Nov. 28, 2016 at 8:00am

Memories at KidsQuest Children's Museum

Yesterday, KidsQuest Children's Museum closed our doors at Factoria Mall. We are very excited to be opening soon (early 2017!) in a new location (just 5 miles away). However, we wanted to take a second to look back at some of the many amazing moments that have happened here in the last decade. Thank you to all who played, explored, and learned with us. We can't wait to see you in our new home! 

Goodbye KQ
Families exploring the Backyard (and old Bird's Nest!)

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Nov. 21, 2016 at 8:00am

Winter Activities - Try at Home

Blog by Andi Koller, KidsQuest Museum Supervisor & Educator

If you’re looking for new ways to pass the time while stuck inside, here are a few classic activities with a twist to try this winter (and with basic materials you probably already have on hand!)

Winter Crafts


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Nov. 14, 2016 at 8:00am

10 art projects for under $10

By Emma Mills

Creative subjects have many benefits that can aid a child's development. It has been reported that children who participate in art on a regular basis tend to have increased motor skills, decision-making, languages, visual learning, and cultural awareness. With this in mind, here are ten art projects under $10 you can do with your children.

1. Who doesn’t enjoy seeing their handiwork displayed for all to see?! A simple set of oil paints can be easily purchased allowing your child to get their creative juices flowing. Want to ins print of a sample painting and tape it to the side of their paper.


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Nov. 7, 2016 at 8:00am

3 Easy After School Snacks

After a busy day at school your kids may be hungry the second they get home. Here are three simple snacks that are healthy and filling, but will leave room for dinner a few hours later! 

Snacks


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Oct. 31, 2016 at 8:00am

Should I Have That Conversation (about the Death of a Loved One)?

By Mike Nolan, School Counselor

This can seem like one of the trickiest roads to navigate with your child, especially since you’ll probably have your emotions tied into the grieving process. Figuring out how to proceed might appear confusing - it is, and it isn’t - when you consider that there really aren’t any “rules” to follow; just things to consider.

Death

The first is that everyone - even kids - grieve in their own way, so go into the conversation open-minded, knowing that your child may or may not respond as you expected, or as you would have when you were their age. The most common way for intense sadness to be expressed, of course, is through tears. Be prepared for that. If fact, be prepared for your own. Avoid retreat thinking like, “I decided not to talk to them about it, because I didn’t want to make them cry.” Tears usually come from deep down inside us, and as a natural expression of grief, they are what you would expect. Besides, who better to comfort your child at that moment than mom or dad?


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Oct. 24, 2016 at 8:00am

KidsQuest Children’s Museum’s New Building to Open in January 2017

Good to Grow Capital Campaign Update

KidsQuest Children’s Museum’s new building in downtown Bellevue will open its doors in January 2017 at 1116 108th Ave NE. Construction is currently underway to finish all of our amazing new exhibits. 

New exhibits will include:

G2G 80 Days

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Oct. 17, 2016 at 8:00am

Just Keep Swimming

by Lizzy Bullock WSI-certified Swimming Instructor

As a swimming instructor and longtime advocate of the Red Cross method, parents often ask me what swimming skills their child should master by a certain age. Rather than placing rigid age-based expectations on a child, the Red Cross outlines a teaching method that encourages students to "learn at their own pace." As the child progresses, they pass new tiers and move on to more challenging skills. Along the way, kids earn certificates by proving their proficiency in each level. This way, children are motivated to continue rather than feeling inadequate or as if their efforts are going unrecognized.

Swim Lessons

Over the last decade teaching swim lessons, I've seen children in all stages of learning, and age is not always a factor. Some seven-year-olds are genuinely terrified of the pool environment, while some two-year-olds have spent the majority of their early lives playing in backyard pools and have no fear of water. By following the Red Cross' gentle progression, children have the leeway to develop skills without feeling rushed. It's crucial for children to be allowed to move at a rate that is suitable for them, not for the parent. Though the Red Cross does group skill-sets together by age, these are simply suggested time frames and the system is highly flexible.


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Oct. 10, 2016 at 8:00am

Everyone is Welcome at KidsQuest Children's Museum

8 Things You Didn’t Know About Our Access Program

KidsQuest strives to reflect and support the diverse needs of the community it serves. Many families in the Puget Sound region struggle to provide for their growing, developing children and KidsQuest serves as a safe, fun, and educational environment for those families. KidsQuest and the Community Access Program serve as an active part of community support efforts for families in need. It offers free programs, discounted admission, and scholarships to all children and families from the low-income and under-served areas of the greater Puget Sound region for increased high quality, information early education opportunities.

camp


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Oct. 3, 2016 at 8:00am

Halloween Traditions and Events

Alternatives to trick-or-treating

Two years ago my brother and his family relocated to the Seattle area. As an aunt, this was wonderful as I would get to share many moments and milestones with my growing niece, like Halloween. My brother's four-year-old had never been trick-or-treating before, but I was excited to relive my childhood days and made the plans for the 31st. As we walked around my brother’s neighborhood, we discovered a few things very quickly. One, few people were home or had a light on. Walking from block, to block, to block, we only found a few homes on each to visit. Two, we were one of the only families out. Fewer families go trick-or-treating late at night; many choose controlled environments like a mall or downtown area. Others skip the candy and choose events like a carnival or dress-up-party to celebrate. 

If your family is looking for a fun Halloween themed event, KidsQuest offers a variety. These are all indoor, which allows little ones to enjoy their costumes without parents worrying about them freezing. Just a heads up, Spooktacular is the only one with edible treats. They offer physical prizes as well if your child has dietary restrictions or you want to skip the extra sugar. 

Halloween Blog


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Sep. 26, 2016 at 8:00am

Splish, Splash

Good to Grow Capital Campaign Update

Waterways is a beloved exhibit at KidsQuest Children's Museum, and we are thrilled to be offering an all new Water Gallery in our future home! This Good to Grow update is a chance to learn about what elements our members insist we keep, and get insight into what changes we're making. Plus, check out these never before seen photos of kids testing the future exhibits!

G2G Water


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