KiDiMu hosts birthday bash

Kids Discovery Museum will host its Third Annual Birthday Bash to mark an anniversary of opening its doors in itscurrent location this weekend.

The celebration will feature free family attractions, demonstrations and entertainment. All are invited to join in the festivities and enjoy a free-admission day at the museum.

The bash is from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, June 1.

“KiDiMu’s Birthday Bash is such a joyful reminder of the community commitment to provide a permanent home for early learning on Bainbridge Island,” said KiDiMu’s executive director Susie Burdick.

“We are excited to share this special occasion and thank the families, generous supporters, volunteers and the community at large for their ongoing support,” Burdick added.

Local performers from Kitsap and King county, as well as community partners and volunteers will help KiDiMu make the day special for visiting families.

Program highlights include a Plush Pet Clinic with Winslow Animal Clinic.

At 10:30 a.m., visiting vet Doctor Lisa Barnfield will offer well-check exams to children’s plush friends and share tips on how to become responsible pet owners.

At 11 a.m., Ordway teacher Sean Megy will invite the Bash guests for hands-on science experiments.

Then, at 11:30 a.m., local musician David Webb will lead a sing-along guitar concert, featuring folk hits for kids.

At noon, Roberto the Magnificent will add some magic to the celebration with his performance, to be followed by the Reptile Man show, featuring the reptile petting zoo to begin at 1 p.m.

In addition, between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m., families will enjoy complimentary face painting, sidewalk chalk, tattoos and balloons from KiDiMu.

Throughout the day, officers from the Bainbridge Island Fire Department will make surprise appearances to offer children an up-close look at their fire truck.

Also, local vendors and community partners will offer giveaways, including special treats from the Popcorn Chef and Bainbridge Bakers. Vanasse Studios will provide a photo booth to help the guests capture their special memory free of charge. Sweet Wheels and Bainbridge Bakers will help “power” visiting KiDiMu Explorers by offering snacks for sale.

The event would not be possible without the generous community partners who also believe in the museum’s mission. “KeyBank is delighted to return as a presenting sponsor of the Kids Discovery Museum’s Annual Birthday Bash,” said Charles Robertson, KeyBank’s vice president and area retail leader. “Learning through creative play so our kids can imagine more, discover more, and grow more is critical to their success, and KeyBank is proud to support this important work of the museum.”

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