As part of our weekly “Meet the Staff” series we’ll be introducing you to a new staff member each week who helps create learning through the power of play at KidsQuest Children’s Museum. This week we introduce you to the Facilities and Exhibits Manager, Joel Thoen. This is his 2nd month at KidsQuest!

Why do you work at KidsQuest? I work at KidsQuest because I love children (having 17 nieces and nephews), I love interactive play/learning, I enjoy being a part of a team that is encouraging and supportive, and I enjoy taking care of facilities and building interesting ideas for exhibits.

What school did you go to/are you going to? Edmonds Community College

Favorite KQ Exhibit or Activity: On the Go

Kids & Pets: My wife and I don’t have any children but we do have a very fat rescue Snow Shoe cat who is named Bruce Banner, after the Incredible Hulk.

Favorite Food: I love all food, but I rather enjoy making Carnitas for burrito bowls or tacos.

Favorite Hobby: Hiking

Fun Fact about you: I use to do Bushcraft. It’s survival training where you hike into the woods with a pack of nothing but tools and a water filter and survive off of the land.