Address: Bainbridge Island Aquatic Center at 8521 Madison Ave N.
HOURS OF OPERATION
Closed Sundays and 1/1, 1/21, 2/9, 2/16-20, 5/27
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
172627-01 Sa 7:00-9:30p 2/2 $10
Middle School Prom
172627-02 Sa 7:00-9:30p 5/4 $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 begins Thursday, January 3, 2019
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 beginning 2/23 Free
TEEN VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY
(2 spots available). Add to your college resume, be a leader. Junior or senior.
Help us start our Teen Board — create a mission statement, help build a foundation for the board to continue. Help with fun activities like our spring Teen Concerts and Teen Flashlight Egg Hunt. Help get youth involved!
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.”
Our Spring Teen Concerts are back!! This year they will be held in the Bainbridge Island Aquatic Center parking lot by the Teen Center space. Want to play? Come by the Teen Center and pick up an application form. You must drop it at the Teen Center by April 13, or email it to email@example.com. Bands or solo, we want you on stage!!
Concerts will be May 11 and June 1 (Teen Center Birthday Celebration), 5-8pm.
JOIN US FOR THESE FUN ACTIVITIES
NATIONAL JRR TOLKIEN DAY
Explore Tolkien’s lesser-known writings and create your own elven language. Orc popcorn treats. 1/3
NATIONAL PUZZLE DAY
Come puzzle with us! We’ll have lots of puzzles to choose from, or you can design your own!! 1/29
SEND A CARD TO A FRIEND DAY
It’s always nice to let your friends know how much you care. We want to help you with that! 2/7
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. 2/11-2/14
NATIONAL BE HEARD DAY
WE ARE LISTENING! Come tell us what’s on YOUR mind. 3/7
NATIONAL UNPLUGGING DAY
You guessed it, no video games today!! No games on your phone, no radio even! You’ll have to show up to see the alternatives — they will be fun, and tasty! 3/8
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! Did you sign up for our Beach trip? Details posted later. Want to stick around here instead? Earn entry into the game room by walking around the building first! 4/4
GRILLED CHEESE SANDWICH DAY
Best. Sandwich. Ever. At least we think so! We’ll have the means, you make it! From 6:00-7:30p you can grill up your own sandwich, 3 cheeses to choose from and all the condiments you could want. 4/12
NATIONAL HAIKU POETRY DAY
Today we haiku.
Rain or shine we’ll write them down.
Treats for you and friends. 4/18
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
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.
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.
Teen Flashlight Egg Hunt
(Grades 6-12) Grab a flashlight, a bag, & a buddy and hop over to this annual, fun, teens-only egg hunt. Candy & prize eggs await those who aren’t afraid of the dark. U r never 2 old! Meet at the Teen Center at Aquatic Center.
Friday, April 19 from 9:00-10:30p FREE
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 firstname.lastname@example.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.
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