We are excited to announce a partnership with Joint Base Lewis-McChord (JBLM) Command that will result in the first children’s museum on a U.S. military installation in the world. This new location will continue to build upon relationships established through our Play to Learn programming on JBLM, and will be designed to serve children and their families, with an emphasis on early learners, those experiencing special needs, and reintegration of our military into family life. The museum is expected to open Spring/Summer, 2020.
This project is supported by a $1.6 million commitment by the Department of Defense, as well as a $4.8 million effort by supporters of the Children’s Museum of Tacoma as part of the $10 million More than a Museum Campaign.
"We believe that the Children’s Museum of Tacoma on Base will be the center of family life on post - an oasis where kids can have fun and learn through play, and a place where parents feel supported." - Diane Dimmer
JBLM leadership has identified gaps in enrichment opportunities and support for young families:
Play is a natural, proven remedy for children’s stress and a critical method of developing and strengthening parental attachment. Museums are neutral, welcoming gathering spaces that build a sense of community. During our years on JBLM through our Play to Learn program, as well as our research through family focus groups and surveys, we will strategically address these needs by:
"Cal and I are pleased to serve as honorary chairs of the More Than a Museum campaign. We have been long- time supporters of the Children’s Museum of Tacoma and believe that the Museum’s mission of honoring children and championing play is a vital component of a livable and vibrant community. This campaign will take the Museum to the next level of its innovation, growth and sustainability" - Joanne Bamford
The Museum has a well-established relationship with both military leadership and military families through its long-running Play to Learn program. We are uniquely positioned to fill the current gaps in needs, and to plan for future requests for our military families. The new children’s museum on base will be centrally located within the “Freedom Center,” the new town center on Join Base Lewis-McChord which also includes a spray park, skate park, shopping and restaurants, and movie theater. The children’s museum will be:
Do you have any questions, or would like to get involved? Please contact Julia Beerbower, Development & Campaign Manager, at email@example.com or 253.627.6031 x223
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