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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!

The Teen Center will be closed on Saturdays starting in January 2020 and continuing through the end of the school year. We will reopen on Saturdays during our summer schedule.

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

For teens of middle and high school age.

HOURS OF OPERATIONTeen Centered

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

Closed Dates: Saturdays and Sundays and 1/1, 1/20, 2/8, 2/14-2/19 and 5/25

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. $15 to preregister and $20 at the door. Concessions available. Island Center Hall

 

Valentine’s Dance

172627-01    Sa    7:00-9:30p    2/1    $15

Middle School Prom

172627-02    Sa    7:00-9:30p    5/2    $15

 

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

 

NEW! Game Night

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-lots of table space, floor space, and tasty snacks to go around.

F    5:00-9:00p Free

National Bean Day

Beans rule! Join us for a bean bag toss, bean-related trivia, and snacks. Plus, guess how many beans are in the jar and win a prize! 1/6

National Compliment Day

Brighten someone’s day by paying them a compliment! We’ll be painting compliment rocks and creating a compliment jar for those who need a smile in the future. 1/24

Valentine’s Day Card Making Week

Come make Valentine cards with us! Staff will be delivering them to the organization of your choice on Valentine’s Day. 2/10-2/14

Random Acts of Kindness Day

What does kindness mean to you? We’ll talk about small ways we can bring kindness to the world and share stories of how kindness changed our view on something. Treats Included! 2/17

Tortilla Chip Day

A tasty day indeed! Join us for chip trivia and prizes you can eat!! 2/24

National Be Heard Day

WE ARE LISTENING! Come tell us what’s on YOUR mind. So Important, we’re making It two days!  3/6 and 3/7

Pi Day

How many numbers in Pi do you know? Recite the most and win a prize! Oh, and there may be pie… 3/14

National Walking Day

Let’s walk it out! Do you walk for fun? Or just to get from one place to another?? Help us create a teen walk-about guide for the island. Toll for playing video games today-walk around the building first! 4/1

Jelly-Bean Day

How many flavors are there!? How would you fair in a blind taste test…with flavors like Boogers and Earwax would you dare?… 4/22

May the Fourth Be With You

Join us for Force trivia and fun treats! Plus a movie marathon all week! 5/4

Chocolate Chip Day

Get the lowdown on how these tasty morsels came to be … and yes, you’ll get to eat some too! 5/15

National Best Friend Day

Bring your bestie and chill. Prizes for the winners of our mini-doubles pool and foosball tournaments! 6/8

Last Day of School!

Come by and celebrate the start of summer break!! Eat pizza, sign our wall, and get pics with your besties at our photo booth. We hope you had an awesome year and look forward to seeing you over the summer! 6/16 (date subject to change)

NOT YOUR AVERAGE SCAVENGER HUNTS

Fort Ward to Blakely Harbor

Ages 13-18. Follow the clues along the Fort Ward to Blakely Harbor 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 Park, pick up at Blakely Harbor Park.

172625-01              Sa           2:00-6:00p           4/18                         $25

Battle Point and Fairy Dell

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. Pick up/drop off at Battle Point Park north parking lot.

172625-02              Sa           11:00a-2:00p          5/16                        $25 

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