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Children's Museum of Tacoma

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Address: 1501 Pacific Avenue, Tacoma, WA 98402
Phone Number: 253-627-6031
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Description: 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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Fun and changes frequently enough

We have visited at least every other month for the last 2 years. My children are now 6, 4 and 1 and they all still find something novel and fun when we visit. I would love for it... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 8, 2015
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long beach
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28 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015 NEW

This place was great and had huge windows in it along with loads of fun for the kiddos. Great for everyone due to "the pay if you can or as you will" policy. Any child can enter for free.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

We have visited at least every other month for the last 2 years. My children are now 6, 4 and 1 and they all still find something novel and fun when we visit. I would love for it to expand just a bit but their Play to Learn program is unbeatable.

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Albany, California
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19 reviews
8 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2015

Great way to keep them happy for hours on a rainy day. When one of my grand-nephews was starting to talk, he would wave his arms and shout "Mine! Mine! Mine!" every time they drove past.

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Puyallup, Washington
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18 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2015

I'm amazed at how many learning activities they pack into such a small area! I brought my nieces, ages 2 to 5 and they had a blast! We stayed for about 4 hours and they still didn't want to leave! They loved playing with the water exhibit and arts and crafts. There is only one door into the museum, but... More 

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Seattle, Washington
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38 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015

Parking on Sunday next door is $5 and very convenient. The play area is very fun for our 1.5 year old. Wish they had a bit smaller bibs as my little guy tripped on his and we had a bit of fat lip. He loved the pillowed under sea area and it he loved the water tables. Plenty for our... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2015

My son had a blast! There was plenty for him to do as well as me. Lots of space for him to run around and climb things, water, arts and crafts along with puzzles. Good place to go to challenge and entertain the family.

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Shanghai
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2015

Small but friendly place for kids to place with a nice cafe and pay as you will entrance fee. Rainy days are full and a good place to take kids before nap time.

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University Place, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2015

I took my young nieces and they loved the art studio on the top floor. I had a great time explaining the art to them and they enjoyed it. They ask about going back all the time.

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Tacoma, Washington
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17 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2014

It is free but I usually donate about $10 for my son when we go. Parking can be difficult. I street park. If there is another area to park then I'm unaware but I think you might be able to park by the art museum. You do have to pay for that. It is probably tiny compared to the Olympia... More 

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Vancouver, Canada
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26 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2014

Although its designed for under 5, my 8 year old had no trouble spending 2.5 hours here. It's clean, modern, and a lot of thought and research has gone into creating spaces and sensory experiences that our children crave and need. Well done!

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