It’s July, and those of us who parked our chairs on the 4th of July parade route certainly didn’t expect them to get rained on. That is, until we remember that the whole thing about how the weather being nice from July 5 through Halloween is usually spot on. Expecting nice weather on July 3 is tantamount to taking your kids to Target after 7 p.m.; it seems reasonable until you get there then you realize it’s never that great.
There are some great things for kids on deck in Edmonds — a camp, two library events (one is even for teens), and something for the Moms!
Before we get to those. let’s talk about some news I got in an email sent out by the Edmonds School District. There will be a Kindergarten Jump Start program at 10 elementary schools in August. The email explained,
“Jump Start is a pre-kindergarten program held in August for children preparing to enter kindergarten in September. This free program is open to all incoming District kindergarten students at 10 of our elementary schools. Children will experience typical kindergarten classroom activities, tour the school campus and experience outdoor play on the school playground. This fun, positive experience helps our youngest students become familiar with school before other grades begin the school year. This opportunity allows for a calmer and more relaxed beginning to the kindergarten experience for both children and parents.”
The program runs from Aug. 11-15, Monday-Friday from 9 a.m. to noon at the following elementary schools: Beverly, Chase Lake, College Place, Cedar Valley, Lynndale, Lynnwood, Meadowdale, Mountlake Terrace, Oak Heights and Spruce. DJ Jakala of the Edmonds School District told me if you have already registered for kindergarten, leave a voicemail explaining you want to do the Jump Start Program. There is a different number to call for each of the 10 schools and since school offices don’t reopen until Aug. 8, so you won’t hear back right away. If you haven’t registered yet, Jakala says you can still participate in the program and let your school know you are interested when you register. The full list of numbers and any additional information can be found HERE.
Junior Beach Ranger camp, for kids ages 8 to 10, is at The France Anderson Center, 700 main street. Camp starts on Monday and lasts through Friday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Each day, kids can spend their week, “exploring the seashore during low tide!” There will be activities, games, and crafts that will help the kids learn about “tides, tidepool animals, seaweed, and seabirds.” Interpretive Specialist, Rachel Shields, will lead the camp and I can tell you from personal experience, she is just the best. You can register at reczone.org or by calling 425.771.0230.
The Edmonds Library, 650 Main St., is having a “Discover Shells program on Tuesday, July 8at 2 p.m.. Kids ages 6 to 11 can explore the “science and beauty of sea shells with pieces from around the world.” Not only does that sound great, but kids get to take home a bag of shells to start their own collections.
If you have teenagers in your house,you can send ‘em to the library next Thursday, July 10 for a “Teen Movie Matinee.” The library will be showing “Jurassic Park,” which is PG-13, from 2-4 p.m.. You can not only “take a break with a movie and snacks,” but one lucky viewer will win a copy of Jurassic Park
For more information about either library event, call 425-771-1933 or visit the library’s website.
Coming up in August, a group from The Edmonds Moms Facebook page who are also members of the Edmonds United Methodist Church MOPS group, are putting on the 2nd Annual “Edmonds Moms Run This Town” 5K Run/Walk/Tot Trot! The organizers said that while the Edmonds Moms group is such a great resource, that they have never actually met many of the Moms they “feel supported by.” The event, which serves as a fundraiser for the EUMC Mops, is a chance to “bring the Edmonds Moms Facebook group face to face for once.” Registration begins at 5:30 p.m. on Aug. 13 with the run/walk starting at 6 p.m. “The course will be begin at Edmonds United Methodist Church and loop to the Marina Beach and back.” Edmonds Moms can register HERE. Doing so by Aug. 6 will guarantee you and/or your child a T-shirt. The walk will be followed by a family picnic on the lawn above EUMC, where you can buy pizza, get some free treats and a chance to win some local prizes.
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.