Apr. 15, 2014 at 10:10am

The importance of sportsmanship

Growing up, I wasn’t much of an athlete, and today it shows. 

Often when I compete, whether it’s at sports, card games or a friendly March Madness work pool, I have a hard time demonstrating good sportsmanship. If I’m not a winner, I’m a sore loser. It’s not something I’m proud of, but I’m learning. 

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Apr. 4, 2014 at 12:18pm

April is Go Green Month!

This month, we’re encouraging you to go green. Teach your kids to incorporate sustainable activities in their everyday lives.

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Mar. 13, 2014 at 9:30am

St. Patrick's Day Activities!

This St. Patrick’s Day, try going green…really green!
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Mar. 7, 2014 at 12:05pm

KidsQuest Spotlight: The Harder Family

I remember meeting the Harder family for the first time. I was the Friday night floor manager, and Mike and Audrey were regulars. Little Audrey (who isn’t so little anymore) immediately stole my heart. Mike, Christy, Audrey and Caitlin quickly became a part of the KidsQuest family. The staff gets excited when we see that they’ve registered for one of our programs or events and it’s been so great watching the girls grow. 


When I decided to feature a family that represents KidsQuest’s mission on our blog, I had the Harders in mind. They have been members since January of 2012 and they represent the whole-family learning approach we value at KidsQuest. Member families like the Harders are an integral part of KidsQuest’s success, and we truly appreciate their continued participation in our programs as well as their donations to our annual fund.  

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Feb. 25, 2014 at 10:26am

Parent Resources: The Within Reach Program

Developmental screening is important for all kids. 1 in 6 kids has a developmental delay, and only 30% of those kids have delays detected through parent observations and regular checkups. 
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Feb. 11, 2014 at 1:01pm

Get Creative this Valentine's Day!

Valentine’s Day Activities for the Whole Family


Valentine’s Day is almost here and with it comes new ways to share our appreciation for our loved ones. Here are some ideas on how to show your appreciation without spending extra cash.

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Feb. 5, 2014 at 9:45am

Go Healthy Month!

February is Go Healthy Month at KidsQuest, so all month we’re exploring ways to help families stay active during the long and wet winter season. Here are 5 tips to help your family get moving and stay moving:
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Nov. 25, 2013 at 2:35pm

Getting Kids Involved this Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is all about two things: giving thanks and eating food. Whenever possible, it is nice to combine these two values into an engaging experience for everyone in your family. Cooking together and helping my mom prepare for holidays are some of my fondest memories. These moments provided a foundation for our relationship and helped maintain our family traditions. 

Here are some ideas to engage your kids this Thanksgiving! 

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Nov. 7, 2013 at 1:04pm

Taking Time to Read When You're Out of Time!


We all know that reading is important for our kids and that we, as adults, don't get to read as much as we would like. But what does that really mean? 

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Oct. 30, 2013 at 12:56pm

Staying Safe This Halloween!


It's that time of year when your child's imagination takes over and the costumes come out. Here are some tips to staying safe this Halloween! 

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Oct. 22, 2013 at 1:36pm

Magical Music or Terrific Technology?

Imagine making music just by waving your hand in the air! It's not magic. It's a Theremin! 
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Sep. 18, 2013 at 10:36am

QuestClub: Let's Get Wired

The weather is changing and school is back in the daily routine. Next week our after-school science enrichment program, QuestClub, will be back in session as well. We meet the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of each month, and for the next 6 sessions we will explore circuits and wiring. We will look into what really makes a conductor conduct and why insulators are helpful. There will be challenges and lots of time for open-ended exploration.


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Sep. 13, 2013 at 8:36am

A SuperClean Update!

KidsQuest’s staff has been working hard this week cleaning and updating the museum for our annual SuperClean. While we’ve certainly missed all of our visitors, we’ve been having a lot of fun tearing apart the museum, fixing up some visitor favorites, and installing brand new exhibits!


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Aug. 28, 2013 at 1:38pm

Making Friends

Friendships are important. By making and playing with friends, children develop their social and emotional skills. They learn rules about social behavior. They experience different emotions like happiness, rejection, and fear.  Friendships are also important for your child’s physiological development and for their self-esteem. Simply put, making friends is important. However, not every child is naturally social or outgoing. Here are some ways to help your child make friends: 


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Aug. 26, 2013 at 1:58pm

Animal Explorers Camp

Last week at KidsQuest was Animal Explorers summer camp! Our explorers were very busy all week learning about animals and even got to meet a real animal!
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Aug. 16, 2013 at 11:12am

Getting Ready for School - It's More Than ABC's and 123's!

You already know that getting ready for school means more than buying a fresh pack of crayons and attending “Meet the Teacher Night”. School readiness starts years before the first day of kindergarten, but what does school readiness really mean?
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Aug. 14, 2013 at 1:51pm

Science Explorers Camp

Last week at KidsQuest was Science Explorers summer camp and we explored all things science! Our explorers were very busy all week learning and becoming junior biologists, chemists, physicists, paleontologists, and geologists!
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Aug. 7, 2013 at 12:14pm

BAM ARTSfair

This year at Bellevue Art Museum’s ARTSfair, KidsQuest provided a fun activity that incorporated abstract art and imagination – “Picture Writing: Collage Inspired by the Art of Eric Carle.” 
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Aug. 6, 2013 at 11:42am

Storybook Theater Camp

Last week was KidsQuest’s Storybook Theater summer camp and our campers were very busy! They learned about different story characters and costumes, and created and performed their very own play!
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Jul. 26, 2013 at 9:20am

Do You Like Scavenger Hunts?

Here at KidsQuest, our mission is to create learning through the power of play and exploration, so we’re all about using scavenger hunts to teach important lessons. 
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Jul. 22, 2013 at 12:45pm

Science Squad

Last week was KidsQuest’s Science Squad Summer Camp! Our campers used their scientific knowledge to conduct experiments about everything from DNA to electricity.
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Jul. 16, 2013 at 3:25pm

Imagination Explorers Camp

Last week was KidsQuest’s Imagination Explorers Summer Camp! We kept our imagination very busy by exploring everything from beneath the sea to outer space!
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Jul. 5, 2013 at 9:19am

Sun Safety

Seattle’s weather can be pretty dreary sometimes, so when the sun comes out, most people scramble to catch some rays before they disappear.  But before you head outside, make sure you protect yourself and your children from the harmful effects of ultraviolet (UV) radiation.  UV radiation can cause sunburns in the short term (ouch!) and repeated exposure can cause skin cancer or damage your eyesight.
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Jul. 2, 2013 at 3:07pm

Dino-Mite Dinos

Our Dino-Mite Dino campers had a very busy week last week becoming paleontoligists! Campers excavated bones, explored carnivores and herbivores, constructed a dinosaur skeleton, explored challenges for dinosaurs, and built volcanoes. Our campers also created their very own dino-story!
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Jun. 26, 2013 at 10:26am

Outdoor Arts & Crafts

If your child is crazy about arts and crafts, but you’re not crazy about seeing them spend their summer days inside, try these fun outdoor arts and crafts activities:
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Jun. 24, 2013 at 10:41am

Art Explorers Camp

Last week was the first week of summer camp at KidsQuest and our Art Explorer campers were very busy! Our explorers learned about colors, shapes, textures, sculptures, and made new friends!


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Jun. 19, 2013 at 10:40am

Summer Learning

We all know that kids don’t just learn in school, but all year long! In the summer, learning often looks different – more natural, more joyful, more physical, more like “just play”. Summer is a great opportunity to cut back the busy schedule. It can be hard to say “no” to another birthday party, or summer camp, or swim lesson. However, long periods of unscheduled time are essential for kids as they engage in the high quality play that helps them learn best!
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Jun. 17, 2013 at 9:25am

Happy Father's Day!

Poor dads. They often get the short end of the parenting stick when their children are young. They don’t carry the baby during pregnancy or give birth (although they may be lucky in this regard). They can’t breastfeed. And it’s still a very mom-centered world for the few dads that stay at home with their kids as the primary caregiver. Some of this is starting to change, but it can still be hard to be a first-time dad (for a great article on stay at home dads or to join a dads only meet-up group, check out PEPS – Program for Early Parent Support).
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Jun. 13, 2013 at 4:00pm

Live on NPR's Science Friday

I-LABS' Dr. Patricia Kuhl

On the heels of publication of new research from I-LABS showing that brain responses in 2 year olds with autism broadly predict how well these children will learn language and even think and behave later in childhood, Dr. Patricia Kuhl will be interviewed on NPR’s nationally acclaimed program Science Friday, broadcast live from the Pacific Science Center in Seattle.
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Jun. 7, 2013 at 10:29am

Birthday Parties!

It’s my birthday today! (Really, it is!) I’ll be spending this birthday celebrating with a spunky 90 year old women who happens to share my birthday, my Grammy!
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Jun. 5, 2013 at 2:22pm

Strategies for Tackling Seasonal Allergies

A lot of kids have been coming in to clinic with symptoms that look like seasonal allergies in the past few weeks. Hay fever (or allergic rhinitis, as known to the physician crowd) can show up as itchy eyes, congestion, sneezing, sore throat, or throat clearing, to name a few complaints. As a general rule, it takes a few years of exposure to pollen to develop symptoms, so we typically do not see seasonal allergies in infants and early toddlers. Serial colds are much more common in that group.
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May. 29, 2013 at 12:58pm

The Life-Changing Power of Hope

I recently attended the Association of Children’s Museums Interactivity Conference along with KidsQuest’s Director of Advancement, Shelley Saunders; Exhibits & Education Director, John Ito; and Museum Educator, Jamie Bonnett.  It was a fascinating, inspiring, educational and motivating week!  Special thanks again to Children’s Museum Pittsburgh for hosting.
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May. 28, 2013 at 1:04pm

Scientists at Play!

Imagine a sophisticated laboratory filled with test tubes, a worker in a white coat operating an electron microscope, a room of computers crunching complicated equations. Are you thinking about science? Experimentation? Discovery?
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May. 23, 2013 at 11:59am

Benefits of Singing and Dancing

I love brainstorming new and fun ways to stay active and exercise. One day I thought to myself, “I wish there was some way to combine my favorite reality TV shows with exercising.” Luckily for me, singing and dancing are great ways to gain the same physical and emotional benefits as exercising. Both singing and dancing help you stay healthy and happy. 
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May. 20, 2013 at 11:36am

All Praise Is Not Created Equal

I recently finished reading Po Bronson and Ashley Merryman's book "NurtureShock: New Thinking About Children." The opening chapter reminded me of something that, as educators, we often take for granted: all praise is not created equal. In classes, workshops, staff trainings, and our daily interactions with visitors, our education team strives to give the right kind of praise. 
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May. 10, 2013 at 11:20am

Why GiveBig?

Your community needs you! Schools can't do it alone. Promote learning by supporting your neighborhood children's museum. 
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May. 7, 2013 at 9:42am

Become an Inventor!

