Any week that involves 700,000 people trying to get to the same place at the same time and also has a non-student day in the Edmonds School District, it’s a big week for parents. I mean, did you go to the Seahawks parade? It looks like 34 percent of us did, and what do you do with kids on a day off when you just took a day off? Didn’t we JUST have one of these?!? Anything out of the normal routine can make for wacky kid behavior but having braved numb toes to hear my oldest son tell me that after being at the parade he felt like he won the Super Bowl, it all feels worth the random meltdowns likely on deck. For those of us ready to have our fun a little closer to home, there are a lot of really fun local events for that.
First let’s talk about the non-student day Friday, Feb. 7. I confirmed with Debbie at the front desk of Edmonds Parks and Recreation that there is still space in the Clay Mini-Camp which runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. This program, for kids 8 to 12, involves creating clay projects, which will be fired outside of camp, and available for pick up in two week. Kids will need a sack lunch; I don’t know why but having an event where the kids eat lunch somewhere else makes such a huge difference! This mini-camp is also offered on March 21, another non-student day in our school district.
You can wrap up your week with the Daddy Daughter Dance at the Edmonds Senior Center. This would have been something I loved when I was little, I mean a dress and shoes that click when you walk, sign me up! The Daddy Daughter Dance will be held Saturday, Feb. 8 from 6:30-8 p.m.; little girls and their favorite male role models can dance in the upstairs ballroom and also have their picture taken by a professional (for a fee). This event is $25 per couple (additional daughters are just $5), and requires pre-registration through Edmonds Parks and Recreation. They can be reached at 425-771-0230.
Now to Kidstock! I feel the need to do that concert, “Woo,” after saying it. Kidstock! — held this Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. — is a “free, annual family event at ECA that features musical performances, theatre, arts education workshops, and activities for kids.” This all-ages event by the Edmonds Center for the Arts, 410 4th Ave. N., is full of kid heroes like Aaron, Nigel Smith, Tim Noah, and The Not-Its who will all perform on the ECA Main stage. Not only will there be kid-thrilling events like face-painting, bouncy houses, and a Seattle Shakespeare Company costume photo booth but Kidstock! features a performances by Book-It Repertory Theatre (The Phantom Tollbooth) and Thistle Theatre (Mrs. Periwinkle and Possum.) For planning purposes, I have added the schedule below. All of the Theatre, Live! Events are first-come, first served and you can register for Kidstock! at www.ec4arts.org or by calling the ECA box office at 425-275-9595.
On the Main Stage
9:45-10:30: Tim Noah
11:00-11:45: Alex Zerbe Juggling
12:15-1:00: The Not-Its!
1:30-2:15: Aaron Nigel Smith
Theatre, Live! (2nd floor, Center Classroom)
10:00-10:45: The Phantom Tollbooth (Book-It Repertory Theatre) (Gr. K-6)
11:15-12:00: Book-it Repertory Theatre’s “Themes in Motion” Workshop (Gr. K-2)
1:00-2:00: Mrs. Periwinkle and Possum (Thistle Theatre) (Ages 3+)
Coming home from the parade WednesdayI saw a sign for another big Jack and Jill sale at the Lynnwood Convention Center, 3711 196th St. S.W., Lynnwood. This consignment sale has “amazing deals on gently used items, and even some that are still new.” There are “tens of thousands of children’s items” to choose from that include clothes and shoes, toys, baby equipment and even furniture. Local Moms will be selling both items and services in the “Made by Mom boutique area!” The sale starts with a private pre-sale, Friday, Feb. 7 and ends Sunday with a “Half Price Tag Sale.” You can get the full schedule and tickets HERE.
On Facebook there is an amazing group called “Edmonds Moms” and if you are a local Mom I fully suggest joining. The group is great for anything from getting a gently used high chair or preschool recommendations to advice any of the “what the heck” kinda things that happens to you after having kids. Over the time I have been a part of the group I have seen many a mom say they are looking to meet up with another mom in their shoes. If you feel like that too, definitely hit that join button and attend a meet up. Having a friend to nod and say “Me too!” is as important as anything they carry at Babies R Us.
— 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com.