 9 - Window Viewers in Becka's
August 16 - Animal Foot Prints in Becka's
August 23 - Fruity Playdough in -Becka's
August 30 - Polar Pals in Water
September 6 - Face Painting in Woods
September 13 - Ping pong in Water
September 20 - Bubble Painting in Becka's Studio
September 27 - Float, Flink, Sink in Water
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.
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.
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.
July 10 - Summer Social (no child care available)
August 14 - No Workshop. We are taking a short break for the summer, but will resume in September.
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.
WOW is on break for the summer, but will be back September 15.
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.
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.