The Children’s Museum of Tacoma is planning a construction kick-off party April 25 at 10 a.m. to celebrate the the renovation of its new 8,700-square-foot space in a historic building downtown.
The public is invited to 1501 Pacific Ave. for the free event, according to a museum news release. The program will include light refreshments and remarks from people, including Tacoma Mayor Marilyn Strickland. The museum requests RSVPs to 253.627.6031 or childrensmuseumoftacoma.org/special-events.
More from the release:
A year ago, the museum signed a contract to lease 8,700 square feet on the first floor of the United Way building at 1501 Pacific Avenue and launched a $7 million capital campaign to:
- Open the doors to an all-new museum
- Eliminate financial barriers to attendance by offering “Pay As You Will” admission
- Sustain the museum’s free early learning program, Play to Learn, in the community
The new museum will open to the public January 14, 2012.
To date, the museum has raised just over 37 percent of the $7 million campaign total. A recent $250,000 naming gift from the KeyBank Foundation will enable the museum to offer free admission for the first five years of operation, helping deliver equal access to the museum’s educational play and life skill-building programs to all South Sound children. Early capital campaign supporters include Sequoia Foundation, Norcliffe Foundation, Key Bank, George Russell, and generous individual donors. Additional support comes from SiteCrafting, BCRA, and parenting media sponsor, ParentMap.