Have you ever made or invented something that you thought of? I imagine that you have. Everything from making sandwiches to space travel happens because of inventiveness.
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May. 1, 2013 at 10:00am

This Spring... Rethink Dirt!

Like dust bunnies under the couch, the evidence in favor of dirt is piling up! This once loathed enemy of the homemaker is now being embraced as a simple preventative for allergies, type 1 diabetes,  and other immune diseases. Check out this article from The New York Times for just one of many arguments for bringing more dirt into our lives.
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Apr. 25, 2013 at 11:00am

Short Family Vacations

It seems like everyone’s schedules are so full these days, and I am guilty of this as much as anyone else!  While it may be hard to set aside the never ending to-do list, taking a weekend every few months to do just that can leave the whole family more relaxed and ready to take on life.
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Apr. 18, 2013 at 12:04pm

Hands-on History

Eastside Farm Life

Join Eastside Heritage Center on Thursday, April 18th from 5pm-8pm for more hands-on history fun! We will be featuring our brand new chicken coop complete with look-alike chickens and eggs.  There also will be the corn shelling machine with grinders to make chicken feed. 
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Apr. 15, 2013 at 10:18am

Using Citizen Science to Engage Children in Nature Play

Engaging children in inquiry and nature play allows them to make early connections to the world around them and to help instill a sense of curiosity and wonder.1 Families play an important role in science education outside the learning in the classroom where only 5% of people’s science learning comes.2 Research has found that children, with the help of an adult, can make observations that are equal to and often be even better than scientists because of lack of assumptions and prior knowledge.3
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Apr. 9, 2013 at 3:18pm

Weaning Your Child Off Their Thumbs


Thumb-sucking is a pasttime that can start in the womb. Babies suck on their thumbs because it soothes them and helps them to relax, especially before bed or when they’re upset. While this behavior is completely acceptable for babies and toddlers, it’s important that parents help wean their child off of their thumbs by the time they reach 4 or 5 years old.

There can be dental issues that arise from thumb-sucking beyond 5 years old, including:

• Development of a lisp
• Improperly aligned teeth
• Teeth pushing forward or buck teeth

All of these dental risks can be prevented with early intervention by parents who can help their child slowly stop depending on their thumbs for comfort. If your child is vigorously still sucking on their thumb by 3 years old, some things you may want to try to encourage them to slow down the habit are:


1. Rewards

I don’t think I’ve met one child yet who doesn’t get excited about the possibility of a reward. Use a calendar to track the amount of days your child doesn’t suck on their thumb, or only limits the habit to bedtime. At the end of a week take them someplace special, like the playground or park (or KidsQuest!). Once they get to two weeks, three weeks and a whole month, increase the rewards. Parents can help their children track their success by letting them put up a sticker at the end of every day they go thumb-free. Just remember, once they start sucking on their thumb again they start fresh and new. Place the rewards at the end of every week so that they know what they’re working toward to help entice them!


2. Introduce Them To A New Comfort

Introduce your child to a new comfort toy, like a stuffed animal or a blanket. Some children may already have such an item that brings comfort to them, so encourage them to concentrate more on hugging their stuffed animal or cuddling with their blanket rather than sucking on their thumbs for bedtime or when they’re sad or anxious.


What Not To Do:

Putting band-aids, mittens or yucky-tasting ingredients on your child’s fingers may seem like the only route to go, but this may upset your child more than help them. You should be encouraging them to stop, not punishing them.

If your child still proceeds to suck on their thumb beyond 5 years old, then you may want to consult your doctor or dentist to see if there is anything they can do to help. Most children will stop the habit on their own by this age. Once they are around children their age and in school a majority of the time, they will have far more things to think of than their thumbs.


Guest Post provided by Rory Mycek, a contributor for TopDentists.com, the dental resource site of Everyday Health and partner parenting site, WhatToExpect.com.

Apr. 2, 2013 at 9:51am

Favorite Children's Books

Reading is an integral part of a child’s development. It improves a child’s vocabulary, helps develop their imagination, and teaches children about the world around them. Reading is not only enriching to child development, it is also fun! Children go on adventures when reading about an inspiring train engine or their favorite family of bears. As fun and education books may be, every child has their favorite book. Below are a few children’s books that are the favorites of some KidsQuest staff members. 
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Mar. 28, 2013 at 2:29pm

New Summer Camps!

Quiz time!

Question: Which of the following people is most likely to conduct scientific experiments?
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Mar. 27, 2013 at 10:36am

QuestClub Themes

Bubbles, inventing, and forces….oh my! What do all of these exciting science concepts have in common? They’re all themes from QuestClub at KidsQuest Children’s Museum?
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Mar. 21, 2013 at 11:54am

Hands-on History

Remembering the Past, Looking to the Future: Personal Time Capsules

Join Eastside Heritage Center on Thursday, March 21st from 5pm-8pm at KidsQuest Children’s Museum for some hands-on history fun!  Remember the past and look to the future by making a personal time capsule using a traditional canning machine.  
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Mar. 20, 2013 at 2:15pm

Dads Meet-Up: Cardboard Contraptions

Dads Meet-Up: Cardboard Contraptions series focuses on S.T.E.A.M (science, technology, engineering, art, and math) and fosters children’s imaginations, focusing them on problem solving and cooperative play. Children will also enhance their fine and gross motor skills. This class is beneficial in a child’s life because one-on-one time with a male figure will help their social and emotional development, while nurturing healthier relationships and ultimately helping your children become more compassionate individuals.
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Mar. 18, 2013 at 2:22pm

What is a kid kit?

A kid kit is a staff led activity designed to increase staff and visitor engagement. These fun and educational activities allow our staff to explore a wide variety of important early learning concepts while using interesting tools and materials (and having a really good time).

KidsQuest staff tries to do at least three kid kits every day because we love getting the opportunity to interact with our visitors in fun and educational ways. 
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Mar. 14, 2013 at 9:22am

Learning a Foreign Language

We all know that children are constantly soaking up everything around them, and this especially holds true to language learning.  It’s even been shown that exposure to foreign language can improve children’s attention spans and standardized test scores.  What’s even more remarkable about this is the changes that happen to infants’ brains in the first SIX MONTHS of life!  
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Mar. 5, 2013 at 4:51pm

Birthday Ideas from the ExploreStore

Here at KidsQuest, we are birthday experts. After all, we do host over 360 birthday parties every year! As the ExploreStore Coordinator I get to chat with patrons about some of the clever ways they use their purchases for birthday celebrations. Here are some of my favorites.
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Feb. 27, 2013 at 12:18pm

Foods That Children And Parents Love

There aren’t a whole lot of things parents and kids can agree on; bedtime, acceptable toys and when it’s time to leave KidsQuest are topics often up for debate. The one thing you don’t want to disagree with your youngster about is the food they eat. 
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Feb. 22, 2013 at 1:03pm

Family Fun Fitness

One of the many benefits of being a child is that fitness is fun! For kids exercise can and should be synonymous with play. As a Museum Educator, I find that I get some of my best workouts right here at the museum while leading our visitors in activities. (StoryTime can be great cardio!) So, here are a few of my favorite movement games that you can try at home. There’s nothing like moving and grooving with some pint-size exercise partners to make working up a sweat, less like a chore and more like a party!
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Feb. 19, 2013 at 11:01am

Easy Ways to Help Your Child's Motor Skills Develop

As a child who grew up running and jumping and playing for hours on end it is great to know as an adult that all this running around was wonderful for my brain and my concentration at school! It sounds crazy but it is true. Motor development (the way we move in our bodies) is directly connected to how we learn.
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Feb. 12, 2013 at 12:09pm

Clean Teeth Are Happy Teeth

Dental health can affect your overall health. Most of the bacteria in you mouth are beneficial, but without proper care, your mouth’s protection may be compromised and allow harmful bacteria into your bloodstream at a higher rate. It’s important to instill dental health practices in children as early as possible, but properly caring for your child’s teeth can raise a lot of questions. Here’s a bare-bones guideline for milestones to look for in your child:
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Feb. 7, 2013 at 2:28pm

Valentine's Day Arts & Crafts With Nature

It’s almost time for one of my favorite holidays, Valentine’s Day! Why do I love this often over-commercialized and over-sugared celebration? It’s a chance to pause, be thankful, and sincerely say “I love you” to all of the most important people in your life. Here are a few fun (and free!) ways to help your kids take a moment to say “I love you” to grandmas, daddies, big sisters, and all of those wonderful people that they have in their lives!
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Feb. 5, 2013 at 10:25am

A Child's Best Friend - Their Favorite Stuffed Buddy

Stuffed animals often provide children with a friend, co-conspirator, and secret-keeper extraordinaire. My own teddy bear still means a lot to me. Here is our favorite adventure together:
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Jan. 28, 2013 at 10:28am

Tips and Tricks to Eating Vegetables

As the luster of the New Year starts to wear off, it can be nice to remind ourselves of the goals or resolutions we set, specifically the ones related to eating well, and eating well means eating our vegetables. Daily suggested serving sizes have changed over the years. The Harvard School of Public Health website has some great information on why, what, and the amount of vegetables you should be consuming daily. For kids, the 5 a day rule is a good guideline: 5 servings of fruits and veggies a day.
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Jan. 24, 2013 at 3:02pm

Become a KQ Volunteer

Throughout the museum, you can find adults exposing children to new experiences every day. Striving to teach empathy (taking turns), reinforcing cultural norms (tidying up after yourself), and supporting local non-profits (your entire visit!) are all important steps that caregivers can take to instill values in children. Just as our children learn from our examples, our young adults (or not-so-young-anymore-adults) learn from our nation’s leaders.
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Jan. 16, 2013 at 10:49am

Meet KidsQuest's New Director of Education & Exhibits!

Meet John Ito, KidsQuest's brand new Director of Education & Exhibits! In a very busy children's museum like KidsQuest, the Director of Education & Exhibits helps keep all the programs and exhibits in the museum up to date. Keep reading to learn more about him!
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Jan. 3, 2013 at 2:25pm

New Goals for a New Year

A new year means lots of New Year’s resolutions. While you’re setting goals for you and your family, the education department at KidsQuest Children’s Museum is also busy goal setting for 2013! Check out what you can look forward to in the coming year.
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Dec. 26, 2012 at 3:27pm

Importance of Early Learning Classes

KidsQuest's Early Learning Classes nurture the curious nature of your child and help build the early learning foundation vital to success in school and later in life.
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Dec. 20, 2012 at 10:18am

Healthy Eating During the Holidays

Here at KidsQuest Children’s Museum, we celebrate the holidays like many families do – with lots of food! It seems that every day, one of our own staff or grateful parents provides the office with some type of yummy snack, from apples and oranges to cookies and cake. So when there are so many tasty temptations, how do you make sure your children continue to eat healthy over the holidays?
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Dec. 11, 2012 at 1:51pm

Keeping Warm in the Winter

‘Tis the season for…icy rain and chilling winds! Here’s a delicious recipe for keeping both little and big bodies warm!
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Dec. 6, 2012 at 10:53am

Children & Technology

Technology is all around us. Tablets, smart phones and computers are just some of the tools that are becoming common items in our homes. Items in our homes tend to end up in our children’s hands and the question then becomes, “How much technology is too much for our children?” This topic has continued resonate with parents and educators alike. What does this mean for children’s learning and development?
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Nov. 28, 2012 at 11:44am

Great Gifts at the ExploreStore

Shop Our One Day Super Sale!

