Driving a giant semi-truck on the freeway, grooming a cow, daring to climb higher and running the general store of a bygone era are just a few of the things kids were able to accomplish at KidsQuest Children’s Museum at Bellevue.
And who doesn’t love those swirling water tornadoes in the wet room?
Unfortunately for parents and children in Eastside, KidsQuest and other children’s museums like this have been largely closed due to concerns about COVID-19.
The effects of these closures are likely to reverberate in the years to come.
“Children’s museums depend on income generated from ticket sales, events, field trips, etc., for at least half of their annual income – all of which have all but disappeared,” a statement read. of the museum.
In order to continue its mission of serving the community with Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics (STEAM) learning for growth and development, the museum was highly motivated to pivot its services in March. New online programming and an interactive STEAM program were launched in the spring. It included home learning kits, instructor-led labs, a podcast called Love to learn, a games library, guides for low-sensory learning, an online store and an autumn games guide for indoor and outdoor activities.
Now KidsQuest is launching its Annual fall festival, which begins October 19. The event, which runs through October 23, will feature classroom takeovers, ‘spooky’ labs, a silent auction, and a concert featuring children’s singer and songwriter Eric Ode. There’s even a ‘spooky cocktail’ class for adults – wink, wink.
For more information visit KidsQuest in line.