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 winter 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.
Tuesday, May 1 from 10-11:30 a.m.
Come explore the Children’s Museum of Tacoma as we create for Story Alive! inspired by the classic children’s book, The Very Hungry Caterpillar written and illustrated by Eric Carle.
Story Alive! is a partner program that includes the Children’s Museum of Tacoma, A Step Ahead Pierce County, retired Tacoma Public School speech pathologist Lorraine Maida, and Tacoma School of the Arts students. Story Alive! was founded in 2013 and brings storybooks to life three times each year through a combination of immersive environments, puppetry, music, and interpretation.
This program is included with Pay As You Will admission.
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.
April 2 - 6 – International Children’s Book Day – Tacoma Public Schools Spring Break
“My favorite book is my next one. I’m always hoping to make my next book my best one.” – Mo Willems
In honor of International Children’s Book Day, Becka’s Studio will be filled with materials to help authors and illustrators make their own favorite book!
April 4 – 9 - Read a Roadmap Day
Road maps, treasure maps and silly maps oh my! Celebrate maps and all the power they hold. Become a cartographer, creating your own map in Becka’s Studio, exploring the museum and discovering new treasures.
April 14 - Moment of Laughter Day
Have a blast and laugh it up at the Children’s Museum of Tacoma. Share a photo of your moment of laughter and tag the Museum on FaceBook, Instagram and Twitter with #PlayTacoma.
April 16 - 20 – Week of the Young Child
The Week of the Young Child™ is an annual celebration sponsored by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC-#woyc18) celebrating early learning, young children, their teachers and families. At the Children’s Museum, we will be honoring our youngest citizens through collaborative canvasses. This artistic endeavor develops creativity, social skills, and fine motor skills as children make choices, use their imaginations, and create with their hands as a team.
May 1-7 – Gifts from the Garden Month
Using gifts from the garden (leaves, weeds, flowers) as paintbrushes create a colorful painting to celebrate spring.
May 18 – International Museum Day
International Museum Day was established in 1977 by the International Council of Museums. Celebrate your love for your local Museums by visiting, donating, learning, or volunteering.
May 21 - 27 – Scavenger Hunt
I spy with my little eye… a dolphin? Curious to know what other fun and whimsical objects are hiding throughout the Children’s Museum of Tacoma? Come find out as we embrace National Scavenger Hunt Day (celebrated annually on May 24).
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 to the many colors of the sky.
Upcoming Dates: April 12 | May 10 | 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.
April 14 - Nature Cat
May 12 - Daniel Tiger
June 9 - Super why
July 14 - Odd Squad
August 11 - Wild Kratts
September 22 - Daniel Tiger
October 13 - Curious George
The SOTAbots are a local robotics team combining students from Tacoma School of the Arts, Tacoma Science and Math Institute, and the school of Industrial Design, Engineering, and Art. The Team is a part of the FIRST Robotics organization, a worldwide association designed to get young adults involved in engineering. Every year SOTAbots designs and builds several robots to compete in various FIRST challenges. Join SOTAbots at the Museum, along with their robots, to learn more about how they build them and see what they are able to do!
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.
March 19 & 23— U is for Umbrella
March 26 & 30—V is for Vegetable
April 9 to 13 – W is for Whale
April 16 to 20 – X is for Xray
April 23 to 27 – Y is for Yellow
April 30 to May 4 – Z is for Zoo
May 7 to 11 – “ISH”
May 14 to 18 – ABC!
*No WOW April 2 & 6. WOW will also take a break for the summer and return in the fall!