Every year we search far and wide for the best toys and gifts to make your holiday shopping easy! Check out some of this year’s top picks.
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Nov. 21, 2012 at 10:33am

Thanksgiving Food Favorites!

Thanksgiving is the ultimate holiday for children who love food (which is all children)! There are so many delicious servings on the table at one time; each child’s eyes grow three times their size as they put enough food on their plate for the entire family. Once they, somehow, gobble down their plate of food they know what their favorite part was and go back for more. Everyone has their favorite Thanksgiving Day food, and below are a few of KidsQuest staff’s favorites!
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Nov. 13, 2012 at 9:39am

Meet KidsQuest's New Director of Advancement

Meet Shelley Saunders, KidsQuest's brand new Director of Advancement! In a nonprofit organization like KidsQuest, the Director of Advancement helps raise money to support the museum by procuring donations and grants. Keep reading to learn more about her! 
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Nov. 7, 2012 at 11:12am

Rainy Day Activities

Is cold wet weather keeping you indoors? There’s tons of fun to be had in your home by rediscovering some of the “non-toys” in your home that make great….well….toys!
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Oct. 31, 2012 at 9:41am

Halloween Traditions

Family traditions are a great way to get everyone together for some quality family time, and Halloween has some of the most fun traditions! Here are a few stories from the KidsQuest staff about their favorite Halloween activities…
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Oct. 25, 2012 at 2:25pm

Sparking Your Child's Creativity

There are so many exciting opportunities for children to explore their creativity these days: painting class, art camp, after school engineering club, and more! With all the fun packed into those hectic schedules, sometimes there is one very important opportunity that gets forgotten, the chance for open-ended and child-directed artistic creation. So, what’s a parent to do?
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Oct. 23, 2012 at 9:28am

Halloween Costumes for Kids

I have a Halloween confession…I’m a sucker for clever and pun-based costumes. Yes, those hordes of Tinkerbelles and Spidermen are cute, but when I see a kid holding an umbrella with stuffed cats and dogs pinned all over them, I can’t stop smiling. “It’s raining cats and dogs!” they say, and I just chuckle, because it’s just so punny! This year, why not step out of the store-bought costume box, and try one of these clever ideas for you or your kids!
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Oct. 17, 2012 at 2:42pm

Fun Autumn Activities

I’ve been writing a lot lately about how the simplest activities are often the best. A walk in the crisp autumn air is one of my favorites. Strolling around your neighborhood can be one of the most educational, satisfying, and cheapest ways to explore fabulous fall! Plus, it’s a great way to get those bodies (both tiny and adult size) moving.
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Aug. 30, 2012 at 10:49am

Back to Basics: Why Everyday Activities are Awesome

We did some amazing experiments at least week's Science Explorers Camp. We made a giant volcano erupt, mixed up a chemical reaction to blast off a rocket, observed real animal pelts, and explored everything from pipettes to petri dishes. However, one of my eager campers reminded me that sometimes the simplest experiences can teach us the best science lessons.
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Aug. 10, 2012 at 1:36pm

Make Your Own Gak!

At KidsQuest, summer camp means science experiments, artistic creations, stories, games and, oh, so much museum fun. This week’s Animal Explorers Camp was no different, but when one of my campers commented: “I wish I had gak at my house,” I thought, why shouldn’t you? We love making gak in camp, both in big batches for our swimming sea creatures and in small individual cups for making gak monsters! So, here’s our favorite gak recipe. Now you can create some of the fun of KidsQuest summer camp at home!
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Jul. 19, 2012 at 10:19am

How Music Affects Children

Children have a natural love for music. They enjoy singing along to “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star” and tweaking it to “Itsy Bitsy Spider.” Music also plays a huge role in our culture. We hear music everywhere from restaurants to commercials, with different types of music serving different purposes.
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Jul. 17, 2012 at 9:11am

The Importance of Reading to Your Kids

Plus: 50 books to read to your child before kindergarten

Everyone says reading is important. Libraries, schools and teachers stress reading as an important part of your child's education. We know that it’s better for kids to read books than watch television or play video games. But why should you encourage it? Here are some of the benefits of reading, and why it is important to your child.
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Jul. 13, 2012 at 8:46am

Making Friends

Think three year olds can't show empathy and compassion? Think again.

Have you ever watched strangers turn into friends? Imagine that joy times ten! This week of summer camp was one of those times that remind me why we do what we do here at KidsQuest. I got to watch as ten strangers turned into friends who laugh together, play together, and truly care for each other. What made watching this miraculous friendship transformation so special was that most of these new found friends were just three years old.
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Jul. 5, 2012 at 9:42am

Get Your Kids Moving

Active outdoor activities for all

Seeing the summer sun shine always makes me want to get moving! Active summer fun such as kicking a ball around or running on the beach isn’t just great exercise. Activities like these help kids develop gross motor skills. Gross motor skills involve the large muscles of the body that let us do things like walk, sit upright, and throw a ball. Mastery of these skills won’t just make you fit. It will also assist in a lot of surprising ways. Did you know that a child’s ability to maintain upper body support will affect his ability to write? Or that children who are more confident in gross motor skills are more aware of personal space?
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Jun. 28, 2012 at 10:24am

Summer Break: Traveling With Kids

Traveling with the whole family on summer vacation is a great way to freshen things up and spend some quality time together. However, it is no secret that kids can be difficult to travel with. Every family has their own vacation story of a sickly son on an airplane or disgruntled daughter on a road trip. Don’t become that family! There are easy tips and tricks to use that will make this summer vacation a stress-free fun time!
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Jun. 22, 2012 at 11:00am

First Time at Camp?

Don't worry - those tears will turn into smiles sooner than you might think.


Pigtails, check! Snack, check! Optimistic mom, check….and tears, tears, tears!

Not everyone was excited to attend their first day of camp on Monday. One particular camper was new to the drop-off experience and not happy about it at all. Bracing herself, mom left with a big hug and a kiss, but my little friend wasn’t feeling so brave, and the tears just kept coming. However, as a teacher I know it is often stories that start with tears that end up being the best and most rewarding experiences.
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Jun. 18, 2012 at 10:36am

Kids & Pets

Considering adding a pet to your already full house? Studies show that pets can reduce stress, provide lessons in responsibility, and contribute to self-esteem and self-confidence. Researchers are also now looking into a range of childhood development issues, to see how pets help with childhood obesity, childhood trauma and autism.

A good relationship between a child and his or her pet can also help in developing non-verbal communication skills, compassion and empathy. Pets can:  

  • be safe recipients of secrets and private thoughts
  • provide lessons about life (reproduction, birth, illnesses, accidents and death)
  • provide a connection to nature
  • teach children how to respect other living things
  • increase physical activity
  • provide love, loyalty and affection

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Jun. 14, 2012 at 9:34am

Fun Father’s Day Activities for the Whole Family

A father’s time spent with their child is very important to the child's development and maturation. It helps children become compassionate individuals for the rest of their lives. Fathers also impact life lessons not learned in school. They are teachers without the apple, coaches without the whistle.  
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Jun. 6, 2012 at 11:25am

Preparing for a visit to KidsQuest

You want to get out of the house. Why come to KidsQuest?  
KidsQuest is about play. Studies in early childhood development over the past decade show that through play children develop creativity and social and emotional skills — not to mention healthy bodies and an active style of living. Play builds self confidence, develops problem solving abilities and lets children take ownership of their worlds.

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Jun. 1, 2012 at 3:31pm

KidsQuest Staff Hard at Work...Playing!

What’s roaring, buzzing, shaking, bouncing and oozing in the KidsQuest party room? The KidsQuest party staff!   
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May. 25, 2012 at 8:32am

Discover the Real Live Animals of KidsQuest!

Come ponder what's behind the glass during pond month!

KidsQuest is more than just water drums, pirate adventures, and creating your own Kapla block structure - we have live exhibits too! While exploring the Museum, keep your eyes open for Teeter and Totter, Fred and Frank, Isaac Newton, and our school of cichlids.
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May. 17, 2012 at 8:20am

ExploreStore’s Best Toys for Kids Ages 0-7 (and grownups too!)

 
The KidsQuest ExploreStore features fun interactive toys, games, and kits that reflect KidsQuest Children's Museum's focus on art, science and technology. But age guidelines on toys can be deceiving. Check out our staff picks for educational toys that best suit each stage of childhood - great for gift giving, even better for busy moms. 

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May. 9, 2012 at 9:47am

50 Great Experiences at KidsQuest

50 ways to make KidsQuest Children's Museum even more fun!


If it's your first time visiting KidsQuest you might be a bit overwhelmed and wondering: Where should I start? Or you may have been to KidsQuest dozens of times already, and are looking for fresh ideas and new ways to explore the museum. Either way, this list is for you. Below are 50 great things to experience one at a time, a couple each visit, or all at once (although you may be here for awhile!).

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Apr. 24, 2012 at 2:59pm

Free Outdoor Activities for All Ages

Who needs toys when you have nature to play with?

Celebrate Earth Week by exploring the wonders of nature! Try some activities that are environmentally friendly, fun, and free. Don’t be afraid to get dirty as you get up close and personal with the great outdoors!

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Apr. 20, 2012 at 9:33am

Why Volunteer at KidsQuest?

KidsQuest is lucky to have such an amazing team of volunteers. They come from all walks of life, but are here for the same reason – to help better themselves while enriching the lives of children in their community.

Our volunteers have a variety of interests and passions that can be applied during their time here at KidsQuest. Many of our volunteers excel in art, science, and math and wish to pursue careers in education, pediatrics, and non-profit development.

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Apr. 11, 2012 at 9:25am

Why I Love NanoDays

An expert tells us what exactly is so great about nanotechnology (and KidsQuest!)

Children are often told they are too small to do or understand things, but children have an amazing power: they can show adults a different way of viewing the world. Nanoscience, the science of the small, is changing the way scientists and engineers view the world too. At this scale, the materials we see and use every day have vastly different properties. They can change color, become water resistant, or conduct electricity. Nanotechnology utilizes these new properties to create new products and improve materials we use every day like computers, electronics, medicine, cosmetics, and clothing.
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Apr. 6, 2012 at 8:45am

Hands-on History: Eastside Farm Life

Bellevue as a farming community

One hundred years ago, the city we know as Bellevue was a farming community. There were a variety of crops grown including lettuce, squash, corn, strawberries, and even grapes. Spring was the beginning of the growing season as the days grew longer and warmer. It was also the time when baby chicks were hatched. Corn was dried and the kernels were removed and ground for feeding, as the chickens could not eat whole kernels.
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Mar. 28, 2012 at 10:16am

What are Pysanky?

