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Children's Museum of Tacoma


address  1501 Pacific Ave.
 Tacoma, WA  98402
phone (253) 627-6031
hours Summer (thru 9/2): Mon.: 10 am-4 pm (members only); Tue. 10 am-11:30 am (special needs); Wed., Fri.-Sun. 10 am-4 pm; Thu. 10 am-7 pm
parking Street and pay lots
www.playtacoma.org/

Upcoming Events

PBS Play Date

Children, For the Family
The Children's Museum of Tacoma is proud to partner with KBTC for PBS Play Dates. Families will enjoy a hands-on opportunity to expand upon favorite PBS Kids shows like Daniel Tiger and Curious George, through art, science, invention, or craft. First watch a clip from the features show, then participate in activities that bring to life the ideas shared in the clip. Please note that this event DOES NOT include costume characters. This program is free with Pay As You Will admission. Space is limited so arrive early. Limit 25 children first come, first accommodated. *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.
children;families
Event Info: (253) 627-6031
Ages: birth-10years old
Price: Pay as you will
Event Website: www.playtacoma.org
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Schedule
 • Sat 8/11/18 at 10am-11:30am 
 • Sat 9/8/18 at 10am-11:30am 

Blue Star Museums

Community Event
The Children’s Museum is once again honored to be a part of the Blue Star Museums program. Organized through a collaboration of the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families and Department of Defense, Blue Star Museums offers free admission to military members and their families at thousands of museums across the United States. Find a museum near you. Whether you want to blast off at a science museum, take a walk through nature, encounter animals at the aquarium or meet your heroes at a historic site, Blue Star Museums can help you create memories! Download our Parent Toolkit to prepare for your visit.
Event Info: (253) 627-6031
Ages: birth-12years old
Price: Pay as you will
Event Website: www.playtacoma.org
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 • Tue 7/17/18 - Mon 9/3/18 

Children's Museum of Tacoma: Summer Camp

Children, Education, Summer Camp
Summer camp at the Children's Museum of Tacoma honors and nurtures your child's curiosity, creativity, and imagination. Different themes throughout the summer appeal to a child’s individual interest, igniting their spark and building community. We design our camps as collaborative learning experiences for toddlers ages 2-3 years old, preschool learners ages 3-6 years old, and school age learners from 5-8 years old. Snack is provided daily. Camps offered from 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. are geared for preschool and school age children who are ready for an engaging five-hour day. Children who attend the 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. camps must bring a sack lunch. With the exception of children ages 2 - 3 years old attending toddler camps, children are expected to be able to use the bathroom with no assistance from adult staff. Children’s Museum of Tacoma Campus: 1501 Pacific Avenue, Tacoma, WA 98402 Hoyt Campus: 2708 N. Union Street, Tacoma, WA 98407 (Please note that TPS locations are closed on Fridays during the summer. ) Different themes throughout the summer are designed to appeal to a child’s individual interest, ignite their spark, and provide collaborative learning experiences We offer some camps from 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. and others from 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. The longer camps are geared for children who are ready for an engaging 5-hour day. Children who attend the 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. camps must bring a sack lunch. With the exception of toddler classes, (2-3 year olds) campers are expected to be able to use the bathroom with no assistance from adult staff. To receive your member discount: Please sign in at the top of the page under "Member Login". If you do not know your login information email mowen@playtacoma.org or call 253.627.6031 ext. Camp 228. More information: Children of all abilities are encouraged to participate in our camps. In order to ensure a fun and safe experience for your child, please inform us if your child has any allergies and/or special needs. The Children’s Museum of Tacoma does not provide 1:1 supervision for participants needing assistance with personal care; however care providers* are welcome to attend camp at no extra charge. *Background Checks for Adults: If an adult caregiver's intention for staying is to help their child transition for a portion of the camp day, no background check is needed. If the adult caregiver's intention is to stay the whole week of camp to support their child (i.e. first drop-off experience, medical support, need for 1-on-1 support, etc.) they will need to complete a background check. The cost of background checks vary from $15-25 and parents will be asked to pay this fee.
Summer Camp
Event Info: (253) 627-6031
Ages: 2-8
Price: $75.00 to $250.00
Event Website: www.playtacoma.org/summercamps
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Schedule
 • Tue 7/17/18 at 9am-12pm 
 • Wed 7/18/18 at 9am-12pm 
 • Thu 7/19/18 at 9am-12pm 
 • Fri 7/20/18 at 9am-12pm 
 • Mon 7/23/18 at 9am-12pm 
 • Tue 7/24/18 at 9am-12pm 
 • Wed 7/25/18 at 9am-12pm 
 • Thu 7/26/18 at 9am-12pm 
 • Fri 7/27/18 at 9am-12pm 
 • Mon 7/30/18 at 9am-12pm 
 • Tue 7/31/18 at 9am-12pm 
 • Wed 8/1/18 at 9am-12pm 
 • Thu 8/2/18 at 9am-12pm 
 • Fri 8/3/18 at 9am-12pm 
 • Mon 8/6/18 at 9am-12pm 
 • Tue 8/7/18 at 9am-12pm 
 • Wed 8/8/18 at 9am-12pm 
 • Thu 8/9/18 at 9am-12pm 
 • Fri 8/10/18 at 9am-12pm 
 • Mon 8/13/18 at 9am-12pm 
 • Tue 8/14/18 at 9am-12pm 
 • Wed 8/15/18 at 9am-12pm 
 • Thu 8/16/18 at 9am-12pm 
 • Fri 8/17/18 at 9am-12pm 

