A summer day in Downtown Bellevue. Walk, enjoy, play, and explore the sites! The days are getting longer, the sun is setting later, and children are almost home for summer. It’s the perfect opportunity to spend the day exploring what downtown Bellevue has to offer. From our base here at KidsQuest Children’s Museum, you’re steps away from parks, libraries, and plenty more fun experiences that kids of all ages and walks of life will love! From babies to preteens, toddlers to multiple children, you’ll be able to play, explore, and experience all the adventures downtown Bellevue has in store for you! Below is an easy to read, summer walking guide for you and your children. With tips and tricks to enjoy the perfect summer day in downtown Bellevue.
Start the day at KidsQuest Children’s Museum. If the parking lot is full, 929 Garage is a short walk to and from the Museum. Bring your ticket to the front desk and you’ll receive discounted parking for the first three hours. Once inside the museum there are two floors of exhibits to explore. If your child is 0-3 the Tot Orchard(2nd floor) is a space designed just for them. It features plenty of space for tummy time, crawling and practicing walking. Children can also pick apples and make pretend pie at the picnic table and kitchen that’s just their size. Pro tip, if you’re nursing or need to do a bottle feeding Shh Station is a quit space inside of the Tot orchard, to take a break in private. Toddlers will also enjoy our Water and On the Go exhibits, which are both perfect for fulfilling their love of repetition in order to help understand the way the world works. From pouring and splashing in Water, to loading and unloading boxes to the big blue truck in On the Go, they’ll spend hours playing and learning. After their fill of play at the museum it will be time to break for a snack or lunch. Inside the Museum we have snack areas behind the Climber or at the first landings on both sets of staircases. If you’ve packed snacks or lunches there are also two parks on either side of the Museum that are perfect for a sunny picnic. McCormick Park or Ashwood Playfield, which has picnic tables and a big playfield to kick around a soccer ball or just enjoy the sunshine. After lunch head over to the Bellevue library and grab a book for nap time.
Children who are older might like to grab a friend and explore the museum longer and dive deep into the Art Studio, where paint is always out for children to create and design the day away. Clay is also the perfect blank canvas to explore forming shapes and figures while strengthening hands for writing by molding, shaping and squeezing. Pro trip, we also often have a scavenger hunt posted just outside On the Go, that’s perfect for older kids who are looking for a fun and educational challenge! Head upstairs where they can done a costume and debut a play on our stage under the Story Tree. Make their way up the spiral staircase to pick a book and find a cozy spot to keep up on their reading over the long summer break. After a full morning at the museum walk just around the corner and pick up a sandwich from Subway or Jimmy Johns. Kids who are older and ready for a full day in downtown Bellevue, might be up for the 15 minute walk to the brand new Inspiration Playground, where they can spend the afternoon climbing, swinging and playing. This playground is perfect for older children and will challenge them to play in new ways!
So the next time you’re planning a trip to KidsQuest Children’s Museum, consider making it a walkable summer day in Downtown Bellevue. Pack a lunch for a picnic in the park, bring a frisbee for playing at Inspiration Playground, and grab your library card to check out books for the week. Make it a summer day your kids will remember!
Bellevue Fun Facts
- Bellevue was founded in 1869 by William Meydenbauer?
- The number of residents over 5 years old who speak a language other than English is 38%
- The city boasts more than 100 parks!
- The city’s name Bellevue is derived from a French term for “beautiful view.”