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!Read more →
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. Read more →
Jun. 7, 2013 at 10:29am
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!Read more →
May. 10, 2013 at 11:20am
Your community needs you! Schools can't do it alone. Promote learning by supporting your neighborhood children's museum. Read more →
Mar. 28, 2013 at 2:29pm
New Summer Camps!
Question: Which of the following people is most likely to conduct scientific experiments?Read more →
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.Read more →
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:Read more →
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.Read more →
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!Read more →
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.Read more →
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.Read more →
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! Read more →
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.Read more →
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. Read more →
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.Read more →
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!Read more →
Mar. 8, 2012 at 12:00pm
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.Read more →
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!Read more →
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: Read more →
Aug. 3, 2011 at 10:15am
We 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! Read more →
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:
OINK! MOO! HONK! TWEET! Read more →
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.Read more →
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. Read more →
Jun. 27, 2011 at 11:54am
The New Waterways Table is Here!
We are so excited to announce the opening of our new Waterways Contraption Table. Waterways is an exhibit where kids use the power of water to make music, puzzle together pipe systems, and splash around using a variety of water toys. Children are given the opportunity to explore their curiosity about water behavior, basic engineering, mechanics and observation through play and interaction.Read more →
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:Read more →
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.Read more →
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! Read more →
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!Read more →
Apr. 5, 2011 at 9:14am
Bank on It!
Make teaching your kids about money easy!
Children’s spending power is on the increase each year, yet they lack guidance on what to do with that money. According to Jump$tart Coalition, just 26% of parents feel prepared to teach their kids about personal finances. KeyBank Foundation wants to ensure that number rises in the coming years and are showing their support for educating children about managing money responsibly by sponsoring our Financial Literacy Initiative.Read more →
Mar. 14, 2011 at 2:34pm
Calling All Campers!
It's never too early to start thinking about summer!
It’s hard to believe, but before you know it you’ll be looking to fill the summer weeks with exciting activities for your children. I know what you’re thinking; we haven’t even gotten to the first day of spring! Why should I begin thinking about summer? Winter is a great time to start sorting out the summer day camp choices with your youngsters. If your child has never been to day camp before, they will certainly have many questions. If you begin planning now, you won’t feel rushed into a decision as summer approaches.Read more →
Mar. 8, 2011 at 8:36am
The Mad Hatter's Tea Party!
I’m late! I’m late for a very important date!
Make 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
!Read more →
Feb. 24, 2011 at 10:45am
Staff Stays Safe During Go Healthy Month
It's that time of year again...
Last 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. Read more →
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. Read more →
Dec. 14, 2010 at 2:00pm
Happy 5th Birthday KidsQuest!
This 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)! Read more →
Nov. 22, 2010 at 1:42pm
Tips for traveling with kids!
Over the river and through the woods, to grandfather's house we go; the horse knows the way to carry the sleigh, through the white and drifted snow, oh!
If only the horse knew the way, and carried all the necessary travel items we may not be so scared of the dreaded holiday travel! With Thanksgiving (the #1 traveled holiday in America) right around the corner, we found this great article on surviving the trials and tribulations of navigating yourself and kids through an airport. Traveling with young children can be a challenge, but it can also be the trip of a lifetime, for them and for you!Read more →
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.Read more →
Nov. 3, 2010 at 1:36pm
We LOVE Caspar Babypants
And we know you do too!
Talking Kids With Seattle Kindie Musician Caspar Babypants
Something magical happens when you crank up the newest music by Seattle kindie-rocker Caspar Babypants
– kids quiet down! That is, until the giggles erupt. This is Fun,
Chris Ballew's (aka Caspar Babypants) third kids' CD offers youngsters a fantastic mix of silly and sweet tunes. It's clear that Ballew is having fun! Imaginative stories about elephants coming down the street, things with googly eyes coming alive, and babies bouncing all over the country, as expressed through song capture, as Ballew says, "the boundless, powerful innocence that kids have." Ballew, also known to parents as the lead singer of The Presidents of the United States of America
, includes a cover of Nirvana’s "Sliver" on the CD and is joined by special guests Elizabeth Mitchell and other kiddie singers on several tunes. This is Fun
releases on November 2nd!Read more →
Oct. 29, 2010 at 3:40pm
Halloween Safety from Dr. Rob Nohle
A timely blog for this weekend's festivities!
