Edmonds Kind of Play

Edmonds Kind of Play: Saying good-bye to special kindergarten teacher Mr. V.

Edmonds Kind of Play: Saying good-bye to special kindergarten teacher Mr. V.

A few weeks ago, while standing on the sidelines of a Star Wars birthday party with the other parents who were on birthday party duty, I learned that my youngest son’s kindergarten teacher, Mr. V., was leaving Edmonds Elementary. If you have young children in the Edmonds School District, you have likely heard tales of the legendary Mr. V. from parents who are smiling, if not from happiness, from r... »

Edmonds Kind of Play: Summer reading programs for all ages

Edmonds Kind of Play: Summer reading programs for all ages

While I am in full denial that school is about to be over, it is getting harder and harder to ignore the signs of summer: antsy kids, emails from the school librarian, and back-to-school sales being advertised. Even the weather is a departure from the “Juneuary” that we expect. Another main sign of summer for us is getting all of the info on the local summer reading programs. The summer reading pr... »

Edmonds Kind of Play: Girls On The Run launching local teams

Edmonds Kind of Play: Girls On The Run launching local teams

In February, I wrote about about an organization called “Girls On The Run” trying to establish a local chapter, here in the Edmonds School District. The column had a big response with lots of parents expressing interest and support. Well, I am thrilled to tell you that Girls On The Run of Snohomish County became official when their application was approved this March – and I have information... »

Edmonds Kind of Play: Go-to resources for new moms

Edmonds Kind of Play: Go-to resources for new moms

Last weekend we traveled home for my sister’s wedding. That could really be the beginning of a column on anything, considering we brought our kids. I had initially assumed I would cover travel with kids because we were going to be flying and then staying in multiple locations with three-fourths of my entire family. The reality is “good luck, hold onto your hats” isn’t exactly a column’s worth of i... »

Edmonds Kind of Play: Lighten up and have fun with ’50 Dangerous Things’

Edmonds Kind of Play: Lighten up and have fun with ’50 Dangerous Things’

Just last week, I was talking to my kids’ pediatrician about one of the million things I am worried about. At this point, over nine years into our relationship as pediatrician and person who needs reassurance, she handles it by saying just the right thing. I suspect she doesn’t need a long history to find the right thing to say. She always appears so calm through the body part gluings (she has don... »

Edmonds Kind of Play: Activities galore available for spring break latecomers

Edmonds Kind of Play: Activities galore available for spring break latecomers

Spring break is next week. I have all my summer camps booked, and there was a hail storm or two this week. In my spazzy attempts to have summer locked down, I had forgotten that spring break was coming up and for that matter, Easter. To be fair, my kid had his first big time project due and I had severely underestimated that effect it would have on the household. I mean, I can barely make our prin... »

Edmonds Kind of Play: Lego lovers can rejoice at Edmonds Library Saturday

Edmonds Kind of Play: Lego lovers can rejoice at Edmonds Library Saturday

There’s not a kid house I know that doesn’t have Legos in it. They are so ubiquitous that per the Lego website, if you passed out every Lego on earth, each person would have 86 of their very own bricks. While I don’t think I played with Legos as a kid, the little girls in my life all like Legos, meaning all of my friends have suffered the life-changing pain of stepping on one. This week, a story p... »

Edmonds Kind of Play: Library homework help, ECA summer camp scholarships

Edmonds Kind of Play: Library homework help, ECA summer camp scholarships

When we were moving into our house — 10 years ago this week actually — the movers commented on the weather and we heard “It’s An Edmonds Kind of Day” for the first time. Now I know that it is a comment on the weather, surroundings and people, but that phrase has a bit of a different, or maybe additional, meaning. Yesterday, as I started work on this column, I was all fired up about a s... »

Edmonds Kind of Play: Ways to engage kids in reading and support school libraries

Edmonds Kind of Play: Ways to engage kids in reading and support school libraries

Whenever I get into a real parenting pinch, you know, the stuff no one told you to expect while expecting, I quote Dr. Seuss while trying to figure out what to do. My go-to’s are “Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don’t matter and those who matter don’t mind” and “Today you are You, that is truer than true. There is no one alive who is Youer than You.” ... »

Edmonds Kind of Play: Summer camp options near and far

Edmonds Kind of Play: Summer camp options near and far

One of the best parts of writing “Edmonds Kind of Play” is bringing all kinds of good news, by way of cool, local groups and events, to people in my boat; an overcrowded, messy, loud boat that costs too much and doesn’t listen. So, sharing the news that Edmonds Parks and Recreation will no longer offer day camp is an absolute bummer. It is sad personally because our youngest was finally old enough... »

