Feb. 23, 2015 at 2:06pm

Visiting an Art Museum with the Whole Family

Art museums can inspire wonder, foster creativity, build community, and provide a platform for dialog for visitors of all ages. Whether you've never been to a museum before or you’re a frequent visitor, below are some suggestions for before, during, and after your next museum adventure to help make it a fun and engaging experience for the whole family. 

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Feb. 6, 2015 at 2:56pm

Hands on History

Eastside Heritage Center provides hands-on history experiences as part of KidsQuest Children’s Museum’s $1 Third Thursdays every month from November through April. Make sure to also join us for our next few hands-on history programs, "The Log Cabin Experience" Thursday February 19th, and "Remembering the Past, Looking to the Future: Personal Time Capsules" on Thursday, March 19th. These programs are made possible through the support of 4Culture. 

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Jan. 28, 2015 at 12:39pm

The Power of Music in Language Learning and Literacy

If you've attended a library story time recently, you may notice that librarians do much more than read books out loud. Modern story times have music, singing, rhymes, and lots of movement!‚Äč Music is a natural and fun way to take advantage of the power of rhyme, vocabulary, repetition, and rhythm to aid in language learning, and in so doing, getting ready to learn to read. And, busy parent note: music is also something you can easily fold into your day!

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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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