Saturday, March 25, 2023

$5M renovation kicks off at Children’s Museum of Tacoma
Message from the new Children’s Museum of Tacoma:

“On April 25, 2011 at 10 a.m. at the new Museum site, 1501 Pacific Avenue, a community Construction Kick-Off was hosted by Mayor Marilyn Strickland, Representative Laurie Jinkins, and Board Chairman Dave Edwards as construction kicks-off for the new Children’s Museum of Tacoma.

“The new Children’s Museum of Tacoma will open to the public January 14, 2012. Admission will be free.

“This 8,000 square foot interactive play space will undergo a $5 million renovation, as well as installation of new exhibitions, over the course of the next nine months.

A year ago, the museum signed a contract to lease 8,700 square feet on the first floor of the United Way building at 1501 Pacific Avenue and launched a capital campaign. The new space will be the whole first floor of the United Way building. The building has lots of great features to incorporate into playful explorations, creative journeys, and lots of hands-on fun! It’s 50% larger than our current site. It has lots of windows for natural light and space for outdoor activity. Plus, it’s close to other museums, parking, and the light rail.

“Thanks to a gift from the KeyBank Foundation, “Pay As You Will” admission has been underwritten for the first five years of operation in the new building. One year from now admission will no longer be a barrier to enjoying the power of play in the museum.

“Early childhood development research suggests that the greatest return on investment comes from providing services to children in their first five years of life. With 34 percent of Pierce County’s families in the low- to moderate incomes ranges, museum visits and programs might not be affordable for all. Thank you KeyBank for investing early!

“Looking forward to playing together in the new museum next January.”

Judith Rubin
Judith Rubin
Judith Rubin ([email protected]) is a leading journalist, publicist, strategist, blogger, content marketing specialist and connector in the international attractions industry. She excels at writing about all aspects of design and technical design, production and project management. Areas of special interest include AV integration and show control, lighting design and acoustics, specialty cinema, digital video and world’s fairs. Judith has ties to numerous industry organizations. From 2005-2020 she ran communications, publications and social media for the Themed Entertainment Association (TEA). In 2013, she was honored with the TEA Service Award. She was development director of IMERSA, and co-chair of the 2014 IMERSA Summit. She was publicist for the Large Format Cinema Association in the 1990s, now part of the Giant Screen Cinema Association (GSCA) and has also contributed to the publications of PLASA, IAAPA and the International Planetarium Society. Already making her mark as a magazine and book editor, Judith joined World’s Fair magazine in 1987, which introduced her to the attractions industry. Launching as a freelancer in the mid 1990s she has contributed to dozens of publications and media outlets including Funworld, Lighting&Sound America, Sound & Communications, Urban Land, The Raconteur and The Planetarian. She joined InPark in 2010. Judith earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Pratt Institute. She has lived in New York City and the San Francisco Bay Area, and now makes her home in Saint Louis, where she is active in the local arts and theater community.

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