Usually when I approach this column, it is very light and loose as I look through all the stuff to do with the kids. It’s a lot of, “Oh, this looks fun” and “Wow! That looks fun AND it’s free.” This week I feel a bit of urgency, like I want to hand you a paper cup of water and shout “You can do it! You’re almost there.” I mean, school is winding down and some preschools are out any minute. If you have a school-ager, there is no school in the Edmonds School District this Friday, May 16. There are a lot of “What should we do’s” looming.
Let’s start with two options for Friday’s Non-Student Day. First is a Discovery mini camp from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Frances Anderson Center, 700 Main St. The theme is “Sea-Trek” and campers aged 6 to 12 will head down to the water with a Ranger-Naturalist to “take a close-up look at sand and seashells, and investigate creatures of the sea.” I checked in with Edmonds Parks and Recreation and there is still space. You can register online at www.reczone.org or by calling Debbie at 425-771-0230.
There is also still space in Friday’s Drawing and Painting Class at Art Spot, 408 Main Street. The 3-hour class for kids ages 7 to 12 is held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. This week is Drawing and Painting with Mona Fairbanks and all supplies are included in the $40 dollar fee. You can register online at www.artspotedmonds.com or by calling them at 425-640-6408.
If you are still looking for preschool for next year, a popular preschool in Richmond Beach is opening up afternoon classes. First Lutheran Preschool and Kindergarten are adding one afternoon class for kids ages 3 to 4 and a pre-kindergarten class for kids ages 4 and 5. Classes start the day after Labor Day and go through June the following year. According to the school’s director, their location, 18534 8th N.W., Shoreline, is just 20 blocks from the county line and the school is made up of around 50 percent little Edmonds residents.
When I read about the preschool adding classes, I realized it was familiar for two reasons; it is often a suggestion on the Edmonds Moms Facebook page and my pediatrician told me to look into when we were going back and forth about when to start Kindergarten for my youngest son. Summer birthdays for kids are full of landmines as it turns out, no school birthdays AND you are either the oldest or the youngest. While their Kindergarten options are full, I have been assured there is a waitlist available. You can contact the school to sign up for afternoon preschool or find out about their many morning options at www.FLRB.org or you can call them at 206-546-0320.
Also, a quick reminder that this Saturday, May 17, there is a Health & Fitness Expo from 9-11:30 a.m. at the Edmonds School District Stadium. The event is free, open to the public, and full of fun activities. Check it out HERE.
Oh, and “You can do it! You’re almost there.”
– By Jennifer 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 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.