Science Fair winnersAll school-aged youth, from all schools and home schools, are invited to participate in the Funhouse’s 14th annual Science Fair on Saturday, March 29, 2014 from 12-4pm. Entry is open to students from Lopez, Orcas, San Juan, Shaw, Stuart, and Waldron islands. Hundreds of kids participate each year, showcasing their science projects. The day is full of fascinating learning – and fun for all ages!

In addition to the science exhibits, island innovators share exciting demonstrations of all sorts. Food, music, and other entertainment round out the day while entries are judged and prizes awarded.

Every entry receives recognition. The “Richie Moore Rocketship of Wonder” is awarded to the ‘Best of Show’ project by our Wizard Judges. At the Middle and High School level scholarships of $1,000, $650 and $350 are awarded to the first, second and third place entries.

The Science Fair is sponsored and supported by generous Orcas Island Community Members and Local Businesses. For more information, or to volunteer call 376-7177 or email

2014 Science Fair Entry Form - Download Here!

Science Fair Poster pdf


Join Mike Buckner  for SAT Prep Classes. Tuesday & Thursday, 5:30-6:30pm at The Funhouse. March 18 – April 29th. No class April 15 and 17 during spring break. $100. Snacks provided. Call, email, or stop by The Funhouse to register.

Download Class Registration Form


Buy Local First, And Then…

February 24, 2014

Support The Funhouse (aka Childrens Discovery Foundation) by making your online purchases at Amazon Smile. We receive a donation each time you do! Thank you for your support!

image002Featuring local favorite
Willie Thomas on trumpet and Bernie Jacobs as the Vocalist.

Saturday, March 8th at 7:30 p.m. Buy tickets here. $30, $16 students.

All proceeds benefit The Funhouse Commons.

Oliver Groenewald, and nine of Seattle’s hottest jazz professionals have come together to create the “Seattle ten-tet”. A night of jazz featuring Seattle jazz vocalist, Bernie Jacobs and local favorite on trumpet, Willie Thomas, one of the few living and still performing artists from the Be-pop era.Band includes: Jay Thomas, Brad Allison, Dan Marcus, Travis Ranney, Alex Dougdale, John Hanson, Adam Kessler, Chuck Kistler, Brendan O’Donnell.


Winter/Spring 2014 Schedule

December 26, 2013


Running Club - Ages 7-14. Starts Monday, Feb. 26, 3:30-4:30pm. Meets Mondays & Wednesdays through April 9th at the Funhouse. $25. Sign up at Orcas Parks & Rec.

Youth Basketball Fundamentals - Ages 6-12. Starts Thursday Feb. 27 at K-8 Gym. Girls 3:30-4:30pm, Boys 4:45-5:45pm. $25. Sign up through Orcas Parks & Rec.

IMG_3611 Elemento Science Club with Lana. Ages 7-12. Mondays, January 13-April 7, 3:30-4:30pm. Drop-in $5 or free for Funhouse members.

Theater Improv:  Ages 12-17. Mondays, January 27th – March 31st. 5:00-7:00pm. Learn the basics of improv comedy in this fun, low stress, high energy 10 week class with Audra Goffeney. $100.

Art of Mountains & Islands with Lana. Ages 7-12. Wednesdays, January 8-April 9, 3:30-4:30pm. Drop-in $5 or free for Funhouse members.

Playgroup:  Ages 0-3. Tuesdays, 9 – 11a.m. FREE.

Homework Club: Daily 3:30-4:30pm at the Funhouse. FREE with membership.

Youth Sports and other classes offered through Orcas Parks and Recreation Dept. Visit 

Sign up for After School Program here!

August 23, 2013

Registration Form Throughout the 2013/14 school year, The Funhouse Commons will continue to offer its innovative After School, Teen, Mentoring, and Educational programs.  We are not just a place for fun and learning, but also a critical social safety net for island children and teens. Everyday we offer fun classes, homework club, and other supervised […]

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The Funhouse Makes a Difference: Here’s the proof!

July 14, 2011

The Funhouse 2013 Annual Report is out! We are pleased to provide the details of another successful year for The Funhouse Commons; including quality programs, incredible local support and positive transitions launching us into 2014. Download the report here!

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New Teen Program ~ Friday Night Hangout!

July 30, 2009

Friday Night Hangout is our newest program for middle and high school students, 6-9pm at the Funhouse. Join supervisor Anna Bixel Vast, and staff member Jessica Doyle for fun activities each Friday. We’re developing innovative programming which includes leadership training, internships, arts, games, food, music, and much more.  Free with membership. Scholarships available. For more […]

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