Edmonds Kind of Play: Spring break is next week — ideas for keeping the kids busy

Jen Marx

Jen Marx

This week is the first week that both of my kids have been in school full-day, at the same time. Even though it’s happening, and right there in writing, it is still very hard to believe. Most people who know me have been asking what it’s like. The best way to describe how I feel is, you know how when you see a marathoner or sprinter cross the finish line and do that thing where they hunch over, looking worn and gasping for air? I feel like that. While my example is a bit dramatic, cause of course it is, I really do feel like I am just catching my breath. I am really lucky to be able to work at a different time than my husband and to have had a job that allows me to both work AND be home. I just assumed that this time would be full of taking extra hours at work, doing yoga, and being a lady who lunches. So far this week I have taken a nap each day, cleaned up a little, and consumed many Trader Joe’s frozen burritos. All to the soundtrack of loud, uncensored music that I picked myself! This obviously can’t continue forever, but I am going to pretend I am a celebrity with “exhaustion” for a bit and rest up. Reality is, this respite ends on Monday as spring break starts and, then again, when summer starts.

So let’s talk about spring break. In the Edmonds School District, it starts next Monday, April 7 and lasts through Friday, April 11. I checked in with Edmonds Parks and Recreation and there are two options for camp still available to you.

First, there is one space left for the full week of Spring Break Discovery Days. This camp, led by Ranger-Naturalists for kids ages 6 to 12, is from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday. Described as fun-filled days with games, crafts and outdoor exploration, camp meets at the Frances Anderson Center, 700 Main St. and each day kids walk to Edmonds parks and beaches. This is a camp for muddy shoes and rain jackets or sunscreen — if you consider the weather this week, probably both. The fee for the week is $140 for Edmonds residents! To register, visit reczone.org or call 425-771-0230.

Then, there is the UK Elite Soccer camp, held at the Frances Anderson Center field, for kids ages 5 to 12. This camp also runs Monday through Friday but starts at 9 a.m. and ends at 1 p.m.. With professional instruction from UK Elite Coaches, kids break up into age-appropriate activities and have daily World Cup scrimmages. I love that everyone attending the camp gets an UK Elite Jersey and player evaluation. Your kids will likely call it a “free” jersey, I know mine would, however the week long camp runs $160. To register, visit reczone.org or call 425-771-0230.

Now, there are a couple of upcoming events at Glazed and Amazed, 514 Main Street, that I wanted to tell you about now, before they fill up. The next Preschool Art Hour is Thursday, April 17 at 1:30 p.m.. Kids, ages 3 to 7, will have a story time and then make their very own project, the cost ranges from $14 to $16. The following night, April 18, is Kids Night Out. The event, for kids 6 and up, is from 6- 9 p.m. and includes pizza, a screening of “Despicable Me,” and kids get to paint two adorable minion projects. The cost for the night is $30 plus tax, which I think is a screaming deal for all that you get. Plus you can maximize your time away by heading to one of the many restaurants within walking distance. To register for either event, call Glazed and Amazed at 425-673-5474.

Here is hoping we get a few nice days next week. Good luck with spring break!

– 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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