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Children's Museum of Tacoma


address  1501 Pacific Ave.
 Tacoma, WA  98402
phone (253) 627-6031
hours Wed.-Sun. 10 am-5 pm
parking Street and pay lots
www.playtacoma.org/

Upcoming Events

Museum Spring Hours

Community Event, Children
Museum Hours Wednesday – Sunday 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Mondays - Member-only - 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Tuesdays - Special Needs Play Days - from 10 – 11:30 a.m. More Member-only Hours Friday 9-10 a.m. Saturday 9-10 a.m. Special Spring Hours: April 2 – 6 the Museum will be open daily from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. for Tacoma Public Schools Spring Break. Museum is closed Easter – Sunday, April 1, 2018 Museum, Muse, P2L and Preschool closed for Symposium – Thursday, April 12, 2018 Museum is closed for Memorial Day—Monday, May 28, 2018 Museum will close at 3 p.m. on Thursday, June 14 in order to prepare for our Summer Shindig event. Museum, Muse, P2L and Preschool closed for Symposium – April 12
Event Info: (253) 627-6031
Ages: birth-12years old
Price: Pay as you will
Event Website: www.playtacoma.org/
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 • Thu 4/26/18 - Thu 6/14/18 

Spring Museum Fun Days- Gifts from the Garden Month

Children, For the Family, Nature
Using gifts from the garden (leaves, weeds, flowers) as paintbrushes create a colorful painting to celebrate spring.
Kids;Family;art;nature
Event Info: (253) 627-6031
Ages: birth-12years old
Price: Pay as you will
Event Website: www.playtacoma.org
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 • Tue 5/1/18 - Mon 5/7/18 at 10am-5pm 

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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 • Sat 5/12/18 at 10am-11:30am 
 • Sat 6/9/18 at 10am-11:30am 
 • Sat 7/14/18 at 10am-11:30am 
 • Sat 8/11/18 at 10am-11:30am 
 • Sat 9/8/18 at 10am-11:30am 

Spring Museum Fun Days- International Museum Day

For the Family, Children
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.
museum;family;children
Event Info: (253) 627-6031
Ages: birth-12years old
Price: Pay as you will
Event Website: www.playtacoma.org
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 • Fri 5/18/18 at 10am-5pm 

Spring Museum Fun Days- Scavenger Hunt

For the Family, Children
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 24th).
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Event Info: (253) 627-6031
Ages: birth-12years old
Price: Pay as you will
Event Website: www.playtacoma.org
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 • Mon 5/21/18 - Sun 5/27/18 at 10am-5pm 

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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 • Mon 5/28/18 - 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
 • Mon 6/4/18 at 9am-12pm 
 • Tue 6/5/18 at 9am-12pm 
 • Wed 6/6/18 at 9am-12pm 
 • Thu 6/7/18 at 9am-12pm 
 • Fri 6/8/18 at 9am-12pm 
 • Mon 6/11/18 at 9am-12pm 
 • Tue 6/12/18 at 9am-12pm 
 • Wed 6/13/18 at 9am-12pm 
 • Thu 6/14/18 at 9am-12pm 
 • Fri 6/15/18 at 9am-12pm 
 • Mon 6/18/18 at 9am-12pm 
 • Tue 6/19/18 at 9am-12pm 
 • Wed 6/20/18 at 9am-12pm 
 • Thu 6/21/18 at 9am-12pm 
 • Fri 6/22/18 at 9am-12pm 
 • Mon 6/25/18 at 9am-12pm 
 • Tue 6/26/18 at 9am-12pm 
 • Wed 6/27/18 at 9am-12pm 
 • Thu 6/28/18 at 9am-12pm 
 • Fri 6/29/18 at 9am-12pm 
 • Mon 7/2/18 at 9am-12pm 
 • Tue 7/3/18 at 9am-12pm 
 • Wed 7/4/18 at 9am-12pm 
 • Thu 7/5/18 at 9am-12pm 
 • Fri 7/6/18 at 9am-12pm 
 • Mon 7/9/18 at 9am-12pm 
 • Tue 7/10/18 at 9am-12pm 
 • Wed 7/11/18 at 9am-12pm 
 • Thu 7/12/18 at 9am-12pm 
 • Fri 7/13/18 at 9am-12pm 
 • Mon 7/16/18 at 9am-12pm 
 • 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 

Spring Museum Fun Days- Best Friends Day

For the Family, Children
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.
play;children;families;friends
Event Info: (253) 627-6031
Ages: birth-12years old
Price: Pay as you will
Event Website: www.playtacoma.org
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 • Fri 6/8/18 at 10am-5pm 

Spring Museum Fun Days- Summer Kick-Off!

For the Family, Children
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.
family;fun;children
Event Info: (253) 627-6031
Ages: birth-12years old
Price: Pay as you will
Event Website: www.playtacoma.org
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 • Wed 6/20/18 - Mon 6/25/18 at 10am-5pm 

Spring Museum Fun Days- Sky Day

For the Family, Children
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.
family;children
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 6/30/18 at 10am-5:05pm