Summer break is not even 48 hours old and I’ve already “shared” too many links on Facebook, spent too much money at Target, watched “Frozen” twice, and thought ‘this is so great’ moments before counting the minutes ‘til our camps start. The reaction I’ve seen from friends is everything from “I’m already over summer” to school is “finally” out. But like they say, “different strokes for different folks with varying levels of tolerance for being asked “Why?””
The good news is, no matter where you land, there are going to be fun activities here in Edmonds this summer with varying levels of cost and commitment. From free kids’ entertainment at Hazel Miller Plaza, which I talked to Edmonds City Councilmember and state legislative candidate Strom Peterson about when he knocked on our door last weekend, to summer-long camp at the Frances Anderson Center. I will keep you updated as summer continues with the upcoming events. But first, let’s go over some great camp options that still have space for your kid! Whether you didn’t have time to choose one until now or if you didn’t know you needed one until you heard the word “bored” to many times already you have a lot of options still available.
There are a lot of ways to find the camp information for camps put on by the City of Edmonds. You can check out the Craze available at the Frances Anderson Center, 700 Main Street or see it online at crazedigital.org. You can also visit either reczone.org or EdmondsCamps.org. I checked with Debbie at Edmonds Parks and Recreation and confirmed that there is still space in both the preschool level “Camp Goodtime” as well as Edmonds Day Camp, which is for kids 6 to 10 years old. Camp Goodtime runs from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and is for kids ages 3 1/2 to 5 years old. This summer, there is a M/W/F option and I can confirm that this camp is perfect for a preschooler.
Both of my kids have had amazing Camp Goodtime experiences; kids sing and do themed crafts and both of my boys have made lasting friendships through this program. What is nice is that their friendships can extend through Edmonds Day Camp. Edmonds Day Camp runs from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and 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. This is a VERY active camp with daily trips on foot to the beach, Yost Pool, many local parks, and even some local schools. Kids do all of the traditional camp activities like crafts, games, and songs. This camp is great for making friends, learning those songs that only kids who go to camp seem to learn, and tiring out the most energetic kid.
I also called Art Spot to confirm that they still had spaces in their summer offerings and they do! Each camp is a three-day week from noon to 3 p.m. and all 10 weeks have a different theme. Themes range from Fashion Design, to Davinci, to Steampunk, to Woodwork. A couple of the camps had filled up so Art Spot decided to move some of the studio around to allow for more kids. So if you had previously been turned away, definitely try again. You can find the entire list of camps, for kids ages 7 to 12, HERE. You register for classes by calling Art Spot at 425-640-6408 or online at ArtSpotEdmonds.com.
The Edmonds Center for the Arts also has fun and, I think, unique summer camp options. While their first week of puppet camp is full, there are three other great options that still have space in them. Kids can take a camp on comedy and stage fighting, Hawaiian culture including Ukulele playing, or bringing a “book to life.” Two camps are for kids ages 7 to 11 and one for ages 11 to 14. Each week-long camp runs from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and is $200. The info was a bit tricky to find on edmondscenterforthearts.org: click on the “Events Calendar” and go to July; you can register for the camps by clicking “More Info.” You can also contact Gillian Jones at [email protected] or 425-275-9483.
– 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 protected].