KidsQuest Children's Museum opens Tuesday, Jan. 31, at its new, expanded location in downtown Bellevue. The interactive museum — for infants to 8-year-olds and their caregivers to explore science, technology, engineering and art through play — originally opened in Factoria in 2005, attracting more than 180,000 visitors a year. The new location doubles museum exhibit space and adds classrooms and an art studio.
New exhibits include Sticks + Stones Outdoor Gallery, Water Gallery with Tot Splash zone, Tot Orchard for ages 3 and younger, Story Tree Gallery stage and reading nooks, Bellevue Mercantile dramatic play areas inspired by historic Bellevue, Cityscape Gallery and a two-story climber for active exploration.
The new location is on the site of the former Rosalie Whyel Museum of Doll Art that closed in 2012. A rotating selection of dolls and other vintage items from Whyel's collection will be on display in the new KidsQuest.
The museum's Tuesday opening is preceded by a ribbon cutting at 8:30 a.m. with Bellevue's mayor and other local officials. Regular hours will be from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays; 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Fridays; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays; and noon to 5 p.m. Sundays. Admission is $12/person, free for infants under a year old; KidsQuest Children's Museum, 1116 108th Ave. N.E., Bellevue, 425-637-8100 or www.kidsquestmuseum.org.