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Children's Museum of Tacoma

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Address: 1501 Pacific Ave, Tacoma, WA 98402-3302
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+1 253-627-6031
10:00 - 17:00
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Wed - Sun 10:00 - 17:00

Children of all ages will love the interactive activities and structured...

Children of all ages will love the interactive activities and structured play that make learning fun through such exhibits as "Under the Big Top: A Circus Adventure," "Grubby Gardeners" and the "Farmer's Market."

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Good place for kids

Tacoma's children's museum is a fun place for pre-school through lower grade kids. There are plenty of climbing and water play areas. The craft area, with five or six stations... read more

Reviewed 13 March 2017
Bill M
Olympia, Washington
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Peninsula Papagayo
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Perfect indoor fun for kids from about two to eight. Water play, art, climbing wall, fun learning areas, lots of climbing areas and areas to use there imagination. Highly recommend

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Kelowna, Canada
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This is a great resource for the area and community for families to utilize... The museum provide many craft projects for the kids to try; and , lots of interactive games and play structures to explore:) All kid interactive and full on Fun!!! Need a good 2-5 hrs to explore every thing...

Thank Troy L
Tacoma, Washington
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8 reviews
Reviewed 13 March 2017

Took our 8 year old for fun with learning, and we have come back several times a year every year for the past 4 years. There is something for every age, and it is gratifying to learn about our local area as well as the state and Northwest Pacific region.

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Olympia, Washington
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Reviewed 13 March 2017 via mobile

Tacoma's children's museum is a fun place for pre-school through lower grade kids. There are plenty of climbing and water play areas. The craft area, with five or six stations, was probably the best thing. There were a few things to play and try, as well as a some make and takes. We had a 4 and 6 year old... More 

Thank Bill M
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Reviewed 3 March 2017

Great place for kids to roam and explore. So many great rotating areas of play and exploration. Just need to walk around and follow your child to supervise their play. Great indoor play time to encourage their creativity and learning.

Thank Ashley F
Gig Harbor, Washington
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Reviewed 20 February 2017 via mobile

This was our first visit and we had our two granddaughters (both under 5). The museum is free but donations are accepted. It's a small facility without any onsite eating. We parked a few blocks away and used the Tacoma Link line which stops a block away. The girls had a great time. It was crowded but keeping them entertained... More 

Thank GigSn3
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Reviewed 7 February 2017

looking for a cheap/free place to take the kiddos when it's a little rainy outside? look no further! fun activities for kids under 10.

Thank Gavin S
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Reviewed 18 January 2017

Lots of stuff for the kiddies. Sadly, nothing for their older siblings. Been going there for years but with youngest grandson now 7, nothing there of interest anymore. They need to come up with a few 8-10 YO fun stuff.

Thank PNWTrav
Oakland, California
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Reviewed 17 November 2016

We spent several hours in this museum with a three-year-old who found so much to explore and play with. So many different areas, each well laid out. For example, the water area had several stations that allowed kids to splash, pour, and divert, protected by provided rubber aprons. There were rope structures to climb on, slides, art supplies. Great.

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Reviewed 16 November 2016

I took my cousin's kid here and regretted it. The previous year I took him to the Hands On Children's Museum of Olympia, which cost about the same, had easily twice the activities, plus an outdoor area. And the activities in Olympia were more interesting. The kid got BORED at the Tacoma one after about an hour, and spent the... More 

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