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TEEN CENTER

We’re open year-round! Come be a part of the Teen Center and make your mark. Stop by any afternoon to check out our 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 out!

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

For teens of middle and high school age.

HOURS OF OPERATIONTeen Centered

Tuesday-Thursday — 3:00-6:00p
Friday — 3:00-8:00p

Closed Dates: Saturdays, Sundays, Mondays, 11/11, 11/26, 11/27, and 12/21-1/1.

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

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 ragnab@biparks.org to schedule your party.

Participants are required to answer health screening questions and have temperature check at door, keep masks on at all times, stay 6 feet apart, and follow other current health guidelines for indoor facilities.

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

SOCIAL STUDY TIME
We have multiple tables and study areas available if you feel the need to catch up on schoolwork away from home. All safely socially distanced, but still closer to friends than through a computer screen. Staff available for questions, venting frustrations to, and help with brainstorming, though we make no promises to have all the answers. Free to drop in for, and FREE WiFi as always.

UNPLUGGED DAY!
The last Friday of every month we are unplugged! No video games, no computer — no CELL PHONES! You can do it, we promise. The alternatives will be fun and tasty!
F     3:00-8:00p     9/25, 10/30 & 11/20     Free

 

WALKABOOK
Help us fill up our new bookshelf! We’ll meet at the Teen Center and walk on down to Eagle Harbor Book Co. Once there, it’s up to you to pick out what book you would like to see on our shelf! Comedy, history, fantasy, mystery — it’s your call! Once we’ve trekked back up to the Teen Center with our new books, we’ll have hot cider and cookies. Weather may be chilly and/or rainy so, dress accordingly. Email ragnab@biparks.org to reserve a spot and get a permission slip.
T     3:00-5:00p     10/6     Free

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!
T     3:00-6:00     10/13     Free

DICTIONARY DAY
Play Fictionary Dictionary! Staff will draw a word from the ‘Odd Word Jar’ and give a real and fake definition for it. Treats and prizes for guessing correctly or fooling everyone.
F     3:00-8:00     10/16     Free

PASTA DAY
Guess how many noodles are in the jar and win a prize!
10/22

Nachos Day
We’ll supply take home “make your own” nacho kits so you can make them just the way you like them!
11/6

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!  Need some kindness? Pull some words from our kindness jar and share your favorites.
11/13

National Pastry Day
Drop by and help us celebrate (and eat) all the delicious pastry items we can bring together! Single servings.
12/9

Holiday Spirit Week
The week leading up to winter break is full of holiday fun! Lights, crafts, and treats!
12/15-18

CURRENT WISH LIST

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

  • Waterproof cards

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 Emily Swift at emily@biparks.org or 206-565-5178 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.