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TEEN CENTER

There will be a COVID-19 health check-in prior to entering the 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, Xbox, 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! (Available activities may differ depending on current phase and safety guidelines.)

For teens of middle and high school age.

HOURS OF OPERATION

Fall Hours

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

Closed Dates: Saturdays, Sundays

Summer Hours

June 16 – August 28
Open Tuesday-Friday from 4:30-8:30pm
Closed Dates: Saturday, Sunday, Monday, and 8/3-8/10

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

ADDRESS

8521 Madison Avenue, Bainbridge Island

The Teen Center is located at the Aquatic Center in Meeting Rooms B and C. Our main entrance is located on the side of the building under a blue awning, but can also be accessed through the main lobby entrance of the Aquatic Center. View the map below for directions.

Party Rentals

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

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!
3:30-8:30p, 7/30, 8/27

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! 7/22

Coloring Book Day
Come color with us! We can make copies of your favorite pages from our books or bring your own. De-stress with this favorite pastime ― fun no matter what your age! 8/25

Relaxation Day
Find your center. Explore ways to reduce stress and just plain relax. Much-needed skills ahead of the new school year! 8/12

Bowling Day
Show off your mad skills in our mini-bowling competition! First prize is a box of popsicles. 8/20

Summer Friday Game Nights!
Unwind with Clue, Exploding Kittens, Uno, 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 this summer from 4:30-8:30p. FREE

TEEN NIGHTS AT THE DRIVE-IN MOVIE IN THE PARK AUGUST 6th AND 13th

We’ve added a TEEN movie night to the Movies in the Park series! Come enjoy a night at the drive-in just for you and your friends. Seating starts at 8:00p and movie starts at dusk. Registration is required, so please go to biparks.org/register, Activity #541010. Free for ages 13-18.

  • Friday, August 6 at 9:00p, Bill and Ted Face the Music
  • Friday, August 13 at 9:00p, Black Panther

FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL! 

Welcome back!  Swing by the Teen Center after the final bell on the first day to enjoy a sweet treat while celebrating a new school year, mourning the end of summer, getting back in touch with missed friends, downloading our staff on all your summer fun, and whatever else your first day back needs. W, 3:00-6:00p, 9/1 

Walkabook 

Help us fill up our 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. 

M, 3:00-5:00p, 10/4, Free 

Pie Shoot  

Win a pie in this annual pool tournament! Prizes for the top three spots. Drop by and sign up throughout the week before or show up before 4 on the day of to grab an open spot if one is left.  

F, 4:00-6:00p, 11/12, Free 

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. 9/7. 

International chocolate day 

Join us for chocolate trivia and treats! 9/14 

National World Gratitude Day 

Come help us make thank you cards for community members, teachers, friends, family or anyone you can think of. Be a part of designing and decorating a LARGE poster board for our window to thank our local emergency service members. 9/21 

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. 10/12 

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. 10/18 

Pasta day 

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

CURRENT WISH LIST

  • Individual use 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.