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. 228.
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.
September 16-24 – International Dot Day
A favorite children’s book among our staff and beloved by children around the world, The Dot tells the story of Vashti, a girl who begins a journey of self-discovery after her teacher challenges her to make her mark. Join us for International Dot Day, celebrated annually on September 15-ish, as we create collaborative dot inspired artwork, and read the story at 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. and might even wear dotted clothes!October 25th – Read for the Record
Drop in and enjoy thematic and musical programs perfect for toddlers, preschoolers, and their grown-ups during the academic year September - May. Program participation includes 30 minutes of exclusive play in the Museum. No registration required.
Free to Members. Non-Members are $5 per family.
9/17& 9/21- A is for Apple
9/24 & 9/28 -B is for Bear
10/1 & 10/5- C is for Cat
10/8 & 10/12 -D is for Dinosaur
10/15 -E is for Emotions
10/22 & 10/26 -F is for Fall
10/29 & 11/2 -G is for Grateful
11/5 & 11/9 -H is for Happy
11/16 -I is for Ice
*No WOW on the following days:
Friday, Oct 19th - Staff Retreat
Nov 12th - Veteran’s Day
Nov 19th & Friday 23rd - Thanksgiving Break
WOW will take a Winter Break: December 24th through January 4th
Second Thursday of every month. Fall dates: October 11, November 8, December 13
The Children's Museum of Tacoma, together with the Exceptional Families Network's support group and SPECIAL Families of Pierce County, hosts a monthly evening program for families with children who have special needs.
Advance registration through SPECIAL Families of Pierce County is required for admission of all children into the museum 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.
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.
October 13 - Curious George
November 10 - Sesame Street
December 8- Dinosaur Train
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
September 27 - I-LABS 4: The Power of Learning Through Imitation
November 29 - I-LABS 12: Temperament in Early Childhood
Times: 6 - 7 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Starting September 16
Experience, create and explore color in Becka’s Studio. What happens when you add two colors to another color? What happens if you add water? Come see what color is all about!
Tacoma Art Museum and Children's Museum of Tacoma are excited to partner for the 4th time to provide whole family engagement, connecting our youngest artists through the arts. In Becka’s Studio at the Children's Museum, visitors are invited to explore creative processes and themes through hands-on activities. These activities are designed and inspired by select works of art on view at the Tacoma Art Museum. Families are then invited to visit Tacoma Art Museum to experience these works of art in person, through the use of a free Family Access Pass.