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!