Jun. 29, 2015 at 8:00am

Learning the Sounds of Language

Language Development with I-Labs

This week we are wondering how young children learn a language. Turns out language learning starts before a baby is even born! From the beginning of the third trimester of pregnancy, a baby can hear language. An infant’s exposure to their mother’s native language while in the womb allows them to identify their own “home” language right when they are born. 

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Jun. 15, 2015 at 9:04am

Bringing Back Music

By Nathalia Palis, IMF, MT-BC & Children's Recording Artist/Entertainer

Did you know that the sense of hearing starts to develop in the sixth week of pregnancy and by week twenty-four a fetus can turn their head to familiar sounds? All the while listening to a steady beating drum and humming of his/her mother’s voice. Maybe this is why I have always been so passionate about singing to my children and using music as a teaching device.

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Jun. 5, 2015 at 10:57am

KidsQuest: One Activity Brought to Life with Boundless Imagination

By: Nicole Frymier, KidsQuest Children’s Museum Educator

The museum floor at KidsQuest is never dull. Even if we are about to close and there is just one toddler in the backyard, you can be sure amazing play is still happening. As an educator, interacting with visitors out in the museum is a valuable opportunity to help learning through play. Whether it’s building catapults together to demolish targets, or stacking the blocks in the wheelbarrow to carry across the museum, I’m always ready to follow a child’s lead when it comes to what they want to explore that day. 

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Jun. 1, 2015 at 11:13am

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

Get the conversation started with your child!

Republic Services pioneered comingled recycling in the Northwest and is passionate about educating our communities to be great stewards of the environment.  Educating kids is our top focus. With that in mind, here are some ideas about how to start the conversation and empower children in making a difference.
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May. 25, 2015 at 9:46am

Bringing the World to Children and Families

The KidsQuest Children’s Museum staff loves to play and learn too!

Last week, five KidsQuest team members participated in the Association of Children’s Museum’s 2015 InterActivity conference in Indianapolis! The conference’s theme, Bringing the World to Children and Families, focused attention on what it means to be a children's museum in a time of increasing connectivity. The staff presented and attended educational sessions with almost 1,000 other children’s museum professionals. Presentations and workshops covered topics like pedagogy, early learning, the latest developmental research, events and programs, community engagement, and more. The team also had the opportunity to expand their skills in areas of museum operations including fundraising, financial management, exhibit design, outreach, staffing, and evaluation.  The conference was a wonderful opportunity for KidsQuest’s staff to share their knowledge and expertise and get lots of ideas about how they can help the museum serve our community in even better ways!


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May. 18, 2015 at 9:54am

Don’t be Dramatic, it’s just Play!

Benefits of Dramatic Play for Child

The Importance of Play

Children learn much about the world through exploration and discovery; encouraging play helps children develop their own problem solving skills and social skills, as well as physical development. Offering children opportunities to play in a safe environment gives them the chance to develop skills necessary for school-readiness and important life-lessons.

Dramatic Play and the Developing Child

Children begin to understand how and why the world works as they explore. Often times in dramatic play— dress-up and role-playing— children act out scenes from their own lives, television, or books. These can be everyday routines of people in children’s lives or fantasy tales of good versus evil. In both types of dramatic play, children use their knowledge about how the world works to play.

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Apr. 21, 2015 at 9:50am

MathFest 2015


Zeno Logo

When Kesten walked in the door to Rainier Community Center on a Thursday in November 2014, she did not expect to see such a large scale celebration. The community center’s basketball court was filled with people, some in blue T-shirts sitting at tables, surrounded by curious kids and adults. Kesten had brought her 5 year old son Leo, and he had never seen anything like this! He ran from one table to the next, bubbling with curiosity. Everything looked so colorful and fun! At each table he discovered something different. There were cards, dice, guessing games, strategy games - no two tables were alike. But they all had one purpose. Every table, every game, every volunteer in a blue T-shirt sporting the Zeno logo, was there for one reason - to bring together the entire community in a celebration of math. Kesten and Leo had walked into their very first MathFest and they were experiencing math like never before. 

