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 that feature art or science and themes related to the Museum's playscapes.
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 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/.
October 25-31* from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
*The museum is closed on Tuesdays
We are celebrating the Halloween holiday with spooky art-making activities in Becka's Studio all week long. Come play and make a different activity every day.
October 25 - Pumpkin printing with paint
October 26 - Handprint bats with spooky white pencil accents
October 27 - Glowing ghosties!
October 29 - Golf ball print spider webs, a chalkboard pumpkin and orange play dough
October 30 - Sun catcher jack-o-lanterns, a chalkboard pumpkin and orange play dough
October 31 - Wear your costumer to the Museum and trick-or-treat at our front desk. We will bring back some of our favorite art activities from the week.
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 Nov. 24, Nov. 28, and Dec.22 through Jan. 2.
Second Thursday of every month from 6 - 8 p.m.
November 13 | December 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.
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 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
Second Saturday of each month from 10 - 11 a.m.
November 8 | December 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.
November 1 | December 6
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.
Friday Member-only power play schedule from 9-10 a.m. each week
October 3 - Invention: Fabulous Flying Machines
October 4 - Invention: Fabulous Flying Machines
October 10 - Water: Float, Flink,or Sink
October 11 - Water: Ping Pong play
October 17 - Voyager: Twirly Birds
October 18 - Voyager: Twirly Birds
October 24 - Becka's Studio: Textured Art with Faux pressed metal
October 25 - Becka's Studio: Textured Art with 'Faux pressed metal
November 1- Voyager: Wind chimes with cups
November 7 - Voyager: Wind chimes with cups
November 8 - Invention: Parachute drop
November 14 - Becka's Studio: Textured Art with Metallic paints
November 15 - Becka's Studio: Textured Art with Metallic paints
November 21 - Invention: Parachute play
November 22 - Playscapes Scavenger hunts
November 28 - Window Viewers
November 29 - Voyager: Twirly Birds
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?
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.