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I know a lot of you are huge fans of The Children’s Museum of Tacoma. We love going there too, but we don’t hit it much because my 5 year old still likes to stick stuff in his mouth (Yes, I know he’s too old for that, and it’s a little weird, but that’s a subject for another day). At any rate, it gives me the total heebie jeebies, even though I know the museum staff cleans all their things rigorously.
Back to the fun stuff….The first thing to know about The Children’s Museum is that you can go for free with a Play Pass from any Pierce County Library or the Tacoma or Puyallup Public Libraries. You check it out just like a book, and it lets in four of you for free-just like that! Ta, da! You can also go on free first Fridays, but these are usually swamped. The only catch with the Play Pass is that it’s sometimes checked out, but we have honestly never run into this problem. Another option, if you’re very frequent visitors, is to get a membership, or ask the grandparents to buy you one for the holidays. There are also bogo coupons in the Entertainment Book.
There are several ongoing, educational programs at the museum including the WOW sessions for preschoolers, art exploration in the studio, and bubble time. There are also some upcoming special events. This Sunday your kids can build with Curious George. I might have to take Henry to this one, because two of his true passions in life are Curious George and block building.
There is also a new parents’ night out event that I’m almost a little Too excited about. The outstanding children’s museum in Olympia has been doing this for years, and I’m super glad to see Tacoma getting on board. For 25.00, museum staff will supervise your child and provide art activities, pizza, and snacks. The first event is November 19th, and there will be a night out every third Friday in the following months. The event runs between 6:00-9:30 and does require preregistration (race you to the phone)! Children must be able to use the restroom by themselves (I know, bummer), but they can be as young as 3 and as old as 10. Siblings are an additional 10 dollars.
Now, this is more than what we would normally pay a sitter, but you aren’t providing any food, and you don’t have to deal with the whole finding a sitter, leaving your wailing kids thing.
If you have older kids, the White River Valley Museum is hosting a Night Out at the Museum designed for tweens on the 12th. Check here for contact info.
You can also go to my original post to read about more Kids’ Night Out Events in the South Sound. Hint: There is one in Fife tomorrow, and also one at Jumpin Jack and Jill in Sumner! The one in Fife is for children 6 and up, and you will need to register Today. Any potty trained child may attend the Jumpin Jack and Jill event.
Don’t forget to scroll down to read about a great city walk and my Top 10 South Sound playgrounds. You’ll want to soak up a little Vitamin D while you can!