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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Jun. 24, 2014 at 9:41am

Fun & Easy World Cup Activities for Kids

It’s World Cup season and my family can’t get enough of soccer right now. I’m originally from Bosnia and Herzegovina, and it's our first time in the World Cup, so this year’s tournament has extra significance for me and my family. We’ve been trying to get all of our family members, old, young and young at heart, to participate in our World Cup festivities. Here are some activities the kids in my family have gone absolutely louco (that’s crazy in Portuguese) for! 
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Jun. 11, 2014 at 10:15am

Free Family Friendly Summer Festivals & Fairs

One of the best things about summer in the Pacific Northwest is the crazy amount of outdoor festivals and fairs. I remember going to tons of summer concerts and fairs with my parents when I was a kid and being blown away by the music, the food, and the feel good atmosphere. I’ve narrowed down my list of great family friendly festivals and fairs to four, and guess what? They’re all free to attend! 
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Jun. 4, 2014 at 11:15am

Kindergarten Readiness!

As the school year comes to a close and families prepare for their summer break, we often forget that it’s also the time to prepare our little ones for their first foray into the K12 system. 

Eastside Pathways, KidsQuest Children’s Museum and the Bellevue School District are on a mission to help parents in the community prepare their children for kindergarten.

Kindergarten readiness means more than buying everything on the schools supplies list. Does your child know that numbers and letters are different? Can they go to the bathroom without help? Can they hold a pencil? Do they play well with other children and can they have a conversation?

Below we’ve provided links to handouts that will give parents a better idea of what they need to do before the first day of school: 

  •  The Bellevue School District has developed some important informational flyers in order to help parents feel better prepared for their child’s first year of school. You can download them here in: EnglishChineseJapaneseKoreanRussianSpanish and Vietnamese
  •  Many of the elementary schools in the Bellevue School District are hosting orientations for their kindergarten students and their families. You can find the dates for those orientations and school phone numbers here
  •  If you haven’t registered your child for kindergarten yet, it’s not too late. You can find helpful tips to register your child here.
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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Feb. 25, 2014 at 10:26am

Parent Resources: The Within Reach Program

Developmental screening is important for all kids. 1 in 6 kids has a developmental delay, and only 30% of those kids have delays detected through parent observations and regular checkups. 
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Feb. 5, 2014 at 9:45am

Go Healthy Month!

February is Go Healthy Month at KidsQuest, so all month we’re exploring ways to help families stay active during the long and wet winter season. Here are 5 tips to help your family get moving and stay moving:
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Sep. 13, 2013 at 8:36am

A SuperClean Update!

KidsQuest’s staff has been working hard this week cleaning and updating the museum for our annual SuperClean. While we’ve certainly missed all of our visitors, we’ve been having a lot of fun tearing apart the museum, fixing up some visitor favorites, and installing brand new exhibits!

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Jul. 26, 2013 at 9:20am

Do You Like Scavenger Hunts?

Here at KidsQuest, our mission is to create learning through the power of play and exploration, so we’re all about using scavenger hunts to teach important lessons. 
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Jun. 7, 2013 at 10:29am

Birthday Parties!

It’s my birthday today! (Really, it is!) I’ll be spending this birthday celebrating with a spunky 90 year old women who happens to share my birthday, my Grammy!
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May. 10, 2013 at 11:20am

Why GiveBig?

Your community needs you! Schools can't do it alone. Promote learning by supporting your neighborhood children's museum. 
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Mar. 28, 2013 at 2:29pm

New Summer Camps!

Quiz time!

Question: Which of the following people is most likely to conduct scientific experiments?
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Mar. 20, 2013 at 2:15pm

Dads Meet-Up: Cardboard Contraptions

Dads Meet-Up: Cardboard Contraptions series focuses on S.T.E.A.M (science, technology, engineering, art, and math) and fosters children’s imaginations, focusing them on problem solving and cooperative play. Children will also enhance their fine and gross motor skills. This class is beneficial in a child’s life because one-on-one time with a male figure will help their social and emotional development, while nurturing healthier relationships and ultimately helping your children become more compassionate individuals.
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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. 24, 2013 at 3:02pm

Become a KQ Volunteer

Throughout the museum, you can find adults exposing children to new experiences every day. Striving to teach empathy (taking turns), reinforcing cultural norms (tidying up after yourself), and supporting local non-profits (your entire visit!) are all important steps that caregivers can take to instill values in children. Just as our children learn from our examples, our young adults (or not-so-young-anymore-adults) learn from our nation’s leaders.
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Jan. 16, 2013 at 10:49am

Meet KidsQuest's New Director of Education & Exhibits!

