Edmonds Kind of Play: Camps, concerts, crafts and cooking to fill your summer
So far this summer, we’ve started camp, swim lessons at Yost Pool, gone to a Mariner’s game, and called Poison Control (cherry pits.) We aren’t even half way through summer yet! That has me hopeful for a lot more fun and a bit nervous about repeat phone calls to Poison Control. Bedtimes are later, feet are dirtier and three out of four of us have pretty clear farmer’s tans. Besides heat in a place known for no air conditioning, summer in Edmonds has been all kinds of good.
The other morning, everyone wanted to go out to breakfast, which is so dicey still with my two, so we decided to go to the Edmonds PCC. We each got what we wanted — I mean you can choose from eggs, bagels, muffins, juices, croissants and it’s all delicious. We got to sit outside where using our inside voices isn’t as mandatory and it was fun, delicious, and cheaper than four pancake breakfasts that we’d rush through to the soundtrack of “shhhh” and “get out from under there.” While we were at PCC, I saw the schedule for a cooking camp for kids. Monday July 21 through Friday July 25, kids ages 8 to 11 can take “Around the World in 5 Days: Kids’ Cooking Camp.” Kids will “be able to prepare a complete meal from five different parts of the globe: Italy, Vietnam, France, Lebanon and Mexico” as each day features a different cuisine. We are the only local PCC with spaces left in the camp, so I would suggest visiting PCCCooks.com ASAP if you are interested.
There are two upcoming events at Glazed and Amazed, 514 Main St. The first is Starving Student Day on Monday, July 21, where kids who have Student I.D. get $2 off. I called to clarify what that meant and the very helpful person who answered the phone — and I asked her a million questions — said it was geared for those old enough to have Student I.D.s like high school and college students. The next is another round of “Kid’s Night Out.” Friday Night, July 25 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Kids 6 and up can watch Monsters University, eat pizza, and make two movie-related projects. This is all for $30 plus tax which is an incredible deal. It costs me more than that just to have a sitter at my house for three hours. You can sign up for “Kid’s Night Out” by calling Glazed and Amazed at 425-673-5474.
Concerts in the Hazel Miller Plaza, 5th and Maple, start up for the summer next Tuesday from noon to 1 p.m. with Ian Dobson’s Steel Drum Party. Each Tuesday at noon, for the rest of the summer, you can catch a kid friendly show ranging from music to magic to circus acts and puppets. I checked out one of the magicians last year after feeling SO nervous about an event so close to the street, but I felt safe taking both boys there, as it was easy with the crowd to keep them away from 5th Avenue.
The Edmonds Library, 650 Main St., has an upcoming event for almost every age. Tuesday, July 22 at 2 p.m., school-agers can attend an event called “Animal Habitats.” This is another “Explore Summer Program” so if you are participating through the library, this will count as one of the events you need to cross off your list! Kids will “discover how animals and plants in our area depend on each other to survive in a variety of ecosystems” and then have their choice of fun nature crafts to do.
Wednesday, July 23 at 10:30 a.m. is a Ready Readers: Preschool Storytime. My youngest son’s camp took him to this event a few weeks ago and he talked about it for days. Storytime includes stories and sing-along songs followed by playtime or a craft. This is the second to last Storytime for the summer, they will pick up again after the school year starts.
Thursday, July 24 at 2 p.m. there is a Teen Movie Matinee where the library will play the movie “Ender’s Game.” Teenagers can watch the movie, eat a snack, and enter a drawing to win a copy of “Ender’s Game” before they leave. For more information on any of the library events you can go online at sno-isle.org or call them at 425-771-1933.
After I finished with all of the events for the week, I had to call Debbie at Edmonds Parks and Rec because my oldest left his lunch box, and as it turns out, “lots” of his stuff, at camp. Debbie let me know that there are spaces for the city’s preschool camp, Camp Goodtime. Camp Goodtime meets M/W//F from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and is nothing short of amazing. We have almost five years of this camp under our belt and I can’t say enough great things about it. Kids do crafts, play games, sing songs, and basically get whatever it is they need to get, out of their systems. Both of my boys have made incredible friends and memories at Camp Goodtime. The new session starts Monday July 21 and you can sign up at reczone.org or by called Debbie at 425-771-0230.
– 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.