Oct. 5, 2015 at 8:00am

Growing & Learning at KidsQuest Children’s Museum

By Jenn Boesenberg, KidsQuest Guest Experience Coordinator and Museum Educator

What is my favorite part of working at a non-profit children’s museum?  I love seeing the growth of our visitors! Whether it is children that comes a few times a week, or a kid that is new to KidsQuest; watching them grow and evolve is my absolute favorite part of educating the next generation. 

Stomp rockets web size

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Sep. 28, 2015 at 8:00am

Understanding Emotions

From Institute for Learning & Brain Sciences

Understanding emotions, desires, and intentions of other people is a gradual process. As soon as a child is born they begin the journey of discovering their emotions and how to control them, while also learning to understand what others may be feeling.


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Sep. 21, 2015 at 8:00am

Developmental Concerns & Your Child

By Ann Nolan, Washington State School District Psychologist

Parents know that their infant, toddler or preschool child will meet development milestones within a range of months.  Some babies coo, make eye contact and seem to interact within weeks, while others may take a month or more.  Some toddlers begin walking at nine months, others not until 16 months.  Some preschool children develop fine motor skills that allow them to copy designs at 30 months, while others are still struggling at 60 months.  It might seem to you that your child is demonstrating delays in one or more development areas including social, fine motor, gross motor, language, or learning.  You might find that you are comparing your child’s skills to his or her siblings, playmates or preschool friends and are becoming concerned that your child might be demonstrating serious delays.  At what point should you act on your concerns?  Where exactly can you go to have your concerns addressed?

Baby Testing

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Sep. 14, 2015 at 8:00am


by John Ito, Director of Exhibits & Facilities at KidsQuest Children's Museum

Every year at the summer’s end when school is back in session we take an introspective look at who and what we are. The museum, that is. The living, breathing entity that is KidsQuest needs a spa treatment after being open almost every day since school got out. Some new adornment and content to entice our audience with new ideas for play are a necessity. New stuff and a step up is both the result of and a part of how we grow and learn. We owe it to ourselves and our visitors to push and evolve what is happening inside our walls.

 superclean 2

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Sep. 7, 2015 at 8:00am

The Practice of Listening to Children

By Lauren Haggenjos, Teaching Artist

There’s no denying it: listening to a kid is a totally different experience—full of unexplained pauses, distracted stares, and incoherent mumbles. And as a teacher, a camp counselor, and a teaching artist, I can tell you those instances pop up when you least expect it. Regardless, holding a conversation with the next generation isn’t just a way to learn what’s happening on the Disney channel nowadays; it’s an opportunity to see the world with a fresh perspective and to model the best discussion habits. Here are three ways to navigate the often confusing world of kids’ conversations.


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Aug. 31, 2015 at 8:00am

Copy Cats & Cognitive Benefits

The Power of Leaning Through Imitation

We have all seen babies put phones to their ears, pretend to feed stuff animals and mimic facial expressions. Young children imitating adults is not only adorable; it is also an important learning tool. With imitation babies can communicate, expedite trial-and-error learning, learn from everyone around them and understand about intentions and goals.


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Aug. 24, 2015 at 8:00am

Community Award: KidsQuest Children’s Museum

KidsQuest Children’s Museum will receive a solar energy system for its new downtown Bellevue location in September!

The system is a donation from A&R Solar as part of the Solarize Bellevue campaign, which provides discounted community pricing to city residents on solar systems for their homes and businesses. A&R Solar’s installation crew will dress in superhero outfits to install the 16 solar panels on the steep metal roof of the museum. The public is welcome to drop by, take photos, and learn more about the museum and solar. We hope to see you at 108th Avenue NE and NE 12th Street.  The 4.5 kW solar energy system will serve as a powerful environmental teaching tool, and help offset the museum’s overall energy costs. 


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Aug. 17, 2015 at 8:00am

Ready, Set, September!

By Tamasha Emedi, Primary School Teacher

 On almost every social media site I’ve visited, I’ve come across lists: 10 ways to cut an apple, 47 different responses to Season 5 of Lost, 18 ways you are pouring milk wrong. That being said, I hope this list is a little more helpful! Here is a list of four ideas to prep your primary (K-3) kiddo and yourself for September.

School Bus mother & child

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Aug. 10, 2015 at 8:00am

Summer Camps at KidsQuest Children’s Museum

By Chauntae Richardson, KidsQuest Children's Museum Educator

Summer Camps at KidsQuest Children’s Museum are in full swing, but just a few months ago camp instructors were thoughtfully creating their curriculum and anticipating all of the rich learning and fun exploration that will be taking place. As the Science Explorers summer camp instructor, I planned each of my camps (from Chemistry and chemical reactions to creating explorative lessons that combined Physics and art) knowing that in addition to learning about science, we would also focus on learning “soft skills” and executive function. These skills promote social and emotional development, along with encouraging Kindergarten Readiness. 

Dino Camp 2012

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Aug. 3, 2015 at 8:00am

New Program: Parents’ Night Out

By Alison Luk, Associate Director of Education, KidsQuest Children's Museum

When we develop new programs at KidsQuest Children’s Museum, our education team considers a lot of factors. What needs in our community are not being met? Which new curriculums and methods align with our play-based educational philosophy? What can we do to better support parents in their role as educators? Will everyone have fun?

The parents that we serve are amazing advocates for their children. They seek out exciting educational opportunities, make sure their kids get plenty of time to learn through play, and they read everything they can about how their kids learn. It looked to us like these parents might need a break!


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