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Tag: Children’s Museum of Tacoma

Jan.
16th

New museum great for kids (and OK for adults, too)

This editorial will appear in Tuesday’s print edition.

Tacoma’s museum district just got a whole lot more kid-friendly.

Sure, the other three museums in the neighborhood – the Tacoma Art Museum, the Museum of Glass and especially the Washington State History Museum – all have elements that reach out to children. But with the Children’s Museum of Tacoma, which officially opened Saturday just up Pacific Avenue from TAM, the name says it all: This is a place for kids, where they can get down and – if not necessarily dirty – at least a little wet.

At about 8,000 square feet, the facility is more than double the size of its previous incarnation in the Theater District. It is a kid’s dream come true, with four themed “playscapes” and an art studio.
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Jan.
23rd

Good news for South Sound families with young children

This editorial will appear in Monday’s print edition.

Kids may not appreciate the generous gift they got from the KeyBank Foundation, but their parents sure will – especially those trying to stretch their household budget.

When the Children’s Museum of Tacoma opens in its new, larger digs on Pacific Avenue next January, it won’t cost parents a cent for kids to enjoy all the amenities, many of which are sneakily designed to be educational in a playful way.

Thanks to a $250,000 KeyBank gift, the $6 admission fee will be waived for the first five years. The facility will be the only private nonprofit children’s museum in the nation to eliminate its admission charge. Read more »