Indoor and Outdoor Experiences/Camps for Kids, Summer Concerts and Movies in the Park, and much more! Bainbridge Island Metro Park & Recreation District has something for everyone this summer!

The summer season is gearing up and the Bainbridge Island Metro Park & Recreation District is buzzing with excitement! BIMPRD has a fantastic line-up this summer full of enriching recreational activities for people of all ages and interests. Whether you’re seeking family-friendly events, rejuvenating fitness classes, thrilling outdoor adventures, or engaging art workshops, there’s something for everyone.

HERE’S A TASTE OF WHAT’S COMING UP:

Give the child in your life an outdoor summer experience that feels like a traditional day camp! Join BIMPRD’s fun staff in the woods and trails of Camp Yeomalt for afternoon Nature Camp!

  • Young Naturalists — ages 7-9 | Activity #470601
  • Evening Twilight Camp — ages 9-11 | Activity #470811
  • Camper-driven Everything Camp — ages 6-12 | Activity #470602

Make vocal music part of this summer! With excellent, supportive ongoing classes and single-day seminar options, BIMPRD encourages you to share your voice with guidance from Jenny Davis. This could be the year you polish that final verse, audition for that big musical opportunity, or just surprise yourself!

  • Introduction to Songwriting Class — Activity #466956
  • Introduction to Songwriting Seminar — Activity #466957
  • Solo Singing — Activity #466578

Is your young person more of an indoor adventurer? Then check out the spots remaining in their camps designed for innovators and artists alike:

  • LEGO® Bricks 4 Kidz camps — ages 6-12 | Activity #470828
  • Engaging Gamers Lairs for D&D play with peers — ages 10-14 | Activity #472665
  • Art camps at the Bainbridge Island Museum of Art — multiple ages | Activity #472669
  • Mystical Math for Girls-Only — ages 9-11 | Activity #471504

 Encourage their big imagination to run wild as part the BIMPRD book camps!

  • Unleash your inner Olympian with our Camp Halfblood, inspired by the Percy Jackson books — ages 8-12
  • Explore the wizarding world with Dumbledore’s Recruits, inspired by the Harry Potter books — ages 10-13
  • These and other immersive theme camps for ages 5-13 can be found under Activity #470815.

When your child joins like-minded campers in fun exploration, new friends are found, and lifelong interests are sparked!

For more information and registration, visit: Register | Bainbridge Island Metro Park & Recreation District (biparks.org)

2023 BIMPRD Hiking imageHiking in the wilderness is like stepping into a real-life Bob Ross painting – Happy little trees and tranquil streams surround you. Step into the natural painting of the Pacific Northwest with BIMPRD wilderness hikes! Want to see if their one-of-a-kind hiking trips are for you? Wilderness hikes are geared toward those who are:

  • New to Hiking: BIMPRD wilderness guides have a wealth of backcountry medical knowledge, years of outdoor experience, and emergency response equipment on every hike, taking you along the route safely and encouraging you to try something new! Hikes welcome all fitness levels.
  • New to the area: Leave it up to BIMPRD; they’ll introduce you to new locations! New to Bainbridge Island and want to meet other hikers? Expand your friend circle by meeting like-minded people in their group hikes!
  • Experienced hikers: Let BIMPRD do the work. They provide complete itineraries and transportation to and from the trailhead. Your only responsibilities are soaking up the sights and enjoying the journey.
  • Looking for family-friendly activities: With hikes available for those ages ten and up, it’s fun for the whole family!

Click here for a full listing of wilderness hikes!

2023 Sounds of Summer image courtesy of BIMPRDSounds of Summer Concert Series- Battle Point Park | Wednesdays | 6:30-8:30p | FREE

7/5 — Eden – Eden is a rock/blues/pop band from the Pacific Northwest fronted by the powerhouse vocals of Savanna Woods, a recent Top 20 artist on NBC’s The Voice. Savanna’s unique voice is paired with the incredibly talented Aaron Hiebert on electric guitar, Jason Edwards on drums, and Ethan Gibbons on bass to create an impactful and energetic sound. They play a dynamic range of original music paired with covers from the 60s through today. From Fleetwood Mac to AC/DC to Stevie Ray Vaughan, they are guaranteed to get you grooving! 

7/12 — Fox and Bones – Portland-based folk-rock band Fox and Bones entertain and engage with their heartwarming, uplifting, and “contagiously optimistic” brand of original music and unique take on the folk-rock music of the 60s, 70s, 80s, and beyond. Backed by the rock ‘n’ roll outfit The Quick and Easy Boys, they put on a fun and interactive live show you don’t want to miss!