Summer Fun Days @ the Children's Museum of Tacoma

Children's Arts/Crafts, Museum
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. July 18-24 – National Parents Day. We celebrate the parent's or special adults in your life by creating a one of a kind card, designed and printed by you. August 1-7 – International Day of Friendship. Make a play date with a friend to come down to the Children’s Museum and create a friendship necklace in Becka’s Studio. The International Day of Friendship was proclaimed in 2011 by the UN General Assembly with the idea that friendship between peoples, countries, cultures and individuals can inspire peace efforts and build bridges between communities. September 17-24 – 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 every hour, and possibly even wear dotted clothes. These events are available during regular Children’s Museum of Tacoma hours: Monday - Members-Only Play Day: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Tuesday - Special Needs Play Day: 10 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. (Closed after 11:30 a.m.) Wednesday: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Thursday: 10 a.m. - 7 p.m. Friday: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Saturday: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Sunday: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. These programs are Pay As You Will admission.
Children;Arts/Crafts;Activities;Fun;Free;Museum
Event Info: (253) 627-6031
Ages: Recommended ages 3-6
Price: Pay As You Will
Event Website: https://www.playtacoma.org/programs
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Schedule
 • Wed 7/18/18 at 10am-4pm 
 • Thu 7/19/18 at 10am-4pm 
 • Fri 7/20/18 at 10am-4pm 
 • Sat 7/21/18 at 10am-4pm 
 • Sun 7/22/18 at 10am-4pm 

Museum Fun Days: International Day of Friendship

Children's Arts/Crafts, Museum
Make a play date with a friend to come down to the Children's Museum and cerate a friendship necklace in Becka's Studio! The International Day of Friendship was proclaimed in 2011 by the UN General Assembly with the idea that friendship between peoples, countries, cultures and individuals can inspire peace efforts and build bridges between communities.
community;family;children;museums
Event Info: (253) 627-6031
Price: Pay as you will
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 • Wed 8/1/18 - Tue 8/7/18 at 10am-4pm 

Museum Fun Days: International Dot Day

Family/Child (Books)
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 every hour, and possibly even wear dotted clothes.
chilren;families;museum;education
Event Info: (253) 627-6031
Price: Pay as you will
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Schedule
 • Mon 9/17/18 - Mon 9/24/18 at 10am-4pm