The History, Legends and Art of Making Ukrainian Eggs

A pysanka (plural: pysanky) is a Ukrainian Easter egg, decorated using beeswax and dyes. Pysanka is often taken to mean any type of decorated egg, but it specifically refers to an egg created by the written-wax method and utilizing traditional folk motifs and designs. There are several other types of decorated eggs in Ukrainian tradition, including:

  • Krashanky – boiled eggs dyed a single color (with vegetable dyes), that are blessed and eaten at Easter.
  • Krapanky – raw eggs decorated using the wax-resist method, but with only dots as ornamentation. They are traditionally created by dripping molten wax from a beeswax candle onto an egg.
  • Malyovanky – created by painting a design with a brush using oil or watercolor paints. It is sometimes used to refer to coloring (e.g. with a marker) on an egg.
  • Nakleyanky – created by glueing objects to the surface of an egg.
  • Lystovky – created by dyeing an egg to which small leaves have been attached.

All but the krashanky and lystovky are meant to be decorative (as opposed to edible), and the egg yolk and white are either allowed to dry up over time, or removed by blowing them out through a small hole in the egg.
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Mar. 20, 2012 at 1:59pm

10 Things To Do With Leftover Easter Eggs

Eggs aren’t just for hiding!

If having an egg hunt is one of the annual traditions at your house then you know what’s left over after the thrill of the hunt has waned…lots of plastic eggs. What do you do with all of those plastic ovoids? Use them for some fun science and art activities!
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Mar. 8, 2012 at 12:00pm

Dads Meet-Up

Finding a moms group can be hard...especially if you're a dad.

A father’s time and presence in their child’s life is very important to their emotional development. All studies agree children need ‘dad time’ which helps children develop healthier friendships and become more compassionate individuals throughout their lives. A good opportunity to spend some quality one on one time with your child is at bedtime, by recounting the day’s events or reading a book together. This is a great way to connect and deepen your relationship.
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Mar. 5, 2012 at 4:30pm

3 Simple Ways to Get Your Child Moving

Did you know that when your child is running around they are also learning? All that movement helps both sides of their brain connect. Try these fun and simple ways to encourage your child to get moving. 
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Mar. 1, 2012 at 9:03am

Make a Personal Time Capsule!

Eastside Heritage Center brings Hands-On History to KidsQuest


Today we think nothing of opening a can of some exotic or out of season food. We rely on tin cans to bring us products from all over the world. Not that long ago supermarkets were not as well supplied as they are today, especially during the winter months. To save money and to make sure certain fruits and vegetables were available beyond the summer months, many people turned to canning their own produce. Here on the Eastside, people could take their garden products and can them safely at local canneries.
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Feb. 23, 2012 at 1:23pm

Taking Care of Your Child’s Teeth

Making a Dental Health Plan for Your Kids


When do I start flossing? How often should I brush? When should I start looking for a dentist?  


There is so much to think about when it comes to kids. Figuring out the appropriate health routines can be enough to drive you crazy. Below are the basics for making a dental health plan for your child so that you can get them started on the right path to strong, healthy teeth.

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Feb. 16, 2012 at 10:28am

Why I Love Members-Only Events

On Monday, KidsQuest hosted its 3rd Annual Members-Only Valentine’s Party, and we had a blast. Thanks to our wildly inventive and wonderfully creative education department, there were some great themed activities including ooey gooey pink gak, glittery spin art, shaving cream hearts and a special Valentine’s Day “post office” where families could make and address their own Valentine’s Day cards.
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Jan. 2, 2012 at 11:12am

It’s Raining, It’s Pouring

What to do indoors

It’s raining, it’s pouring, and it’s time for some fun! Don’t let the weather get you down. Embrace it for a fun filled day of water exploration!
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Dec. 16, 2011 at 12:49pm

Top 10 Toys of 2011

(According to KidsQuest)

Still got some Christmas shopping to do? Check out these ideas from KidsQuest's Museum Educator and ExploreStore Coordinator (who is of course the authority on this sort of thing)!

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Nov. 17, 2011 at 11:49am

Kids & Art

(It doesn’t have to be perfect)

Most children love to paint. It is a time when they get to control their environment and master new skills. At first it is all about experimenting with the brush. How does the brush move over the paper? What marks does it make? Then the learning moves on to cause and effect. Holding the brush a certain way will create different lines. Mixing two colors will make a new color. What a great discovery! Sometimes children will simply mix all the paint colors together and it will look like nothing to an adult. This is them learning how to interpret art. They are experimenting and trying to figure out if what they do will always have the same effect.   
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Nov. 11, 2011 at 3:01pm

Give a Little, Get a Lot in Return

What have you done to prepare yourself for the food/family/present extravaganza that's fast approaching? Here's an even better question: what have you done for someone else this year? 
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Nov. 4, 2011 at 10:01am

Hands-on-History

Early Settler Life

Think you know your history?  What about the history of daily life for early Washington settlers - maybe not so much?  Luckily Eastside Heritage Center will be at KidsQuest tonight for some hands-on learning.  Read on to refresh your history knowledge and then join us tonight from 5-8pm!

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Oct. 26, 2011 at 8:56am

Halloween is Coming!

Get ready with some spooky and kooky ideas from the KidsQuest staff...


Leaves are dropping, grocery stores are filling up with candy, and horror movies are in full force at the theaters. Let's face it - Halloween is all but here. This year, the KidsQuest staff has put together some ideas for ways to celebrate the season with little ones, minus the sugar headache and horror stories.

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Oct. 19, 2011 at 11:51am

QuestClub - Why science is so important!

Science education sometimes takes a back seat with the push of reading and math being so strong, but science is a part of our daily life. Everything we do and deal with in life is science: cooking, playing ball, growing a garden, understanding how technologies work, watching a rain storm and more. Understanding science helps kids appreciate and relate to the world around them.
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Oct. 7, 2011 at 9:59am

The Benefits of Sign Language

Not talking? Not a problem.

It’s never too early or too late to begin sign language with your child. For infants, you can begin anywhere from six to ten months of age. It will take a younger child longer to produce the signs than an older child, but exposing them to sign language early on is great way to help them understand the signs receptively before they do expressively. Recent studies indicate that by using signs in tandem with spoken language, parents can start the process of two-way communication with their babies as early as eight months and enhance the verbal language development of their babies in the process.

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Sep. 14, 2011 at 8:02am

Frequently Asked Questions

Got questions? We've got answers.

We often get questions about museum policies and procedures, both from our member surveys and in the museum’s comment box.  If you have something to say and leave your contact information along with the comment, be assured that we will get back to you. And if you have a question or concern during your visit, please feel free to talk to the staff about it – we are always there to help.  

But for those of you who are curious, here are the answers to some frequently asked questions:  
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Sep. 6, 2011 at 4:17pm

Focus on Family: Focus on Health

Teaching your kids to cook - daunting but worth it.


How do you teach your kids about healthy eating AND make dinner at the same time? Get them involved. You know the phrase “Give a man a fish and you'll feed him for a day, teach a man to fish and you'll feed him for a lifetime?” It’s like that. EXACTLY like that.  

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Aug. 26, 2011 at 9:04am

The Importance of Play


The number one answer we get when we ask patrons why they purchased their membership is: "My children love the museum." We love hearing that. We all want to make our kids happy. But playtime is important in other ways too - it helps foster healthy minds and healthy bodies.

Want to learn more? Below are some highlights from an article by Kim Mulford from USAToday about the importance of play.

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Aug. 24, 2011 at 11:07am

Storybook Theater Camp

Oh, the drama...


You know summer is coming to an end when camps are all over, classes are on the horizon, and it's almost time for the older kids to go back to school. As one last reminder of how much fun we had at summer camp this year, our Storybook Theater teacher, Anne Zanatta Kline, is going to give us the rundown on what happened in her August camp.

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Aug. 17, 2011 at 9:14am

Five Days of Fanciful Fairy Fun!

Last week we were lucky enough to hold a second Fanciful Fairies Camp, this time with camp instructor extraordinaire (and fairy expert!), Anne Zanatta Kline! Here she gives us a little playback of what happened:
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Aug. 10, 2011 at 9:39am

Art Explorers Camp

I love art. It’s perfect for children, giving them the chance to use their imaginations, create, problem solve, count, work on their fine motor skills, learn about color chemistry, and so much more! It’s limitless what you can do with a little paper and paint, or glue and recyclables.
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Aug. 5, 2011 at 10:42am

Where’s the Math? Everywhere!

Great activities to keep math going all summer long!

EIMLearning math is not limited to the one-hour-a-day, five-days-a-week, nine-months-a-year school experience. Math is everywhere around us and we need to take advantage of that with our children. The more they see math in their everyday surroundings, the more comfortable they’ll be with it. Here is a list of things you can do to make math engaging and meaningful for your children. These activities barely scratch the surface of what you can do - you’re limited only by your imagination.
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Aug. 3, 2011 at 10:15am

Fanciful Fairies

FairyWe had a VERY magical week last week. Not only did we get dramatic with our Storybook Theater camp, but we also welcomed some very fanciful fairies into the museum for five days of fairy stories, fairy songs, fairy dances, fairy crafts – everything fairy!  

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Jul. 27, 2011 at 9:17am

Dino-Mite Dinos!

Last week was the highly anticipated Dino-Mite Dinos Camp (and I do mean anticipated – this camp has been sold out since April!). Our Dino-Mite mornings were devoted to circle time, storytime, discovery stations, social interaction, museum playtime, experiments and, of course, lots and lots of dinosaurs!  
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Jul. 20, 2011 at 12:19pm

The Picture Perfect Party

Nowadays, kids’ parties are not always simple affairs. For those of you ready to go all out, below are some fabulous ideas to get you started.  
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Jul. 18, 2011 at 2:24pm

Museum on the Move!

On the go with the KidsQuest van...

FT2GoVanHave you spotted the brand new KidsQuest van yet? Be on the look out, because we are packing up and heading out to a school near you this summer! KidsQuest Children's Museum is on the move with our Field Trip to Go program, and we are filling up classrooms with fascinating ooey-gooey science experiments, inventing our own modes of transportation, investigating local wildlife and even doing our own prehistoric digs!
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Jul. 15, 2011 at 1:01pm

Animal Explorers Camp

What do Animal Explorers love best? Take a wild guess.

I’ll give you a hint:  

OINK! MOO! HONK! TWEET!  
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Jul. 13, 2011 at 9:37am

Get Paint-y in the Great Outdoors!