7/19 — The West Coast Feed – The West Coast Feed is a musical sasquatch emerging from the Pacific Northwest, ready to meet the world. Hailing from Seattle, The West Coast Feed is an electrifying seven-piece experience that sounds like a Bruno Mars and Bruce Springsteen dance party that No Depression calls “a viable band with new flavors that deserve attention.” The band quickly gained notoriety throughout the West Coast for their not-to-be-missed live shows fronted by charismatic lead singer, Jesse Butterworth, complete with a three-person horn section, soaring violin, dueling electric guitars, and a host of catchy and clever original songs.

7/26 — Lady A – Lady A, known as “The Hardest Workin’ Woman in Blues, Soul, Funk & Gospel,” began singing at age five and began her performance career as a backup singer in a Motown Revue band during the ’90s. Her love of music, gospel background, Louisiana roots, and musical family always led her back to the Blues and Gospel music, mixed with flavors of soul and funk like a perfect jambalaya.

8/2 — Nearly Dan – The demands of the music of Steely Dan are high in technical proficiency and in preserving the sarcastic, knowing attitude initially conceived. Nearly Dan excels on both fronts, fusing the chops of 12 diversely-talented artists into a veritable butcher’s shop window of precisely cut bass lines; surgical, highly reminiscent guitar solos; a biting yet sophisticated horn section, and richly marbled beats. Returning favorite, Nearly Dan!

8/9 — LONG LIVE ROCK – LONG LIVE ROCK performs #1 hit favorites in a fun, high-energy live music experience! It’s an all-out “encore rush” of all those songs you go into a show longing to hear (and you’ll get them from beginning to end.) This collective is made up of professional musicians who are diehard fans of classic rock and have the chops to deliver all classic rock’s biggest hits just the way you like it!

8/16 — The ABBAGraphs – Seattle-based The ABBAgraphs recreate the pop magic of ABBA’s chart-topping, classic pop hits of the ’70s and early ’80s PLUS hits of the disco era. Think Dancing Queen, Take a Chance on Me, Mamma Mia, Fernando, Waterloo, and more! 

8/23 — Nate Botsford – Nate Botsford’s band brings the party with their country rock hybrid style and will surely get you on your feet! From coffeehouses to mainstages, Nate has pleased audiences with his feel-good tunes and relatable lyrics. Nate has shared the stage with the likes of Old Dominion, Brett Young, Lonestar, and many others and calls upon his influences of Johnny Cash, Bob Dylan, and his big-band pianist grandfather in his music.

8/30 — Backstreet Jellyroll – Backstreet Jellyroll is a celebration of the powerful music of Van Morrison, one of the most revered and significant songwriters of the rock era. Covering more than five decades of hits, this 11-piece band delivers music that ranges from a whisper to a roar. Sounds of Summer fan-favorite Backstreet Jellyroll is comprised of professional working musicians creating an experience like no other.

2023 Edwin E. Ritchie Observatory photo credit Mario Alejandro Torres
2023 Edwin E. Ritchie Observatory photo credit Mario Alejandro Torres

The Edwin E. Ritchie Observatory will be open for visitors during both the concerts and movies at Battle Point Park, to learn more about the Battle Point Astronomical Association (BPAA), visit our previous articles: Reaching for the Stars: The Ritchie Observatory at Battle Point Park – Built for and by Bainbridge Islanders | THE ISLAND WANDERER and The Sky’s the Limit at the Ritchie Observatory at Battle Point Park | THE ISLAND WANDERER

2023 Movies in the Park image courtesy of BIMPRDMovies in the Park – Battle Point Park | Friday nights in August | Movies begin approximately 30 minutes after sunset | FREE

8/4 — E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (PG)

8/11 — Top Gun: Maverick (PG-13)

8/18 — Puss in Boots: The Last Wish (PG)

8/25 — Black Panther: Wakanda Forever (PG-13)

Check BIMPRD’s website for additional details and updates: Special Events | Bainbridge Island Metro Park & Recreation District (biparks.org)

biparks_logo w.o backgroundBIMPRD is Hiring! They have full-time, part-time, and seasonal positions for committed individuals looking to make a difference in the community. Opportunities include Aquatics, Outdoor Recreation, Exercise and Fitness, Sports, Summer Camps, Parks and Conservation and more! To learn more, visit: Job Opportunities | Sorted by Job Title ascending | . (governmentjobs.com)

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