Summertime in the Pacific Northwest is inarguably glorious. It’s our annual reward for the drizzly, dark months we spend cooped up inside our homes. In response to our new normal though, even social butterflies accustomed to jam-packed summers will have to tweak their calendars this year. Luckily, many of the organizations we routinely turn to for fun are busy creating safe activities to get excited about. Here is a selection of some of the available offerings.
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One current listing is Curiosity Club, which offers interactive online courses for ages 5 to 10.
The exciting activity sessions delve into the curious worlds of science, technology, engineering, art and math with fun (and sometimes messy) projects aligned with grade-level academics and common core standards.
Conduct experiments, build, take apart and create!
BANISH BOREDOM WITH PARKS PROGRAMS
After being temporarily suspended due to COVID-19, BI Metro Park & Recreation District is relaunching its summer recreation programs!
Registration starts Wednesday, June 10, at 9:30 a.m. Online, phone and mail-in registrations will be accepted.
For a full listing of summer programs, visit biparks.org. Most of the programming is set to launch in Phase 3 of the reopening plan (approximately early July).
Using writing prompts to generate words as inspiration, as well as supplies from around the home, work with Lynda Sherman to develop easily accessible tools and techniques for jump-starting your printing practice.
The workshop will be held on Zoom in a meeting format. Register ahead of time. Tickets are $12 for members and $15 for nonmembers.
COME SAIL AWAY
I’m on a boat! We’re happy to report that Sail Bainbridge is afloat.
Cleared by Washington state’s plan for safe re-opening, the charter sail company is now allowed to offer private excursions for up to six passengers from mixed households.
Sail packages include two-hour outings, half-day sails, sunset sails, overnight trips and more.
Need a stunning location for a ceremony or a photo shoot? Nothing like the beautiful waters of the Puget Sound.
PLENTY OF PRODUCE
An island staple of summertime, the Bainbridge Island Farmers’ Market is now open Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Winslow Town Square.
Fan favorites such as Butler Green Farms, Bainbridge Vineyards and Baywater Sweet Oysters (and many more) will be onsite.
In order to keep the venue safe, please bring a mask to wear, practice social distancing and leave your dogs at home.
THE GREAT OUTDOORS
Internationally recognized Bloedel Reseve has reopened its gates and is now offering timed ticketing and a one-way trail system so we can continue to experience the inspirational beauty of its refined gardens, natural landscapes and preserved forests.
Between June 2 and 14, Bloedel will be offering free admission to the community. To whet your appetite for an in-person visit, check out the website to learn more about the grounds and horticulture team’s ongoing work.
CAMPSITE WITH A VIEW
Sometimes the ideal getaway is as close as Fay Bainbridge Park & Campground. All you’ll need is a sesame seed of motivation to pull together for an overnight adventure (or stay for up to 10 days) at the 17-acre marine park that features 1,420 feet of saltwater shoreline on the northeast corner of the island.
The park offers sweeping views of Puget Sound and the Cascade Mountains and features sandy beaches. On clear days, Mount Rainier and Mount Baker are visible.
But don’t wait to make a reservation as campsites fill up fast. The campground has 14 tent sites at $20 per night with a central water location and a portable toilet, 26 RV sites with water and electricity at $40 per night, and three cabins at $95 per night during peak season.
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