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TEEN CENTER

We’re open during the entire year. Come be a part of the Teen Center and make your mark. Stop by any afternoon to check out the activities. We have a pool table, foosball table, ping pong, and air hockey.  Board games, X-box, and room just for relaxing. Food and/or drinks will be provided with some of the planned activities. It’s a fun place to hang!

Address: Bainbridge Island Aquatic Center at 8521 Madison Ave N.

HOURS OF OPERATIONTeen Centered

Monday                               2:00-6:00p
Tuesday-Thursday            3:00-6:00p
Friday                                  3:00-8:00p
Saturday                             4:00-8:00p

Closed Dates: Sundays and 11/2, 11/11, 11/28-29, 12/24-26, 12/31, 1/1

At staff’s discretion and due to participation, the teen program hours may change slightly for closing early or later.

MIDDLE SCHOOL DANCES Middle School Dance

Calling all 6-8 graders! We are offering two dances this winter and spring. Come alone or as a group. We will have a DJ playing all your favorite pop hits so come show off your best moves or just chill with friends. $10 to preregister and $15 at the door. Concessions available. Island Center Hall

 

Fall that Glitters

572627-01             Sa            7:00-9:30p        11/2                            $10

An important “Know Before You Go” information fact sheet will be emailed 3 days prior to the dance for those who preregister. Please click here for this document. All participants must show proof of grade or age, i.e. school ID card.

PARTY RENTALS

Ages 10-18. That’s right, you can rent the Teen Center for your birthday party or any celebration! Celebrate your awesome day playing pool, foosball, air hockey and ping pong. We also have an Xbox One (some games provided or bring your own)!

balloonsRental Choices:

A:  $130.80 tax included

1.5 hour of Teen Center with ½ hour of party time
1 staff member for up to 10 children/teens

B:  $218.00 tax included

1.5 hour of Teen Center with ½ hour of party time
2 staff members for up to 11-20 children/teens

C: Customize your party

Email for price and availability

Contact marissas@biparks.org to schedule your party.

TEEN CENTER OPEN DROP-IN

Teen Centered - New Chairs!We are located at the Bainbridge Island Aquatic Center.  It is within easy walking distance of the Bainbridge High School, Woodward Middle School, library, Safeway, and Eagle Harbor High.

Stop by any afternoon or evening to check out the space. We have a pool table, ping pong, air hockey and foosball tables, board games, comfy chairs for relaxing, a game room, and weekly activities!

We believe that what teens do in their free time affects the quality of life for themselves and their community. Our job is to keep young people engaged and busy during their teen years on the Island. We do this by actively developing youth leadership, through learning names and developing relationships, and offering choices of stuff to do – or not do. Sometimes teens just need to hang out.

Established in 1992 by the Park District – in partnership with the Rotary Club and School District – the Teen Center has been providing year-round activities for teens of Middle and High School-ages for more than two decades. Adult staff are always on hand to supervise and instigate fun every afternoon after school and on Friday and Saturday nights. In the summer, we are open late afternoon through evening. While other places have some great things for teens, our experience, Park District resources, and dedicated space definitely makes us a “Place to Be.”

JOIN US FOR THESE FUN ACTIVITIES

 

Teen Karaoke and Open Mic Night!

Every Saturday we make music a priority! Sing/play solo or bring friends! Karaoke competitions and Battle of the Bands held once a year. Sound equipment provided, and some loaner instruments will be on hand. Saturday nights from 5-8pm. Free

Friday Game Nights

Unwind with Clue, Exploding Kittens, Uno, over-sized Chess, Stratigo, Jenga, or bring your favorite game! Weather permitting we’ll have tables outside, plus mini bowling, and Corn Hole. Play with friends or come meet new ones. Friday nights 5-9pm. Free.

Unplugged Days

The last Friday of every month we are unplugged! No video games, no computer…no CELL PHONES!! Even Open Mic night goes acoustic. You can do it, we promise. The alternatives will be fun and tasty!

9/27, 10/25, 11/29

Jazzing up Ramen Noodles

Want to learn how to jazz up that pack of ramen you have sitting in the cupboard but not sure where to start? Come to this fun filled workshop where no cooking is required. You’ll learn how to sauce it up, make it healthy, and come up with your own creation, building confidence on making your own afternoon snack at home. FREE.

