JBLM Welcomes First-Ever Children’s Museum on a Military Installation

Greentrike, which has a well-established relationship with both military leadership and military families through its long-running Play to Learn Pierce County program, has announced the opening on April 24 of the new Children’s Museum at Joint Base Lewis-McChord (JBLM). This marks the first children’s museum on a U.S. military installation in the world.

At a recent visit to the facility the First Lady of the United States, Dr. Jill Biden, noted, “What a beautiful gift this is to the children here. The partnership with the Children’s Museum of Tacoma shows what can happen when communities both inside and outside the gates come together to support military families.”

The new children’s museum on base will be centrally located within the “Freedom Center,” the new town center on JBLM, which also includes a spray park, a skate park, shopping and restaurants, and a movie theater.

“We are incredibly thrilled to reach this day. We have thousands of kids with their families at JBLM, and there’s no better place to create the first on-base children’s museum than Joint Base Lewis-McChord,” said JBLM Garrison Commander Col. Skye Duncan.

The children’s museum will, according to Greentrike, be:

  • Focused on early learners, with programming to focus on special needs families;
  • Accessible by bus, with accessible parking;
  • Office space for MWR Children and Youth Services;
  • A 24/7 neutral gathering space in times of crisis for military spouses and families; and
  • A collaborative opportunity with community engagement organizations currently operating on JBLM.
“We are so excited to come alongside our longtime partners and make this museum a joyful, playful place for families living on Joint Base Lewis-McChord,” said Greentrike Executive Director Tanya Durand.
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