Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Vendor Spotlight: Children's Museum of Tacoma

 The Children’s Museum of Tacoma celebrates the power of play every day.  Located in the heart of the Tacoma Museum District, the museum serves children ages eight and under and their adults. 
The Children’s Museum of Tacoma is open to the public Wednesday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and has special extended hours until 7 p.m. on the third Thursday of every month for the city’s Artwalk program.  Admission to the museum is called “Pay As You Will,” which means that it is by donation only.  This admission model is the only one of its kind among children’s museums in the nation and has been recognized with a national award from the Association of Children’s Museum.

The museum features five playscapes intended to spark imagination and playful inquiry.  Build a fort in the Woods area, splash in Water, climb aboard the Voyager and take a journey with your imagination, build your own creations in Invention, or explore the processes of messy art in the Studio.  The playscapes are designed so that children of varying ages can play alongside one another throughout the space.  Adults are invited to join in on the fun and play, too, or just sit back and observe from a comfy window seat along the perimeter of the playscapes. An average visit to the museum is 90 minutes and adults are encouraged to let their children set the pace for exploration.  After all, if your little one only visits one playscape on the first visit, you can always check out the rest of the museum on your next visit!

 Expect to get hungry after stretching your muscles and your imagination in the playscapes. Café Play, located in the museum lobby, serves kid-friendly snacks and adult-friendly espresso from Stumptown Coffee Roasters.  Adults are even welcome to take their coffee into the museum.  If you plan to pack a picnic, the museum welcomes families to enjoy their food from home in the café. 

1501 Pacific Ave, Tacoma, WA 98402 -  (253) 627-6031 - www.playtacoma.org






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