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. 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.
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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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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.
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Mar. 14, 2011 at 2:34pm

Calling All Campers!

It's never too early to start thinking about summer!

Camper Girl 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.
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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. 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!
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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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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!
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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.

Click here for Dr. Rob Nohle's Halloween Safety Tips!
Oct. 4, 2010 at 9:11am

Fisher-Price Recall

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!!

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. 23, 2010 at 12:44pm

Very creative little white lies told to children...

From ""

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.
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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!! We offer a variety of early learning classes at the museum that focus on learning through fun, play, and experimentation.
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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 (click here for details and a sneak peek).

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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.

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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!

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!
girl with computer
Boy with cat
 Blond Girl

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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 artsfair! We used salad spinners to spin and mix paint, creating surprising patterns and crazy color combinations!

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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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Jul. 12, 2010 at 2:09pm

Play it safe in the heat! 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. 
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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...

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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.

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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.

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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Mar. 17, 2010 at 2:39pm

Summer Camps!

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!"
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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.

  • 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!

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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...
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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!

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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!

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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.
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Nov. 30, 2009 at 8:55am

It's time for family fun!

Family Time 3
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!

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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.
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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?

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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.
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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.
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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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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!
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Sep. 30, 2009 at 9:16am

NWAYM continued!

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!
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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.
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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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Sep. 14, 2009 at 3:57pm

KidsQuest's SuperClean!

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:
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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!
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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.
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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?
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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:

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.
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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.
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