At the Children’s Museum of Tacoma we believe play is the elemental component of children’s learning. Our playscapes engage young children ages birth to 8 and their adult
caregivers in self-directed play through innovative design that celebrates imagination and encourages creativity.
The museum’s playscapes and programs support children’s growth through play by addressing age-appropriate development, especially in the areas of creativity, social and emotional skills, cognitive and critical thinking skills, gross and fine motor development, and early literacy learning.
PLEASE NOTE: For the safety of all our visitors, only adults accompanied by a child will be allowed in the galleries. We do offer guided tours of the galleries for interested adults based on staffing availability.
Tacoma Art Museum and Children's Museum of Tacoma are excited to partner to provide whole family engagement, connecting our youngest artists through the arts. The Children's Museum of Tacoma proudly offers Pay as You Will Admission by donation Wednesday-Sunday. In Becka’s Studio at the Children's Museum, visitors will be invited to explore creative processes and themes through hands-on activities. These activities are designed and inspired by select works of art on view at Tacoma Art Museum. Families are then invited to visit Tacoma Art Museum to experience these works of art in person, through the use of a free Family Access Pass. This partnership provides free TAM admission for up to 500 families a year.
If you take a close look, you will notice that colors are all around us. Colors fall into many categories from primary and secondary, warm and cool. Come experience the beauty and wonder of colors in their many shades and hues.
A frosty chill is in the air in Becka's Studio as we welcome winter inspired activities to celebrate the changing season. Create wintry designs using a wax resist technique, make crystallized scenes with salt, and let the whimsy of the season inspire your creations.
These activities is included with Pay As You Will admission.
Ongoing in Studio B
Within the STEAM Studio visitors are invited to make, tinker, and create. Hoppers brim with recycled materials and workstations are equipped with authentic tools. Children and adults playfully engage in designing, engineering, and building as they bring a plan into 3-D form. Start with a blueprint, or create a plan of your own. Collect all of the needed materials and tools and set to work. Experimenting and problem solving skills will be honed as curious builders imagine materials in a new light and envision sequential steps to complete their project.
Call for Materials--- Help up keep the STEAM Studio stocked with donations of clean, recycled materials. We are seeking small cardboard boxes, plastic containers and lids (both round and square), egg cartons, plastic bottles, and paper towel and toilet paper tubes. Gather these STEAM Studio treasures from your home and donate them in the lobby of the Museum.