Trees are full of stories and this tree is especially full of tales to tell. Climbable and full of animals, it’s everything a children’s museum tree should be: artful, fanciful, and kid-sized. Climb up the secret staircase and find activity tables that bring stories to life.  Then look for the tucked-away reading nooks, the small wooden dancing characters, and language writing areas, or dress up to put on a show for your friends on the Story Stage.

What am I doing? What am I learning? Where can it take me?
Exploring books The connections between pictures, letters, words, and sounds Reading fluency
Acting Expression and representation Communicating what I know, think, believe, question, or feel
Listening to a story Plot structure and narrative form Writing and telling my own stories
Talking about what I see New vocabulary Better communications skills
Working on a puzzle Spatial awareness Geometry and math skills

Automata

Story Tree 11Learn the ancient art of storytelling through movement, characters, and simple machines. Play with KidsQuest’s own house-built Automata boxes that use cams and gears to create movement.

Activity Table Sponsored by The Merrill Family in honor of Sondra Eisenberg

Keep little hands and minds busy at the Activity Table! Correlating with the books on display in the Story Tree library, these ever-changing activities are open-ended but provide influence and direction to kids and grownups who want to take the book they’ve been reading to the next level.

Dress Up Station Sponsored by Janna & Adam Snyder

The Dress Up Station addresses one of the most important parts of theater: costumes! At the Dress Up Station, kids wear the garments that help to put them inside their own story, enhancing the imaginative play with the flair of performance accessories.

Story Stage Sponsored by The Key Bank Foundation

The Story Stage combines elements of active, imaginative, and dramatic play, and is the location for Storytime and live performances by entertainers during special events.

Language Writing Desks

KidsQuest has curated language cards featuring classic sight words and has worked with community partners to have them translated into multiple languages. Our language library currently features Lushootseed, Spanish, Russian, Hindi, Korean, and Japanese. We are always looking to add more languages to our every-growing library, please email education@kidsquestmuseum.org if you are able to support this effort.

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Spiral Stair Sponsored by Alex & Janine Florence

The Spiral Stairs are the way up to the top of the Story Tree. The Spiral Stairs form the trunk and allow a way for kids and grownups to make their way to the lofty peak on the second floor to explore, play, and read.

Story Time Paused for Summer

Circle up with the KidsQuest staff as we learn through songs, books, rhymes and giggles! We’ll read, sing, and wiggle as we indulge in new adventures each week. This informal time is great for families and children of all ages.

Free with admission or membership

 

Story Tree Library Sponsored by Katie Grant & The Grant Family

c/o Merrill Images

Circle up at the Story Tree with some classic fairy tales and new favorite stories! Kids can read, sing, and dance with friends and family while exploring KidsQuest’s collection of books. Literacy and reading are essential skills in order to be successful in school, and KidsQuest’s library helps build these skills in kids of all ages.