When I was a new parent, I was baffled at how everyone seemingly just knew where and when to sign up for kids sports. We have tried our fair share of avenues to find the right thing for each child; I guess we are always kind of working on that. Once you meet other Moms, start getting The Craze in the mail, and have your kids in public school (flyers for this stuff magically come home in backpacks), it gets easier. Another helpful tool is the roadside lawn signs and banners. I saw another one this week that I knew nothing about so I called and got all the details!
I saw a banner on Olympic View Drive, heading up through the Meadowdale area, for Mavericks Youth Football and Cheer. This program serves young football players and cheerleaders aged 5 through 13 who live in the Meadowdale High School boundaries. You can find out if that is you HERE in the Edmonds School District Neighborhood School Finder. Practices start July 28 and while I know this feels too early to think about summer sports, early registration at a discount ends May 1 and there isn’t a guaranteed spot for everyone unless there are enough kids wait-listed to create an extra team. The Mavericks play in a football league called North Sound Junior Football and the kids play against teams from all over including Lynnwood, Everett and even Arlington. I always kind of assumed the whole “Friday Night Lights” thing wasn’t as widespread as in other places, but I was obviously wrong. You can register for Mavericks Youth Football and Cheer at mavericksyouthsports.org.
We are about a week out from the next Professional Development Day in the Edmonds School District, so I thought this would be a good time to remind you there are two more this school year: Friday, April 25 and Friday, May 16. Also, Spring Break starts Monday, April 7 and lasts through Friday, April 11.
We’ve talked about The Discovery Days camp at The Frances Anderson Center for Spring Break, but I just found out about a new camp at Glazed and Amazed, 514 Main St. From Tuesday, April 8 through Thursday April 11, kids 8 and up can attend Spring Break Glass Camp. Camp runs from 1-3 p.m. and you can either chose to do all three days or you can just go for one. This is one of those perfect things for kids to do; they get to make a mess on someone else’s watch, they get to feel proud about what they make, and there is plenty of stuff for you to do nearby while you wait to pick them up. You can register by calling Glazed and Amazed at 425-673-5474.
This Saturday, March 29 there is another Reading with Rover Event at The Edmonds Library, 650 Main St. Reading with Rover is a program designed to help “kids strengthen reading skills and improve reading confidence” as they read aloud to a dog in the library. This is an ongoing event and a great way to encourage your kids to read. If your kids are anything like mine, a new audience is much more inspiration to try new things than reading to plain ol’ Mom. The event starts at 11 a.m. and is for readers of all ages.
— 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.