Greentrike/Children's Museum of Tacoma and JBLM

Cause Area

  • Arts & Culture
  • Children & Youth
  • Community
  • Education & Literacy


1501 Pacific AvenueSuite 202Tacoma, WA 98402 United States

Organization Information

Mission Statement

At Greentrike, home of the Children’s Museum of Tacoma and the Children's Museum at JBLM, our mission is to honor children and champion play. Everything we do begins with our image of the child. We believe children are compassionate, capable, inquisitive, creative, valuable, contributing, and dreamers. Our vision is to be a leader in our community in using play to learn, to grow, and to thrive. Combined with the support of early learning programs and Pay as You Will Museum access - fulfills the objectives of the Museum’s Strategic Plan. Our current priorities include: • Proactively Measure Impact and Improve Fiscal Sustainability •Increase Audience, Access, and Capacity • Advocate for and Lead Child-Centered, Systemic Change


Greentrike is a nonprofit that advocates for and models equitable access to playful experiences for children, youth, and families because play is essential for learning, joy, and a thriving community.

Greentrike powers museums, programs, and initiatives honoring children, youth, and families in Pierce County. Founded as the Children’s Museum of Tacoma in 1985, the organization later transitioned into Greentrike in 2019 after growth that made the organization more than a museum.

Today, Greentrike powers the Children’s Museums of Tacoma and at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, featuring a first-in-kind donation-based admission model known as Pay As You Will. Greentrike champions play through innovative programs like Preschool Powered by Play, Play to Learn, and Virtual Play to Learn. Greentrike carries out its mission of honoring children and youth through comprehensive initiatives. As of 2021, Greentrike serves as the Out-of-School Time Intermediary (OSTI) to deliver Expanded Learning Opportunities (ELO) across Pierce County.


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by Cynthia R. from Alvarado, TX (June 29, 2016)
This was my first real volunteer ever. Absolutely loved it, the staff was friendly, the other volunteers were easy going, and I would definitely go back to help.

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