Because we live in a military community and I am all about supporting your growing family and encouraging you to spend meaningful time together, I am featuring local family friendly businesses and attractions. KiDiMu proudly supports the military by being a part of the Blue Star Museums program.  Participating museums grants free admission to active duty families from Memorial Day through Labor Day. KiDiMu also offers year-round discounts on admission and memberships for all military famililes.

KiDiMu

The idea for Kids Discovery Museum, affectionately known as KiDiMu, founded in 2003 with a group of community volunteers looking for ways to bridge the educational gap in early childhood for the Olympic Peninsula.  Two years later, the nonprofit organization opened its doors to the public.  KiDiMu has grown and evolved over the years to meet the needs of local families and partner with the community. The friendly staff are available to answer questions and even keep a supply of diapers and have snacks available for purchase.

For more information about everything KiDiMu has to offer follow the links below:

Hands-on Exhibits          Weekly Events          Monthly Events          More Events          Parties & Field Trips          Stay Connected         Support

Hands-on Exhibits

Being the only children’s museum on the Olympic Peninsula, KiDiMu prides itself in being able to offer events and exhibits for families with children from birth through eight years old.  The lower level features a community for young ones to explore.  They can make a deposit at the bank, get a check up at the doctor’s office, do some grocery shopping, and even visit the “construction site.”  Recently remodeled Totally Tots includes seating for parents to relax, There, they can also enjoy age-appropriate activities for babies and young toddlers. The outdoor area features a just-right-sized rock wall and outdoor toys. Though, the real highlight is an indoor tree house with a slide!

The Science and Literacy Hall upstairs features Fun with Physics; a favorite of everyone who visits.  Children are able to experiment with golf balls as they race, bounce, and spin them through the displays; they can even build their own contraption to test.  Other popular exhibits include the Light Wall, think giant Lite Brite from your childhood, and Blue Blocks, big foam blocks that can be transformed into anything imaginable.  Train tracks, books, puppets, and a Videomicroscope station round out the upper level.
You don’t want to miss their small gift shop offering educational items to promote learning and exploration at home.  KiDiMu recently partnered with KicKee Pants, a local children’s clothing company.  A portion of sales of KicKee Pants at KiDiMu is donated back to KiDiMu.  Found only at KiDiMu, “Bainbridge Blocks” are wooden blocks featuring true to life illustrations of buildings in the community.  What a great way to learn about Bainbridge!  Proceeds from each purchase gives back and supports the museum’s educational mission and outreach.

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Weekly Events at KiDiMu

KiDiMu offers new hands-on programs weekly.  Activities are child-led, but docent-guided.  Children are free to come and go to the activity while at the museum.  To learn more about what’s planned for each week, check out the KiDiMu calendar.  Here is a sample of the weekly progrms included in the daily admission:

  • Messy Monday from 10:30-11:30 a.m. guides children through a sensory-reach project.
  • Tuesday Tunes from 11-11:30 a.m. exposes children to live music as they sing along to folk classics.
  • Discovery Friday from 10:30-11:30 a.m. features STEM-inspired activities designed to spark children’s curiosity as they complete the investigations and experiments tailored to meet their developmental needs.

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Monthly Events at KiDiMu

  • Minimu and Minimu2 are available for families of children ages birth-12 months and 12-24 months, respectively. Caregivers connect to others and participate in circle time and sensory play with their babies and toddlers while learning from experts on how to navigate parenthood to raise healthy happy kids. Minimu (second Thursdays) and Minimu2 (fourth Thursdays) take place after the museum is closed to the public.
  • Sensory Sunday takes place the fourth Sunday of each month before the museum opens to the public. Families of children with autism or sensory processing challenges are welcome to enjoy the less crowded environment and support staff.
  • Playtime with Officer Carla of the Bainbridge Island Police Department provides an opportunity for fun, friendly interaction with a police officer. Check the KiDiMu calendar to see when she will be there.
  • The first Thursday of every month admission is free. Beware parking can get tight on those days!

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More Events

  • Three times a year, KiDiMu hosts a Family Night at the museum designed for families to play together after hours while participating in special themed activities.
  • KiDiMu continually partners with the community throughout the year. From dentists, to the local art museum, vetrinarians, or Project Canine, all of these partnerships aim to educate children and expose them to them to new experiences in a safe, playful environment.  These events are always changing so check out the KiDiMu calendar or join newsletter to learn more.  (Speaking of community involvement, check out the lending library built by local girl scouts.)
  • During Winter and Summer breaks, KiDiMu offers workshops and camps to children ages 3.5-6. Scholarships are available.
  • And be sure not to miss their annual Noon Year’s Eve celebration on December 31, complete with a ball drop and special activities.

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Parties and Field Trips

KiDiMu is available to host parties.  Several packages are available to meet the needs of each family.  The best part is guests are welcome to visit the museum before and after the party.  Don’t think inside the box with just birthday parties! KiDiMu has even hosted bridal and baby showers!

Schools may schedule field trips to KiDiMu.  These are self-guided and feature a special group rate.  All Head Start progrmas are offered free field trip admission.  Again, don’t think inside the box with just pre-schools; high schools have visited just to have “Fun with Physics.”

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Stay Connected

With everything KiDiMu has to offer, how does one keep track of it all?  Visit their website and follow them on Facebook and Twitter, or you could sign up for their weekly e-mail where you will get the highlights of upcoming events.

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How to Support

Besides visiting KiDiMu, one could also donate directly through their website or to One Call for All which supports nonprofits on Bainbridge Island.

KiDiMu holds its annual fundraiser in the fall.  Inspired by the Fun with Physics exhibit in 2017, the entire museum was transformed into the KiDiMu Masters mini golf course.  The weekend events included just for Grown-ups Night, Family Fun Day, and a Teen Night. Save the date to putt through the exhibits on November 3, 2018!

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