Apr. 15, 2014 at 10:10am

The importance of sportsmanship

Growing up, I wasn’t much of an athlete, and today it shows. 

Often when I compete, whether it’s at sports, card games or a friendly March Madness work pool, I have a hard time demonstrating good sportsmanship. If I’m not a winner, I’m a sore loser. It’s not something I’m proud of, but I’m learning. 

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Mar. 13, 2014 at 9:30am

St. Patrick's Day Activities!

This St. Patrick’s Day, try going green…really green!
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Mar. 7, 2014 at 12:05pm

KidsQuest Spotlight: The Harder Family

I remember meeting the Harder family for the first time. I was the Friday night floor manager, and Mike and Audrey were regulars. Little Audrey (who isn’t so little anymore) immediately stole my heart. Mike, Christy, Audrey and Caitlin quickly became a part of the KidsQuest family. The staff gets excited when we see that they’ve registered for one of our programs or events and it’s been so great watching the girls grow. 


When I decided to feature a family that represents KidsQuest’s mission on our blog, I had the Harders in mind. They have been members since January of 2012 and they represent the whole-family learning approach we value at KidsQuest. Member families like the Harders are an integral part of KidsQuest’s success, and we truly appreciate their continued participation in our programs as well as their donations to our annual fund.  

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Apr. 2, 2013 at 9:51am

Favorite Children's Books

Reading is an integral part of a child’s development. It improves a child’s vocabulary, helps develop their imagination, and teaches children about the world around them. Reading is not only enriching to child development, it is also fun! Children go on adventures when reading about an inspiring train engine or their favorite family of bears. As fun and education books may be, every child has their favorite book. Below are a few children’s books that are the favorites of some KidsQuest staff members. 
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Mar. 18, 2013 at 2:22pm

What is a kid kit?

A kid kit is a staff led activity designed to increase staff and visitor engagement. These fun and educational activities allow our staff to explore a wide variety of important early learning concepts while using interesting tools and materials (and having a really good time).

KidsQuest staff tries to do at least three kid kits every day because we love getting the opportunity to interact with our visitors in fun and educational ways. 
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Mar. 5, 2013 at 4:51pm

Birthday Ideas from the ExploreStore

Here at KidsQuest, we are birthday experts. After all, we do host over 360 birthday parties every year! As the ExploreStore Coordinator I get to chat with patrons about some of the clever ways they use their purchases for birthday celebrations. Here are some of my favorites.
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Feb. 22, 2013 at 1:03pm

Family Fun Fitness

One of the many benefits of being a child is that fitness is fun! For kids exercise can and should be synonymous with play. As a Museum Educator, I find that I get some of my best workouts right here at the museum while leading our visitors in activities. (StoryTime can be great cardio!) So, here are a few of my favorite movement games that you can try at home. There’s nothing like moving and grooving with some pint-size exercise partners to make working up a sweat, less like a chore and more like a party!
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Feb. 7, 2013 at 2:28pm

Valentine's Day Arts & Crafts With Nature

It’s almost time for one of my favorite holidays, Valentine’s Day! Why do I love this often over-commercialized and over-sugared celebration? It’s a chance to pause, be thankful, and sincerely say “I love you” to all of the most important people in your life. Here are a few fun (and free!) ways to help your kids take a moment to say “I love you” to grandmas, daddies, big sisters, and all of those wonderful people that they have in their lives!
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Feb. 5, 2013 at 10:25am

A Child's Best Friend - Their Favorite Stuffed Buddy

Stuffed animals often provide children with a friend, co-conspirator, and secret-keeper extraordinaire. My own teddy bear still means a lot to me. Here is our favorite adventure together:
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Jan. 28, 2013 at 10:28am

Tips and Tricks to Eating Vegetables

As the luster of the New Year starts to wear off, it can be nice to remind ourselves of the goals or resolutions we set, specifically the ones related to eating well, and eating well means eating our vegetables. Daily suggested serving sizes have changed over the years. The Harvard School of Public Health website has some great information on why, what, and the amount of vegetables you should be consuming daily. For kids, the 5 a day rule is a good guideline: 5 servings of fruits and veggies a day.
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Aug. 30, 2012 at 10:49am

