Donate to the Museum and Give the Gift of Play

Donate to the Museum and Give the Gift of Play

Your gifts are a thoughtful investment in our community’s future

How your donations help build a place for our children

The Children’s Museum of Tacoma is the first and only privately-funded children’s museum in the country to offer Pay As You Will admission, which allows every family to spend time connecting, learning and exploring through play. This year we will serve over 160,000 visitors; 41% will come from low income households, while another 25% will come from the military.

With your help we can continue to meet our mission by growing accessible services for the community like the Play to Learn program. Now in its tenth year, Play to Learn offers free preschools classes at 25 Pierce County locations each week starting January 2019, and is now serving 20,000 children and their adults each year.

And, the Museum does all of this with a modest budget and careful stewardship of the resources that community members, like you, have entrusted.

Please consider providing a gift to the Children’s Museum of Tacoma.

Even a modest gift will have a big impact on our ability to continue to offer high quality and accessible play experiences for young families.

Your gifts are a thoughtful investment in our community’s future; the Museum is grateful for your commitment.

Click Here to Donate and Support Children’s Museum of Tacoma

Give 253

The Children’s Museum of Tacoma is excited to announce our new Give 253 Monthly Giving Program! Invest in child-centered educational programming at your Museum by pledging at least $22 a month, for 11 consecutive months, for at least a total of $253.

This funding will go towards Museum operations and access programming, including Pay As You Will admission, Wee Ones Weekly and Play to Learn. All first-time Give 253 Monthly Giving members will receive a CMT 253 Heart decal, to proudly display your commitment to our community’s children and Pierce County pride.

Questions? Contact Julia Beerbower at or 253.627.6031 x223.

Join Give253!

Give Back While You Shop

Amazon Smile

We are happy to introduce a new way that you can support the Children’s Museum of Tacoma that is easy and free for you, and helps us meet our fundraising goals.

AmazonSmile is a simple and automatic way for you to support your favorite charitable organization every time you shop, at no cost to you. When you shop at, you’ll find the exact same low prices, vast selection and convenient shopping experience as, with the added bonus that Amazon will donate a portion of the purchase price to your favorite charitable organization. You can choose from nearly one million organizations to support.

To shop at AmazonSmile simply go to from the web browser on your computer or mobile device. You may also want to add a bookmark to to make it even easier to return and start your shopping at AmazonSmile.

Fred Meyer

Fred Meyer is donating $2.5 million per year to non-profits in Alaska, Idaho, Oregon and Washington, based on where their customers tell them to give. Here’s how the program works:

Sign up for the Community Rewards program by linking your Fred Meyer Rewards Card to Children’s Museum of Tacoma at You can search for us by our name or by our non-profit number 85085.

Then, every time you shop and use your Rewards Card, you are helping us earn a donation! You still earn your Rewards Points, Fuel Points, and Rebates, just as you do today. If you do not have a Rewards Card, they are available at the Customer Service desk of any Fred Meyer store.

For more information, please visit

Play Champions

Our Play Champions are an exceptional group of donors whose annual investments:

Raise $1,000 or more

Support groundbreaking programs like Pay As You Will admission and Play to Learn

Fulfill our mission to honor children and champion play

Fund dynamic programs, playscapes and community initiatives that promote early learning

Become a Play Champion and receive the following benefits:

A Play Champions Museum membership – to redeem or share – with free admission to museums across the United States, including but not limited to TAM, BAM, MoPOP, MOHAI, etc. and over 600 participating museums in the North American Reciprocal Museum Program

Special invitations to exclusive engagements such as tours, preview parties and the annual Museum Party

Recognition on the Museum website, the annual report and on the lobby screen page

Gift of original children’s art or canvas

Insider information on upcoming Museum initiatives and programs

Museum branded merchandise including hats, tee shirts and other gear

Invitation to the Symposium Soiree with featured guest speaker

Curated articles, news and literature featuring important early learning topics

Our Play Champions

Bates Family Foundation

Ben B. Cheney Foundation

Benevity Community Impact Fund

BNSF Foundation

City of Tacoma

Columbia Bank

Commencement Bank

Dimmer Family Foundation

Discuren Charitable Foundation

Eatin Right LLC

Florence B Kilworth Foundation

Forest Foundation

Franciscan Health System

Georgia-Pacific Foundation

Gottfried and Mary Fuchs Foundation

Jordan Fund

KBTC Public Television

KeyBank Foundation

Laird Norton Family Foundation

Marco J Heidner Charitable Trust

McEachern Charitable Trust

McGavick Graves

MultiCare Health System

Names Family Foundation

Niagara Bottling


Norman Archibald Charitable Foundation

Patriot Fire Protection, Inc.