Easy, messy, outdoor fun for the little artist in your life


Love to paint with your kids but don’t love the mess? Summer provides the perfect opportunity for taking the fun outside. You can paint in your swim suit and hose yourself off when you’re done with your messy masterpiece!
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Jul. 11, 2011 at 1:22pm

We Love Farmer's Markets!

Farmer’s markets and children’s museums might have more in common than you think.
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Jul. 7, 2011 at 1:15pm

Imagination Explorers Camp

What an imagination you have!

Last week we celebrated summer with Imagination Explorers Camp. Our explorers spent the week getting to know each other and exploring their imaginations with circle time, discovery stations and free play in the museum.  
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Jul. 5, 2011 at 12:47pm

KQCM Volunteers Enjoy Microsoft Partnership

It’s always important to give back to those who give to you

In June, KQCM volunteers enjoyed food, laughs, and learning through play - the Microsoft way! We held a volunteer appreciation party at the Microsoft Store, and the store's staff guided us through various Kinect games where volunteers danced, dipped, and jumped through obstacle courses.

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Jun. 29, 2011 at 1:25pm

Nature Explorers Camp

Last week was anything but dull at KidsQuest – the new Waterways exhibit opened, we had a furry visitor at Animal Encounters Storytime, and it was the very first week of summer camp!
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Jun. 27, 2011 at 11:54am

The New Waterways Table is Here!

We are so excited to announce the opening of our new Waterways Contraption Table. Waterways is an exhibit where kids use the power of water to make music, puzzle together pipe systems, and splash around using a variety of water toys. Children are given the opportunity to explore their curiosity about water behavior, basic engineering, mechanics and observation through play and interaction.
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Jun. 24, 2011 at 1:14pm

It's Always Sunny at KidsQuest

It's finally summer!

Summer is special here at KidsQuest, and a time when we get to do all sorts of things at the museum that we don't do during the school year. Here are some highlights:

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Jun. 20, 2011 at 2:29pm

GiveBIG

Help create learning through the power of play!

Something BIG is happening on June 23rd. If you regularly visit museums, go to shows, or volunteer at a food bank or community center, you might have noticed that every nonprofit you know is talking about the same thing – The Seattle Foundation’s GiveBIG challenge.
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Jun. 17, 2011 at 10:26am

A Father’s Day Wish: An End to the Arms Race

Why can't we all just get along?

No, my Father’s Day wish has nothing to do with geopolitics. The warring parties are our two-year old twins Khalil and Ariadne. Last weekend, my daughter patted me on the knee and said quite seriously, “Khalil hit me with a spoon.” 

“That’s not good, honey,” I said. “Khalil, did you hit your sister with a spoon?”  

“Yes!” he said gleefully.  
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Jun. 13, 2011 at 3:08pm

Animal Encounters

Dogs, cats, birds, oh my!

Have you ever met a dog that speaks German? How about one that knows sign language? Join us for Animal Encounters Storytime, and you’ll get the chance!
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May. 26, 2011 at 9:02am

Wrapping up another year of Discovery Tots...

...and looking forward to Summer Camp!


We’ve just wrapped up another memorable year of our Discovery Tots classes! We witnessed a lot of exciting milestones, from “my first finger painting” to “my last class before kindergarten”. Lately, I’ve also seen a not so exciting milestone that lets me know classes really are ending. It’s the anxiety on a parent’s face as the scheduled activities end and they think, “What are we going to do all summer!?” Don’t Panic! Remember, fun and educational play activities don’t need to be complicated. You just need a little creativity! Here are some great ideas that you can enjoy with you children (some taken straight from our class curriculum).
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May. 18, 2011 at 9:06am

Adventures in QuestClub

5…4…3…2…1…BLAST OFF!!! 
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May. 9, 2011 at 10:43am

A first time for everything...

Yesterday was my first Mother’s Day…as a mom!

As a new mom to a 7 month old, I have taken a whole new look at life. Right now, it’s a life of firsts. I love looking back on all that he has accomplished for the first time in his short life.
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Apr. 29, 2011 at 10:14am

Realizations of a New Mom

I do not regret having my first child at a later stage in my life. In fact, I am grateful for the experiences and life I have led up until this point, but that independent, somewhat schedule-ized life has been tossed upside down with the birth of my son. Things that I thought would come naturally didn’t, things I thought might be challenging weren’t, things I thought I would get done aren’t, and the realization that I don't always know what’s going on or how to ‘fix’ it has been eye opening. I walked into motherhood confident, thinking ‘piece of cake’ – I’ll be a natural at it! But I have to say I’ve been humbled by the experience.
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Apr. 27, 2011 at 11:15am

Recycled Paper 3 Ways (+4 Ideas to Try at Home!)

Shred, Rip, Tear, Splash!

Recycled Paper SparklesWhat’s that noise? That’s the sound of recycled paper preparations! Here at KidsQuest we are busily shredding newsprint in anticipation of Friday’s Family Adventures in Recycled Paper Making workshop! Below are some of the fun things we're planning:
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Apr. 19, 2011 at 9:12am

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

How KidsQuest Reduces, Reuses and Recycles - And How You Can Too!

It’s almost Earth Day, and everyone has “Reduce, Reuse, Recycle” on their minds. Here at the museum we try to make environmentally conscious choices not only during Earth Week, but all the time. We find that making small changes works the best, and is a great way to get kids involved. After all, we don’t care for the Earth just for ourselves—we do it for our children.

Below are a few small ways KidsQuest celebrates Earth Day every day:

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Apr. 13, 2011 at 11:52am

Meet a Museum Educator!

Say hello to Jamie, the newest member of the KidsQuest team!

You might have noticed a new face here at KidsQuest, perhaps teaching your kids about bubbles at a Saturday Science Hour, or helping to bring wacky and amazing experiments to QuestClub, KidsQuest's after school science program. This would be Jamie, KidsQuest's newest Museum Educator!


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Apr. 7, 2011 at 8:58am

Secrets of the Egg-straordinary Egg Hunt

Ever wonder how we get prizes into so many eggs?

Imagine stuffing 5,000 plastic eggs for KidsQuest’s Egg-straordinary Egg Hunt. How do we do it? Is it a very special bunny or a well-caffeinated staff? In fact, KidsQuest's eggs come from an exceptional organization in Springfield, Missouri, and are filled and assembled by some very amazing people!
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Apr. 5, 2011 at 9:14am

Bank on It!

Make teaching your kids about money easy!

Children’s spending power is on the increase each year, yet they lack guidance on what to do with that money. According to Jump$tart Coalition, just 26% of parents feel prepared to teach their kids about personal finances. KeyBank Foundation wants to ensure that number rises in the coming years and are showing their support for educating children about managing money responsibly by sponsoring our Financial Literacy Initiative.
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Mar. 30, 2011 at 9:03am

Recycled Art Week!

Get cookin' with recycled crayons!

Crayons4As the Senior Museum Educator I have a reputation for doing strange things. You may find me screwing flamingos onto poles (for the Mad Hatter’s Tea Party), stirring sand into paint (to make textured paintings), or even dropping a dozen eggshells into various liquids (to demonstrate their effect on tooth enamel for dental health week). Luckily, the rest of the staff is very understanding and has yet to comment on the towering pile of toilet paper tubes, broken toys, left over party decorations, and other bric-a-brac that is taking over my desk! They know that it can only mean one thing: Recycled Art Week at KidsQuest!


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Mar. 14, 2011 at 2:34pm

Calling All Campers!

It's never too early to start thinking about summer!

Camper Girl It’s hard to believe, but before you know it you’ll be looking to fill the summer weeks with exciting activities for your children. I know what you’re thinking; we haven’t even gotten to the first day of spring! Why should I begin thinking about summer? Winter is a great time to start sorting out the summer day camp choices with your youngsters. If your child has never been to day camp before, they will certainly have many questions. If you begin planning now, you won’t feel rushed into a decision as summer approaches.
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Mar. 8, 2011 at 8:36am

The Mad Hatter's Tea Party!

I’m late! I’m late for a very important date!


Mad Hatter's 1Make sure you aren’t too late for the craziest, zaniest, wildest party of the year, The Mad Hatter’s Tea Party!  Follow KidsQuest down the rabbit hole as we host a wild party full of silly fun inspired by Alice in Wonderland!
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Feb. 24, 2011 at 10:45am

Staff Stays Safe During Go Healthy Month

It's that time of year again...


CPR2Last week, KidsQuest’s floor staff completed their CPR training for the year. Almost all of our Visitor Experience team is now certified in First Aid, CPR, and AED for infants, children, and adults.

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Feb. 17, 2011 at 3:30pm

I Heart Valentine’s Day


Valentine’s Day gets a lot of flack for being a holiday invented by greeting card companies, but you don’t have to purchase a card (or chocolates, or flowers) to make Valentine’s Day special for your kids.

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Feb. 11, 2011 at 3:24pm

Teddy Bear Clinic

So many stuffed animals, so little time...

Teddy Bear Clinic was last Saturday and we saw our fair share of dogs, cats and teddy bears. Thanks so much to Group Health and Overlake Hospital for their support, and to Dr. Nohle, who shared his experience on his blog yesterday!

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Feb. 8, 2011 at 4:13pm

Science @ The Discovery Station!

Explore scientific concepts in a fun new way!


Children start thinking like scientists at an early age. They knock over blocks to see what will happen or roll a ball down the stairs to watch it bounce. Sometimes, however, a child’s scientific investigations can leave parents baffled (When your child takes 15 minutes to wash their hands, because they’re exploring bubbles or uses all of your baking supplies to do some “chemistry” in the kitchen.) If these stories sound familiar, you need to check out Science Hour at KidsQuest Children’s Museum.

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Dec. 14, 2010 at 2:00pm

Happy 5th Birthday KidsQuest!

Bday2This Sunday KidsQuest Children's Museum celebrated its 5th birthday with $5 admission all day and a special members-only party from 10am-Noon. Members had a blast making birthday crowns, playing Pin the Candle on the Cake and decorating our five tier paper birthday cake (come by the museum to check out the results in person—it's on the front desk)!


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Nov. 22, 2010 at 1:42pm

Tips for traveling with kids!

Over the river and through the woods, to grandfather's house we go; the horse knows the way to carry the sleigh, through the white and drifted snow, oh!

If only the horse knew the way, and carried all the necessary travel items we may not be so scared of the dreaded holiday travel! With Thanksgiving (the #1 traveled holiday in America) right around the corner, we found this great article on surviving the trials and tribulations of navigating yourself and kids through an airport. Traveling with young children can be a challenge, but it can also be the trip of a lifetime, for them and for you!
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Nov. 16, 2010 at 4:34pm

Field Trip FUN!

Hair raising screams! Experimenters in goggles. Oozing substances! No, you haven't wandered into a mad scientist's laboratory. It's just everyday fieldtrip fun at KidsQuest Children's Museum.
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Nov. 3, 2010 at 1:36pm

We LOVE Caspar Babypants

And we know you do too!

