When planning ahead, I start to get the feeling that I am the kind of Mom I flippantly dismissed as a spazz before I had kids. Now that I have kids, I found out the hard way that you can never be too early when it comes to registration for kids’events/programs. Preschools and public schools alike can require pre-registration of about six months when most days, I am clawing my way to bedtime. I have realized that despite the disdain of my uninformed, judgmental former self, planning ahead can be just as much survival as overachieving. Whichever you are going for, I have info for the first Non-Student Day in the Edmonds School District along with other great Edmonds activities for kids.
Friday, Oct. 24 is that first Non-Student Day. It precedes a week of early release for Parent/Teacher Conferences, and for some part-time kindergartens, there is no school that week at all.
I will start with the Discovery Mini Camp “”Dirt Detectives.” We have done so many of these and they are always amazing — from the teachers to the activities, we are never disappointed. Friday, Oct. 24 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., kids will walk to Yost park to “collect soil profiles, examine erosion, and dissect rotting logs.” Kids will also make “edible soil,” which is fun and best done when someone else is on clean up! You can register on reczone.org or by calling Edmonds Parks and Rec at 425-771-0230.
Another option for the Non-Student Day is the Edmonds-Woodway High School Cheerleading “Pink Out” Clinic. On Friday, Oct. 24 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. kids from Kkndergarten to 8th grade can dance, make crafts and do a live performance for their parents when the day is done. Those attending the “Pink Out” Clinic will also get in free to that night’s varsity football game. For registration, contact Coach Brianne Sturm at 425-431-4290 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
In the spirit of planning ahead, registration is open for winter basketball through Sno-King Youth Club. Kids as young as 3and as old as those in the 8th grade can sign up. Even though practice doesn’t start until December, returning players from last season must register by Oct. 3 to guarantee their spot on the same team from the 2013-2014 season. You can register online at www.skyc.net or in person at the Frances Anderson Center, 700 Main St., Ste.111.
Coming up next Tuesday, Sept. 30 there is a Preschool Nature Discovery Program called Yost Park Safari. It is lead by Ranger Rachel, who is one of my favorites. She is seemingly unfazed by excited kids covered in dirt and those kids love her! This program, held at Yost Park, 9535 Bowdoin Way, is for kids ages 3 to 5 accompanied by an adult. They will walk the trails at Yost Park while learning about the forest habitat. They will use all kinds of science tools while searching for living things “within rotting logs, soil and streams.” You can register for this class at reczone.org or by calling 425-771-0230.
I got an email from The Edmonds Center for the Arts about the first of their new Family Series Shows, “Migration.” The show is led by an internationally renowned puppeteer and is about “a young girl from Mexico who must find her home in the world as she immigrates with her father to the U.S..” The show is Saturday, Oct. 11 at 2 p.m. and as special co-presentation between ECA and the Black Box Theatre, will be held at Edmonds Community College. For more information you can visit www.EC4Arts.org or call 425-275-4485.
– 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.