It's that spooky time of year when little princesses, ghosts, and mini-superheros get to visit the neighbors and score some sweet treats. I was one of those kids who trick-or-treated all the way up through high school. By the end I was constantly getting asked, 'aren't you a little old for this?' I am pleased to say that I am back in action now that I have two children of my own.
for Dr. Rob Nohle's Halloween Safety Tips!
Oct. 4, 2010 at 9:11am
Fisher-Price has recalled more than 10 million tricycles, toys and high chairs. Click here
for complete information from the Consumer Product Safety Commission on what products and how to receive repair kits/replacement products.
Oct. 1, 2010 at 3:34pm
Explore, Play, PARTY!!
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. 23, 2010 at 12:44pm
Very creative little white lies told to children...
Oh my gosh - my husband just emailed me this article and I had to share! These are hysterical and you parents will definitely appreciate the Very creative little white lies told to children
So, when I was little I didn't like eating the bread crust, but, of course, my mom said we had to. In order to get us to eat it she said that all the nutrients were in the crust. Apparently I was VERY gullible because I believed it until I was 17 years old! She's proud of herself for that one:)
Share one of your little white lies with us too!
Sep. 20, 2010 at 3:59pm
Member-Only Sneak Preview!
Shiny floors. A bigger home for Teeter and Totter (the KQCM turtles, for you novices out there). Tons of new ways to explore, play and learn with your child.
Welcome to the Member Sneak Preview!
Today we ushered in the new school year and our brand new exhibits with a member-only sneak peek of the post-SuperClean Museum. The floor was a flurry of excitement as kids hammered away in Construction Zone, a new exhibit where kids can hone their building skills and play around at our dump truck excavation table. Hard hats included!
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Sep. 13, 2010 at 4:31pm
SuperClean - YAY!!
With back to school in full swing and, and weather feeling more fall like than summer - it can only mean one thing: SuperClean at the Museum! Each September, we close the Museum to update, paint and refresh the entire Museum top to bottom. Being open 6 days a week (7 days in the Summer) doesn't give us much time to do the big jobs that we tackle during SuperClean like the install new exhibits, major repairs to things that are broken, painting, and flooring projects.Read more →
Sep. 8, 2010 at 9:20am
Dr. Nohle talks about head lice...
Now that school is back in session.
School is back in the session which is a blessing for many of us parents who are happy to see some structure back into the day. As the kids run and play at school, it also provide opportunity for those pesky head lice to party.
I recall all too vividly last year when within weeks of school starting, I looked down by daughters head and saw something moving around. I knew right away it was head lice. Of course my wife totally freaked out. We took care of it right away.
While head lice are annoying, they cause no medical harm. They cross all socioeconomic boundaries...
Read the whole blog post here
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.Read more →
Sep. 7, 2010 at 11:38am
Things that GOOO!
As a young lad, my parents always told me to dream big. And I listened; throughout my youth I had aspirations of being a firefighter, an astronaut, and a hydroplane driver, among other things. Now at nineteen years of age and working as an intern at KidsQuest Children's Museum, I've chosen a slightly different path. But last week, when KidsQuest featured the Vitamin Water hydroplane at the Museum as part of "Things That Go Month," I figured perhaps it wasn't too late to seize my childhood dream. After all, the current driver of the hydroplane, Kayleigh Perkins, didn't start racing until she was nineteen either.
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Aug. 25, 2010 at 4:42pm
Live concert at KidsQuest!
I always wanted to be a musician. I sang in the bathtub and while mowing the lawn. I took music lessons - guitar, piano, clarinet. I practiced my autograph. But music did not come naturally to me, and aside from records or church, I was not exposed to live music or musicians in my youth. KidsQuest Children's Museum brings live, child appropriate music and musicians to the Eastside at a sinfully reasonable price to families. Saturday, August 28
is your last chance of the summer to enjoy it, featuring The Brian Waite Band
for details and a sneak peek).Read more →
Aug. 25, 2010 at 8:53am
Need some school lunch ideas?
As your family prepares to embark on another school year I'm sure you will recall that it doesn't take long for kids to get tired of PB & J and turkey sandwiches!
