Kid Friendly Guide to Tacoma Arts Month
Updated for 2018
Do you want to introduce your kids to the arts? Fall is the perfect time to do it. October is Tacoma Arts Month, when hundreds of arts and culture programs will be featured for the community to enjoy. There are music, dance, theater, visual arts, workshops, and cultural events. All events are open to the public. Many are free, though a few are in worth-the-splurge territory.
Here we round up our pics for the very best events for kids and families. Grab your calendars! Note-In most cases, we have linked to the event venue. You can also find more details on the event page at the Tacoma Arts Month site.
Start Tacoma Arts Month off on the right note with a kaleidoscope of pop-up art exhibits, hands-on activities, music and dance performances, and more at this free, family friendly, community festival! Enjoy appetizers and no-host bar while we honor the 2017 AMOCAT Arts Award winners and funding recipients. It’s all free and open to the public – pack up the family, invite your friends and come help us celebrate!
Oct 3, 2018 | 6-9PM | Normanna Hall
Date: | Free
Intro to Slime at Artist and Craftsman Supply
With a few simple ingredients we will teach you all you need to know about slime making. Each participant will leave with a cup of slime!
2 PM – 4 PM | Free
Drop by Job Carr Cabin Museum for our 10/13 woven arts event. Learn about spinning and weaving, then try using a loom. Designed for children ages 3-9 and their families.
Image: Woven arts with Karen Haas
Oct 13 Job Carr Cabin Museum
1 PM – 4 PM | Free
Join Metro Arts for a night of painting & snacks while making unforgettable memories. Together you will paint a fall-themed work of art to take home. Supplies & snacks provided!
Metro Parks Tacoma-Center at Norpoint
5 PM – 7 PM | Resident: $66 – $78; Non-Resident: $72 – $84; Center Pass: $53 – $65 Registration and fees required-be sure to register for your family size
Family Day at Museum of Glass
Family Day brings a craft project called Diorama Drama, a dance or musical performance in the Grand Hall, and the opportunity to make *fused glass tiles (*additional fee).
Oct 13 1 PM – 4 PM | $17 Adults, $14 Seniors, Students/Military, $5 Children (6-12), Free for members and children under 6
The Tacoma Arts Commission invited you inside the working studios of 70 local artists to lean about the artistic process, ask questions, and purchase one-of-a-kind creations. All studios will feature demonstrations or will have hands-on activities for visitors. It’s family friendly and free! Get your Tacoma Studio Tour Passport and more info online.
Free 47 Locations Across Tacoma October 13th-14
3 PM – 4:30 PM | $7
You’re in for a devil of a time when three outlandishly wild witches return from 17th-century Salem after they’re accidentally conjured up by some unsuspecting pranksters!
Oct 14 Broadway Center for the Performing Arts – Theatre on the Square
Visit the Washington State History Museum with FREE admission from 3:00-8:00 PM on October 18! Makerspace and activities along with free access to all exhibits.
October 18th marks the anniversary of the arrival of the first Filipinos to America! This event is family-friendly with music by DJ Phenohype, art, apothecary, baked goods, jewelry and more! Oct 18 5-7:30PM
“It’s not a box!” Today, we’ll be inspired by the children’s story “Not a Box” and use our imaginations to make car sculptures with cardboard boxes and other recycled materials.
Come see artists and craftsmen creating in the world of paper: . Free event features make-and-take, unique printed items and crafts, fun for all ages.
Join us for this special Day of the Dead Neighborhood Night at Tacoma Art Museum!
- Explore over 30 community Ofrendas, or altars
- Enjoy a Ballet Folklorico performance with students from Broadway Center for the Performing Arts
- Join us for a Screening of Pixar’s Coco at 6pm
- Find your inner artist and sketch in the galleries with an expert teaching artist.
- Go upstairs to see TAM Local Community Art installations.
- Enjoy happy hour specials in TAM Cafe from 4 – 7 pm.
This event is FREE and open to the community!
Oct 25 @ 5:00 pm – 7:30 pm
How I Became a Pirate
October 27th – November 4th, 2018
Saturdays, Oct 27 & Nov 3, 11:00 am & 2:00 pm
Sundays, Oct 28 & Nov 4, 2:00 pm
Based on HOW TO BECOME A PIRATE by MELINDA LONG and illustrations by DAVID SHANNON
Book, Lyrics, and Music By JANET YATES VOGT & MARK FREIDMAN
Let us know which of these great events you attend with your family!
Disclosure: Sounds Fun Mom is a proud media sponsor of Tacoma Arts Month and received recognition in exchange for our coverage of these awesome events!