KidsQuest Children’s Museum held its annual KidsQuest Carnival gala on Oct. 29, where it raised $328,000 in support of early childhood education. The adult-only fundraiser, which took place at the Hyatt Regency Bellevue, featured a sit-down dinner, carnival games, entertainment, and a raise the paddle ask.

KidsQuest Carnival

Attendees of this year’s KidsQuest Carnival helped raise to raise $328,000 in support of early childhood learning. Photo courtesy KidsQuest.

All funds raised during the carnival provide operating support for the museum, which uses play to foster learning opportunities for children living in and around the Eastside.

This year’s carnival saw a $56,000 increase in funds, breaking last year’s record. “We’re very pleased with that number,” said KidsQuest director of advancement, Shelley Saunders. “Our guests were very generous.”

As KidsQuest prepares to move from the Factoria location, where it has operated for the past 11 years, to a new facility in downtown Bellevue, the success of this year’s gala is a marker of KidsQuest’s momentum moving forward. The museum will celebrate its last day in the Factoria location on Nov. 27, and invites community to say farewell.

The downtown Bellevue location is expected to open in early 2017, and Saunders said KidsQuest is very grateful for the support that the community and other downtown businesses have provided as the museum transitions to its new location.