Here's an article from Red Tricycle with 25 lunch ideas that the kids won't get tired of. BONUS: they are healthy!25 Back to School Lunch Ideas Beyond the Boring Sandwich
Jul. 27, 2010 at 8:14am
Eats & Beats Concert with The Not-Its
Saturday, July 24th
Are you ready to rock? KidsQuest Children's Museum and The Not-Its are! Saturday night we held our Eats & Beats Concert here at KQCM. At Eats and Beats children and parents have a chance to spend the evening together grabbing a slice of pizza and enjoying a great concert right here in our own Backyard! Our summer concert series is specifically designed to provide tunes written for children ages 10 and under. Read more →
Jul. 26, 2010 at 10:55am
KQ Tech U Camp!
This was an awesome week and we're so excited we got to spend it with such great campers!
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Monday's theme was What is a PicoCricket?
Since it was the first day of camp, we first got to know each other and spent some time thinking of rules to follow while in camp.
Then we learned the basics of programming our PicoCrickets! We now know how to...
Make a light-bulb light up, 'flicker' or alternate colors with sound and even turn off with sound!
Make music turn on with a switch (or an outside sound as the case may be).
Then we created CATS that "MEOW’" when we "pet" them...and one special cat that crowed like a rooster!
Jul. 25, 2010 at 1:33pm
At the Bellevue artsfair!
Twirling and whirling! Spinning and splatting! Sunny skies and joyful crowds made it a perfect weekend for Spin Art at the Bellevue Arts Museum artsf
air! We used salad spinners to spin and mix paint, creating surprising patterns and crazy color combinations!Read more →
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!Read more →
Jul. 12, 2010 at 2:09pm
Play it safe in the heat!
Okay...so maybe not the most timely post due to the recent cold front but since I'm hoping that the sun will return soon I thought we should talk about sun safety anyway! My coworker Stacy has the most adorable 3.5 year old and just got finished telling me a story that prompted this post. Last Thursday (when it was REALLY hot) the girls had a lovely day at school, playing, learning and all that fun stuff. Read more →
Jul. 9, 2010 at 4:37pm
KQCM in Your Neighborhood!
Summer is a time for neighborhood festivals, community fairs, family outings and fun in the sun! KidsQuest loves packing up our event box, throwing our table in the car, slathering on the sunscreen and joining your neighborhoods for family-friendly fun events.
Check out all the places you can find us around town this summer...Read more →
Jun. 23, 2010 at 11:46am
Brain Waves: Peeking Under The Hood
You've got to listen to a great interview Marcie Sillman did with Dr. Patricia Kuhl & Dr. Andrew Meltzoff, co-directors of the Institute for Learning and Brain Sciences at the University of Washington, I–LABS for short.Read more →
Jun. 7, 2010 at 1:14pm
Outdoor Bacteria Can Make You Smarter, and Happier
by Jeff Kart, Bay City, Michigan
Getting some outdoor time is not only good for the soul, it's probably good for the mind. Research from The Sage Colleges
in Troy, New York, suggests that exposure to a natural soil bacterium called Mycobacterium vaccae can increase learning behavior. Another reason to enjoy, and protect, the great outdoors. And a potential reason to eat a little dirt here and there.Read more...
May. 28, 2010 at 9:35am
Adventures in Homeschool Science...
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...Read more →
Apr. 16, 2010 at 9:16am
National Volunteer Appreciation Week!
No one who achieves success does so without acknowledging the help of others.
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. Read more →
Mar. 17, 2010 at 2:39pm
What do you want to do this summer?
I was sitting in a meeting this morning and one of our Board Members pulled out her "Summer Folder" and I was thoroughly amazed! She had camp brochures, theater calendars, camp listings from local organizations, local calendars, etc. She looked at my questioning eyes and said, "You have to start early!"Read more →
Feb. 15, 2010 at 5:43pm
Save the Date for KidsQuest Carnival!
May 1, 2010
We pull out all the stops for our biggest fundraiser of the year. Saturday, May 1
Carnival comes to KidsQuest Children's Museum with games, prizes, eats and treats just for adults.
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- Play the Amazing Prize Wheel, Wine Toss, Basketball Shoot-Out and more!
- Win a $1,000 Neiman Marcus shopping spree, parking downtown Bellevue for a year or a chance to dive for dollars in the Money Booth!
- Enjoy hors d'ouevres, beer, wine and our special carny cocktail!
