I just got an email from Edmonds Parks and Recreation that said, “Mark your calendars! Summer camp registration begins Monday, March 17.” Fearing little more than a summer full of, “I’m bored! What are we doing today?” I had it marked on my calendar. Most people I know, including myself, have had that sinking “I missed camp registration” feeling recently. I’ve had a handful of texts with exclamation points from friends with questions about camp starting.
I called Debbie at Edmonds Parks and Recreation today, 425-771-0230, to talk about camp and learned that there is a website specifically for Edmonds City Summer Camps — www.EdmondsCamps.org. It has all the information of the camps offered through the city. I am always in awe at how much there is to do here in Edmonds, but it was especially surprising to see it all in one place on the brochure. Kids can go to camps that focus on acting, Legos, music, nature, and science. Many of the camps run for a week at a time but there are also longer options for the preschool set and elementary school-aged kids.
Those camps include Edmonds Day Camp, which runs from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and is for kids 6 to 10 years old. You can register your child for a full summer, a week at a time, or you can choose a M/W/F or T/TH schedule. Before and after care are also available for an additional fee. Edmonds Day Camp is a very active camp that involves trips to the beach, Yost Pool, many local parks, and even some local schools. It has all of the traditional camp activities like crafts, games, and songs. The kids walk a ton each day starting off at the Frances Anderson Center and heading out in any direction possible and — this is the best part — they come home tired from a day full of fun. Parents get a weekly schedule so if, say, you wanted to do a helicopter parent-y thing and drive by to see how they are doing/behaving, you totally could.
Senior Adventures is for kids 11 and 12 years old, and also runs from 9:30 to 3:30 p.m. This camp is for the whole summer, but you can register your child for everyday, M/W/F or T/TH. During the summer, kids “create science and art projects, play sports, and go on field trips.” Senior Adventures meets at the Frances Anderson Center; however, before and after care is not available for senior campers.
Another longer camp at the Frances Anderson Center is Camp Goodtime, which runs from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. is for kids ages 3 1/2 to 5 years old. Camp Goodtime, where you can sign up for a four-week session at a time, is set up like preschool with some summer sprinkled in. With M/W/F or T/TH options, this camp is perfect for a preschooler. I got so bold as to use the word “perfect” because both of my kids have had amazing Camp Goodtime experiences. Much like the Edmonds Day Camp, kids sing and do themed crafts, but unlike the older kids, they skip all of the trekking around town. Both of my boys have met their favorite friends at Camp Goodtime, and I have met some of mine at drop off and pick up!
You can register online at reczone.org, for some camps Monday, March 17 at 12:01 a.m., and for all camps in person at starting 9 a.m. at the Frances Anderson Center, and on the phone, 425-771-0230, at 10 a.m. You can find information online at www.EdmondsCamps.org and www.reczone.org, The summer Craze comes out April 1 and will be available at the Frances Anderson Center, 700 Main St., or online at www.crazedigital.org.
– 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.