Greentrike COVID-19 Update and Closure

Friday 5/29/2020 3 pm

Greentrike’s programs are changing due to the effects of COVID-19. We feel fortunate to keep an essential staffing core, supported by generous donors, and community resources. Here is a look into what our organization is focusing efforts on currently.

TPS Day Camps
With the endorsement and coordination of Tacoma Public Schools, our educators are running multiple classrooms for our youngest students, some of the only preschool care of this kind in the state. These day camps are specifically for children of essential workers, healthcare professionals, and first responders, and the camps will continue through mid June, with hopes to facilitate similar summertime offerings.

Greentrike Cares
Greentrike aims to meet children where they’re at. Greentrike – developmentally, geographically, and in their life circumstances. We piloted Greentrike Cares with Mary Bridge Children’s Hospital many years ago, with the support of the Mary Bridge Brigade. We have now expanded to serve children at theTacoma Rescue Mission (TRM) , YWCA Women’s Support Shelter Amara, and the Tacoma Housing Authorityto provide playful activities to families in stressful situations.

Play at Home
During the Stay Home, Stay Healthy Order, Greentrike created playful digital content for families. Check out our Play at Home page and our Facebook to access videos of your favorite songs, stories, and activities.

Virtual Play to Learn
Last week, Greentrike educators piloted our first virtual Play to Learn circle times. These sessions are hosted through Zoom and mirror our in-person circle times during Play to Learn Pierce County. Registration is now available for our upcoming classes!

The Muse: A Children’s Center
Following the Governor’s guidelines for safety, we have reopened The Muse, our full-time child care center. We are pivoting to use spaces currently vacant due to other programs’ shutdowns to allow for spreading out classrooms and staff.

Children’s Museum of Tacoma
While eager to welcome families back to the Museum, we are committed to reopening only when it is safe to do so. The nature of a children’s museum is hands-on play, which is not a practical offering at this time. Once we have more information, we will be excited to share that with you.

Tuesday 3/17/20 1 pm

At this time, we have decided to temporarily close The Muse: A Children’s Center, Greentrike’s full-time childcare center. This is not an easy decision, especially during the significant childcare crisis happening in our community, but we believe it is necessary to continue to reduce the impact and spread of the coronavirus.

Currently, all programs of Greentrike, including the Children’s Museum of Tacoma, Play to Learn, Preschool Powered by Play, and as of today The Muse, are all closed for the time being.

During this time, we hope you stay well, safe, and remember to play. We will be sharing resources for families and children on our social media pages regularly, we encourage you to follow along! We look forward to reopening, and ask you for your support when we do.

If you have any questions about the coronavirus or COVID-19, please look to the Washington State Health Department for their online resources.

Friday 3/13/20 12:00pm

The Children’s Museum of Tacoma, Play to Learn, and Preschool Powered by Play are temporarily closed to ensure the safety of all visitors and staff.

During the COVID-19 outbreak, we have continuously asked ourselves how we can best serve our community, while keeping our visitors and staff healthy and safe. At this time, the best way to do this is to temporarily close the Museum and its programs, Play to Learn, and our Preschool Powered by Play classes as of 5 p.m. today, Friday March 13. The Muse: A Children’s Center will stay operational, while minding and following the Health Department’s advice and instructions.

This is not an easy decision, as we acknowledge the need for a playful space for our community’s children to play, especially during Tacoma Public Schools closures and a stressful social climate. We intend to share at-home activities to help stimulate our youngest citizen’s mind and spark play.

If you had a party, event, or group visit scheduled at the Museum in the near future, we are waiving all fees for cancellations. If your event is in the near future, we will be contacting you to talk about rescheduling options. Feel free to call us if you have any urgent questions – 253-627-6031.

Our highest priority is the safety of our visitors and friends who participate in our programs, and visit our spaces. We appreciate your understanding of this decision during a difficult and unprecedented time. We will be keeping our website and social media platforms up to date with any updates about our hours and programs, and encourage you to visit the Washington State Health Department for the most up-to-date information about COVID-19.

Reminder: Ways to Keep Yourself and Your Family Healthy From Colds and COVID-19:

  • Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Avoid touching eyes, mouth or nose with unwashed hands.
  • The World Health Organization suggests maintaining at least 3 feet of space between yourself and an ill person, or someone who is coughing and sneezing.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or the crook of your arm when sneezing or coughing (also known as the vampire cough). Dispose of tissue after use.
  • Stay home and away from others if you or your family members are feeling ill.