Driving a giant semi-truck down the highway, grooming a cow, daring to climb higher, and running the general store of a bygone era are just a few of the things kids have been able to accomplish at KidsQuest Children’s Museum in Bellevue.
And who doesn’t love those swirling water tornados in the water room?
Unfortunately for Eastside parents and kids, KidsQuest and other children’s museums like it have largely been shuttered due to concerns over COVID-19.
The effects of these closures likely will reverberate for years to come.
“Children’s museums depend on earned revenue from ticket sales, events, field trips, and more, for at least half of their annual revenue — all of which have essentially disappeared,” read a release from the museum.
In order to continue its mission of serving the community with science, technology, engineering, art, and math (STEAM) learning for growth and development, the museum was highly motivated to pivot its services in March. A new online programming and an interactive STEAM curriculum were launched in the spring. It included at-home learning kits, instructor-led labs, a podcast called Love of Learning, a toy library, guides for low sensory learning, an online store, and a fall play guide for indoor and outdoor activities.
Now, KidsQuest is launching its annual Fall Festival, which begins Oct. 19. The event, which runs through Oct. 23, will include classroom takeovers, “spooky” labs, silent auction, and a concert featuring children’s singer and songwriter Eric Ode. There’s even a “spooky kooky cocktail” class for grown-ups — wink, wink.
For more information, visit KidsQuest online.