Back to Basics: Why Everyday Activities are Awesome

We did some amazing experiments at least week's Science Explorers Camp. We made a giant volcano erupt, mixed up a chemical reaction to blast off a rocket, observed real animal pelts, and explored everything from pipettes to petri dishes. However, one of my eager campers reminded me that sometimes the simplest experiences can teach us the best science lessons.
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Aug. 10, 2012 at 1:36pm

Make Your Own Gak!

At KidsQuest, summer camp means science experiments, artistic creations, stories, games and, oh, so much museum fun. This week’s Animal Explorers Camp was no different, but when one of my campers commented: “I wish I had gak at my house,” I thought, why shouldn’t you? We love making gak in camp, both in big batches for our swimming sea creatures and in small individual cups for making gak monsters! So, here’s our favorite gak recipe. Now you can create some of the fun of KidsQuest summer camp at home!
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Jul. 13, 2012 at 8:46am

Making Friends

Think three year olds can't show empathy and compassion? Think again.

Have you ever watched strangers turn into friends? Imagine that joy times ten! This week of summer camp was one of those times that remind me why we do what we do here at KidsQuest. I got to watch as ten strangers turned into friends who laugh together, play together, and truly care for each other. What made watching this miraculous friendship transformation so special was that most of these new found friends were just three years old.
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Jul. 5, 2012 at 9:42am

Get Your Kids Moving

Active outdoor activities for all

Seeing the summer sun shine always makes me want to get moving! Active summer fun such as kicking a ball around or running on the beach isn’t just great exercise. Activities like these help kids develop gross motor skills. Gross motor skills involve the large muscles of the body that let us do things like walk, sit upright, and throw a ball. Mastery of these skills won’t just make you fit. It will also assist in a lot of surprising ways. Did you know that a child’s ability to maintain upper body support will affect his ability to write? Or that children who are more confident in gross motor skills are more aware of personal space?
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May. 17, 2012 at 8:20am

ExploreStore’s Best Toys for Kids Ages 0-7 (and grownups too!)

 
The KidsQuest ExploreStore features fun interactive toys, games, and kits that reflect KidsQuest Children's Museum's focus on art, science and technology. But age guidelines on toys can be deceiving. Check out our staff picks for educational toys that best suit each stage of childhood - great for gift giving, even better for busy moms. 

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May. 9, 2012 at 9:47am

50 Great Experiences at KidsQuest

50 ways to make KidsQuest Children's Museum even more fun!


If it's your first time visiting KidsQuest you might be a bit overwhelmed and wondering: Where should I start? Or you may have been to KidsQuest dozens of times already, and are looking for fresh ideas and new ways to explore the museum. Either way, this list is for you. Below are 50 great things to experience one at a time, a couple each visit, or all at once (although you may be here for awhile!).

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Apr. 24, 2012 at 2:59pm

Free Outdoor Activities for All Ages

Who needs toys when you have nature to play with?

Celebrate Earth Week by exploring the wonders of nature! Try some activities that are environmentally friendly, fun, and free. Don’t be afraid to get dirty as you get up close and personal with the great outdoors!

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Mar. 20, 2012 at 1:59pm

10 Things To Do With Leftover Easter Eggs

Eggs aren’t just for hiding!

If having an egg hunt is one of the annual traditions at your house then you know what’s left over after the thrill of the hunt has waned…lots of plastic eggs. What do you do with all of those plastic ovoids? Use them for some fun science and art activities!
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Jan. 2, 2012 at 11:12am

It’s Raining, It’s Pouring

What to do indoors

It’s raining, it’s pouring, and it’s time for some fun! Don’t let the weather get you down. Embrace it for a fun filled day of water exploration!
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Dec. 16, 2011 at 12:49pm

Top 10 Toys of 2011

(According to KidsQuest)

Still got some Christmas shopping to do? Check out these ideas from KidsQuest's Museum Educator and ExploreStore Coordinator (who is of course the authority on this sort of thing)!