Talking Kids With Seattle Kindie Musician Caspar Babypants

Something magical happens when you crank up the newest music by Seattle kindie-rocker Caspar Babypants – kids quiet down! That is, until the giggles erupt. This is Fun, Chris Ballew's (aka Caspar Babypants) third kids' CD offers youngsters a fantastic mix of silly and sweet tunes. It's clear that Ballew is having fun! Imaginative stories about elephants coming down the street, things with googly eyes coming alive, and babies bouncing all over the country, as expressed through song capture, as Ballew says, "the boundless, powerful innocence that kids have." Ballew, also known to parents as the lead singer of The Presidents of the United States of America, includes a cover of Nirvana’s "Sliver" on the CD and is joined by special guests Elizabeth Mitchell and other kiddie singers on several tunes. This is Fun releases on November 2nd!
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Oct. 29, 2010 at 3:40pm

Halloween Safety from Dr. Rob Nohle

A timely blog for this weekend's festivities!

It's that spooky time of year when little princesses, ghosts, and mini-superheros get to visit the neighbors and score some sweet treats. I was one of those kids who trick-or-treated all the way up through high school. By the end I was constantly getting asked, 'aren't you a little old for this?' I am pleased to say that I am back in action now that I have two children of my own.

Click here for Dr. Rob Nohle's Halloween Safety Tips!
Oct. 13, 2010 at 12:07pm

Another reason to pack lunch...Money!

Keeping school lunches interesting...and pocket friendly is a challenge these days. Thought this article might interest you lunch packing parents!

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Oct. 4, 2010 at 9:11am

Fisher-Price Recall

Fisher-Price has recalled more than 10 million tricycles, toys and high chairs. Click here for complete information from the Consumer Product Safety Commission on what products and how to receive repair kits/replacement products.
Oct. 1, 2010 at 3:34pm

Explore, Play, PARTY!!

Fairy Girls for Birthday Page
Fall means pumpkin carving, leaf raking and a whole mess of holiday preparations, from Halloween costume searching (or sewing!) to Thanksgiving meal planning. If someone in your house has a birthday coming up too, you may be feeling a bit...frazzled. Rain? Check. Wind? Check. Party in the park? Maybe not.


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Sep. 23, 2010 at 12:44pm

Very creative little white lies told to children...

From "RealSimple.com"

Oh my gosh - my husband just emailed me this article and I had to share! These are hysterical and you parents will definitely appreciate the Very creative little white lies told to children.

So, when I was little I didn't like eating the bread crust, but, of course, my mom said we had to. In order to get us to eat it she said that all the nutrients were in the crust. Apparently I was VERY gullible because I believed it until I was 17 years old! She's proud of herself for that one:)

Share one of your little white lies with us too!
Sep. 20, 2010 at 3:59pm

Member-Only Sneak Preview!

Shiny floors. A bigger home for Teeter and Totter (the KQCM turtles, for you novices out there). Tons of new ways to explore, play and learn with your child.

Welcome to the Member Sneak Preview!

Today we ushered in the new school year and our brand new exhibits with a member-only sneak peek of the post-SuperClean Museum. The floor was a flurry of excitement as kids hammered away in Construction Zone, a new exhibit where kids can hone their building skills and play around at our dump truck excavation table. Hard hats included!


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Sep. 13, 2010 at 4:31pm

SuperClean - YAY!!

With back to school in full swing and, and weather feeling more fall like than summer - it can only mean one thing: SuperClean at the Museum! Each September, we close the Museum to update, paint and refresh the entire Museum top to bottom. Being open 6 days a week (7 days in the Summer) doesn't give us much time to do the big jobs that we tackle during SuperClean like the install new exhibits, major repairs to things that are broken, painting, and flooring projects.
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Sep. 8, 2010 at 9:20am

Dr. Nohle talks about head lice...

Now that school is back in session.

School is back in the session which is a blessing for many of us parents who are happy to see some structure back into the day. As the kids run and play at school, it also provide opportunity for those pesky head lice to party.

I recall all too vividly last year when within weeks of school starting, I looked down by daughters head and saw something moving around. I knew right away it was head lice. Of course my wife totally freaked out. We took care of it right away.

While head lice are annoying, they cause no medical harm. They cross all socioeconomic boundaries...

Read the whole blog post here.
Sep. 7, 2010 at 12:39pm

Eats & Beats w/ Brian Waite Band

Our final concert of the summer was awesome!

Brian Waite
Dinner and a show, a classic Saturday evening brought to life here at KidsQuest Children's Museum. Around here, we call it Eats & Beats. For dinner; pizza from Jet City Pizza with lemonade for only $3 a person, mmmm...does it get much better!? How about family time and great music!! The marvelous Brian Waite Band, with their wonderful stage show was a fast favorite for the kids (and adults) with rock, funk, blues, even some reggae! The crowd was on their feet the whole night!
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Sep. 7, 2010 at 12:06pm

KidsQuest's Early Education Classes

It's back to school fun for kids and parents too!

It's back to school time, and just because your little ones aren't school age yet, doesn't mean they (or you) should miss out on the fun! Yes...fun! We offer a variety of early learning classes at the museum that focus on learning through fun, play, and experimentation.
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Sep. 7, 2010 at 11:38am

Things that GOOO!

As a young lad, my parents always told me to dream big. And I listened; throughout my youth I had aspirations of being a firefighter, an astronaut, and a hydroplane driver, among other things. Now at nineteen years of age and working as an intern at KidsQuest Children's Museum, I've chosen a slightly different path. But last week, when KidsQuest featured the Vitamin Water hydroplane at the Museum as part of "Things That Go Month," I figured perhaps it wasn't too late to seize my childhood dream. After all, the current driver of the hydroplane, Kayleigh Perkins, didn't start racing until she was nineteen either.


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Aug. 25, 2010 at 4:42pm

Live concert at KidsQuest!

I always wanted to be a musician. I sang in the bathtub and while mowing the lawn. I took music lessons - guitar, piano, clarinet. I practiced my autograph. But music did not come naturally to me, and aside from records or church, I was not exposed to live music or musicians in my youth. KidsQuest Children's Museum brings live, child appropriate music and musicians to the Eastside at a sinfully reasonable price to families. Saturday, August 28 is your last chance of the summer to enjoy it, featuring The Brian Waite Band (click here for details and a sneak peek).

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Aug. 25, 2010 at 8:53am

Need some school lunch ideas?

As your family prepares to embark on another school year I'm sure you will recall that it doesn't take long for kids to get tired of PB & J and turkey sandwiches!

Here's an article from Red Tricycle with 25 lunch ideas that the kids won't get tired of. BONUS: they are healthy!

25 Back to School Lunch Ideas Beyond the Boring Sandwich
Aug. 23, 2010 at 4:31pm

Fanciful Fairies Camp

Monday – The class was made up of 10 very excited young girls who all wanted to enter fairyland. Each one was asked if they believe in fairies, of course the answer was yes, they were sprinkled with fairy dust and the class began!

The girls were given fairy names today and we were thrilled to meet Gossamer Moonfly, Columbine Elfweb and many others! They made a poster illustrating their fairy name and some of the special talents their fairy possesses.


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Aug. 23, 2010 at 4:17pm

Storybook Theater Camp!

Monday – With the all important question, "Did you bring your imagination?" the fun began!

We learned each other's names through an animal game that we acted out, and then the class acted out other animals through an animal action song and chose their animal characters for the upcoming play. Each child was offered either wings, an apron or skirt depicting a number of animals including frogs and butterflies but for this class only two animals were chosen, bees and ladybugs and the whole play was developed around these two. (There was a monster thrown into the mix as well!)
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Jul. 27, 2010 at 8:14am

Eats & Beats Concert with The Not-Its

Saturday, July 24th

Are you ready to rock? KidsQuest Children's Museum and The Not-Its are! Saturday night we held our Eats & Beats Concert here at KQCM. At Eats and Beats children and parents have a chance to spend the evening together grabbing a slice of pizza and enjoying a great concert right here in our own Backyard! Our summer concert series is specifically designed to provide tunes written for children ages 10 and under.





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Jul. 26, 2010 at 10:55am

KQ Tech U Camp!

This was an awesome week and we're so excited we got to spend it with such great campers!

Monday's theme was What is a PicoCricket?
Since it was the first day of camp, we first got to know each other and spent some time thinking of rules to follow while in camp.
Then we learned the basics of programming our PicoCrickets! We now know how to...
Make a light-bulb light up, 'flicker' or alternate colors with sound and even turn off with sound!
Make music turn on with a switch (or an outside sound as the case may be).
Then we created CATS that "MEOW’" when we "pet" them...and one special cat that crowed like a rooster!
girl with computer
Boy with cat
 Blond Girl


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Jul. 25, 2010 at 1:33pm

At the Bellevue artsfair!



Twirling and whirling! Spinning and splatting! Sunny skies and joyful crowds made it a perfect weekend for Spin Art at the Bellevue Arts Museum artsfair! We used salad spinners to spin and mix paint, creating surprising patterns and crazy color combinations!






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Jul. 21, 2010 at 12:21pm

Family Adventures in Claymation!

Check out the video we made last workshop:)

Tim Burton's stop motion feature film The Nightmare Before Christmas is one of my favorite movies, so I was thrilled when we decided to do a Family Adventures in Claymation workshop at the Museum! This quirky animation technique uses a camera to capture still images of clay figures. In between each frame the characters are moved ever so slightly. When the frames are played together, animation is achieved!
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Jul. 12, 2010 at 2:09pm

Play it safe in the heat!

Okay...so maybe not the most timely post due to the recent cold front but since I'm hoping that the sun will return soon I thought we should talk about sun safety anyway! My coworker Stacy has the most adorable 3.5 year old and just got finished telling me a story that prompted this post. Last Thursday (when it was REALLY hot) the girls had a lovely day at school, playing, learning and all that fun stuff. 
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Jul. 9, 2010 at 4:37pm

KQCM in Your Neighborhood!

Summer is a time for neighborhood festivals, community fairs, family outings and fun in the sun! KidsQuest loves packing up our event box, throwing our table in the car, slathering on the sunscreen and joining your neighborhoods for family-friendly fun events.

Check out all the places you can find us around town this summer...

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Jul. 1, 2010 at 5:27pm

This week @ Dino-mite Dinos Camp

Monday's Theme: Who were the dinosaurs?
After we got to know each other, we spent some time coming up with rules we all thought we should follow while in camp.
Then we CREATED...
Dinosaur nametags
Paleo-Necklaces (decked out with dinosaur and claw beads!),
and a Dinosaur Fact book (that we will continue to work on all week).
We also explored books and let our imaginations run wild with imaginative play using dinosaur figurines.

