Children's Museum of Tacoma

Tacoma, WA

Where are we going?

Children's Museum of Tacoma
1501 Pacific Ave
WA 98402

253 627 6031

What is there to do?

At the Children’s Museum of Tacoma they believe play is the elemental component of children’s learning, so they have created a place that is dedicated to children's play, learning and development!

Kids under 8 years can enjoy self-directed play through innovative design that celebrates imagination and encourages creativity. Sounds pretty fun to us!

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

Kids enter the Museum’s play space over a ramp or by climbing through a log pile into the woods, so the fun starts pretty much as soon as you walk in the door!

Elevated platforms and the spaces underneath provide opportunities for kids 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 perfect for those little ones

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. 

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, or bubbles. Then you have The Invention Zone that 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 at the Children's Museum of Tacoma, you will be here ALL day!

How much does it cost?

Adults: It's "Pay As You Want", so donation only!

Children: Same as adult


Need a little extra help?

Just give them a call to ask about accessibility, they will be happy to help you! They also have special needs play from 10am on Tuesday mornings


When can we go?

10am - 5pm Wednesday to Sunday (10am - 5pm Monday is Members Only Play, 10am - 11:30am Tues is Special Needs Play)

Closed some major holidays so check online!


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!

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. - Fun things to do with kids and best places to visit in the US
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