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.


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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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Sep. 19, 2016 at 8:00am

School Lunches

Ideas to change it up and keep lunch fun!

The school year has begun, and for any parent who makes bagged lunches, this task can become time consuming and repetitive. It can be hard to keep lunch creative and varied, but here are a few ideas to change up your bagged lunch! 

 Remember those pre-made lunchables? Here is a healthier take on a build your own pizza. 

School Lunches Blog

You will need: 
  • Tomato Dipping Sauce 
  • Spinach 
  • Parmesan Cheese 
  •  Avocado Oil 
  •  Whole Wheat Pita Bread
  • Cheese of you kid's choice
  • Add fruit or veggie as a side! 
How to Make: Toss the spinach with the Parmesan cheese and Avocado oil. Cut the pita bread into quarters and place cheese over it. Zap in the microwave for 15 seconds. 

School Lunches Blog

Keep it fun: Add a note or a joke on the napkin in your child's lunch pail.

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Sep. 12, 2016 at 8:00am

Fabulous Fall Favorites

Fall themed art crafts to try at home!

Fall is almost here, which means be prepared for every type of weather!  Here are few of my favorite autumn-inspired activities to try while you’re indoors.  Each activity is easy to put together and is left open ended for hours of exploration!    

PUMPKIN PAINT & WASH (Recommended for ages 2-5*)

Fall Crafts 2016

Painting directly onto pumpkins is a great way for kids to explore three-dimensional objects while the washing station encourages experimentation with a bonus self-cleanup. After sufficiently painting and decorating a pumpkin, kids love carrying it over and plopping it into a bucket of water.  The pumpkins float and bounce around as you try to hold them still long enough to wipe clean.  After the water play, they are ready to be reused! 

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Sep. 5, 2016 at 8:00am

Seahawks Season Kick Off Sale

Save $12 on a KidsQuest Children’s Museum Membership!

The space needle is getting ready to raise the 12 flag, skittle bags are flying off the shelves, and KidsQuest is offering a Seahawks Season Kick Off Sale! The Seahawks Season Kick Off Sale will start when the Seahawks face off against the Dolphins for the first game of the season on Sunday, September 11. The Seahawks Season Kick Off Sale runs until Sunday, September 25 when the Seahawks play the Raiders. The only questions is, are you in?

Seahawks Season Kick Off

I'm in! Receive a $12 discount on any level of membership purchased from 9/11-9/25 when buying a KidsQuest Children's Museum membership over the phone or in person. Just give the code 12Fan

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Aug. 29, 2016 at 8:00am

Manage Stress & the Transition to Kindergarten

By Charlene L. Montaño Nolan, Doctoral Student, Learning Sciences and Human Development

I’m ready for Kindergarten to start, but is my kid?!  

Since she turned five-years-old, our daughter has been asked if she’s excited for kindergarten to start. She was exuberant in her answer at first, but as the weather begins to cool- so has her enthusiasm. As a parent who is sending their child off to formal schooling for the first time, I hope sharing my experiences will make the transition easier for you.

Kindergarten Transition

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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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