Volunteer at the Museum

Volunteer at the Museum

Share your time and talent in an imaginative and nurturing environment

Volunteer

The Children’s Museum of Tacoma honor children and champions play. Our imaginative environment and nurturing space helps development and creativity as young children and their adults explore together. As a Museum Volunteer you can meet new people, share your talents, complete formal high school or college internship requirements, and acquire job skills and references while supporting the museum’s open access programs.

Volunteer opportunities include supporting our special events, general program assistance, community workshop support, PBS playdates, The Muse: A Children’s Center, Wee Ones Weekly, Camps, Playguides, and administrative team. 

To learn more, and to request an appointment, send your Volunteer Application to Jen McDonald at jmcdonald@playtacoma.org.

GENERAL PROGRAM ASSISTANT
Help program instructors with set-up, activity
implementation, and clean-up within the classroom. Days and times vary.

SPECIAL EVENTS
Volunteer groups and individuals support special events with preparation, set-up and clean-up activities both onsite at the Museum and at the event sites. Events include the Power of Play Lunch (September), Gingerbread Jamboree (November) and Right to Play Gala (January).

EXCEPTIONAL FAMILIES PARENT WORKSHOP AND FAMILY FUN
Together with the Exceptional Families Network, the Museum host a monthly evening program for families with children who have special needs. Volunteers work alongside trained staff to provide support in the Museum to children with special need and their typically developing siblings. Second Thursday of each month, volunteers needed from 5:45 p.m. – 8:15 p.m.

FOSTER CARE FAMILY WORKSHOPS
While foster parents connect with each other and receive important training, their children play in the Museum with staff and volunteers.
Twice each month on varying weekdays, volunteers needed from 4 – 7 p.m. or 5:45 – 8:15 p.m.

PBS PLAYDATE
PBS Playdate is presented in partnership with KBT and features hands-on around a different PBS Kids each month.
Volunteer Hours of Second Saturday of the month, volunteers needed from 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.

PLAY TO LEARN OUTREACH PROGRAM
Play to learn meets at 22 Pierce County sites each weeks and offers hands-on activities, group times, and playful learning experiences for adults and children.
Program occurs September through May, volunteers needed weekdays 9:45 – 11:15 a.m. and 1:15 – 3:15 p.m.

WEE ONE’S WEEKLY
Drop-in program for toddlers, preschoolers and their grown-ups that includes hands-on activities, songs and thematic curriculum.
Program occurs September through May, volunteers needed Mondays and Fridays from 9:30 – 11:30 a.m.

SPRING, SUMMER AND WINTER CAMPS
Camp occurs at the Museum throughout the year and typically coincides with schools breaks. Each week of camp includes thematic activities to engage children in play.
Dates vary.

THE MUSE: A CHILDREN’S CENTER
The Muse is the Children’s Museum of Tacoma’s licensed child care center. Qualifying volunteers can apply for internships within the center, including Early Learning or Culinary studies. All Muse volunteers must register with Department of Early Learning and adhere to requirements. Monday – Friday from 7 a.m. – 6 p.m.

VOLUNTEER PLAY GUIDE IN THE MUSEUM
Volunteers support the Museum’s playscapes and studio during regular operating hours. Activities include monitoring general health and safety, interacting with visitors in special Power Play projects, and playfully engaging in imaginative and creative activities.
The Museum operates daily and volunteer hours vary.

ADMINISTRATIVE SUPPORT
Volunteers support many areas of the Museum’s administration including data entry, copying, research, filing and preparing mailings. In addition, support in specialized areas like development, communications, and graphic design is always desired, and internships are availed to qualifying candidates.

To apply, please download and fill out out Volunteer Application and email it to Jen McDonald at JMcDonald@PlayTacoma.org