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Nov. 17, 2011 at 11:49am

Kids & Art

(It doesn’t have to be perfect)

Most children love to paint. It is a time when they get to control their environment and master new skills. At first it is all about experimenting with the brush. How does the brush move over the paper? What marks does it make? Then the learning moves on to cause and effect. Holding the brush a certain way will create different lines. Mixing two colors will make a new color. What a great discovery! Sometimes children will simply mix all the paint colors together and it will look like nothing to an adult. This is them learning how to interpret art. They are experimenting and trying to figure out if what they do will always have the same effect.   
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Oct. 19, 2011 at 11:51am

QuestClub - Why science is so important!

Science education sometimes takes a back seat with the push of reading and math being so strong, but science is a part of our daily life. Everything we do and deal with in life is science: cooking, playing ball, growing a garden, understanding how technologies work, watching a rain storm and more. Understanding science helps kids appreciate and relate to the world around them.
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Jul. 13, 2011 at 9:37am

Get Paint-y in the Great Outdoors!

Easy, messy, outdoor fun for the little artist in your life


Love to paint with your kids but don’t love the mess? Summer provides the perfect opportunity for taking the fun outside. You can paint in your swim suit and hose yourself off when you’re done with your messy masterpiece!
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Jul. 11, 2011 at 1:22pm

We Love Farmer's Markets!

Farmer’s markets and children’s museums might have more in common than you think.
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Jun. 24, 2011 at 1:14pm

It's Always Sunny at KidsQuest

It's finally summer!

Summer is special here at KidsQuest, and a time when we get to do all sorts of things at the museum that we don't do during the school year. Here are some highlights:

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Jun. 13, 2011 at 3:08pm

Animal Encounters

Dogs, cats, birds, oh my!

Have you ever met a dog that speaks German? How about one that knows sign language? Join us for Animal Encounters Storytime, and you’ll get the chance!
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May. 26, 2011 at 9:02am

Wrapping up another year of Discovery Tots...

...and looking forward to Summer Camp!


We’ve just wrapped up another memorable year of our Discovery Tots classes! We witnessed a lot of exciting milestones, from “my first finger painting” to “my last class before kindergarten”. Lately, I’ve also seen a not so exciting milestone that lets me know classes really are ending. It’s the anxiety on a parent’s face as the scheduled activities end and they think, “What are we going to do all summer!?” Don’t Panic! Remember, fun and educational play activities don’t need to be complicated. You just need a little creativity! Here are some great ideas that you can enjoy with you children (some taken straight from our class curriculum).
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May. 18, 2011 at 9:06am

Adventures in QuestClub

5…4…3…2…1…BLAST OFF!!! 
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Apr. 27, 2011 at 11:15am

Recycled Paper 3 Ways (+4 Ideas to Try at Home!)

Shred, Rip, Tear, Splash!

Recycled Paper SparklesWhat’s that noise? That’s the sound of recycled paper preparations! Here at KidsQuest we are busily shredding newsprint in anticipation of Friday’s Family Adventures in Recycled Paper Making workshop! Below are some of the fun things we're planning:
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Apr. 19, 2011 at 9:12am

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

How KidsQuest Reduces, Reuses and Recycles - And How You Can Too!

It’s almost Earth Day, and everyone has “Reduce, Reuse, Recycle” on their minds. Here at the museum we try to make environmentally conscious choices not only during Earth Week, but all the time. We find that making small changes works the best, and is a great way to get kids involved. After all, we don’t care for the Earth just for ourselves—we do it for our children.

Below are a few small ways KidsQuest celebrates Earth Day every day:

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Mar. 30, 2011 at 9:03am

Recycled Art Week!

Get cookin' with recycled crayons!