Jan. 25, 2010 at 1:45pm
A visit from Flat Stanley!
Flat Stanley came all the way from Virginia to visit us at KidsQuest Children's Museum and he wrote a blog so we could share all about his trip! Check it out...Read more →
Jan. 13, 2010 at 11:20am
Have you visited the Marketplace @ Factoria lately?
That's right...Factoria Mall has a new name!
Have you been to Marketplace @ Factoria
, formerly Factoria Mall, and seen the interior spruce up? The north-end of the Mall is complete and looks great! One of our Board members walked into Center Court and said, "OMG, am I in Bellevue Square?" The wood panels on the ceiling, calming earth tone carpet and seating, and the organic flooring warm up everything and give it a clean, Northwest contemporary look and feel. We look forward to the completion of the Mall interior as it makes its way down to KidsQuest in 2010!Read more →
Dec. 29, 2009 at 2:27pm
Make 2010 Your Family's Year to PLAY!
Many of us make New Year's resolutions every year. We set goals to start exercising, lose weight or get organized, just to name a few. But how many of us take the time to size up our family? To really take a good look at the people we spend most of our time with? This is an idea that we at KidsQuest have spent a lot of time talking about, and we have decided to make the Museum's 2010 resolution all about family. We want 2010 to be your family's year to play!Read more →
Dec. 9, 2009 at 11:20am
The Benefits of Board Games
Why playing games with your kids is the perfect way to spend time together!
KidsQuest's New Year's Resolution is to Make 2010 Your Family's Year to Play! We've decided to do all that we can to facilitate family learning at the Museum and in your home. One way we're working to accomplish this is by increasing our family friendly programming. In case you haven't heard, we're open until 8pm every Thursday night and we've designated the second Thursday of each month, Family Game Night with board games, relays, team challenges and more! So, imagine our delight when we found this article all about the benefits of playing games as a family.Read more →
Nov. 30, 2009 at 8:55am
It's time for family fun!
We want 2010 to be your family’s year to play so we’re starting a little early with family fun workshops this December. Studies show that families who eat, play and collaborate together have stronger bonds and children grow up with more self-confidence. Kick-off the holiday season and 2010 with some family fun activities at KidsQuest!Read more →
Nov. 24, 2009 at 10:27am
A Season of Gratitude
What are you thankful for?
The hustle and bustle of the holiday season is heating up for many of us this week as we rush to get things done ahead of Thanksgiving travel or hosting. Still, it's a good time for a little quiet contemplation of what's behind those thanks we'll be giving - the things for which we're grateful.Read more →
Nov. 13, 2009 at 10:41am
Paper or no paper-that is the question!
In an effort to help our environment and save costs, KidsQuest will soon be offering the KQ Quarterly Newsletter in an online format. What do you think about that?Read more →
Nov. 6, 2009 at 12:47pm
KidsQuest receives $25K from Boeing
to support our early education programs and a new museum collaboration!
Boeing is committed to supporting early education programs in our community and KidsQuest Children’s Museum received $25K from The Boeing Company Charitable Trust to do just that.
This grant supports KidsQuest’s early education programs Discovery Tots Ready, Set Learn, First Experiences and Open Discovery Time
, which provide essential early learning education and school-readiness preparation for children age birth to five years.Read more →
Oct. 16, 2009 at 12:58pm
Stay safe this Halloween!
Halloween is one of KidsQuest's favorite times of year! We love our Halloween Spooktacular
where you can expect kids and adults in costume, our Spooky Cake Walk, Dr. Jekyll's Laboratory and our Mad Scientists each year! We also look forward to Factoria Mall's Halloween Event
with Radio Disney offering activities and prizes, merchants handing out treats and special deals, and children trick-or-treating throughout the Mall! Although Halloween can be fun and exciting, it is also important to keep safety in mind when heading out in the crowds to trick-or-treat.Read more →
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.Read more →
Oct. 2, 2009 at 10:25am
Are you really free on Friday nights?
