Every Tuesday morning from 10 - 11:30 a.m.
The Museum is open every Tuesday morning* exclusively for families with children who have special needs. This family program is drop in, with no reservation required. Admission is Pay As You Will. For more information, contact Miranda Owen at firstname.lastname@example.org or 253.627.6031 ext. 221.
Join us this spring as we welcome staff from the Birth to Three Development Center on Tuesday mornings as they support the Tuesday Play Days program: engaging with families throughout the Museum, answering questions, and assisting children and families in having the best, playful experience throughout the Museum's five playscape environments.
Learn more about the Birth to Three Developmental Center here.
Watch Northwest Now on KBTC and learn more about the program.
Children of all ages and abilities will be able to explore these science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics activities lead by a PlayGuide.
Daily at 11 a.m.
Join us for an art activity in the Museum that celebrates your creativity!
Daily 3 - 4 p.m.
While every day at the Children’s Museum is fun and engaging, join us as we celebrate whimsical national holidays, layering a silly invitation to your playful experience.
These events are available during regular Children’s Museum of Tacoma hours. This program is Pay As You Will admission.
June 8 - Best Friends Day
Have a playdate at the Museum with your best friend or make a new friend during your visit. Tag us in a photo of you and your best friend playing at the Museum #PlayTacoma.
June 20 – 25 - Summer Kick-Off
Come kick off the summer in style! Enjoy outdoor explorations with sidewalk chalk and bubbles. Inside the Children’s Museum, create paper bag kites, perfect for flying on a warm and windy day.
June 30 – Sky Day
In honor of National Sky Day, join us for a reading of a CMT favorite story Sky Color by Peter Reynolds at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Following the story, Museum staff will invite children to create a collaborative mural using watercolors to capture the many colors of the sky.
Upcoming Dates: June 14
Times: 6 - 8 p.m.
The Children's Museum of Tacoma, together with the Exceptional Families Network's support group, SPECIAL Families of Pierce County, hosts a monthly evening program for families with children who have special needs.
Cost: Free. Pay As You Will donations will be accepted if families wish to donate. Registration: Advance registration through SPECIAL Families of Pierce County is required for admission of all children into the museum galleries on workshop nights. Parents will need to complete an online intake form for each child they plan to bring. To request an intake form and register your child, please contact SPECIAL Families of Pierce County at email@example.com.
If you wish to attend without your child an RSVP is preferred but not required. For More Information: Angela Fish Exceptional Families Network and SPECIAL Families of Pierce County firstname.lastname@example.org.
Second Saturday of each month from 10 - 11:30 a.m.
Join us as we partner with KBTC each month for fun and learning around a selected PBS Kids television show. This is a free, drop in program. Costumed characters do not make an appearance during this program.
*PBS Play Date programs are presented in partnership with KBTC and are funded by a Ready To Learn grant (PR/AWARD No. U295A100025, CFDA No. 84.295A) provided by the Department of Education to the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. Programs in association with KBTC are FREE to all participants. The PBS KIDS logo is a registered mark of PBS and is used with permission.
June 9 - Super why
July 14 - Odd Squad
August 11 - Wild Kratts
September 22 - Daniel Tiger
October 13 - Curious George
Upcoming Dates: June 6 | July 11 | August 1 | September 5
Times: 5:30 - 7 p.m.
Come meet other caregivers who are raising relative children not theirs by birth. Share a snack, learn about resources, talk about challenges and opportunities while the kids play at the Children’s Museum of Tacoma.
Kinship Caregivers include grandparents, aunts & uncles, siblings, cousins, godparents, stepparents, and fictive kin.
For more information or to register please call Rosalyn Alber 253-565-4484
August 23 - I-LABS 3: The Importance of Early Interactions
September 27 - I-LABS 4: The Power of Learning Through Imitation
Times: 6 - 8 p.m. The trainings will be one hour in duration followed by one hour of support group.
All children deserve the best start in life and new scientific discoveries deepen our understanding of how to create the best environments for children. The Institute for Learning & Brain Sciences at the University of Washington (I-LABS) is an interdisciplinary center dedicated to discovering the fundamental principles of human learning, with a special emphasis on early learning and brain development.
The Children’s Museum of Tacoma is excited to partner with the Alliance and I-LABS in order to offer training modules to caregivers and provide childcare during the trainings at the museum. Each I-LABS module explores a particular topic in child development, such as brain development, language acquisition, or imitation. Modules share evidence-based information about how young children learn. The modules are useful for understanding everyday interactions with children and cover a variety of relevant topics such as a child’s first days, early interactions, learning, emotions, language, attachment, temperament, race and equality, music, literacy and more.
Limited child care is available for children 3-12. Registration is required. Stalls 1-10 adjacent to museum can be used if vacant, otherwise, use street parking. Signs will be posted directing you to the training room. Feel free to bring a meal or other refreshments.
For more information or to request the childcare paperwork please contact Stephanie Rodrigues at 206-321-1721 or email@example.com.