SPECIAL SPRING EVENTS

PBS Play Date: Pinkalicious and Peterrific
Saturday, February 9, 10 - 11:30 a.m.
Children’s Museum of Tacoma
Museum and KBTC staff provide hands-on opportunities for families to expand upon PBS Kids shows through art, science, invention, or craft.

Color Wheels!
Saturday, February 9, 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Museum of Glass
Brush off those dreary winter skies and bask in the full chroma color of MOG’s Spotlight on Dale Chihuly! Art educator Jennifer Adams will lead you in creating your own mini Chihuly-esque wreath to brighten your days!  

Mini Maestros: Brass Ahoy! Shiver Me Timbres
Sunday, February 24, 2:30 p.m.
Symphony Tacoma at University of Puget Sound - Schneebeck Concert Hall
Join the crew of the mighty brass-beards for a sea-themed musical adventure and search for musical treasures like timbre, pulse, dynamics, and range. Featured music includes a variety of tunes inspired by pirates, the sea and Russian sailors.
Mini Maestros is an informal concert series specially created for children ages 2 to 8 that offer an interactive encounter with Symphony Tacoma musicians and their instruments.  An instrument “petting zoo” that allows children to touch and try out the musical instruments begins one hour before the concert.

Ailey II (dance group)
Saturday, March 2, 7:30 p.m.
Tacoma Arts Live
Ailey II is universally renowned for merging the spirit and energy of the country’s best young dance talent with the passion and creative vision of today’s most outstanding emerging choreographers.
Tickets for the event are on a first come, first serve basis - and limited. Special instructions for reservations are on the Culture Kids page.

Read Across America Day
Saturday, March 2, 11:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.
Children’s Museum of Tacoma
Join Museum staff for a favorite children’s book during story time

PBS Play Date: Cat in the Hat
Saturday, March 9, 10 - 11:30 a.m.
Children’s Museum of Tacoma
Museum and KBTC staff provide hands-on opportunities for families to expand upon PBS Kids shows through art, science, invention, or craft.

Busy Bees!
Saturday, March 9, 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Museum of Glass
Celebrate the conclusion of winter and Foraging the Hive by making seed bombs to welcome in spring. These seed bombs will help spread non-invasive plants and blooms into our community for local bees to enjoy and pollinate! WSU Master Gardeners will be on-site to lead a workshop in prepping MOG’s own pollinator garden for the upcoming summer season with tips for you to take home!


Mini Maestros: Around the World in 80 Drums!
Sunday, March 24, 2:30 p.m.
Symphony Tacoma at University of Puget Sound - Schneebeck Concert Hall
Take a whirlwind tour of the percussion family with the Symphony Tacoma Percussion Quartet. Explore the elements of rhythm, timbre and pulse and get an inside look at the world of percussion instruments from around the world. Pack your imagination as we embark on this exciting adventure!
Mini Maestros is an informal concert series specially created for children ages 2 to 8 that offer an interactive encounter with Symphony Tacoma musicians and their instruments.  An instrument “petting zoo” that allows children to touch and try out the musical instruments begins one hour before the concert.

Spring Break Camp
Wednesday, April 3 – Friday, April 5, 9:00 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Children’s Museum of Tacoma
A 3-day fusion of artistic inquiry, scientific discovery, and playful learning for children ages 3-6 years old.  Nurturing educators engage children in hands-on experiences within our classroom and exclusive explorations of the Museum’s 5 playscapes.

PBS Play Date: Nature Cat
Saturday, April 13, 10 - 11:30 a.m.
Children’s Museum of Tacoma
Museum and KBTC staff provide hands-on opportunities for families to expand upon PBS Kids shows through art, science, invention, or craft.

