I just got out the calendar and counted 83 days off between the end of the last school year and the beginning of the next one. I’m not saying it actually is 83 days, but it is what I counted. Now that we are about as far away from last year as we are close to next, I started thinking about what we needed to do before homework became part of our full schedule again. The idea of Summer Bucket Lists became top of mind.
My first column, two years ago now, was about Summer Bucket Lists. I originally felt a lot of pressure by the prospect, considering I am not a crafty, Pinterest kinda Mom and summer has always been a bit of a challenge at our house. Two energetic kids with no school and Mom with a pre-dawn alarm clock and a serial penchant for napping, are not a match made in heaven. I don’t know if it’s parental time served, turning 40, or having picked a bunch of great camps this year, but if feeling no pressure about having a summer bucket list was on my summer bucket list, it would be checked off.
If my kids were home with me all summer, I would definitely have to have more planned than I do. The bucket lists that I have seen have to-dos that vary from making Popsicles, swimming and hitting the beach to camping in the backyard, painting bedrooms, and big trips to theme parks. For the sake of all involved, I tend to outsource a lot of this stuff. Sure, I want to enjoy the summer and go to the beach with the kids, but having an energetic counselor, without a merry-go-round of worst-case scenarios for a mind, help my kids tie-dye, make lanyards and play raucous outdoor games that are good for them, is just best.
If you are looking for things to add to your Summer Bucket List, you don’t have to look further than Edmonds from some great events.
While we don’t have a list of our own, we do have a few things we like to at least try and do each summer. The main one is the Moonlight Beach Adventure. This yearly event is at Marina Beach on Saturday, Aug. 22 from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m.. Scuba divers head into the water and come out with sea creatures that you can see and touch. Each time my husband has brought the boys, the scuba diver was mic’d up and video of what he was seeing was shown on a makeshift movie screen. It’s a big hit with the kids, and adults really, to be able to talk to scuba divers while they are under water. Beach Rangers, who are one of my favorite parts of Edmonds, are on hand to explain what you are seeing and answer questions. The city suggests dressing warmly and bringing a flashlight. For more information you can call 425-771-0230 or visit www.Discovery.Edmondswa.gov
Another staple of an Edmonds Kind of Summer is Outdoor Movie Nites at The Frances Anderson Center Playfield, 700 Main St. You can bring your blanket or lawn chair and catch a movie alfresco. There are two movie nights this summer, the first is a showing on “How to Train Your Dragon” on July 31st and the second is “The Truman Show” on August 7th. Movies start at dusk, which is around 8:45. For more information you can call 425.771.0230 or visit www.visitedmonds.com/events.html
Swedish Edmonds usually does a summer movies series. It turns out they are not hosting any summer movies this year, but instead tell me they are sponsoring the Edmonds Outdoor Movie Nites!
While I know being indoors at the library isn’t exactly what one thinks of as as a summer activity, I still fully suggest the 4th Saturday Lego Slam at the Edmonds Library, 650 Main St. I mean, it is walking distance from Revelations and getting a froyo with a salted caramel brownie on it is pretty dang summery, if you ask me. There are two Lego slams left this summer, 2 p.m. on both July 25 and Aug. 22. The kids have their crack at the library’s Lego stash to build whatever they choose. The best part is either going with friends and catching up while the kids build or taking the kids back to the library to see their creations on display. For more information, you can contact the library at 425-771-1933 or by checking out the calendar on the Sno-Isle website.
– 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 jen_marx . If you have a kid-friendly event you’d like to share, email her at email@example.com.