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.
Through June 1
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 June 1
Come explore a favorite three dimensional media: CLAY! Encounter clay with your whole body; digging in with your fingers, elbows, and even your toes or knees. Using real artist’s tools, experiment with how clay responds to water and discover what forms you can create by wedging, rolling, pinching, and sculpting.
Developed in collaboration with SPUN Clay Arts Studio and Gallery.
Supported by Tacoma Arts Commission.
Learn more with an Invitation to Play.
April 15 – June 30
Spring has sprung and Water is brimming with new discoveries!
April 28 - June 30
Ingenuity, 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.
May 13 – June 30
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.
June 2 through July 31
Join fellow makers, artists, and inventors to repurpose trash into one-of-a-kind collaborative works of art.