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Things To Do With Kids in Tacoma

Whether you and your family are in Tacoma for the warmer months or the colder months, you’ll find plenty of fun things to do with your kids. The Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium is home to more than 9,000 animals and the Museum of Glass offers a large amount of glass works of art on display. During the summer, kids will love the many beaches found around the city, while the winter brings ice skating and skiing. Keep reading for more great things to do with kids in Tacoma:

There are a wide variety of kids activities available in Tacoma. The Children’s Museum of Tacoma offers five playscapes and hands-on exploration and the Working Waterfront Museum tells the story of Tacoma’s seafaring past. Take a look at the list below for some of the best things to do with kids in Tacoma:

  • Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium: home to over 9,000 specimens representing 367 animal species
  • Children’s Museum of Tacoma: this museum offers five playscapes and hands-on exploration designed to entertain and educate children
  • Wild Waves Theme Park: a huge water and theme park a wide variety of water features, rides, and games
  • Norpoint Playground and Sprayground: younger kids can play in the splash area while older kids can hit the skate park
  • Working Waterfront Museum: tells the seafaring story of Tacoma’s past while housed in the historic Foss Waterway Seaport

Tacoma has a lot of kid-friendly activities that parents will enjoy. One of the best options are the tree-top paths and ziplines at Deep Forest Challenge. Take a look at more family-friendly things to do in Tacoma below:

  • Deep Forest Challenge: head here to walk through tree-top canopies and fly through the forest on a zipline
  • Museum of Glass: a premier contemporary art museum dedicated to glass and glassmaking
  • Tacoma Art Museum: a gathering place for connecting people through art via thoughtful exhibitions, exciting events, and enriching programs
  • Rhododendron Species Botanical Garden: Vast garden with a variety of rhododendrons and azaleas, as well as seasonal and perennial plants
  • Sunnyside Beach Park: take a dip, walk the trails, or play on the playground
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Tacoma is filled with free activities and things for kids to see. They can go swimming in American Lake or study the amazing glass sculptures that make up the 500 foot long Chihuly Bridge of Glass. Check out more of the best sightseeing and free activities for kids in Tacoma below:

  • West Hylebos Wetlands Park: visit a historic cabin or walk on trails through wetlands
  • Point Defiance Rose Garden: has more than an acre of rose gardens, the oldest of which was established in 1895
  • American Lake: take a kayak or a boat out for some of the best fishing in Tacoma
  • Chihuly Bridge of Glass: a 500 foot pedestrian bridge displaying three amazing Chihuly glass installations, open to the public 24 hours a day
  • Wapato Park: has a number of trails that you can walk to explore the park, including one circling the lake
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The city of Tacoma has many things to do specifically for kids. For a trip back in time, head over to Rawhide’s 1880s Western Town complete with a Main Street and fake gunfights. Find more fun things to do in Tacoma with kids below:

  • Sykart Indoor Racing Center: see who’s the fastest around the track in these go-karts
  • Old McDebbie's Farm: services the community through animals, fishing, nature and education
  • Titlow Park: a 75 acre, waterfront park complete with a kids splash zone
  • Pump It Up of Tacoma: a warehouse full of bounce houses and other inflatable obstacles
  • The Putting Zoo: two mini golf courses, go-karts, and batting cages
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Large groups have plenty of family-friendly activities to choose from in Tacoma. You and your group can tour Historic Fort Steilacoom or explore 71 acres of preserved nature at the Tacoma Nature Center. Find more of the best family-friendly group activities below:

  • Point Defiance Park: offers natural forest, saltwater beaches and spectacular views
  • W.W. Seymour Botanical Conservatory: a brilliant venue for exotic plant displays
  • Tacoma Nature Center: a 71-acre nature preserve encompassing Snake Lake and the surrounding wetlands and forest
  • Historic Fort Steilacoom: occupies an important position in the history of early America and the Pacific Northwest
  • Tacoma Chinese Reconciliation Park: a waterfront park created as an appeasement for the violent expulsion of Chinese residents in 1885

A day in Tacoma is almost bound to contain an educational activity or two. Your kids can learn about Washington’s rich history at the Washington State History Museum or about the roots of America’s fascination with cars at the LeMay Car Museum. Look below for the best educational activities for kids in Tacoma:

  • Washington State History Museum: dedicated to collecting, preserving, and vividly presenting Washington's rich and storied history
  • Fort Nisqually: a living history museum where volunteers and staff, in period clothing, demonstrate the crafts of the 19th century
  • LeMay Car Museum: an international destination for families and auto enthusiasts to celebrate America’s love affair with the automobile
  • Harbor History Museum: a regional maritime and history museum displaying exhibits on regional culture and history
  • Museum Of Flight: the largest independent, non-profit air and space museum in the world

A day in Tacoma is almost bound to contain an educational activity or two. Your kids can learn about Washington’s rich history at the Washington State History Museum or about the roots of America’s fascination with cars at the LeMay Car Museum. Look below for the best educational activities for kids in Tacoma:

  • Washington State History Museum: dedicated to collecting, preserving, and vividly presenting Washington's rich and storied history
  • Fort Nisqually: a living history museum where volunteers and staff, in period clothing, demonstrate the crafts of the 19th century
  • LeMay Car Museum: an international destination for families and auto enthusiasts to celebrate America’s love affair with the automobile
  • Harbor History Museum: a regional maritime and history museum displaying exhibits on regional culture and history
  • Museum Of Flight: the largest independent, non-profit air and space museum in the world

It can get a little chilly in Tacoma during the winter months, but there is still plenty of fun to be had. Take on the obstacle course at Jumping Juniors or embrace the winter with ice skating at the Sprinker Recreation Center. Check out the following list for the best indoor games, activities and things for kids to do in Tacoma:

  • Chalet Bowl: see who’s the best in your family at knocking down pins
  • Tiffany’s Skate Inn: go back to the days of disco with real rollerskating
  • Sprinker Recreation Center: one of the best places for indoor ice skating in Tacoma
  • Jumping Juniors: a children’s party place with bouncers, obstacle course and slides
  • Kent Valley Ice Skating and MIni Golf: here you can take laps of the ice rink or play 18 holes of mini golf