Meet John Ito, KidsQuest's brand new Director of Education & Exhibits! In a very busy children's museum like KidsQuest, the Director of Education & Exhibits helps keep all the programs and exhibits in the museum up to date. Keep reading to learn more about him!
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Dec. 26, 2012 at 3:27pm

Importance of Early Learning Classes

KidsQuest's Early Learning Classes nurture the curious nature of your child and help build the early learning foundation vital to success in school and later in life.
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Nov. 28, 2012 at 11:44am

Great Gifts at the ExploreStore

Shop Our One Day Super Sale!

Every year we search far and wide for the best toys and gifts to make your holiday shopping easy! Check out some of this year’s top picks.
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Nov. 13, 2012 at 9:39am

Meet KidsQuest's New Director of Advancement

Meet Shelley Saunders, KidsQuest's brand new Director of Advancement! In a nonprofit organization like KidsQuest, the Director of Advancement helps raise money to support the museum by procuring donations and grants. Keep reading to learn more about her! 
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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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Apr. 20, 2012 at 9:33am

Why Volunteer at KidsQuest?

KidsQuest is lucky to have such an amazing team of volunteers. They come from all walks of life, but are here for the same reason – to help better themselves while enriching the lives of children in their community.

Our volunteers have a variety of interests and passions that can be applied during their time here at KidsQuest. Many of our volunteers excel in art, science, and math and wish to pursue careers in education, pediatrics, and non-profit development.

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Apr. 6, 2012 at 8:45am

Hands-on History: Eastside Farm Life

Bellevue as a farming community

One hundred years ago, the city we know as Bellevue was a farming community. There were a variety of crops grown including lettuce, squash, corn, strawberries, and even grapes. Spring was the beginning of the growing season as the days grew longer and warmer. It was also the time when baby chicks were hatched. Corn was dried and the kernels were removed and ground for feeding, as the chickens could not eat whole kernels.
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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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Mar. 8, 2012 at 12:00pm

Dads Meet-Up

Finding a moms group can be hard...especially if you're a dad.

A father’s time and presence in their child’s life is very important to their emotional development. All studies agree children need ‘dad time’ which helps children develop healthier friendships and become more compassionate individuals throughout their lives. A good opportunity to spend some quality one on one time with your child is at bedtime, by recounting the day’s events or reading a book together. This is a great way to connect and deepen your relationship.
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Nov. 4, 2011 at 10:01am


Early Settler Life

Think you know your history?  What about the history of daily life for early Washington settlers - maybe not so much?  Luckily Eastside Heritage Center will be at KidsQuest tonight for some hands-on learning.  Read on to refresh your history knowledge and then join us tonight from 5-8pm!

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Sep. 14, 2011 at 8:02am

Frequently Asked Questions

Got questions? We've got answers.

We often get questions about museum policies and procedures, both from our member surveys and in the museum’s comment box.  If you have something to say and leave your contact information along with the comment, be assured that we will get back to you. And if you have a question or concern during your visit, please feel free to talk to the staff about it – we are always there to help.  

But for those of you who are curious, here are the answers to some frequently asked questions:  
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Aug. 3, 2011 at 10:15am

Fanciful Fairies

FairyWe had a VERY magical week last week. Not only did we get dramatic with our Storybook Theater camp, but we also welcomed some very fanciful fairies into the museum for five days of fairy stories, fairy songs, fairy dances, fairy crafts – everything fairy!  

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Jul. 15, 2011 at 1:01pm

Animal Explorers Camp

What do Animal Explorers love best? Take a wild guess.

I’ll give you a hint:  

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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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Jul. 5, 2011 at 12:47pm

KQCM Volunteers Enjoy Microsoft Partnership

It’s always important to give back to those who give to you

In June, KQCM volunteers enjoyed food, laughs, and learning through play - the Microsoft way! We held a volunteer appreciation party at the Microsoft Store, and the store's staff guided us through various Kinect games where volunteers danced, dipped, and jumped through obstacle courses.

