The List: Putter Bert

Putter Bert has worked at children’s museums around the country — from Boston to Arkansas. For the past 18 years, she’s settled at KidsQuest Children’s Museum in Bellevue, growing it from a Factoria facility with no windows or outdoor space to a vibrant brand-new center for curious kids in downtown Bellevue. “I just love watching families learn together — it inspires me every day,” she said. In her spare time she enjoys a good crab bisque, TED Talks, and spending time with her kids. Read about more of her favorites here.


Favorite places

for dinner
Seastar — their crab bisque is to die for.

to relax
At the beach, any beach — spring, summer, fall, and winter.

to grab a coffee or tea
Café Cesura.

to work out
In the pool at the Y.

to be inspired

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The Wing Luke Museum


Inspiration Board 

TV show
OutDaughtered — it makes me remember how easy I have it as a parent.


gatsby 1974

The Great Gatsby (the 1974 version).

My hippie side comes out — ’50s and ’60s folk music.

TED Talks.

Just Mercy by
Bryan Stevenson.

framed photo in your house
A picture of me as a little girl sitting on my dad’s lap.

“Be kind to one another.”
— Ellen DeGeneres

inspired by
My parents and our staff at the museum.



what’s something kids can build at the museum?
You can build anything from a marble maze to a structure 10 feet tall that picks things up off the floor using hydraulics.

Any cool art programs happening?
Fired-up Fridays happens the first and third Fridays of the month from 4 to 7 p.m. Clay and ceramics are fun for all ages.

What’s something readers might not know about KidsQuest?

recess on the rocks

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We have special programs for adults only, like Crafter Hours, Parent Education, and Recess on the Rocks.

You’re an accomplished CEO.
Any advice for younger girls hoping to lead an organization one day?

Use your voice, speak your mind, and take risks.

what’s a great dish you make on Thanksgiving?
It’s a toss-up between my apple and sausage stuffing and three-onion casserole from the Silver Palette Cookbook.

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