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Childrens Museum of Tacoma Tacoma

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Childrens Museum of Tacoma
1501 Pacific Avenue
Tacoma
WA
98402
Tel: 253 627 6031

Where are we going today?

At the Children’s Museum of Tacoma we believe play is the elemental component of children’s learning. Our new specially designed museum experience engages young children and their adult caregivers in self-directed play through innovative design that celebrates imagination and encourages creativity.

Core early childhood experiences form the platform for play in the Museum’s five main areas: Woods, Water, Voyager, Invention, and Becka’s Studio.

Visitors enter the Museum’s play space over a ramp or by climbing through a log pile into the Woods. Elevated platforms and the spaces underneath provide opportunities for children to build forts, send supplies up and down on pulleys, play with light in a dark area, or find cozy nooks for reading and quiet discovery. A crawler and toddler area encourages early sensory exploration and age appropriate gross motor play.

The Water area provides a variety of open-ended opportunities to experience falling, running, and still water. Tall panes of glass, metal, and rocks create a sculptural waterfall and levers and cranks allow children to change the volume and pattern of the falling water. Flowing offshoots provide both toddler and older child size areas to play with running water.

On the Voyager play vessel children can climb into the head of the vessel, load cargo, pilot the structure, and create endless pretend play scenarios wih an assortment of vehicle wheels, gauges, and communication devices, plus discover the sensory pit.

Becka's Studio offers creative experiences with materials such as paint, clay, recycled objects, Oobleck, or bubbles. Plus The Invention Zone offers innovative opportunities for large and small scale building play using blocks, boards, fabric and more. Air tubes and moveable tracks provide opportunities to build math and other important cognitive skills.

Allow plenty of time, you will be here ALL day!

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How much does it cost?

  • AdultsYour choice!
  • ChildrenYour choice!
LAST UPDATED 2013

When can we go?

Wednesday through Sunday 10am to 5pm; Closed Tuesday.

I'm Hungry!

Cafe Play is located in the Museum lobby. Come enjoy a cup of coffee in our full service coffee bar, have a healthy snack, or eat your home packed lunch after a busy day of play in the Museum..

Any Top Tips?

The Children's Museum of Tacoma offers Pay As You Will admission. Please pay whatever you can during your visit to help us ensure that every child gets a chance to play!.

Can I get one of those?

Pick up a souvenir to remember your visit in the Museum store. .

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Birthday parties also offered..

What people are saying?

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    What's NOT to love about this place?
    - Pay what you will
    - fun filled/child proof atmosphere full of learning experiences
    - excellent and friendly staff inside and out.
    Can not wait to go back!

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    Love this place. My son really enjoys it and I love that it's by donation.

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    Its free and its a great place to take your kids to have fun. My son loved it!

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    We absolutely love the Children's Museum. All of the hands on exhibits are wonderful for our daughter. We buy the yearly membership and it is absolutely worth it. Our daughter asks to go all the time and cries every single time we leave. You know it's a great place for kids when they never want to leave. :)

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    Was surprised at how small the place was, there was only 5 areas to play....didn't seem to keep my nieces attention very long.

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