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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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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