Aug. 22, 2016 at 8:00am

A New Skylight for the New Museum

Good to Grow Capital Campaign Update

When KidsQuest Children’s Museum bought the former Rosalie Whyel Museum of Doll Art, we loved the main skylight. However, as part of the building's original design, it was falling into disrepair. KidsQuest found that the most cost effective solution was to replace the skylight entirely. Here is the inside scoop on this process.

G2G Skylight

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Aug. 15, 2016 at 8:00am

Attachment: Relationships at the Earliest Stages

From Institute for Learning & Brain Sciences

Everyone has seen a baby cry when its mother walks away or the screaming toddler begging for its father to return. Attachment is easy to observe, but how does it develop and what can it impact later in life? University of Washington's I-Labs helps answer these questions and show that attachment is a highly important developmental piece.

Attachment Blog

By the first year in a baby’s life attachments have been formed. While basic needs drive a lot of interaction between infants and adults, that is not the sole basis for early relationships. In the 1950's Harry Harlow led a study using baby monkeys and two surrogate man-made monkeys to test the basis for early relationships. One surrogate was made of wire and one of soft terrycloth. Half of the animals could feed on each surrogate. However, all of the monkeys bonded with the soft terrycloth surrogate, because they enjoyed the warmth and comfort. Babies often bond with their mothers or those feeding them; they also form attachments to fathers and frequent caregivers as they find comfort in those relationships as well. 

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Aug. 8, 2016 at 8:00am

Early Childhood Classes

Get the inside scoop on fall classes!

Summer is starting to wind down, and with fall comes classes at KidsQuest! KidsQuest Children's Museum has a variety of early learning classes for children nine months to five years old. Each class has a different format and unique goals. Out of the five options one will be the perfect fit for your family!  

Busy Hands

Busy Hands is a class that offers parents a way to connect with children before they are talking. Jamie Bonnett, KidsQuest Children's Museum Associate Director of Education, developed this class after her studies in child development and linguistics. Parents and kids alike learn ASL skills to increase communication and understanding. The course will also help find ways to keep those busy baby hands learning and engaged. 

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Aug. 1, 2016 at 8:00am

Worried about your child’s eating habits or weight? You’re not alone!

Co-authored by Kimberly Richardson, MS, RD, CD & Erika DeRooy, RD, CD

As parents we worry constantly about the health and wellness of our children. Some days we worry they are not eating enough, some days that they are eating too much. Needless to say, having a picky or inconsistent eater can be concerning. And amidst it all, we can concern ourselves with thoughts of ‘are they getting proper nutrition?’ Well, we have some great news – fortunately, these concerns are completely normal and mostly temporary. Know you are not alone! 

Healthy Eatting

Many parents turn into short order cooks, preparing different foods for each child. Others will give the child a snack shortly after dinner if the child does not eat. While these solutions are tempting, they may set up expected behavior patterns that are hard to break. Remember this: At the end of the day your job for your family is when, what, and where you eat. Each family member’s job is to decide how much.  

Now with all of that being said, there are still some tips and tricks that can make your life a little simpler.

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Jul. 25, 2016 at 8:00am

The Paccar Truck Moves into the Future Museum

Good to Grow Capital Campaign Update

The KidsQuest team is excited to share new cutting-edge exhibits that will welcome and engage every visitor at the new museum. A beloved element of the current museum is the Paccar Truck. As different as our future museum is going to be, we heard our members when they said, "It would not be KidsQuest without a truck." So our future museum will feature a brand new Paccar Truck in the fantastic On The Go Gallary.   

New Truck Blog

The new Paccar truck was first delivered to the current Factoria Museum. The staff had a blast exploring the new truck bed and honking the horn.

New Truck Blog

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Jul. 18, 2016 at 8:00am

Snacks for Summer

Have healthy food ready that you kids will enjoy!

Summer times means long days that are often busy for parents and kids alike. Here are some easy snack ideas to use this summer to help keep your family full of energy and good food.

Healthy Summer Snacks

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Jul. 11, 2016 at 12:40pm

Summer Camp at KidsQuest Children's Museum

By Chauntae Kukowski, KidsQuest Museum Supervisor & Educator

Science Explorers Camps, for children ages 3-5, have just concluded for this summer! This year each of our camps focused on introducing different sciences to young children. We dug into Biology (plant and animal), Chemistry, Paleontology, Geology, and Physics in a variety of ways. While each day camp is packed with rich learning about our topics through exploration and play, the other learning experiences (often unexpected by parents) are improved social skills and greater Executive Function, both of which lead to Kindergarten readiness. 

2016 Camp

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Jul. 4, 2016 at 8:00am

Fireworks Four Ways - Art Activities At Home

by Andi Koller, KidsQuest Museum Supervisor & Educator

Looking for something new to try out with your kids this holiday weekend? Here are some Independence Day inspired crafts that guarantee a full day of fun, rain or shine! 

4th of July Craft

1.    Colorful Spray Bottles
It’s amazing how such a simple action, like using a spray bottle, can turn into hours of exploration for kids! This one can be challenging for toddlers, as they are developing necessary fine motor skills, but with a little encouragement, you can help them succeed.

 Materials: spray bottles, liquid watercolor, a wipe-able surface or the sidewalk

  1. Fill up spray bottles with about 90% water and 10% liquid watercolor 
  2. Show your child where they can spray (we use a plexiglass wall, but easels and the sidewalk work great!)
  3. Spray away! Practice using the trigger on the spray bottle, mixing colors, or wiping away.

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Jun. 27, 2016 at 8:00am

Good to Grow Capital Campaign Update

See what has been done!

Each day the GLY Construction Crew arrives at KidsQuest Children's Museum's future home. The team is busy working on every room of the new museum. Enjoy this insider look at projects that have been done in the past few weeks.

The inside of the north wall is being built. This wall will become the backdrop to the museum climber and can be seen when you first enter the museum. 

G2G 6.27.16

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Jun. 20, 2016 at 8:00am

Nutrition and Fertility

by Erika DeRooy, RD, CD, Registered Dietitian

So often we think that a baby’s health starts from the moment of conception – however, emerging research shows it actually starts long before. So, let’s learn more about what you can eat to help increase your fertility and the health before you are pregnant. 

Nutrition and Fertility

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