On the western side of Puget Sound across from Seattle, you will find the communities of Bremerton and Silverdale. Both are small, family-oriented towns situated along the Kitsap Peninsula. There are a number of activities within this region for toddlers. Whether you are just over on a visit or you call the Kitsap Peninsula your home, you will have all kinds of options for toddlers.
The city of Bremerton (ci.bremerton.wa.us) has several parks perfect for tots. Arvon Park (no website; 1512 Arvon Street; 360-473-5305) is a small park with a playground specifically for toddlers. Forest Ridge Park (no website; 110 Summit Avenue; 360-473-5305) also has a playground as well as forested areas and trails great for exploring. Evergreen Rotary Park (no website; 1400 Park Avenue; 360-473-5305) provides picnic areas, open grassy fields and 1,900 feet of shoreline. Toddlers may enjoy seeing all the big boats and playing along the water.
Northwest School of Dance (nwschoolofdance.com) in Bremerton offers beginner dance classes including a rhyming class teaching singing and movement with Dr. Seuss stories, creative dance for 3- to 6-year-olds and pre-tap classes. Olympic Gymnastics Center (ogcwa.com) in Silverdale features Mommy and Me tot classes for 1- to 3-year-olds and a gymnastics class for 3- to 4-year-olds. Irene's School of Dance (irenesdance.com) in Silverdale provides pre-dance classes for toddlers focusing on developing gross motor skills through rhyming and music movement.
Play Indoor Playground and Learning Center (playkitsap.com) in Bremerton is a play area with young children in mind. It has a bounce house, inflatable slide, play kitchen, toy racecars to ride on, a sports zone and a train set. It offers parents night out events as well. Silverdale has a Chuck E. Cheese (chuckecheese.com) perfect for toddler fun. It provides kiddie rides, prizes, arcade games designed for tots, climbing structures, slides and an occasional visit from the Chuck E. Cheese mascot.
Bremerton is home to the Bug Museum (bugmuseum.com), which provides kids with an up-close look at some of the most interesting bugs and reptiles. Toddlers can view all of the live bug displays, participate in bug art and butterfly classes, and see reptiles such as tortoises and snakes. The Kitsap Regional Library (krl.org/storytime) has branches in both Bremerton and Silverdale. You and your toddler are welcome to join regular story times specific to their age at either branch.