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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. 20, 2011 at 2:29pm


Help create learning through the power of play!

Something BIG is happening on June 23rd. If you regularly visit museums, go to shows, or volunteer at a food bank or community center, you might have noticed that every nonprofit you know is talking about the same thing – The Seattle Foundation’s GiveBIG challenge.
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Apr. 13, 2011 at 11:52am

Meet a Museum Educator!

Say hello to Jamie, the newest member of the KidsQuest team!

You might have noticed a new face here at KidsQuest, perhaps teaching your kids about bubbles at a Saturday Science Hour, or helping to bring wacky and amazing experiments to QuestClub, KidsQuest's after school science program. This would be Jamie, KidsQuest's newest Museum Educator!

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Apr. 7, 2011 at 8:58am

Secrets of the Egg-straordinary Egg Hunt

Ever wonder how we get prizes into so many eggs?

Imagine stuffing 5,000 plastic eggs for KidsQuest’s Egg-straordinary Egg Hunt. How do we do it? Is it a very special bunny or a well-caffeinated staff? In fact, KidsQuest's eggs come from an exceptional organization in Springfield, Missouri, and are filled and assembled by some very amazing people!
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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. 24, 2011 at 10:45am

Staff Stays Safe During Go Healthy Month

It's that time of year again...

CPR2Last week, KidsQuest’s floor staff completed their CPR training for the year. Almost all of our Visitor Experience team is now certified in First Aid, CPR, and AED for infants, children, and adults.

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Feb. 17, 2011 at 3:30pm

I Heart Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day gets a lot of flack for being a holiday invented by greeting card companies, but you don’t have to purchase a card (or chocolates, or flowers) to make Valentine’s Day special for your kids.

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Dec. 14, 2010 at 2:00pm

Happy 5th Birthday KidsQuest!

Bday2This Sunday KidsQuest Children's Museum celebrated its 5th birthday with $5 admission all day and a special members-only party from 10am-Noon. Members had a blast making birthday crowns, playing Pin the Candle on the Cake and decorating our five tier paper birthday cake (come by the museum to check out the results in person—it's on the front desk)!

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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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Oct. 1, 2010 at 3:34pm

Explore, Play, PARTY!!

Fairy Girls for Birthday Page
Fall means pumpkin carving, leaf raking and a whole mess of holiday preparations, from Halloween costume searching (or sewing!) to Thanksgiving meal planning. If someone in your house has a birthday coming up too, you may be feeling a bit...frazzled. Rain? Check. Wind? Check. Party in the park? Maybe not.

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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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Apr. 16, 2010 at 9:16am

National Volunteer Appreciation Week!

April 18-24th

No one who achieves success does so without acknowledging the help of others.
~Author Unknown

Volunteers continue to be a vital part of our organization! From helping a child create art at the craft table, to mailing our membership cards, volunteers affect all levels of operations at KidsQuest Children's Museum.

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Oct. 9, 2009 at 10:55am

Volunteering is important!

Did you know that our team of volunteers have dedicated over 3,000 hours of community service to KidsQuest 2009 alone?

KidsQuest has strong volunteerism roots starting with our founding board in 1997. Volunteers continue to be a vital part of daily operations at the museum. Aside from our volunteer Board of Directors, volunteers help maintain exhibits, prepare and facilitate arts and crafts activities, assist with office tasks, and enhance the overall experience of our visitors. It's clear to the staff here at KQ how important volunteers are to us, but I wanted to find out just how important KQ is to our volunteers.
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Sep. 25, 2009 at 2:31pm

Field Trip to NWAYM!

This past weekend I had the opportunity to head south to A.C. Gilbert's Discovery Village for the Northwest Association of Youth Museums' Annual Conference. A.C. Gilbert's is a wonderful, fun-filled place to explore and we thank them for hosting this year's conference. NWAYM provides a great opportunity for museum professionals from more than 25 museums to learn from our peers, collaborate to make our museums better, and explore the museums we may not have visited before. We share stories, talk about our future goals and projects, and bring in professionals to suggest ways we can all improve.
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