Edmonds Kind of Play: Parents — de-stress from holiday madness and enjoy Friday Night Out

Jen Marx

Jen Marx

Has the panic set in? It has over here! Did I get everything on the list? How do I convince a 4-year-old that changing what he asks Santa for is against some North Pole bylaw? I’ve always wanted to be that person who loved the holidays and managed them with “perfect gift” grace. However, I am never more of a frazzled “Cathy” cartoon than during the holiday season; well maybe it’s a tie between this and back to school, but neither are pretty. How is anyone supposed to keep up with all of this? This week, I have been repeatedly informed that it is “Almost two weeks to Christmas,” “Two weeks to Christmas,” and “Less than two weeks to Christmas.” It’s hard to hear those “sleigh bells jingling” (Ring ting tingling too) and not feel the pressure!

A great way to get a break from it all is with this week’s “Friday Night Out” at the Frances Anderson Center, 700 Main St. This is a drop-off event for potty-trained kids ages 3 to 9, and runs from 5:30-8:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 13, City of Edmonds Parks & Rec folks promise that, “Kids play games, play in our fun-filled toy room, read books, create art projects and have a healthy snack.” You can drop the kids off while you shop, eat or just bask in the silence that is your kid-free house. I just found out this will be the last “Friday Night Out” until spring!

Who: Potty-trained kids ages 3 to 9

What: Friday Night Out

When: Friday, Dec. 13, 5:30-8:30 p.m.

Where: Frances Anderson Center, 700 Main St.

Earlier on Friday you can take kids, of any age, to Paint with Santa at Glazed and Amazed, 514 Main St.. Per their Facebook page, kids can “paint a hand print plate, take photos and enjoy cider. Santa will have a small gift for each child all for $25.” Call to reserve your spot –425-673 5474. We have an ornament we decorated at Glazed and Amazed with my in-laws four years ago. It is one of our favorites because it was made together and it much hardier than the ornaments that come home from preschool.

Who: Kids who love Santa and Glazed and Amazed

What: Paint with Santa

When: Friday Dec. 13, 1:30-4 p.m.

Where: Glazed and Amazed, 514 Main St.

This Saturday there is another “Fun with Frogs” class at The Frances Anderson Center with “The Frog Lady” Thayer Cueter. I’m told this class, for kids 4 and up, will also include turtles. Not only can you “interact with live amphibians” but now you can add reptiles to that list. Plus, you get to make a craft to take home. I see this class as the perfect way to let the kids see the animals they love without having to have one at home. Just in case you are in the market, “The Frog Lady” does cover what you need to take care of a frog at home.

Who: Kids 4 and up

What: Fun with Frogs, Turtles Too

When: Saturday December 14th, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Where: Frances Anderson Center, 700 Main St.

It is hard to think of much else with two weeks of kid entertaining on deck, but I want to mention that there are some camps for non-student days coming up! For the non-student day in January for the Edmonds School District, you can find one of my favorite ranger camps on Page 5 of The Craze, or at www.crazedigital.org. For the non-student days in February and March, not only will you have the Ranger-led day camps available but you can also sign kids up for a new clay mini camp taught by a sculpting artist. Find info on both at www.crazedigital.org or www.reczone.org, and I’ll remind you on “Edmonds Kind of Play”!

– By Jen Marx

 

Jen Marx, an Edmonds Mom of two young boys, is a traffic reporter by dawn and writer and PBJ maker by day. She is always looking for a fun place to take the kids that makes them tired enough to go to bed on time. You can contact Jen with your local event at play@myedmondsnews.com or find her trying to make sense of begging kids to ” just eat the mac n cheese” at SnackMomSyndrome.com. If you have a kid-friendly event you’d like to share, email her at play@myedmondsnews.com.

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