Monday 1
Monday 2
 Monday 3


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Jul. 1, 2010 at 4:48pm

Mommy discipline vs. daddy discipline; By Elaine Bowers

Thought you all might find this interesting.

It's a time-honored threat: "Just wait 'til your father comes home!" But these days, some believe that old threat has been turned on its head. Today's dads, they say, are more likely to be the permissive ones, too intent on having fun with their kids; leaving all that unpleasant discipline to mom. It's the Disneyland dad syndrome, without the divorce.
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Jun. 23, 2010 at 11:46am

Brain Waves: Peeking Under The Hood

You've got to listen to a great interview Marcie Sillman did with Dr. Patricia Kuhl & Dr. Andrew Meltzoff, co-directors of the Institute for Learning and Brain Sciences at the University of Washington, I–LABS for short.

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Jun. 22, 2010 at 11:06am

First Day of Imagination Explorer's Camp!

We had a great first day of Imagination Explorers Camp!
Today’s theme was KINGS & QUEENS

After we got to know each other, we spent the morning in circle time, story time, and at discovery stations all related to kings and queens.

We,
EXPLORED good manners (as every king and queen has them),
LEARNED how to bow and curtsey (as every king and queen knows),
CREATED our very own crowns, capes and crests, and...
BUILT & DECORATED a castle!
(as every king and queen has one or two…)

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Jun. 16, 2010 at 11:13am

Nature Explorers Camp!

Yesterday's theme was...

Animals!

We spent the morning in circle time, storytime, and at discovery stations all related to animals.

We...EXPLORED animal pelts,
LEARNED
about animal habitats as we created hand puppets and safari print masks,
CREATED
animal creatures with Zoomorphs and playdough, and
MADE
music as we sang and danced liked animals!
Jun. 7, 2010 at 1:14pm

Outdoor Bacteria Can Make You Smarter, and Happier

by Jeff Kart, Bay City, Michigan

Getting some outdoor time is not only good for the soul, it's probably good for the mind. Research from The Sage Colleges in Troy, New York, suggests that exposure to a natural soil bacterium called Mycobacterium vaccae can increase learning behavior. Another reason to enjoy, and protect, the great outdoors. And a potential reason to eat a little dirt here and there.

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May. 28, 2010 at 9:35am

Adventures in Homeschool Science...

Dissecting WORMS!

I was lucky enough to visit KidsQuest's Homeschool Science class as they tackled a very brave feat: worm dissection. Each student got their own long, thin, crawly thing (although, fortunately, they were no longer crawling), plus rubber gloves, safety goggles, plastic knives and dissection tongs. Here's how it went...






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Apr. 22, 2010 at 2:53pm

Recycled Paper Making

Earth Day at KidsQuest!

Recycled Paper Making is so much fun for the kids - plus it's easy to do and helps teach kids that not everything is trash!

Lots of things can be used to make recycled paper: newspaper, magazines, old printer paper, lint from the dryer and more! Cut or tear these fibrous materials into small pieces and completely soak them in water, then you can "pulverize them", meaning you break them down even more. A blender or hand-held blender are excellent aids for this endeavor.

Click here for complete instructions on making recycled paper at home.

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Apr. 20, 2010 at 4:10pm

Hand sanitizer doesn't kill E.coli, 4th grade science project finds

From King 5 News

Thought you might find this article interesting...

OLYMPIA, Wash. - It has become second nature: see hand sanitizer, pump hand sanitizer onto your hands.

Health officials have promoted the use of hand sanitizers to help fight outbreaks of diseases and germs, but experts say it doesn't work on everything. Now, an Olympia fourth grader says she can prove it doesn't work on E.coli.


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Apr. 19, 2010 at 3:47pm

Parent Workshop: The Revolutionary New Science of Exercise and the Brain

Something we thought you'd be interested in.

The Revolutionary New Science of Exercise and the Brain
Tonight, April 19, 2010
Mercer Island High School PAC 7:00 PM.

John Ratey, Clinical Associate Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School provides a ground-breaking exploration of the connection between exercise and brain performance. Even moderate exercise can super-charge mental circuits to beat stress, sharpen thinking, amplify memory, and enhance all aspects of learning and mood. Come hear the startling new research and learn how to optimize physical activity to SPARK your brain to function at its peak. www.Johnratey.com
Apr. 16, 2010 at 9:16am

National Volunteer Appreciation Week!

April 18-24th

No one who achieves success does so without acknowledging the help of others.
~Author Unknown

Volunteers continue to be a vital part of our organization! From helping a child create art at the craft table, to mailing our membership cards, volunteers affect all levels of operations at KidsQuest Children's Museum.


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Mar. 29, 2010 at 1:57pm

Egg-straordinary Egg Hunt!

Pictures....

Backyard covered in eggs


We had so much fun hiding all those eggs!


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Mar. 25, 2010 at 1:22pm

Kid Kit: Tree Blocks

Tree Block Building Kid Kit...going on now in the Treehouse!

Look at the monstrosity Annika made, it's more than 2 feet tall!

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Mar. 23, 2010 at 11:57am

Letting Your Toddler Set the Pace

A recent article from

My mom gave me a subscription to "Real Simple" a few months back and as soon as it arrives in the mail I sit down with a cup of coffee and read it cover to cover. I love all the idea guides, articles and suggestions that really do fall under their Life Made Simple mantra. Although I'm not a parent yet, this article struck me as particularly interesting and possibly pertinent to our blog readers. It's not on the web yet - but you can find it here!
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Mar. 17, 2010 at 2:39pm

Summer Camps!

What do you want to do this summer?

I was sitting in a meeting this morning and one of our Board Members pulled out her "Summer Folder" and I was thoroughly amazed! She had camp brochures, theater calendars, camp listings from local organizations, local calendars, etc. She looked at my questioning eyes and said, "You have to start early!"
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Mar. 9, 2010 at 3:28pm

Wearable Art Week!

What are we up to?

Kids LOVE creating art...but they love it even more when they get to wear it! This week is Wearable Art Week at KidsQuest and we're working with beads, felt and our imagination.

We've received lots of calls from you guys about this program so here's the skinny:

  • Ongoing today through Sunday
  • We are beading, creating felt and making beautiful butterfly rings
  • No registration necessary

Beading...

Necklaces, bracelets and rings...what will YOU create with all the beads?

In this picture, Lauren is stringing beads on her new bracelet. You can't see it but she has a matching necklace with a beautiful pattern!

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Feb. 15, 2010 at 5:43pm

Save the Date for KidsQuest Carnival!

May 1, 2010

We pull out all the stops for our biggest fundraiser of the year. Saturday, May 1 Carnival comes to KidsQuest Children's Museum with games, prizes, eats and treats just for adults.

  • Play the Amazing Prize Wheel, Wine Toss, Basketball Shoot-Out and more!
  • Win a $1,000 Neiman Marcus shopping spree, parking downtown Bellevue for a year or a chance to dive for dollars in the Money Booth!
  • Enjoy hors d'ouevres, beer, wine and our special carny cocktail!

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Jan. 27, 2010 at 3:48pm

Kids Design Glass

At the Museum of Glass in Tacoma

Since kids' art and creativity is one of our passions at KidsQuest Children's Museum, we thought you would enjoy knowing about the fun Kids Design Glass exhibit at the Museum of Glass (MOG) in Tacoma.
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Jan. 25, 2010 at 1:45pm

A visit from Flat Stanley!

Flat Stanley came all the way from Virginia to visit us at KidsQuest Children's Museum and he wrote a blog so we could share all about his trip! Check it out...
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Jan. 13, 2010 at 11:20am

Have you visited the Marketplace @ Factoria lately?

That's right...Factoria Mall has a new name!

Have you been to Marketplace @ Factoria, formerly Factoria Mall, and seen the interior spruce up? The north-end of the Mall is complete and looks great! One of our Board members walked into Center Court and said, "OMG, am I in Bellevue Square?" The wood panels on the ceiling, calming earth tone carpet and seating, and the organic flooring warm up everything and give it a clean, Northwest contemporary look and feel. We look forward to the completion of the Mall interior as it makes its way down to KidsQuest in 2010!

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Dec. 29, 2009 at 2:27pm

Make 2010 Your Family's Year to PLAY!

Many of us make New Year's resolutions every year. We set goals to start exercising, lose weight or get organized, just to name a few. But how many of us take the time to size up our family? To really take a good look at the people we spend most of our time with? This is an idea that we at KidsQuest have spent a lot of time talking about, and we have decided to make the Museum's 2010 resolution all about family. We want 2010 to be your family's year to play!


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Dec. 22, 2009 at 1:37pm

Family Traditions

Family rituals are one of the best ways to make the holiday season meaningful for kids. Traditions help connect us with our past and bond us with each other. One important key is that these traditions be maintained every year, and not be sacrificed to the busyness and business of the holiday season. Traditions might include simple things such as cutting down and decorating a Christmas tree, buying special ornaments, cooking a particular meal, helping someone in need or having a holiday gathering at your house with family and friends.


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Dec. 21, 2009 at 9:27am

No snow yet this year-make some of your own!

Let it Snow!
Make your very own Winter Wonderland with this recipe for snow...

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Dec. 9, 2009 at 11:20am

The Benefits of Board Games

Why playing games with your kids is the perfect way to spend time together!

KidsQuest's New Year's Resolution is to Make 2010 Your Family's Year to Play! We've decided to do all that we can to facilitate family learning at the Museum and in your home. One way we're working to accomplish this is by increasing our family friendly programming. In case you haven't heard, we're open until 8pm every Thursday night and we've designated the second Thursday of each month, Family Game Night with board games, relays, team challenges and more! So, imagine our delight when we found this article all about the benefits of playing games as a family.
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Nov. 30, 2009 at 8:55am

It's time for family fun!

Family Time 3
We want 2010 to be your family’s year to play so we’re starting a little early with family fun workshops this December. Studies show that families who eat, play and collaborate together have stronger bonds and children grow up with more self-confidence. Kick-off the holiday season and 2010 with some family fun activities at KidsQuest!

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Nov. 24, 2009 at 10:27am

A Season of Gratitude

What are you thankful for?

The hustle and bustle of the holiday season is heating up for many of us this week as we rush to get things done ahead of Thanksgiving travel or hosting. Still, it's a good time for a little quiet contemplation of what's behind those thanks we'll be giving - the things for which we're grateful.
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Nov. 13, 2009 at 10:41am

Paper or no paper-that is the question!

In an effort to help our environment and save costs, KidsQuest will soon be offering the KQ Quarterly Newsletter in an online format. What do you think about that?

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Nov. 6, 2009 at 12:47pm

KidsQuest receives $25K from Boeing

to support our early education programs and a new museum collaboration!

Boeing is committed to supporting early education programs in our community and KidsQuest Children’s Museum received $25K from The Boeing Company Charitable Trust to do just that. This grant supports KidsQuest’s early education programs Discovery Tots Ready, Set Learn, First Experiences and Open Discovery Time, which provide essential early learning education and school-readiness preparation for children age birth to five years.
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Oct. 16, 2009 at 12:58pm

Stay safe this Halloween!

