I am pretty much a closet lover of all things Back-to-School except for maybe the actual first day back to school. Even though most stores’ big signs and coupon-y trickery are annoying, I have always loved a new backpack, lunchbox and school box. I get teased all the time because I just want things to put things in. It can be hard to navigate all the sales and I can’t help but feel like, even though it seems like I’m getting a good deal, I am somehow falling right into a marketing trap of buying.
Having only boys, school-clothes shopping doesn’t at all mirror my experience with my Grandma Betty. Not only did I want to try things on, I have Polariods of me modeling each high-waisted outfit. I did get to buy my oldest a jean jacket this year, which I got for 5 bucks with a coupon. While it’s no dress/leggings combo, it was fun to buy and he was legitimately excited about it. I would have maybe rethought that purchase had I known he intended to put together a “jean suit.”
This week has been an odd one, with the thunderstorms and of course the death of one of my favorites, Robin Williams. This Friday, Aug.15, Swedish Edmonds is having another “Movies Under The Stars Event.” It is fitting that the movie already scheduled to play is “Hook” where Robin Williams takes his turn with Peter Pan. The FREE movie will be played on the 2nd Floor Patio at Swedish Edmonds, 21601 76th Ave. W. Healthy snacks, popcorn and lemonade will be served. The movie will start at sundown and is schedule for 8:15 p.m. on Friday, though all start times are approximate.
The Moonlight Beach Adventure is back this Saturday, Aug. 16 from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. This amazing event held at Marina Beach features divers from the Marker Bouy Dive Club pulling sea creatures right out from the water to add to touch tanks on the beach. They also have an underwater camera with footage displayed on a makeshift screen on the beach. Edmonds Ranger Naturalists and volunteer beach docents will present a summer evening program “featuring stories, songs and touch tanks harboring creatures.” When my oldest son and husband went, you could actually talk to the scuba diver while he was in the Sound. Definitely bring a coat and a flashlight, as it gets cold and dark pretty quickly. You can watch this video to see footage of a previous Moonlight Beach Adventure. For more information you can call 425-771-0227.
Playful Learning Co-op Preschool, located at the old Woodway Elementary at 9521 240th St. S.W., has a lot going on right now. The preschool, which has classes for kids from 2 to Pre-K, is hosting an Open House on Saturday, Aug. 16 from 10 a.m. to noon. You can see the classrooms, meet some teachers and see if co-op preschool is for you! An Edmonds mom, Regina Jeffers, contacted me to let me know that the school is very excited about two new teachers they’ve added. Jessica Adams, who has been a board member as well as a parent of a Playful Learning Co-op student. Pamela Frank, who has also been a part of the co-op, is adding a teacher to her already full roster, which includes directing the Edmonds Toy Shop, “an organization that coordinates with the Edmonds Food Bank to provide children and families a special holiday experience.” For more information on the Open House or registration, you can visit MLT-Coop.com.
Even though many camps end this week, there are still two more weeks of kids’ concerts at Hazel Miller Plaza, 5th and Maple. Next Tuesday, Aug. 19, at noon, you can catch “Watch the Sky!, Celtic Music with Spirit.” The free show lasts for an hour and is first-come, first-served on seating. If your kid throws a fit, you can leave easily and without having dropped any money on it. Plus, it is supposed to be beautiful early next week. You can find more info on the concert HERE or by calling 425-771-0230.
The Edmonds Library, 650 Main St., is winding down on its Explore Summer program. Next Tuesday, Aug.19 at 2 p.m., school-agers can attend “Explore Summer Finisher’s Party: Our Magnetic Sun!” “ Teachers from the Albuquerque Astronomical Society will help us safely explore the sun using a filtered solar telescope.” There will be additional activities with materials from NASA’s “Our Magnetic Sun.” For more information, you can contact the library at 425-771-1977 or on the Edmonds Library calendar.
I found out about the annual Scavenger Hunt at the Edmonds Library on a poster in the Frances Anderson Center. Thursday, Aug. 21 at 1 p.m., teenagers can work alone or in groups up to four people as they head out with their list of clues and activities. Each group will be required to have a digital camera or camera phone. When they head back to the library to see how they scored, they will find refreshments waiting for them!
– 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.