Crayons4As the Senior Museum Educator I have a reputation for doing strange things. You may find me screwing flamingos onto poles (for the Mad Hatter’s Tea Party), stirring sand into paint (to make textured paintings), or even dropping a dozen eggshells into various liquids (to demonstrate their effect on tooth enamel for dental health week). Luckily, the rest of the staff is very understanding and has yet to comment on the towering pile of toilet paper tubes, broken toys, left over party decorations, and other bric-a-brac that is taking over my desk! They know that it can only mean one thing: Recycled Art Week at KidsQuest!


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Mar. 8, 2011 at 8:36am

The Mad Hatter's Tea Party!

I’m late! I’m late for a very important date!


Mad Hatter's 1Make sure you aren’t too late for the craziest, zaniest, wildest party of the year, The Mad Hatter’s Tea Party!  Follow KidsQuest down the rabbit hole as we host a wild party full of silly fun inspired by Alice in Wonderland!
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Feb. 8, 2011 at 4:13pm

Science @ The Discovery Station!

Explore scientific concepts in a fun new way!


Children start thinking like scientists at an early age. They knock over blocks to see what will happen or roll a ball down the stairs to watch it bounce. Sometimes, however, a child’s scientific investigations can leave parents baffled (When your child takes 15 minutes to wash their hands, because they’re exploring bubbles or uses all of your baking supplies to do some “chemistry” in the kitchen.) If these stories sound familiar, you need to check out Science Hour at KidsQuest Children’s Museum.

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Nov. 16, 2010 at 4:34pm

Field Trip FUN!

Hair raising screams! Experimenters in goggles. Oozing substances! No, you haven't wandered into a mad scientist's laboratory. It's just everyday fieldtrip fun at KidsQuest Children's Museum.
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Sep. 7, 2010 at 12:39pm

Eats & Beats w/ Brian Waite Band

Our final concert of the summer was awesome!

Brian Waite
Dinner and a show, a classic Saturday evening brought to life here at KidsQuest Children's Museum. Around here, we call it Eats & Beats. For dinner; pizza from Jet City Pizza with lemonade for only $3 a person, mmmm...does it get much better!? How about family time and great music!! The marvelous Brian Waite Band, with their wonderful stage show was a fast favorite for the kids (and adults) with rock, funk, blues, even some reggae! The crowd was on their feet the whole night!
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Sep. 7, 2010 at 12:06pm

KidsQuest's Early Education Classes

It's back to school fun for kids and parents too!

It's back to school time, and just because your little ones aren't school age yet, doesn't mean they (or you) should miss out on the fun! Yes...fun! We offer a variety of early learning classes at the museum that focus on learning through fun, play, and experimentation.
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Jul. 21, 2010 at 12:21pm

Family Adventures in Claymation!

Check out the video we made last workshop:)

Tim Burton's stop motion feature film The Nightmare Before Christmas is one of my favorite movies, so I was thrilled when we decided to do a Family Adventures in Claymation workshop at the Museum! This quirky animation technique uses a camera to capture still images of clay figures. In between each frame the characters are moved ever so slightly. When the frames are played together, animation is achieved!
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May. 28, 2010 at 9:35am

Adventures in Homeschool Science...

Dissecting WORMS!

I was lucky enough to visit KidsQuest's Homeschool Science class as they tackled a very brave feat: worm dissection. Each student got their own long, thin, crawly thing (although, fortunately, they were no longer crawling), plus rubber gloves, safety goggles, plastic knives and dissection tongs. Here's how it went...






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Mar. 23, 2010 at 11:57am

Letting Your Toddler Set the Pace

A recent article from

My mom gave me a subscription to "Real Simple" a few months back and as soon as it arrives in the mail I sit down with a cup of coffee and read it cover to cover. I love all the idea guides, articles and suggestions that really do fall under their Life Made Simple mantra. Although I'm not a parent yet, this article struck me as particularly interesting and possibly pertinent to our blog readers. It's not on the web yet - but you can find it here!
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