Spring Awakens!
Saturday, April 13, 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Museum of Glass
Learn about Pacific Northwest Formline art with art educator Jennifer Adams and try your hand at designing your own 3-D Formline egg to embrace the spring months! Dance Theatre Northwest will perform new dances at 1pm in the Grand Hall.Mexico Diverso (music and dance from Mexico)
Saturday, April 27, 3:00 p.m.
Tacoma Arts Live
Celebrate the diversity in our community as the Northwest’s most celebrated Ballet Folklorico company, Bailadores de Bronce, joins Trío Guadalevín in a celebration of Mexican culture.
Tickets for the event are on a first come, first serve basis - and limited. Special instructions for reservations are on the Culture Kids page.

Mini Maestros: Peter and the Wolf
Sunday, May 5, 2:30 p.m.
Symphony Tacoma at University of Puget Sound - Schneebeck Concert Hall
Russian composer Sergei Prokofiev’s 1936 classic Peter and the Wolf tells the story of a young boy living with his grandfather in a forest clearing, and the adventure he and his animal friends have when a wolf comes through the garden gate. This marvelous work introduces the different instruments in the orchestra, with each character portrayed by a different instrument or group of instruments.
Mini Maestros is an informal concert series specially created for children ages 2 to 8 that offer an interactive encounter with Symphony Tacoma musicians and their instruments.

PBS Play Date: Daniel Tiger
Saturday, May 11, 10 - 11:30 a.m.
Children’s Museum of Tacoma
Museum and KBTC staff provide hands-on opportunities for families to expand upon PBS Kids shows through art, science, invention, or craft.

Wonder Weaving!
Saturday, May 11, 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Museum of Glass
Discover the importance of natural fibers and weaving in Native American cultures for both utilitarian and decorative articles with art. Admire Preston Singletary’s glass interpretations of woven baskets and hats in Raven and the Box of Daylight and make your own fiber weaving to take home! Tacoma School of the Arts choreography class will perform student designed works at 1pm and 3pm in the Grand Hall.

ONGOING PROGRAMS

Paint to Learn
First Thursday of every month, 6:00 – 7:00 p.m.
Tacoma Art Museum
Designed for families with children 2-6 years old, come Paint to Learn at TAM! Paint to Learn is an initiative to increase math readiness skills of young children. Children and caregivers paint canvases together with a focus on early math learning. The painting curriculum uses shapes, numbers, size, measurement, and patterns as guiding principles to increase knowledge of child development, while simultaneously helping young learners gain the skills needed to be Kindergarten-ready in math.

Second Saturday Studio & Storytime
Second Saturday of every month, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Tacoma Art Museum
Tacoma Art Museum hosts a variety of fun experiences especially for children ages 2–8 and their families. Try out a new art style in TAM Studio with an activity led by teaching artists. Hear a story in the galleries and explore related works of art. It’s fun for the whole family!

FUTURE EVENTS

PBS Play Date: Super Why
Saturday, June 8, 10 - 11:30 a.m.
Children’s Museum of Tacoma
Museum and KBTC staff provide hands-on opportunities for families to expand upon PBS Kids shows through art, science, invention, or craft.

PBS Play Date: Daniel Tiger
Saturday, July 13, 10 - 11:30 a.m.
Children’s Museum of Tacoma
Museum and KBTC staff provide hands-on opportunities for families to expand upon PBS Kids shows through art, science, invention, or craft.

PBS Play Date: Wild Kratts
Saturday, August 10, 10 - 11:30 a.m.
Children’s Museum of Tacoma
Museum and KBTC staff provide hands-on opportunities for families to expand upon PBS Kids shows through art, science, invention, or craft.

PBS Play Date: Peg+Cat
Saturday, September 21, 10 - 11:30 a.m.
Children’s Museum of Tacoma
Museum and KBTC staff provide hands-on opportunities for families to expand upon PBS Kids shows through art, science, invention, or craft.

PBS Play Date: Curious George
Saturday, October 12, 10 - 11:30 a.m.
Children’s Museum of Tacoma
Museum and KBTC staff provide hands-on opportunities for families to expand upon PBS Kids shows through art, science, invention, or craft.