Metro Parks Tacoma

Family Programs

A minimum enrollment is required for all classes. Registration and payment is required at least two working days before each program.

Register Early-- Many programs fill quickly.

 

Nature Center Frog  LITTLE SPROUTS
  Ages 2-4 years
Suggested donation of $3.00 - $5.00 per child

Join our partner in education, Tahoma Audubon for an hour of fun with your littlest ones! This program features story-time, sensory-based activities, songs and outside time, all focused on the natural world. Pre-registration encouraged.

  • Feb. 12      Birds                 9:45 – 10:45am     90532     OR
                                               1:45 – 2:45pm       90533
  • Mar. 12     Stewardship       9:45 – 10:45am     90534    OR
                                                1:45 – 2:45pm       90535
  • Apr. 16      Animal Homes   9:45 – 10:45am     90536    OR
                                                1:45 – 2:45pm       90537
  • May 14      Plants                9:45 – 10:45am     90538    OR  
                                                1:45 – 2:45pm       90539

     

Nature Center Frog  NATURE YOGA
  Ages 18 months to 12 years old + adults (adult must accompany children)
$15.00/adult-child combo, $5.00 for each additional child or adult
Fun, child-centered activities and nature poses are combined with time-honored yoga practice to guide children and an adult partner through warm-up, work-out, strengthen, cool down and relaxation.  Adult attendance is required.  Participants may bring yoga mats or use those provided. Drop-ins welcome if the class is not already full - call ahead to check on status. A portion of the class will be outdoors so come dressed for the weather and in layers appropriate for the indoor section.

Adults with younger children should feel free to leave after the first 60 minutes but the program will last 75 minutes.

  • January 27           1:30-2:45pm         Winter Wonderland  
  • February 17          9:30-10:45am       Wetlands Walk
  • March 17               1:30-2:45pm         Spring Equinox
  • April 21                  9:30-10:45am       Earth Celebration
  • May 12                  1:30-2:45pm         Flying BIrds

 

Nature Center Frog FAMILY NATURE WALKS
All ages welcome, FREE

Explore Tacoma's Parks during this free naturalist-led walk. Discover amazing plants and animals and how they adapt to the seasons. Walks are organized and led by Tacoma Nature Center staff.

Not recommended for strollers or children under 3. Pre-registration is required. These events are FREE but space is limited.

You may sign up online or by calling the Tacoma Nature Center at (253) 404-3930.

Please note that scouts from any organization are welcome on these walks, but they need to be in family groups, not in troops. We have special offerings for scout troops as the limited space on these family walks is reserved for family groups. Thank you for your cooperation!

Walks are free but space is limited.
Please sign up online to save your spot!

Sign up online

  • February 10 10 - 11 am     88298
    Titlow Park – 8425 6th Ave.
  • February 17 10 - 11 am     88299
    McKinley Park – 645 Upper Park St.
  • April 7  10 - 11 am             88300
    Swan Creek Park – 2820 Pioneer Way E.
  • April 14 10 - 11 am            88301
    Wapato Park – 6500 S. Sheridan Ave.
  • April 28 10 - 11 am            88302
    Oak Tree Park – S. 74th St. & S. Cedar St
  • April 28 1 - 2 pm                88303
    Tacoma Nature Center – 1919 S. Tyler
  • May 5  1 - 2 pm                  88304
    Wapato Hills Park – 6231 S. Wapato St.
  • May 12  1 - 2 pm                88305
    Titlow Park – 8425 6th Ave.
  • May 26  1 - 2 pm                88306
    McKinley Park – 645 Upper Park St.

 

Nature Center FrogKAYAK PADDLES AND SNOW PLAY

Please visit the Outdoor Adventure page for details.

 

Nature Center Frog PIER PEER AROUND TACOMA
Jointly sponsored by Foss Waterway Seaport and Metro Parks Tacoma, these popular programs are a great way to see the sea life in your area. Join us for an aquatic night-time adventure as you explore hundreds of mysterious life forms below the docks with experienced naturalists! Pre-registration required.

Movies and Marine Life at the Seaport
Ages 18 and up, $25/person, no member discount available
Bring your favorite person for a great "date night" at an adult's only Pier Peer in Tacoma.  You will have the chance to see cool critters while night-lighting on the pier​​, enjoy popcorn and a short film, and cap it off with something sweet all in the Seaport's 117 year old warehouse location.​ Pre-registration required.
88307     Saturday, February 17      7:00 pm - 9:30 pm

Earth Day Pier Peer – Foss Waterway Seaport  
Ages 8 and up, $15/person, no member discount available
Enjoy a Pier Peer, fun activities to learn about protecting and conserving our Earth, and snacks and hot cocoa all enjoyed in the Foss Waterway Seaport's historic building.
Pre-registration required.
88308     Saturday, April 14     7:00 pm - 9:30 pm  *Register Here

Pier Peer in Tacoma – Point Defiance Marina
Ages 8 and up, $10/person, no member discount available
Bring your family for an aquatic night-time adventure to explore mysterious marine life below the docks. Warm-up afterward with hot cocoa. Each child must be accompanied by an adult. Pre-registration required.
Jelly Jubiliee – learn about sea jellies and comb jellies
88309     Saturday, January 20      7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Excellent Echinoderms – learn about stars, urchins and cucumbers
88310     Saurday, March 10       7:30 pm - 9:00 pm    *Register Here

Nature Center Frog

LETTERBOXING WORKSHOP
Ages 5 and up, $10/person, $9/member
Discover a fun new outdoor activity combining treasure hunting with rubber stamping. Learn how to create a letterbox, make your own stamp and passport, then head outdoors to discover the secret treasures of Snake Lake.  Each adult may only bring up to two children due to the supervision required during the activity.

No workshops are currently scheduled - contact us if you would like to book one of these programs for your group. Minimum of 10 paid participants.