FAQ

GENERAL QUESTIONS

Is KiDiMu Closed During the COVID-19 Outbreak?
IMPORTANT UPDATE
With the quickly changing situation and closure of the Bainbridge Island School District, and in an effort to help mitigate the effects of COVID-19 in our community, the museum will be closed through April 24, 2020.

Kids Discovery Museum has always been committed to the well-being of our community. This has not been an easy decision, as it impacts children and families. However, if we can be part of helping to protect public health and shorten the duration of COVID-19, we feel these sacrifices are essential.

We will continue to evaluate the situation and will keep you informed about next steps.
If have questions, please do not hesitate to contact us at learnmore@kidimu.org. Thank you for your understanding and support!

What Will Happen with Memberships during the COVID-19 Outbreak?
All current and new memberships, as well as renewals, will be extended upon reopening and help the Museum during the outbreak.

How Can I Help KiDiMu during the COVID-19 Closure?
As you might know, KiDiMu relies heavily on our daily admissions, memberships, birthday parties, and camp tuition etc. to keep our doors open. The rest of our funding comes from donors and small businesses – all of which are currently feeling the larger economic impacts of COVID-19.

If your income is not currently impacted and you are able to make a contribution to KiDiMu or any other nonprofit you feel connected to, please consider doing so. As nonprofits, we all will be relying on our community as we move forward, just as our community will rely on us.

We are eager to reopen our doors and welcome our museum families back as soon as it is safe to do so. In the meantime, stay healthy and stay tuned. Thank you for your understanding and support!

RESOURCES FOR FAMILIES:
KPHD reminds that everyone should practice healthy habits to prevent the spread of respiratory illnesses:

  • Wash hands often with soap and water for 20 seconds (sing the ABC or other favorite song to help younger children follow the recommended routine).
  • Cover coughs and sneezes with an elbow or tissue.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently used objects and surfaces.
  • Stay home when sick and avoid close contact with others.

ADDITIONAL TIPS FOR PARENTS:

What is There to do at the Museum?
You and your child can explore a variety of hands-on exhibits and activities. You can also participate in fun parent-child workshops and programs. At certain times of the year, we offer camps and special events. Please check schedule for details.

Is my Child too Old/Young to Enjoy the Museum?
In general, the exhibits and activities are designed for children between 6 months and 8 years.
However, children’s needs vary and we recommend that you try out the Museum in person.
We’ll be happy to waive your fee if you decide not to stay.

Can Anyone Visit the Museum?
We are proud to show off our LEED certified home! However, for safety reasons, we have a strict “no adults alone” policy. If you would like to request a guided tour, please call ahead or check in at the front desk. Our staff will be happy to assist you.

Can I Drop my Child off at the Museum?
All children must be accompanied by an adult (18 or older), unless attending a special Museum program such as a camp etc. (an adult must be present to sign in and sign out the child).

Can I Have a Birthday Party at KiDiMu?
Yes! Check out our Party Options.

What is the Main Telephone Number?
206.855.4650

What is Your Mailing/Physical Address?
301 Ravine Lane NE, Bainbridge Island, WA 98110

LOGISTICS

How do I get There and Where can I Park?
Please click here for directions & parking options.

Is the Museum Within Walking Distance From the Ferry Terminal?
Yes, KiDiMu is located in the Island Gateway, just half-a-block away from the terminal.

What are the Museum Hours and Admission?
Please visit this page for detailed information.

Can I Bring in Food or Beverages?
Outside food and beverages are allowed in the Museum, however, they must be enjoyed in the designated areas: at the Waterfront Park table in Our Town or at a picnic table outside.

Can I go out and Come Back in Again?
Yes, as long as you sign in upon your arrival. Admission price covers an all-day pass.

When is the Least Crowded Time to Visit KiDiMu?
Usually, lunch/nap time on Wednesdays and Thursdays during the school year tends to be the quietest (with the exception of Free First Thursdays, which is the busiest day).

Is the Museum Wheelchair-accessible?
Yes! Our building is ADA-accessible (with the exception of the Pirate Tree House and outdoor space). If you have questions about your child’s specific needs, please contact us at 206.855.4650.

May I Bring my Child’s Class or an Organized Group in for a Visit?
Yes, field trips and groups (of 10 or more) are welcome! However, you have to call ahead to make a reservation: 206.855.4650.

Are There Other Family-Friendly Attractions in the Area?
KiDiMu is located downtown, within walking distance from the Waterfront Park and a playground, as well several restaurants and stores; and just a short drive from the movie theater, the playhouse and beach parks. Museum staff will be happy to direct you.

Are There any Special Restrictions?
For the comfort of our visitors and their families, KiDiMu is a Weapons-Free Zone. We ask that visitors not bring any sharp objects or concealed weapons into the museum. KiDiMu is also a Tobacco & Vape-Free Zone. We ask that visitors do not smoke on museum property, including the outdoor play space, parking lot and entrance areas.

COST & PAYMENT

What are the Museum Admission Rates?
Please click here for detailed information about rates and discounts.

Do you Offer Membership Options?
Yes. Learn more about the levels and discounts.

Is There Additional Charge for Programs or Workshops?
Most of our parent-child programs are included with admission. Any program with an additional cost is noted on the calendar.

What Forms of Payment do you Accept?
The Museum accepts cash, local checks, Visa, and the following credit cards: Visa, Master Card, American Express and Discover. There is a $5 minimum for credit card charges.

Why do you Charge Admission?
KiDiMu is a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization and relies on admission and membership fees, as well as donations, sponsorships and grants to run the Museum and its programs. Approximately, 35 percent of our operating costs are funded through admission and membership fees.

Why do you Charge for Adults?
The Museum offers a family experience (like a movie theater or play). Its mission is also to encourage interactive play between children and their caregivers, so the adults get their dose of hands-on fun too.

Why can’t I use my Membership at Other Children’s Museums?
Each children’s museum is independently operated. In the Northwest, most belong to the Northwest Association of Youth Museums (NAYM). Every KiDiMu Membership comes with a coupon sheet for 2-for-1 one-time admission to these museums.

What if we Can’t Afford to Pay?
If your family is unable to afford a Museum membership or admission, you may qualify for a reduced-fee or free pass or membership if you are:

  • Eligible for Free or Reduced Lunch Program
  • Receiving any other form of public assistance
  • Having difficult financial circumstances

KiDiMu participates in the Museums for All initiative offering $3 admission to participants of the following programs: EBT, CHIP, Provider One, or WIC. The rate applies to the card holders and all dependent children in the household. Foster Families are also offered the Museums for All rate. Proof of participation in the programs is required upon admission.

Now, Foster Families may also qualify for a free membership – made possible by First Federal. Learn more…>>

The Museum also offers a monthly Free First Thursday program, provided by Wells Fargo. In addition, reduced-rate memberships are offered to Foster Families. Please call 206.855.4650 with any questions.