Address: Bainbridge Island Aquatic Center at 8521 Madison Ave N.
SUMMER HOURS OF OPERATION
Tuesday-Saturday 4:30-8:30 pm
At staff’s discretion and due to participation, the teen program hours may change slightly for closing early or later.
MIDDLE SCHOOL DANCES
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
472631-01 Sa 7:00-9:30p 8/24 $10
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.
Registration for August dance open now.
TEEN OPEN MIC NIGHT!
Saturday nights are your time to shine! Bring your voice, guitar, horn, bass, drums, ukulele, windchimes or whatever you make noise with, and show us what you’ve got. Play solo or bring friends! Some loaner instruments on hand.
Saturdays 5:00-8:00p Free
TEEN CENTER OPEN DROP-IN
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
French Fry Friday the 12th
It’s a day to celebrate French fries and different dipping sauces. 7/12
National Hot Dog Day
Join us on the patio for a hot dog and some great American pastime trivia! 7/17
Thread a Needle Day
Got some mending to do? We can help! We’ll have everything you need to sew up that favorite article of clothing, and help on hand if you don’t know how! 7/25
National Coloring Book Day
Come color with us! De-stress with this favorite pastime — fun no matter what your age! 8/2
National Book Lovers Day
We’ll be stocking our new bookshelf today! Bring a book to donate and get a treat! Help us start a recommended reading list made for teens by teens. 8/9
National Relaxation Day
Find your center. Explore ways to reduce stress and just plain relax. Much-needed skills ahead of the new school year! 8/15
National Eat Outside Day
Bring your family and a picnic dinner! We’re taking over the parking lot near our Teen Center space and enjoying a fun meal outside. 8/31
CURRENT WISH LIST
- Art supplies/materials
- “E” and “T” rated Xbox One games and controllers
- Teen oriented books! (and a bookshelf)
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.
TEEN CAMPS, TRIPS & EVENTS
Sometimes teens want to do something different or just get off The Rock and brain science tells us that brand new experiences are what teens crave. Working with the Teen Program staff, you’d be surprised what all our brains come up with! Whether it’s exploring part of a city they haven’t seen yet, camping or visiting local hotspots, we’re good at listening and keeping teens busy! Look for trips in our current catalog for what’s happening for teens.
NOT YOUR AVERAGE SCAVENGER HUNTS!
FORT WARD TO BLAKELY HARBOR
Ages 12-17. Follow the clues along the Fort Ward to Blakely Park trail (easy 1.25 miles) and find fun prizes and tasty treats along the way! Then enjoy a relaxing picnic on the beach. Wear good walking shoes and bring a light backpack with water, picnic lunch and sunscreen. Drop off at Fort Ward boat launch, pick up at Blakely Park.
472625-03 Sa 2:00-6:00p 7/27 $35
BATTLE POINT AND FAIRY DELL
Ages 12-17. You think you know Battle Point Park? Guess again! Each clue on this scavenger hunt will have you checking out some cool spots that are rarely seen from the regular path. After finding all the hidden goodies, we’ll end with a picnic by the pond. Bring water, sunscreen, and a picnic lunch. Drop-off and pick-up at Battle Point Park north/pond parking lot.
472625-04 Sa 11:00a-2:00p 8/03 $30
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!
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 email@example.com 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.
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 & concert sound tech