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.
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Sep. 14, 2015 at 8:00am
by John Ito, Director of Exhibits & Facilities at KidsQuest Children's Museum
Every year at the summer’s end when school is back in session we take an introspective look at who and what we are. The museum, that is. The living, breathing entity that is KidsQuest needs a spa treatment after being open almost every day since school got out. Some new adornment and content to entice our audience with new ideas for play are a necessity. New stuff and a step up is both the result of and a part of how we grow and learn. We owe it to ourselves and our visitors to push and evolve what is happening inside our walls.
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Aug. 24, 2015 at 8:00am
Community Award: KidsQuest Children’s Museum
KidsQuest Children’s Museum will receive a solar energy system for its new downtown Bellevue location in September!
The system is a donation from A&R Solar as part of the Solarize Bellevue campaign, which provides discounted community pricing to city residents on solar systems for their homes and businesses. A&R Solar’s installation crew will dress in superhero outfits to install the 16 solar panels on the steep metal roof of the museum. The public is welcome to drop by, take photos, and learn more about the museum and solar. We hope to see you at 108th Avenue NE and NE 12th Street. The 4.5 kW solar energy system will serve as a powerful environmental teaching tool, and help offset the museum’s overall energy costs.
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Jun. 29, 2015 at 8:00am
Learning the Sounds of Language
Language Development with I-Labs
This week we are wondering how young children learn a language. Turns out language learning starts before a baby is even born! From the beginning of the third trimester of pregnancy, a baby can hear language. An infant’s exposure to their mother’s native language while in the womb allows them to identify their own “home” language right when they are born.
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Jun. 15, 2015 at 9:04am
Bringing Back Music
By Nathalia Palis, IMF, MT-BC & Children's Recording Artist/Entertainer
Did you know that the sense of hearing starts to develop in the sixth week of pregnancy and by week twenty-four a fetus can turn their head to familiar sounds? All the while listening to a steady beating drum and humming of his/her mother’s voice. Maybe this is why I have always been so passionate about singing to my children and using music as a teaching device.
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May. 25, 2015 at 9:46am
Bringing the World to Children and Families
By Alison Luk, Associate Director of Education & ExploreStore Manage
Last week, five KidsQuest team members participated in the Association of Children’s Museum’s 2015 InterActivity conference in Indianapolis! The conference’s theme, Bringing the World to Children and Families, focused attention on what it means to be a children's museum in a time of increasing connectivity. The staff presented and attended educational sessions with almost 1,000 other children’s museum professionals. Presentations and workshops covered topics like pedagogy, early learning, the latest developmental research, events and programs, community engagement, and more. The team also had the opportunity to expand their skills in areas of museum operations including fundraising, financial management, exhibit design, outreach, staffing, and evaluation. The conference was a wonderful opportunity for KidsQuest’s staff to share their knowledge and expertise and get lots of ideas about how they can help the museum serve our community in even better ways!
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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. 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. 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 →
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. 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 →
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. 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 →
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 →
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 →
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 →
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 →