Halloween is one of KidsQuest's favorite times of year! We love our Halloween Spooktacular where you can expect kids and adults in costume, our Spooky Cake Walk, Dr. Jekyll's Laboratory and our Mad Scientists each year! We also look forward to Factoria Mall's Halloween Event with Radio Disney offering activities and prizes, merchants handing out treats and special deals, and children trick-or-treating throughout the Mall! Although Halloween can be fun and exciting, it is also important to keep safety in mind when heading out in the crowds to trick-or-treat.
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Oct. 9, 2009 at 10:55am

Volunteering is important!

Did you know that our team of volunteers have dedicated over 3,000 hours of community service to KidsQuest 2009 alone?

KidsQuest has strong volunteerism roots starting with our founding board in 1997. Volunteers continue to be a vital part of daily operations at the museum. Aside from our volunteer Board of Directors, volunteers help maintain exhibits, prepare and facilitate arts and crafts activities, assist with office tasks, and enhance the overall experience of our visitors. It's clear to the staff here at KQ how important volunteers are to us, but I wanted to find out just how important KQ is to our volunteers.
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Oct. 2, 2009 at 10:25am

Are you really free on Friday nights?

The phones at the KidsQuest office usually start ringing on Thursday afternoon with the same question. Yes, KidsQuest is really free on Friday Nights from 5-8pm! As a non-profit, KidsQuest is committed to serving the needs of our community and part of that need is accessibility. It's important to both our staff and the Board of Directors that all children have an equal opportunity to enrich their education and development by exploring, playing and learning at KidsQuest!
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Sep. 30, 2009 at 9:16am

NWAYM continued!

Fall means a number of things for us here at KidsQuest Children's Museum – SuperClean, back to school, the start of new programs, and the annual NWAYM conference! This year was no different and we were lucky enough to travel to Salem, Oregon to visit A.C. Gilbert's Discovery Village. It is very exciting for me to have the opportunity to see what others in the Museum field are doing and what is working well for them. It is wonderful to be given the chance to brainstorm what we can all do as an association to make our Museums better. After hosting last year's conference here at KidsQuest, we understand the time and energy it takes to put on this conference and the staff of A.C Gilbert's Discovery Museum did an amazing job!
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Sep. 28, 2009 at 3:02pm

Field Trip to NWAYM continued!

I always look forward to the opportunity to gather ideas from my peers, find out how other museums are reaching their clients and receive guidance from the professional consultants who present. The annual NWAYM Conference is especially useful because we're all local and many of us share visitors and resources.
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Sep. 25, 2009 at 2:31pm

Field Trip to NWAYM!

This past weekend I had the opportunity to head south to A.C. Gilbert's Discovery Village for the Northwest Association of Youth Museums' Annual Conference. A.C. Gilbert's is a wonderful, fun-filled place to explore and we thank them for hosting this year's conference. NWAYM provides a great opportunity for museum professionals from more than 25 museums to learn from our peers, collaborate to make our museums better, and explore the museums we may not have visited before. We share stories, talk about our future goals and projects, and bring in professionals to suggest ways we can all improve.
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Sep. 14, 2009 at 3:57pm

KidsQuest's SuperClean!

We've been SUPERCLEANED! Each year KidsQuest closes for a week in September to install new exhibit components, paint and give the Museum a deep clean. It is always a long and challenging week, but the staff and our awesome helpers did an amazing job to get everything done.


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Sep. 3, 2009 at 11:11am

Let the Children Play (Some More)

With back to school in mind here is an interesting article we thought you might like!

Happy Days: Let the Children Play (Some More)

Here on the balmy central coast of California and all across the country, kids are heading back to school. The classes are larger, the No Child Left Behind mandates remain in place and, despite advice from the nation's secretary of health and human services and others, recess and physical education (not to mention art and music instruction) have in many schools been cut back or eliminated. While most of our backpack-laden kids are eager to catch up with friends they haven't seen over the summer, the general feeling is that "playtime is over."

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Sep. 1, 2009 at 2:04pm

Ready…Set…Go Back to School!

Back to school preparations are in full-swing and some kids have already started the school year, but preparing for a new school year often involves more than shopping for new clothes or shoes. The first bell of the year rings and the sounds of summer will be replaced by the voices of children ending their summer play and trying to sort out their new school routines. For most children (and parents), going back to school signifies a move from the lazy, hazy days of summer to a more structured routine and poses unique challenges that must be overcome. Children may not always view a new school year with excitement and enthusiasm, which is why we have listed some tips and resources to help make the transition from summer to school easier than you thought possible!


  • Talk about the new school year, but don't dwell on it.
  • Schedule a get-acquainted meeting with your child's teacher.
  • Visit the local public library – although not a classroom, the library environment is conducive to learning and known to spark enthusiasm for reading and exploring new interests
  • Begin winding down the summer schedule. Strive for a more consistent schedule, including regular bed and breakfast times.
  • Be positive, let your child know that you value education. Talk about learning experiences that you enjoyed as a child.
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Aug. 26, 2009 at 12:00am

Fathers: The Work-Life Balance

The KidsQuest staff came in Monday morning to find a wonderful email in our in-boxes. A father had visited the Museum and took the time to let us know how much he appreciated our support and encouragement of the father’s role in their children’s life.

I recently took my son and his friend to KidsQuest. While using the restroom, I noticed a baby diaper changing station in the men's room, as well as a toddler seat in the stall.

Thank you for remembering that fathers are (and should be) involved as parents from start to finish, and facilitating our involvement in those ways, just as we facilitate mother's involvement.


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Aug. 24, 2009 at 12:00am

Reading to Your Kids

Reading with children is fun and is one of the best ways to prepare them for school and beyond. Children learn about the value and importance of reading as they watch their family reading and writing every day.
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Aug. 20, 2009 at 11:15am

From the Desk of Rob Nohle, M.D.

Group Health Cooperative Chief of Pediatrics and KQ Board Member

As we head into a new school year we wanted to touch on germs, cleanliness and what we do to keep KidsQuest clean for our visitors. Here is an excerpt, written by Dr. Rob Nohle, from our Winter 2008 newsletter:
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Aug. 17, 2009 at 11:45am

Play IS the work of children!

Just a little article about how important unstructured play is to a child's development.

Check it out!
Aug. 14, 2009 at 8:14am

It's been said that kids spell love T-I-M-E

With today's busy lifestyles, many parents and grandparents work to spend more "quality time" with their children or grandchildren. But what is quality time? "Quality time" is time spent doing an activity that is meaningful to the parent and child. It is time when family members really get to know each other. Quality time is spent focusing attention on the other person and sharing thoughts and feelings.
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Aug. 11, 2009 at 8:55am

Exhibits 101: All Things Water FAQ's

With all the water finally here to give our lawns some much needed attention we thought we'd continue the conversation on our Waterways exhibits with some FAQ's. We love getting and answering questions about how the exhibits at KidsQuest work, so here are just a few that we frequently receive about Waterways.
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Aug. 10, 2009 at 11:28am

Exhibits 101: All Things Water

The best children's museums reflect their environment so when KidsQuest was being designed it was very important to have a strong water component. Not only is water an important part of living in the Pacific Northwest, but water play is an important part of a child's development.
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Aug. 6, 2009 at 4:26pm

Stories from camp!

Two girls, two camps, one memorable summer! Five year old twin sisters, Taya and Atty attended two of our QuestCamps this summer and walked away with knowledge, confidence and pride in their accomplishments.
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Jul. 30, 2009 at 10:01am

Beat the heat!

It's the hot topic these days (pun intended)!

With temperatures in the high 90's and low 100's make sure you're prepared to stay safe! Heat exhaustion, dehydration and severe sunburn are all risk factors facing Pacific Northwesterners so here are some articles with cool tips to help you and your family stay safe!
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Jul. 28, 2009 at 12:36pm

Why do children steal?

We understand that children steal for a myriad of reasons and learning that it is wrong to take something that doesn't belong to you is a part of growing up. Articles on the subject point out that in order to stop a child from stealing parents should ask themselves why their child is stealing-but the answer isn't always what they expect to find.
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Jul. 22, 2009 at 9:14am

Bellevue Arts Museum artsfair is this weekend!

Here are some things to know before you go.

KidsQuest, along with over 325 organizations and vendors and more than 350,000 community members, will be attending the Bellevue Arts Museum artsfair this weekend. The artsfair has been a summer staple for 63 years-longer than the Bellevue Arts Museum that we all know so well! So, if the Bellevue Arts Museum didn't start the artsfair then how did it come to be?
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Jul. 15, 2009 at 4:08pm

Collaborating for art!

Collaborations and partnerships with area organizations and businesses are an integral part of bringing new and exciting programs and events to KidsQuest. Our partners bring their expertise and experience to help us offer more specialized programming to our members and visitors. KidsQuest is always creating new relationships with local organizations and we're excited about our recent partnership with Bellevue Arts Museum.
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Jul. 7, 2009 at 2:58pm

Small Steps: A Good-Health Guide

Check out this article we just found in The New York Times. It’s circulating around the office and, as a mom, I found a lot of the information very interesting and applicable to my life - I thought you might find it interesting too!

Happy reading: http://www.nytimes.com

If you click on the "Well" graphic on the left side you'll find more helpful articles.
Jul. 6, 2009 at 11:53am

Fear of visiting the doctor?

Come to KidsQuest's Teddy Bear Clinic!

Who isn't a little apprehensive about going to the doctor? With all of the odd looking instruments-the stethoscope, and the pointy otoscope (the device which is used to look into the ears). Not to mention the shots! Children are usually even more sensitive to doctors for the simple fact that the doctor is also a stranger. Fears are usually a normal part of a child's development. Some typical fears about going to the doctor include:
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Jun. 29, 2009 at 9:11am

Busy summer days!

School is out for the summer! Camps, swimming and family trips are sure to be on your list, but don't forget about all the community events happening this summer. As an organization built by the community for the community we feel it's important to get out and support the festivities happening around our area so look out for KidsQuest this summer.
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Jun. 26, 2009 at 1:14pm

Why we do what we do.

A few days ago we received a thank you note from a local elementary school Head Start class that received scholarship funds to visit KidsQuest for a field trip. The students in the class drew us pictures and told us what they liked about KidsQuest-the truck and face painting were the big winners for this class! The card also thanked us for providing them with the opportunity to explore a place they wouldn't have been able to otherwise. This prompted some thoughts about why we do what we do.
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Jun. 23, 2009 at 9:17am

What is a children's museum?

What is a children’s museum? That is sometimes a difficult question for people to answer. When we hear the word museum we often think of a place where “inside voices” are used and a place that we are expected to look with our eyes and not with our hands. A children’s museum, however, couldn’t be more different.
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