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Apr. 14, 2015 at 10:06am

Listening Mothers

Parenting an infant? Caring for such a young child is full of so many brand new experiences. Whether you are parenting your first child or not, making the adjustment is sometimes easy and sometimes not. When parenting stress is compounded by conflicting advice, lack of sleep, differences in opinion with your parenting partner, and a baby who can’t talk and who may be crying, crying, crying for some unknown reason, it is always helpful to establish your parenting priorities and your parenting compass to ease those difficult moments. By making the harder moments better, the bond between the parent and child grows stronger and those “falling in love” moments between parent and baby will happen more often.
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Apr. 1, 2015 at 11:13am

Listen to Me

Why Won't My Young Children Listen

When we were growing up parents used to say, “Obey Me!”

Now we tell children to listen:

“Get your shoes on.”

“Put your toys away.”

“Stop fighting with your sister/brother.”

“Eat your dinner.”

“Go to bed.”

When the telling is not effective, a parent might turn to pleading or demanding. The volume can go up. The emotions can escalate. Then, parenting frustration creeps in…


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Mar. 18, 2015 at 9:09am

Board Games That Build Math Skills!

Playing board games is not just a fun way to spend time together. Playing board games also helps kids (and adults!) build important skills. Games let kids practice social skills like taking turns and losing gracefully, strategic planning skills, communication skills, and more. Many board games are also big learning opportunities for math skills. Check out some of these fun picks for great mathematics skill building fun for the whole family!


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Mar. 3, 2015 at 10:13am

Kindergarten Readiness – It’s not just ABCs and 123s!

Kindergarten readiness! It’s a concept at the forefront of the minds of many parents and caregivers. We play games to help our children learn letters, match colors, identify shapes, and count. But did you know that many of the most important skills required for success in Kindergarten are the “non-academic” ones? As Dr. Barbara Smith from the University of Colorado-Denver and Health Sciences Center describes, “Science has established a compelling link between social/emotional development and behavior and school success.”


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Feb. 23, 2015 at 2:06pm

Visiting an Art Museum with the Whole Family

Art museums can inspire wonder, foster creativity, build community, and provide a platform for dialog for visitors of all ages. Whether you've never been to a museum before or you’re a frequent visitor, below are some suggestions for before, during, and after your next museum adventure to help make it a fun and engaging experience for the whole family. 


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Feb. 6, 2015 at 2:56pm

Hands on History

Eastside Heritage Center provides hands-on history experiences as part of KidsQuest Children’s Museum’s $1 Third Thursdays every month from November through April. Make sure to also join us for our next few hands-on history programs, "The Log Cabin Experience" Thursday February 19th, and "Remembering the Past, Looking to the Future: Personal Time Capsules" on Thursday, March 19th. These programs are made possible through the support of 4Culture. 


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Jan. 28, 2015 at 12:39pm

The Power of Music in Language Learning and Literacy

If you've attended a library story time recently, you may notice that librarians do much more than read books out loud. Modern story times have music, singing, rhymes, and lots of movement!​ Music is a natural and fun way to take advantage of the power of rhyme, vocabulary, repetition, and rhythm to aid in language learning, and in so doing, getting ready to learn to read. And, busy parent note: music is also something you can easily fold into your day!


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Jan. 22, 2015 at 12:09pm

Tinkering Around

This funny word has been popping up in the museum world and exciting educators for a while now. It is exciting because it allows creativity and science to mix organically at any age. The definition of tinkering is, “to make small changes to something in order to improve or repair it” (MacMillan Dictionary). Tinkering creates wonderful learning opportunities as children engage in the work that is in front of them.

Tinkering allows for more than one right answer, generates new ideas, and requires a lot of hands on learning. Tinkering is about seeing how things work, using familiar objects in new ways, or building new things; these are all concepts that we LOVE here at KidsQuest Children’s Museum. 


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Jan. 14, 2015 at 1:26pm

Three Cheers for Process Focused Art!

When it comes to art and kids, you’ve probably heard, read, or thought about the process vs. product debate. At KidsQuest, we wholeheartedly embrace process focused art. But what does that look like, and how can you try it with you child?


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Dec. 16, 2014 at 1:43pm

Gift Ideas for Future Engineers!

Having trouble finding the perfect gift for a niece or nephew, grandkid, or the new baby in the family? Check out these KidsQuest staff picks that are perfect for little engineers of all ages. All of these fun gifts have been approved by our Education team and are available in the KidsQuest Children's Museum gift shop!


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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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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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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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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. 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. 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. 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. 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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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. 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. 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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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. 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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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. 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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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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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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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. 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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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. 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. 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. 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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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. 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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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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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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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. 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. 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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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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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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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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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. 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. 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. 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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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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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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