Happy Museum Monday! Today I’m sharing our fabulous experience at KidsQuest Museum in Bellevue, WA! Bellevue is about 15 minutes east of Seattle and home to some of the best shopping and dining in the greater Seattle area. Next time you are traveling with kids to Seattle consider the drive over Lake Washington to Bellevue for a fun filled day at KidsQuest, shopping at Bellevue Square and lunch at your favorite lunch spot.
KidsQuest is part of the ACM organization so if you already have a membership to one of their museums, KidsQuest is half off! There is limited parking in the main lot, but plenty of garage parking options within a few blocks. Upon arrival you are met with an ever so inviting two story climbing structure. Your kids will hardly be able to contain themselves while you pay admission! This is a great first stop while you peak at the map.
The water exhibit at KidsQuest is great for all ages. Get your little one aproned up because they are going to get wet! There are multiple stations to create dams, build water tunnels, make music and pump water. A giant magnetic water wall lets kids play with funnels and water wheels to explore water flow. The Big Splash is the main feature and kids build up their excitement to see the huge bucket over flow as they manipulate pipes and pumps to fill it up! The water exhibit opens up to the outdoor play area where kids can create structures with big blue building blocks, make music, paint rocks and play with stones.
The On The Go play area offers a place to pretend play with others and learn about problem solving and logistics! Kids can send packages over the conveyor belt to the other end of the room where kids can take turns filling up delivery bins. There is a big truck to climb in and a station to make paper airplanes!
If you had fun on the main floor the second floor doesn’t disappoint either! Main exhibits are a climbable story tree with tons of books and dress up clothes. A massive train table and a market that introduces the concept of Farm to Table. Kids can collect eggs from the chicken hut and brush the cow.
Seattle is known for it’s rainy days and KidsQuest is a fantastic indoor space to bring your kids where they can explore, build and pretend. My kids favorite exhibit was On The Go. They loved playing different roles of the packer and receiver of the boxes and watching the boxes make their journey through the conveyor system. I love sharing our museum experiences with others because sometimes we get so caught up in seeing all the great attractions in our destinations, we forget that our kids need to play! We’ve been able to find gems like KidsQuest in every town we travel to and our kids appreciate the break from the pool, beach and downtown hustles.
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