Nov. 30, 2015 at 8:00am

Fun Painting Activity

Try this great painting idea at home!

Try this fun and easy painting technique at home! This beautiful painting method teaches kids about color mixing!


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Nov. 23, 2015 at 8:00am

Children Reflect

Happy Thanksgiving from KidsQuest!

The leaves are falling, the wind is picking up and the days are getting shorter and shorter. Fall is here. These rainy, chilly months are traditionally a wonderful time to reflect and be appreciative. So, KidsQuest turned to our youngest members and asked them what they are grateful for.

happy thanksgiving

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Nov. 16, 2015 at 8:00am

Combat Teen Homelessness with Acceptance at an Early Age

By Allison Smith, Advocate for Victims & Survivors of Sexual Assault

Each and every person experiences gender and sexuality through different influential lenses. Value systems created by culture, upbringing, family, and education help inform a person’s experience of gender and sexuality. Learning about the expectations of what it means to be a boy or a girl start at an early age -- children are often given gendered toys, clothes, haircuts, even gendered compliments!

gender roles

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Nov. 9, 2015 at 9:40am

KidsQuest's Gingerbread Workshops

Last years masterpieces!

Gingerbread Workshops are an annual tradition here at KidsQuest Children's Museum. Families are busy creating masterpieces, working together, and making memories. It is a positive way to kick off the holiday season! Last year over 340 families were busy decorating, and we thought we would share a few highlights to help get your family excited about this year's upcoming event!

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Nov. 2, 2015 at 8:00am

Get Involved in KidsQuest Good to Grow!

We Can't Do it Without You!

Good to Grow is raising funds to support KidsQuest's relocation from Factoria to downtown Bellevue in Fall 2016. KidsQuest is raising more than $12 million for the purchase and development of the former Rosalie Whyel Museum of Doll Art.

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Oct. 26, 2015 at 8:00am

Volunteer with ILABS!

University of Washington’s Institute for Learning & Brain Sciences

Want to learn more about the University of Washington’s Institute for Learning & Brain Sciences (I-LABS)?

I-LABS is an interdisciplinary research center on early learning and brain development. We study social and cognitive development. We explore questions such as: why do infants enjoy social interactions? How do toddlers learn about the emotions and goals of others? And what makes children enjoy math? 

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Oct. 19, 2015 at 8:00am

Make Spooky Black Light Gak

By Alison Luk, Associate Director of Education, KidsQuest Children's Museum

The KidsQuest staff is an enthusiastic bunch, and few things get this team more excited than Halloween! Crazy costumes, devious decorations, and terrifying treats! Oh my! We love to incorporate a little glowing science into our festivities. Want to conduct a glowing chemical reaction experiment using household materials? Check out this black light gak experiment!  It’s a great way to practice measurement and following a recipe. You can also use it as an opportunity to build scientific thinking skills. Have your child make a “hypothesis” about what they think will happen before each step or ask them to describe their observations after each step.  

Glow in the dark Gak

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Oct. 12, 2015 at 8:00am

An Invitation to Discover Passion

By Eric Ode, Children's Author, Poet, Songwriter, Educator

My memory is that the room was well-lit with white walls. Maybe. The floor was gray linoleum. A large red rug lay in the middle. I think. And low, blue shelves ran the length of one wall. This much I know.  I can’t tell you a lot about the teachers. I can tell you even less about the other children. But I do remember those shelves. They were not grown-up, don’t-touch shelves. They were shelves built for preschoolers. And they were stocked with rhythm instruments built for preschool hands – small tambourines, sandpaper blocks, rhythm sticks, jingle bells . . . Those shelves and everything they held were an invitation.

  Eats & Beats-Not Its, 3

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Oct. 5, 2015 at 8:00am

Growing & Learning at KidsQuest Children’s Museum

By Jenn Boesenberg, KidsQuest Guest Experience Coordinator and Museum Educator

What is my favorite part of working at a non-profit children’s museum?  I love seeing the growth of our visitors! Whether it is children that comes a few times a week, or a kid that is new to KidsQuest; watching them grow and evolve is my absolute favorite part of educating the next generation. 

Stomp rockets web size

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Sep. 28, 2015 at 8:00am

Understanding Emotions

From Institute for Learning & Brain Sciences

Understanding emotions, desires, and intentions of other people is a gradual process. As soon as a child is born they begin the journey of discovering their emotions and how to control them, while also learning to understand what others may be feeling.


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