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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Jan. 7, 2015 at 9:14am

Fun Winter Craft Ideas

Just because the holidays are over does not mean you have to stop creating winter craft activities with your children. There are still many fun craft ideas to do on weekends if it's too cold or rainy to go outside. Make it one of your New Years resolutions to do one new craft activity a week at home, your kids will thank you!
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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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Sep. 25, 2014 at 12:03pm

Staying Active this Fall

It’s officially Fall which means it’s finally scarf and sweater season! As the weather gets chillier, we’re tempted to spend more and more time playing indoors. It’s important to remember that kids need to stay active to stay healthy, grow strong bodies and develop their gross motor skills.
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Jul. 23, 2014 at 12:19pm

Family Camping Trips!

Camping trips are one of the best ways to spend time with your family. You’re outdoors, there are no distractions like cell phones, iPads or TVs, and most importantly, you’re together.
When I was a kid, my family bought a tent that had a screen in the “ceiling.” On the one hand, it was terrifying, because we could see hundreds of bugs landing on the outside of the tent throughout the night. On the other hand, listening to my parents point out constellations and make up fairytales about the different star groups is one of my fondest childhood memories. 

Carving time out of your summer to go on a family camping trip can be hard. Everyone’s got a million things to do from summer camp to sports, family BBQs and reunions, but it is worth it. 
Whether it’s your first time camping with your family or you’re a seasoned veteran, here are some helpful tips when it comes to camping with kids: 

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Jun. 27, 2014 at 9:45am

Sun Safety Tips

According to the National Cancer Institute, skin cancer is one of the ten most common types of cancers in the US and one of the greatest risk factors is the sun. 

As the summer starts to heat up, we all have to become mindful of protecting ourselves from the sun’s harmful rays and we have to teach our kids the importance of sun safety. 

Below are some helpful tips to stay safe when playing in the sun: 

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Jun. 24, 2014 at 9:41am

Fun & Easy World Cup Activities for Kids

It’s World Cup season and my family can’t get enough of soccer right now. I’m originally from Bosnia and Herzegovina, and it's our first time in the World Cup, so this year’s tournament has extra significance for me and my family. We’ve been trying to get all of our family members, old, young and young at heart, to participate in our World Cup festivities. Here are some activities the kids in my family have gone absolutely louco (that’s crazy in Portuguese) for! 
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Jun. 11, 2014 at 10:15am

Free Family Friendly Summer Festivals & Fairs

One of the best things about summer in the Pacific Northwest is the crazy amount of outdoor festivals and fairs. I remember going to tons of summer concerts and fairs with my parents when I was a kid and being blown away by the music, the food, and the feel good atmosphere. I’ve narrowed down my list of great family friendly festivals and fairs to four, and guess what? They’re all free to attend! 
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Jun. 4, 2014 at 11:15am

Kindergarten Readiness!

As the school year comes to a close and families prepare for their summer break, we often forget that it’s also the time to prepare our little ones for their first foray into the K12 system. 

Eastside Pathways, KidsQuest Children’s Museum and the Bellevue School District are on a mission to help parents in the community prepare their children for kindergarten.

Kindergarten readiness means more than buying everything on the schools supplies list. Does your child know that numbers and letters are different? Can they go to the bathroom without help? Can they hold a pencil? Do they play well with other children and can they have a conversation?

Below we’ve provided links to handouts that will give parents a better idea of what they need to do before the first day of school: 

  •  The Bellevue School District has developed some important informational flyers in order to help parents feel better prepared for their child’s first year of school. You can download them here in: EnglishChineseJapaneseKoreanRussianSpanish and Vietnamese
  •  Many of the elementary schools in the Bellevue School District are hosting orientations for their kindergarten students and their families. You can find the dates for those orientations and school phone numbers here
  •  If you haven’t registered your child for kindergarten yet, it’s not too late. You can find helpful tips to register your child here.

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