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Children's Museum of Tacoma

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Address: 1501 Pacific Ave, Tacoma, WA 98402-3302
Phone Number: 253-627-6031
10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Wed - Sun 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

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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Lots for the Littles to do!

This museum is aimed at elementary school kids and below. There was exploration of water, air, color, and light. There was climbing, dress up, and loads of imagination. The... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed August 3, 2016
Aurora, Colorado
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Ocean View, Hawaii
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21 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I attended a child's birthday party there; the party room was clean, well equipped and staffed. The truly amazing part of the day was the interactive play rooms. Water play, painting engineering and imagination reinforcement; kids just allowed to be kids in a welcoming and safe environment of exploration. It made me want to release my inner child.

Thank doginkau
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 12, 2016

Been taking our 6 year old Grand Daughters there several times when visiting from out of state. Always enjoyed them selves and did not want to leave. No entrance fee, donations only. Limited parking available.

Thank 880williamsd
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 12, 2016

This is not a big facility, but seems to keep all of the children busy, all the time with few waiting or lines. Inexpensive membership and an enjoyable adventure for toddlers, tots and pre-schoolers.

Thank byron s
Puyallup, Washington
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 5, 2016

Lots of activities for toddlers and kids up to about 12 years old. The price is free and a donation is suggested. They have lockers available for use. Over the years I have been to the museum with 1 year olds to 4 year olds. It's equally fun for all. They have forts the little ones can crawl around in... More 

Thank Charlotte P
Aurora, Colorado
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 3, 2016 via mobile

This museum is aimed at elementary school kids and below. There was exploration of water, air, color, and light. There was climbing, dress up, and loads of imagination. The toddlers and crawling babies seemed to be finding things to safely touch and play and explore with. Great fun for all.

Thank theotherjamie
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 29, 2016 via mobile

Gave a $40 donation at the door as I am keen to support Children's Museums but this turned out to be an indoor playground with the real focus on 7-8 year olds and below. The art and water feature is where my 10 and 12 year old spent most of there time, but a Museum it is not as there... More 

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Tacoma, Washington
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 21, 2016

Went with a group of special-needs students. A variety of activities for all and the students really enjoyed themselves. They did not want to leave. Water, hands-on, climbing activities were just a few of the activities. There was a maze used with scarfs and used with air, where the students would watch the scarfs through the clear tubing and then... More 

Thank 14Lynne321
Kent, Washington
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 4, 2016 via mobile

Took my 18 month old who had a blast. Lots to do and it's pretty big for how big a typical children's museum is. Our favorite part was the water and painting.

Thank lalaalla
Heidelberg, germany
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 78 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 28, 2016

We had a less than stellar impression of this, so called museum. My impression was of a crowded, indoor playground. I supposed there is a need for an indoor playground considering the weather in the area, but there was such little on offer here that I really have a hard time even putting together much of a review. Do your... More 

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Nashville, Tennessee
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156 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 20, 2016

If you have kids and have the chance then take them here. This place is too cool. It was way enjoyable for the kids and adults. There was so much to do and my grand kids came out exhausted. This is a place that they can play and learn.

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