At the Children’s Museum of Tacoma we believe play is the elemental component of children’s learning. Our new specially designed museum experience engages young children 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.
June 2 through July 31
Join fellow makers, artists, and inventors to re-purpose trash into one-of-a-kind collaborative works of art.
Through July 31Ingenuity, creativity, and problem solving collide as children create complex ramp structures using open-ended ramps and balls.Through their explorations, children will gain an understanding of force and motion and experiment with concepts like gravity and slope.
Through July 13
Dive down to the briny underwater floor where the sunken vessel Voyager lies. Pour over maps, send messages in bottles, befriend a bounty of unexpected animals and explore a tide-pool of colorful creatures.
Check out the Invitation to Play to extend the fun and learning.
Through July 31
Spring has sprung and Water is brimming with new discoveries!
May 13 – July 31
Animals have traveled from near and far to visit Woods at the Children’s Museum of Tacoma. With each familiar and unexpected creature encounter, children will have the invitation to learn the English and Spanish name for each animal friend.
July 15- September 30
Hop aboard Voyager as you travel around the world, importing and exporting market fresh cargo. Assist your fellow travelers to safely transport and deliver your produce from near and far.
Opens September 12
Join artists of all ages to create small and large scale collaborative art experiences that are wonderfully wacky. Exploring a wide range of traditional and unexpected materials encourages children to observe, investigate, and marvel at new discoveries.