Edmonds Kind of Play: Moms working to launch ‘Girls on the Run’ program in Edmonds School District

Edmonds Kind of Play: Moms working to launch ‘Girls on the Run’ program in Edmonds School District

Right before the holiday season last year, I got a handful of emails from friends telling me I HAD to write about this thing called “Girls On The Run.” Since I don’t get a lot of requests like this, I figured I’d check it out. At first, it was hard to connect to the idea, you know, being a mom of two boys and finding the only motivation for running myself is to stop a child, mostly like my own, fr... »

Edmonds Kind of Play: Now’s the time to begin planning for kindergarten

Edmonds Kind of Play: Now’s the time to begin planning for kindergarten

Kindergarten registration is now open, so we are re-posting Jennifer Marx’s column from last month as a reminder for parents. Of the traditional milestones that come with being a parent, signing up for kindergarten and the subsequent drop off on the first day have probably brought me the most angst and dismay. It is an event that seemed to bring forward all of the feelings one can possibly h... »

Edmonds Kind of Play: Looking for local playgrounds? There’s an app for that

Edmonds Kind of Play: Looking for local playgrounds? There’s an app for that

I had my last baby over 5 years ago, so you’d think that things could not be that different now than when I was last admitted to a maternity ward. The real deal is: the difference in items available to me when my kids were infants and toddlers, and what is available now, feels extreme. I would have loved a muslin swaddle blanket, an infant car seat that went past 22 pounds, and an Itzbeen (which I... »

Edmonds Kind of Play: Kid-friendly activities for the Super Bowl

Edmonds Kind of Play: Kid-friendly activities for the Super Bowl

Last year, I wrote a column featuring what to do with the kids while you tried to watch a Seahawks’ playoff game uninterrupted. When it came time for the big game this Sunday, I tossed around the idea of writing a new column. That is until I got the sense of dread I’ve been dealing with since before the NFC Championship Game. I don’t want to jinx anything by doing it different th... »

Edmonds Kind of Play: What to do with kids during upcoming release days

Edmonds Kind of Play: What to do with kids during upcoming release days

With all the commercials and store displays up after Halloween, it is hard to not know the holidays are coming. But changes in school schedules are like federal holidays — what feel like random early release days, Teacher Professional Development Days, and the mother of them all, Spring Break, seem to sneak up on you. While I believe you can start the holidays too soon, I am always happy whe... »

Edmonds Kind of Play: Local ways families can give back

Edmonds Kind of Play: Local ways families can give back

It’s the time of year where requests for toys seen in commercials between cartoons are at all all-time high. It makes you wonder what kind of mind control tricks have been engineered to make your kids want something so desperately. Then I remembered I HAD to have a Cabbage Patch Kid, a Care Bear, the Barbie Dream House and the basically all the things you find in a Buzzfeed listicles about toys fr... »

Edmonds Kind of Play: Worried about child luring? Quick tips to protect your kids

Edmonds Kind of Play: Worried about child luring? Quick tips to protect your kids

Around Halloween, I got an email from my oldest son’s school explaining there had been “two reported incidents of child luring” in the area. Nothing makes you realize you have the “it won’t happen to me” mentality like getting an email with information from a police department in it. I also quickly realized I wasn’t sure how to have this conversation with my kids. I mean, how can you give them the... »

Edmonds Kind of Play: Six ways to spot an Edmonds Mom

Edmonds Kind of Play: Six ways to spot an Edmonds Mom

I am not from the Northwest, but having been in Edmonds for almost 10 years, it’s the only place I’ve lived as a Mom. In my trips back home and my interaction with Mom friends who live in other places, I’ve realized that you can kind of spot different Moms from different places based on what they wear, what their kids wear, and what they are talking about. Though there seems to b... »

Edmonds Kind of Play: Ready, set — Halloween events start this Saturday

Edmonds Kind of Play: Ready, set — Halloween events start this Saturday

I am all for getting as much out of a costume as possible. Whether you made it or overspent on it, most costumes feel like a bit of a waste if you don’t use ‘em more than once. If you agree, you are in luck as there are so many local things to do with the kids. We will do three events in costume this year and by “we” I mean the kids. I had big ideas about dressing as Eddie Vedder, finally exploiti... »

Edmonds Kind of Play: Library open house, Street Scramble, Halloween Howl

Edmonds Kind of Play: Library open house, Street Scramble, Halloween Howl

It is the middle of October, can you believe it? I still can’t exactly wrap my head around how fast the beginning of the school has gone. Ours has been quite eventful with big transitions and a few illnesses already. At this very moment, I have the sinking feeling I may get a call from the school that my youngest is sick. He certainly wasn’t sick enough to keep home being virtually symptom free, b... »

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