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.
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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!
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.
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!
- 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.
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.”
How to Support
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!