Every Tuesday morning from 10 - 11:30 a.m.
The Museum will be 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.
Beginning September 22, in addition to freely exploring the Museum, join Museum and A Step Ahead Pierce County educators for an interactive and developmentally appropriate circle time at 11:15 a.m.
Watch Northwest Now on KBTC and learn more about the program.
Open until 7 p.m. on November 19, December 17.
Gear up, get out, and mingle! On the Third Thursday of every month downtown Tacoma’s museums, shops, galleries, and restaurants showcase the city as an arts destination. For more information, visit http://tacomaartgroup.org/.
Three times each month
Time: 6 - 9 p.m.
Need a night out? Let us entertain your children in a safe and fun environment. Sign up for Parents' Night Out and treat yourself and kids to some fun. While at the Museum your child will play games, explore the playscapes, create works of art, and enjoy pizza and treats! Each Parents' Night Out includes thematic activities.
Cost: $30 per child, $15 each additional sibling. Members receive a 10% discount. PNO is appropriate for children 3-10 years old. All children must be able to use the toilet independently. Registration is required. Register early, spots fill up quickly!
Dates and Themes: Click on a date below to register.
November 6 from 6 – 9 p.m. – Fun on the Farm
November 14 from 6 – 9 p.m. – Community Helpers
November 20 from 6 – 9 p.m. – Thankful Night
December 4 from 6 – 9 p.m. – Story Telling
December 12 from 6 – 9 p.m. – Winter Wonders
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
October 26 - 31
Come play during regular Museum hours and help us celebrate the Halloween holiday. Each day will feature a new theme to inspire wacky and silly dress up. Be creative and play with your favorite playguide, who will also be wearing a zany outfit.
Member-Only Monday – Outer Space Day
Tuesday Play Days for Special Needs Families – Pirate Day
Wednesday – Superhero Day
Thursday –Animal Day
Friday –Storybook Character Day
Saturday – Silly Day
Come play during regular Museum hours and help us celebrate the Halloween holiday. Each day will feature a new theme to inspire wacky and silly dress up. Be creative and play with your favorite PlayGuide, who will also be wearing a zany outfit.
Daily Themes and Times
Member-Only Monday – Outer Space Day (10 a.m. - 5 p.m.)
Special Needs Tuesday Play Days – Pirate Day (10-11:30 a.m.)
Wednesday – Superhero Day (10 a.m. - 5 p.m.)
Thursday –Animal Day (10 a.m. - 5 p.m.)
Friday –Storybook Character Day (10 a.m. - 5 p.m.)
Saturday – Silly Day (10 a.m. - 5 p.m.)
How to Enter
Enter the costume contest when you visit by completing an entry form and posting a photo of yourself onto the Museum’s Facebook page- www.Facebook.com/childrensmuseumoftacoma.
If you need help, just ask a PlayGuide. We will ask followers to vote for their favorite costumes all week. The entries with the top votes will be announced at noon on Sunday, November 1.
Third Prize: Parents’ Night Out gift certificate for two.
Second Prize: Playful level membership to the Museum
First Prize: Tickets for four and two houses at the Gingerbread Jamboree on November 28 or 29
Jumpstart’s Read for the Record®
Story times will be held at 11 a.m. and 3:30 p.m.
On October 22, 2015, the Children’s Museum of Tacoma is joining children and adults worldwide for the 10th anniversary of Jumpstart’s Read for the Record® to host two story times. This year’s campaign book, Not Norman: A Goldfish Story, written by Kelly Bennett and illustrated by Noah Z. Jones, is a humorous tale about a child who finds a new friend in an unexpected place. Get involved today at readfortherecord.org.
The Children’s Museum of Tacoma gives thanks to the United States service men and women. Join us in honoring our military veterans by coming dressed in red, white and blue. Additionally, each hour Museum staff will lead visitors in a patriotic bubble parade.
November 16 - 21
The United Nations declared a Universal Children’s Day on November 20 in 1954 as a way to encourage countries around the world to “promote [children's] rights to survive and thrive.” At the Children’s Museum of Tacoma, we honor children and champion play. Paying special honor to children this week, you and your child will be invited to contribute to a collaborative piece that will showcase your child’s unique gifts and contributions to our community.
Ring in the New Year by creating your very own musical shaker. Every hour, Museum staff will lead visitors in a dance party to use your new music maker!
Member-Only Program from 3:15 - 4 p.m.
Books are not a spectator sport during this activity! Through use of music, rhythm, chant, puppetry and movement, popular children’s literature will come to life in interactive ways that appeal to young children of all language ability levels.
Come and engaged with the storyteller Lorraine Maida as she tells the story in ways that teach sequence of events, prediction, cause and effect, vocabulary and other skills that are integral to early literacy development.
October 8 | November 12 | December 7
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.
Thursday, October 29 from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Our friends at KBTC will join us for Spirit Week! Come explore the Museum and experience some fun, hands-on activities related to beloved PBS Kids television shows, learn about our monthly PBS Play Date program, and meet our favorite animal friend, Curious George.
No registration required. Pay As You Will admission.
Second Saturday of each month from 10 - 11 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.
*Sparks 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.
November 14 - Curious George
December 12 - Dinosaur Train
January 9 - Nature Cat
February 13 - Ready jet Go!
March 12 - Cat in the Hat
April 9 - Wild Kratts
May 14 - Arthur
June 11 - Daniel Tiger
Time: 10-11 a.m.
A special story time session for preschool-age children, led by the READY! Set, Read-Tacoma! program’s magical Book Fairy! Join us for a morning of fun stories, reading activities, and the chance to discover how Tacoma’s new early-childhood enrichment program can help your young reader succeed in school! This is a FREE, drop-in program. Presented by Tacoma Public Schools and Communities in Schools.
WOW returns September 14, 2015.
Drop in and enjoy thematic and musical programs perfect for toddlers, preschoolers, and their grown-ups. Program participation includes 30 minutes of exclusive play in the Museum. No registration required.
9:30 a.m. - 11 a.m. - Members-Only
Fridays 9:30 a.m. - 11 a.m. - Open to the public
$15 per family of 4, $5 for additional siblings. Through the end of November 2015, WOW will be just $5 per family on Fridays! Come check it out!
November 2 & 6 - S is for Squirrel
November 9 & 13 - H is for Helper
November 16 & 20 - T is for Thanks
Nov 30 & Dec 4 - G is for Gingerbread
December 7 & 11 - O is for Ornament
Drop in Friday and Saturday mornings for Member's Only Hour as Museum staff provide an invitation to explore a facilitated play experience in one of the Museum's five Playscapes.
Cost: Free to members. You must be a Museum Member to participate in Power Plays. For more information on becoming a member click here.
Member-only power play schedule from 9-10 a.m. each week
November 6 - Nature Wands
November 7 - Parachute Drop
November 13 - Parachute Drop
November 14 - Parachute Play
November 20 - Parachute Play
November 21 - Window Viewers
November 27 - Window Viewers
November 28 - Nature Wands
December 4 – Oobleck
December 5 - Textured Art
December 11 - Spin Art
December 12 - Bubble Prints
December 18 - Bubble Prints
December 19 - Spin Art
December 26 - Textured Art