10/12, 12/7

Pet Rock Day

Paint a rock, or two, or three! Take them home or they can have a home in our garden, keeping it cheery through the cold and rainy months. This activity will last all week, starts 9/06.

International Chocolate Day

Join us for chocolate trivia and treats! 9/13

Moment of Frustration Day Are you frustrated? C’mon, let it out! We’ve got some suggestions on how to ease that moment of frustration in a harmless, healthy manner including a treat. 10/11

Pasta Day

Guess how many noodles are in the jar and win a prize! We’ll also have the makings for spaghetti-you make it, you eat it! 10/17

Frankenstein Friday

Celebrate the creation of Franky and all things spooky, the Friday before Halloween. 10/25

Nachos Day

We’ll supply the necessities, you make them just the way you like them! 11/06

National World Kindness Day

Kindness is catching! Use today to be nice to your family, friends, neighbors, teachers…everyone! Come tell us how you were kind today and get a treat! 11/13

Holiday Spirit Week

The week leading up to winter break is full of holiday fun! Lights, crafts, and treats! 12/16-20

Ugly Sweater Day

Bring a sweater and add all the bells and whistles (literally)! 12/20

CURRENT WISH LIST

  • Art supplies/materials
  • “E” and “T” rated Xbox One games and controllers
  • Teen oriented books! (and a bookshelf)

CLASSES

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Between studies and socializing and sleeping, we understand that there’s not a lot of free time in a teen’s day. With added school sports, music, and interest clubs/groups, young people can have little time for themselves just to hang out and be. We try to carefully expand the free-time choices available to teens and offer them within walking/biking/busing distances, without overwhelming families. The Park District has many things happening specifically for teens. You can check them out in our most recent catalog which is available on our homepage. Look for the purple star throughout the catalog for other programs teens can participate in.

SERVICE/VOLUNTEERING

Teens

First, we need to tell you there are always snacks for volunteers. Always.

Second, we have really fun options for fulfilling required community service hours. 9th grade Health? Honor Society?  Service Learning Project? Diversion?  Scouts? We’ve got you covered.

So if spending time sorting (and testing!) candy for the Egg Hunts, collecting canned goods at a music event, helping younger summer campers, or picking up beach debris on Earth Day sound OK to you, contact us and we’ll find ways for your to have fun while giving meaningful service!

Adults

If you’re the kind of person who would like to be a part of what the Teen Program offers and you have some volunteer time, we’d be happy to come up with ways you would enjoy helping!

Park District Special Events

Need volunteer hours for your school requirements? Just want to get involved with something fun? There are exciting opportunities for you to volunteer. Contact Ashley Miller a ashleym@biparks.org or 206-842-2306 ext. 129 for more information or to get involved.

TEEN CENTER STAFF

We have amazing staff! Come down to visit or hangout with them.

Teen Centered Staff

From left to right meet: Joti Chandra Kaur, Ragna Blanco and Marissa Simcoe.

Joti Chandra Kaur: Joti Chandra has an extensive background in in creating and managing large middle school after school programs serving diverse populations. In her free time, you will find Joti Chandra hitting the mat (yoga, that is). She sleeps, breathes, and lives yoga, 24/7 (all 8 limbs), is also certified to teach. And there’s usually a good beat playing in the background, especially when she’s cruising in her car. “You can get through everything and cast a laugh and sing, you can do anything that you want to.” -Peter Tosh

Ragna Blanco: Ragna is a BHS and Teen Center Alumni from class of 2000 who has an educational background that includes counseling for chemical dependency and suicide prevention. She is a mom of two future teenagers and is excited to be working within the same program that has helped provide a safe and fun space just for teens on the island for almost three decades. Hobbies/Interests: photography, outdoors, music, sci-fi books and movies.

Marissa Simcoe: Island resident for 25+ years, BHS and Teen Center alumni — class of ’01. The TC played a vital role during my high school years — giving us teens a place to hang out, relax, study etc. I’m thrilled to be involved with the program today and provide that same support to Bainbridge youth that I received from the awesome TC staff back then. Hobbies/Interests: Playing pool, reading Pratchett/Tolkien, watching science and history documentaries.

Eddie Williams, Staff

Eddie Williams; staff & concert sound tech