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Children's Museum of Tacoma

1501 Pacific Avenue, Tacoma, WA 98402
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Ranked #14 of 39 Attractions in Tacoma
Type: Children's Museums, Museums
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Owner description: 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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Tacoma, Washington
15 reviews 15 reviews
4 attraction reviews
60 helpful votes 60 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2014 NEW

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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24 reviews 24 reviews
6 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 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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Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2014

My daughters loved this place. Plenty of activities for them to run to, and attendants were very polite and helpful. We had a very pleasant experience here...and the fact that it is donation based allows access for all parents regardless of budget constraints. My daughters favorite activity was playing on the winged airship. All of the kids were working together... More

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Bonney Lake, Washington
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132 reviews 132 reviews
54 attraction reviews
74 helpful votes 74 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2014

Our grandson really enjoys visiting so we go there often. His favorite is the water park but the indoor slides and painting room are fun for him as well.

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Lacey, Washington
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41 reviews 41 reviews
15 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014

This is a kid's (and parent's) dream come true. You can play all day--and not realize how much learning is taking place. We have visited the Olympia Children's Museum--which is bigger and better, but for the price-- FREE!---- you have to give Tacoma it's due! It is on a donation basis- so, if you only have a dollar--it's fine. We... More

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18 reviews 18 reviews
5 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

Felt rushed like on a tight time schedule for the price paid for the use of the room - especially when general admission is by donation. They gave us an attendant, but it was more like a time keeper... always rushing along - kids enjoyed the museum and we will go back for that experience again... but will hold "party"... More

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Missoula, Montana
17 reviews 17 reviews
9 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2014

We visited the Children's Museum, and had a great time playing g with my Granddaughter. We learned about many things and exploring all the different things. The cost of going in all donations. So it will fit in to any trip budget. A great place to go if it is a rainy day in town. One bonus is that it... More

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Tacoma, Washington
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31 reviews 31 reviews
8 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2014

This is a small children's museum, but there are many fun things for the kids. My only complaint is, because it's so small, it can get really crazy with kids running around and crazy. It can be a little scary if you have a younger child. As a member, I would go on member only Mondays. Hardly anyone there.

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Auburn, Washington
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2014

This place is great for kids 2 years old to about 8 years old. It's located downtown parking and there is paid street parking for up to 2 hours and there is also parking lot. The most popular is the water play area and it looks busy in this area.

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Tacoma, Washington
14 reviews 14 reviews
4 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2014

On my first trip to the Children's Museum I was pleasantly surprised. I have two granddaughters that I care for on Monday and Friday's. It's a bummer that the museum is not open on Monday's for walk ins. We had tons of fun with all the adventures, especially the water works! Lots of hands on activities. It gets very busy... More

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