Propel Insurance

Puget Sound Energy Foundation

Puyallup Tribe of Indians Charity Trust Board

Safeco Insurance Fund

Schwab Charitable

Sequoia Foundation

South Sound Together

Sprague Pest Control

Tacoma Public Schools

The Baker Foundation

The Bamford Foundation

The DeFalco Family Foundation

The Scott E Silver Trust

The Seattle Foundation

Titus Will Enterprises

Titus Will Families Foundation

Umpqua Bank

UNICO Properties, LLC

Union Bank

Union Pacific Foundation

Vanguard Charitable

Wells Fargo Foundation

William Kilworth Foundation

Anonymous Family

Anna and Chuck Ahrens Family

Donna Albers Family

Nicole Ancich and Brian Bumpers Family

Elaine Andrews Family

Bridget and Joshua Baeth Family

Joanne and Calvin Bamford Family

Holly Bamford Hunt and John Hunt Family

Rex and Angela Bates Family

Matthew Beckingham and Piper Cheney Family

Bob and Kathy Bethke Family

Rod and Stacy Bigelow Family

Brent and Tara Binge Family

Jim and Donna Boulanger Family

Diana Brovold Family

Jacquie and Conor Boyd Family

Guillermo Chacon and Molly Raybuck Family

Diane Cecchettini and Frank Scoggins Family

Tenley and Eric Cederstrand Family

Brad and Carolyn Cheney Family

Jimmy and Linda Collins Family

John and Angela Connelly Family

Tina DeFalco Family

John and Diane Dimmer Family

John and Marilyn Dimmer Family

Corinne Dixon Family

Doug and Kathy Dorr Family

William Driscoll and Lisa Hoffman Family

Erik Dugger and Olive Goh Family

Phillip and Tanya Durand Family

Dave Edwards and Pat Shuman Family

Sandra and Denny Eliason Family

John Folsom and Mary Folsom-Lobrovich Family

David Graves Family

Judson and Gayle Gray Family

Mimi and Larry Green Family

Brian Green and Annie Katica Green Family

Bob and Margie Haan Family

Carol and Brian Howell Family

Jenny Hubbard and Jim Shoemake Family

Roger and Gloria Hunt Family

Thomas Keskey and Abbe Salk Family

Rachel and Adam Knutz Family

John and Lisa Korsmo Family

Angela Korvas Family

Clara Ladd Family

Samara and Timothy Laynor Family

Collin Lee and Trish Wong Family

Elizabeth Lufkin Family

Brian and Amanda Marlow Family

Scott and Sandy Marshall Family

Pamela Mayer Family

Beth McCaw Family

Megan and Ben Michels Family

Monica Names Family

Don and Lissa Nelson Family

Neel Parikh Family

Mark Pinto and Jeff Williams Family

Spencer and Annie Quinn Family

Les and Estelle Reid Family

Kent and Linda Roberts Family

William and Della Robertson Family

Ed and Debbie Rogel Family

Don and Barbara Russell Family

Sheila and Thomas Ryan Family

Katherine and Gary Severson Family

Erin Shagren Family

Herb and Paula Simon Family

Maureen Sorenson Family

Mary Jane Stackpole Family

Lucinda and James Stangl Family

Carolyn and Alfie Treleven Family

Lawrence and Apinya Tsai Family

Theresa and Charles Walters Family

Jeffrey and Linda Watts Family

Bill and Gail Weyerhaeuser Family

James and Sally Will Family

Trish Wong and Collin Lee Family

Stuart and Dori Young Family