The phones at the KidsQuest office usually start ringing on Thursday afternoon with the same question. Yes, KidsQuest is really free on Friday Nights from 5-8pm! As a non-profit, KidsQuest is committed to serving the needs of our community and part of that need is accessibility. It's important to both our staff and the Board of Directors that all children have an equal opportunity to enrich their education and development by exploring, playing and learning at KidsQuest!Read more →
Sep. 30, 2009 at 9:16am
Fall means a number of things for us here at KidsQuest Children's Museum – SuperClean, back to school, the start of new programs, and the annual NWAYM conference! This year was no different and we were lucky enough to travel to Salem, Oregon to visit A.C. Gilbert's Discovery Village. It is very exciting for me to have the opportunity to see what others in the Museum field are doing and what is working well for them. It is wonderful to be given the chance to brainstorm what we can all do as an association to make our Museums better. After hosting last year's conference here at KidsQuest, we understand the time and energy it takes to put on this conference and the staff of A.C Gilbert's Discovery Museum did an amazing job!Read more →
Sep. 28, 2009 at 3:02pm
Field Trip to NWAYM continued!
I always look forward to the opportunity to gather ideas from my peers, find out how other museums are reaching their clients and receive guidance from the professional consultants who present. The annual NWAYM Conference is especially useful because we're all local and many of us share visitors and resources.Read more →
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.Read more →
Sep. 14, 2009 at 3:57pm
We've been SUPERCLEANED! Each year KidsQuest closes for a week in September to install new exhibit components, paint and give the Museum a deep clean. It is always a long and challenging week, but the staff and our awesome helpers did an amazing job to get everything done.
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Aug. 20, 2009 at 11:15am
From the Desk of Rob Nohle, M.D.
Group Health Cooperative Chief of Pediatrics and KQ Board Member
As we head into a new school year we wanted to touch on germs, cleanliness and what we do to keep KidsQuest clean for our visitors. Here is an excerpt, written by Dr. Rob Nohle, from our Winter 2008 newsletter:Read more →
Jul. 30, 2009 at 10:01am
Beat the heat!
It's the hot topic these days (pun intended)!
With temperatures in the high 90's and low 100's make sure you're prepared to stay safe! Heat exhaustion, dehydration and severe sunburn are all risk factors facing Pacific Northwesterners so here are some articles with cool tips to help you and your family stay safe!Read more →
Jul. 28, 2009 at 12:36pm
Why do children steal?
We understand that children steal for a myriad of reasons and learning that it is wrong to take something that doesn't belong to you is a part of growing up. Articles on the subject point out that in order to stop a child from stealing parents should ask themselves why their child is stealing-but the answer isn't always what they expect to find.Read more →
Jul. 22, 2009 at 9:14am
Bellevue Arts Museum artsfair is this weekend!
Here are some things to know before you go.
KidsQuest, along with over 325 organizations and vendors and more than 350,000 community members, will be attending the Bellevue Arts Museum artsfair
this weekend. The artsfair
has been a summer staple for 63 years-longer than the Bellevue Arts Museum that we all know so well! So, if the Bellevue Arts Museum didn't start the artsfair
then how did it come to be?Read more →
Jul. 15, 2009 at 4:08pm
Collaborating for art!
Collaborations and partnerships with area organizations and businesses are an integral part of bringing new and exciting programs and events to KidsQuest. Our partners bring their expertise and experience to help us offer more specialized programming to our members and visitors. KidsQuest is always creating new relationships with local organizations and we're excited about our recent partnership with Bellevue Arts Museum
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Jul. 7, 2009 at 2:58pm
Small Steps: A Good-Health Guide
Check out this article we just found in The New York Times
. It’s circulating around the office and, as a mom, I found a lot of the information very interesting and applicable to my life - I thought you might find it interesting too!
Happy reading: http://www.nytimes.com
If you click on the "Well" graphic on the left side you'll find more helpful articles.
Jun. 29, 2009 at 9:11am
Busy summer days!
School is out for the summer! Camps, swimming and family trips are sure to be on your list, but don't forget about all the community events happening this summer. As an organization built by the community for the community we feel it's important to get out and support the festivities happening around our area so look out for KidsQuest this summer.Read more →
Jun. 26, 2009 at 1:14pm
Why we do what we do.
A few days ago we received a thank you note from a local elementary school Head Start class that received scholarship funds to visit KidsQuest for a field trip. The students in the class drew us pictures and told us what they liked about KidsQuest-the truck and face painting were the big winners for this class! The card also thanked us for providing them with the opportunity to explore a place they wouldn't have been able to otherwise. This prompted some thoughts about why we do what we do.Read more →