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Bloedel Reserve has first-ever Out(side)rageous Family Day

The first-ever Out(side)rageous Family Day at Bloedel Reserve invites kids and their parents to enjoy the grounds and participate in a variety of games and activities Saturday, Aug. 23.   - Keith Brofsky photo
The first-ever Out(side)rageous Family Day at Bloedel Reserve invites kids and their parents to enjoy the grounds and participate in a variety of games and activities Saturday, Aug. 23.
— image credit: Keith Brofsky photo

Pack up your picnic and get out on the grounds for Bloedel Reserve’s first ever child-centered Out(side)rageous Family Day from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 23.

The special event boasts a variety of fun and interactive activities spread across the ground hosted by several local organizations, as well as concerts especially targeted to the younger crowd.

Participating partners include IslandWood, Kids Discovery Museum, Bainbridge Island Museum of Art, the Boys & Girls Club of Bainbridge Island and the West Sound Wildlife Shelter, who will bring an ambassador animal.

The family day event is the reserve’s way of further including younger guests, explained Bloedel spokesman Korum Bischoff.

“Families and kids were always welcome at the reserve,” he said. “But the community didn’t necessarily feel that. Some people thought you weren’t allowed to bring kids. This is a way for us to show that we want families here.”

“It’s just as important for kids to be exposed to nature and beauty as it is for the parents or grandparents,” Bischoff said.

This event also affords Bloedel the chance to further partner with several other island organizations and artists, he added.

Local musician Johnny Bregar will perform his songs at noon and the ever-popular Seattle-based Recess Monkey will get the crowd jamming with their rocking tunes at 1:30 p.m.

Also new for this special event, the reserve has set aside their prohibition on picnicking and families are encouraged to bring their coolers and baskets for the day.

“It’s always great to see families enjoying the Reserve,” said executive director Ed Moydell. “But it will be fantastic to have a day dedicated to children and families. Live music, hands-on activities and the natural beauty of the reserve, what’s not to enjoy?”

Out(side)rageous Family Day is free for all children and reserve members of any age. Regular adult admission will be reduced to $10 for the event.

The reserve will also be celebrating the roll-out of their new self-guided activities for children to use any time they visit the Reserve. The goal of the interactive and educational activities is to help enhance a child’s experience when walking the grounds.

“It’s our hope these activities connect children with nature in a new way. Feel the bark of a tree, smell the damp bog, hear the birds sing, and wholly engage with the Reserve,” Bischoff said. “Often times, seeing the reserve through the eyes of a child is one of the best ways to experience the gardens.”

As a sort of precursor to Family Day, the reserve will host a special concert event featuring The Dusty 45s at 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 22.

Picnicking will also be allowed for this special outdoor concert event. Tickets are on sale now. The cost is $26 for members and $30 for non-members and available through

This weekend of outdoor fun coincides with the end of Bloedel’s summer hours as, after the end of August, Bischoff explained, the reserve will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday.

The Bloedel Reserve is an internationally renowned public garden whose primary mission is to provide a tranquil and refreshing experience of nature. The reserve’s 150 acres are a unique blend of natural woodlands and beautifully landscaped gardens, including a Japanese garden, a moss garden, reflection pool and the Bloedel’s former estate home. For more information, visit

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