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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... »

Edmonds Kind of Play: Here comes the rain, so let’s focus on indoor fun

Edmonds Kind of Play: Here comes the rain, so let’s focus on indoor fun

The rain is coming. At the moment, the forecast has six of the next 10 days with rain on tap. We have been so lucky to basically have had a resurgence of summer each weekend since school started. The rain usually means the school year is in full force. Along with the fact that we’ve lost AND recovered a lunch box and heard of or personally dealt with a fever, flu, lice, full cast, and — dun-... »

Edmonds Kind of Play: Art projects done remotely — all the fun, no cleanup

Edmonds Kind of Play: Art projects done remotely — all the fun, no cleanup

The theme of this week is art, art that happens on someone else’s watch. The mythical mother I was going to be had a house with happy kids who do wonderful art projects. It was going to be magic — sitcom or margarine commercial magic. While we do have fun things we do each year, like tissue ghosts for Halloween, I don’t offer messy art projects as much as the version of me I dreamed up when ... »

Edmonds Kind of Play: Not too early to think about that Oct. 24 no-school day, plus more fun activities

Edmonds Kind of Play: Not too early to think about that Oct. 24 no-school day, plus more fun activities

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.... »

Edmonds Kind of Play: MOPS for preschoolers, soccer, Street Scramble and more

Edmonds Kind of Play: MOPS for preschoolers, soccer, Street Scramble and more

I know it rains here the majority of the year, but something about a beautiful summer erases all the memories of wet days spent indoors trying to entertain the kids. With our first taste of rain this school year, the reactions vary depending on what age your kids are. If you have really little ones, the hunt for what to do is on. If you have older kids in sports, you get out all your gear to watch... »

Edmonds Kind of Play: School year in full swing — and so are fun outside-of-school options

Edmonds Kind of Play: School year in full swing — and so are fun outside-of-school options

A little over a week into the school year and we’ve already had to stop using one new water bottle cause it leaked, get glasses for one kid, and find out that same kid’s new school shoes have begun to hurt his feet. Last year, in the same span of time, it was a backpack that didn’t fit the new binders he used, a lunchbox that couldn’t hold his water bottle, along with the shoe issue, except those ... »

Edmonds Kind of Play: From dance to paddle boards to birding, events for kids galore

Edmonds Kind of Play: From dance to paddle boards to birding, events for kids galore

The contradictions of parenting are never more apparent to me than when it’s time to go back to school. Simultaneously wanting the kids out of your hair and under your wing is such a confusing thing. The last week or two of summer, most camps and programs are finished, leaving a gap in care between summer, activities and a school routine. When you are working, this is tricky because getting one to... »

Edmonds Kind of Play: Lots of ways to still enjoy summer, get in gear for school year

Edmonds Kind of Play: Lots of ways to still enjoy summer, get in gear for school year

The end of August has a certain air of purgatory to it. The “ahhh it’s summer” feeling is gone, but it’s not really replaced with the whole Back-To-School thing, it’s more like “hurry up and wait.” Last year we forgot one necessary item for my youngest, a folder. Well, once we got the folder we realized his backpack, a hand-me down, was too small. Going backpack shopping the day before school star... »

Edmonds Kind of Play: ‘Hook’ with Robin Williams is Swedish Movie Under Stars Friday

Edmonds Kind of Play: ‘Hook’ with Robin Williams is Swedish Movie Under Stars Friday

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, eve... »

Edmonds Kind of Play: Can it be? Start of school just around corner

Edmonds Kind of Play: Can it be? Start of school just around corner

There is just under a month of summer left, but if your mail is any indication, it may as well be Labor Day weekend. I was just out of town on a “vacation” with the kids and our neighbors picked up our mail. When we went through the haul, it seemed like bills, back-to-school ads, and the Fall Craze. I had to actually check the calendar for the first day of school to see if I was as far... »

Edmonds Kind of Play: Coming up — outdoor events galore

Edmonds Kind of Play: Coming up — outdoor events galore

Well, you very likely found out if the kids’ rain jackets still fit this week. By now, you can go out and get one because every store you walk into is full of “School Clothes” designed for fall weather. In the last few days, I have had conversations with friends about back to school shopping and, this one gives me a little stomach ache, “school supply shopping.” There is always a thing or two I ca... »

Edmonds Kind of Play: Camps, concerts, crafts and cooking to fill your summer

Edmonds Kind of Play: Camps, concerts, crafts and cooking to fill your summer

So far this summer, we’ve started camp, swim lessons at Yost Pool, gone to a Mariner’s game, and called Poison Control (cherry pits.) We aren’t even half way through summer yet! That has me hopeful for a lot more fun and a bit nervous about repeat phone calls to Poison Control. Bedtimes are later, feet are dirtier and three out of four of us have pretty clear farmer’s tans. Besides heat in a place... »

Edmonds Kind of Play: Classes, camps from kindergarten through high school — and a run/walk for Facebook Moms

Edmonds Kind of Play: Classes, camps from kindergarten through high school — and a run/walk for Facebook Moms

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 r... »

Edmonds Kind of Play: Making the transition to summer fun

Edmonds Kind of Play: Making the transition to summer fun

I don’t know one parent who isn’t totally frazzled from the change in their routine as we transition from school-year schedules to summer activity schedules. I have often said, “He has trouble with transitions” in reference to one or both of my kids, but as it turns out, the apples don’t fall far from the spazzy tree. During the school year, we get a little bit of a b... »

Edmonds Kind of Play: School’s out… so time for summer camp

Edmonds Kind of Play: School’s out… so time for summer camp

Summer break is not even 48 hours old and I’ve already “shared” too many links on Facebook, spent too much money at Target, watched “Frozen” twice, and thought ‘this is so great’ moments before counting the minutes ‘til our camps start. The reaction I’ve seen from friends is everything from “I’m already over summer” to school is “finally” out. But like they say, “different strokes for ... »

Edmonds Kind of Play: Kid-friendly Arts Festival, low tide walks, and Yost Pool opens Monday

Edmonds Kind of Play: Kid-friendly Arts Festival, low tide walks, and Yost Pool opens Monday

With preschool out and camp on the horizon, I have had a newly-minted 5-year-old with me full-time. I forgot –by forgot I mean grossly underestimated– what it was like to be in charge of the entertainment. My Facebook feed has been full of blogs posts based on giving kids a summer more like we had, you know food dyes, lack of supervision and less sunscreen. Sure it sounds great and I c... »

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