Bainbridge Island with Kids

Allcomers on July 5th at the High School. Races run through August.


Our island is rich with opportunities when it comes to interesting things to do. These ideas are also a great way to meet people if you are an Island Newcomer. Here is a tried and true always updated list to get you started:

Specifically for younger kids

Sports and Activities

Fun and Free

  • Participate in All-Comers on Mondays nights at 6:15 after July 4th through August.  Free running races for all ages at the High School Track.  See my previous post on this event.  Bring a picnic dinner and dine with others on the field.
  • Spend an afternoon at the Bainbridge Island Museum of Art.  In Winslow, right near the ferry.  Admission is free and don’t miss the BIMA Cafe.
  • Go to a Star Party at the Ritchie Observatory at Battle Point Park.
  • Bainbridge Library Story Time – check here for times and ages.  They have a great summer reading program.
  • Pick a park or a trail and get outside. Two of my favorite maps at those links.  I recommend a hike in the Grand Forest.
  • Explore beautiful Bainbridge Gardens, lots to see for free, inside and out.  While you are there you can have lunch or a snack at The New Rose Cafe on site at Bainbridge Gardens.
  • Some local folks have plotted out bike routes along the island and those can be found on Bikely.
  • Find a cool beach to relax or play. Check out the Shoreline Access Guide.
  • Take a tour through Farmer’s Market on Saturdays 9am-1pm in the Town Square at City Hall Park. mid April -October.
  • Plant a garden in your own yard or take advantage of a Community Garden.
  • Enjoy a free Summer Concert an island Park.  Concerts run mid-July  – mid-August, some great bands are planned for this summer.

Updated 5/26/16

Things to do with kids on Bainbridge Island

The Boundy Family Farm on Bainbridge Island. A Blakely Elementary School Field Trip.


On May 26, 2016, in Activities, Community, Moving, by

Crew on Bainbridge Island

One of the great things about living on an island is water and water sports.  The Bainbridge community is lucky to have a rowing club on the island – Bainbridge Island Rowing Club.  My oldest daughter participates in the Junior’s Program, which is a year-round club sport, but in the spring it is also a school sport at Bainbridge High School.

Right now we are right in the middle of the spring rowing season.  The spring season consists of three multi-day regattas, and a handful of local scrimmages.  Over the past few weeks the team has been down in Eugene, Oregon for the Covered Bridge Regatta, Mill Bay, British Columbia for the Brentwood Regatta, and in a week we will be down at Vancouver Lake for the Regionals.  Beautiful venues.  A lot of travel, but so much fun.  A terrific group of athletes and parents.  The club also has a Master’s Program, which is also popular on the island for adult rowers.

Another reason, to love Bainbridge – a diversity of sports.  Beyond the basics like soccer and baseball/softball, the island is also fortunate to have access to a variety of sports like lacrosse (boys and girls), roller hockey, rope skipping, gymnastics, and of course, crew. Click on the highlighted links to find out more about each group.

Covered Bridge Regatta

Covered Bridge Regatta

Brentwood Regatta

Brentwood Regatta by Jen Pells


On May 5, 2015, in Beyond Bainbridge, Community, Personal, Photos, by

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