Explore urban nature with all of your senses! The Sticks + Stones Gallery has water play, gardening, art, and active, and imaginative play. It is a whimsical, engaging, colorful, and tactile outdoor space.

What am I doing?

What am I learning?

Where can it take me?

Climbing How my brain and body connect Focus and self-control
Investigating How nature and I interact Life science concepts
Sensory Play How things feel, sound, taste, smell, and look Scientific thinking
Stacking Physical structure and how things balance Basic physics
Creating  I can make my ideas real Self-expression

Build a Cairn Sponsored by The Bert Family

Kids play and build with smooth stones to make a cairn or stack of stones. Learn about simple to complex balancing and stability by creating structures out of natural materials.

Garden Activity Tables

KidsQuest’s Garden Activity Tables allow everyone to test their stacking and balancing skills using natural materials. Use wooden tree blocks to build a tower taller than you!

Imagination Playground

Imagination Playground is a collection of big blue building blocks of various shapes and sizes designed to encourage child-directed free play. Kids build, climb, play out adventures, and design their own playground in this incredible, open-ended multi-use exhibit.

Music Wall Sponsored by Brittany F. Barker


The theme in the Sticks + Stones Outdoor Gallery reflects the natural environment of the Pacific Northwest. Kids can create beautiful live music fitting the open-air space. Playing melodic and percussive sounds with xylophones made from natural materials creates the soundtrack of interactive play.

Painting Rocks Sponsored by Sara & Sophia Blattenbauer

The simplicity of painting rocks with water inspires true artistic freedom while exercising motor skills. Children are amazed at their ability to make marks and the quick drying time of the rocks allows for ample opportunities to create over and over.

The Outdoor Kitchen Supported by Bellevue Rotarty

This outdoor oasis uses water and gems to spark imagination as children work together mixing and molding their kitchenSticks + Stones 10 favorites with wooden tools and real camping plates and cups. Thank you to Bellevue Rotary for supporting this exhibit.