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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... »

Edmonds Kind of Play: Activities for your summer bucket list

Edmonds Kind of Play: Activities for your summer bucket list

Now is a great time to get a head start on summer. For some it means starting work on your summer bucket list, a list of fun activities meant to all be done by summer’s end. For others, it’s booking a campground or planning a road trip. When I was younger, that may have meant buying a bathing suit and laying out in my backyard or just getting my friend’s phone numbers in my yearbook to meet at the... »

Edmonds Kind of Play: ‘What to do?’ ideas for no-school Friday and beyond

Edmonds Kind of Play: ‘What to do?’ ideas for no-school Friday and beyond

Usually when I approach this column, it is very light and loose as I look through all the stuff to do with the kids. It’s a lot of, “Oh, this looks fun” and “Wow! That looks fun AND it’s free.” This week I feel a bit of urgency, like I want to hand you a paper cup of water and shout “You can do it! You’re almost there.” I mean, school is winding down and some preschools are out any minute. If you ... »

Edmonds Kind of Play: Fairy and Elf Festival Saturday, art classes, soccer and more!

Edmonds Kind of Play: Fairy and Elf Festival Saturday, art classes, soccer and more!

With my newfound — albeit temporary — freedom of having both kids in school full day, I have been sort of rediscovering what I like to do. Turns out, the thing I like to do most is nap, which was illustrated in the extreme nap schedule I adopted last month. Today, on my way home from turning in a late library book about Legos, I decided to walk about downtown Edmonds, alone. It was not... »

Edmonds Kind of Play: As summer countdown begins, a look at camp, class options for your kids

Edmonds Kind of Play: As summer countdown begins, a look at camp, class options for your kids

There are just about six weeks of school left. That seems to elicit different responses from different people, it makes me nervous. Eight months into the school year, and this machine is as well-oiled as it gets. When we throw the monkey wrench that is summer vacation into it, there are bound to be casualties. For instance, we have to pay an extra fee to have care of one of our kids because camp s... »

Edmonds Kind of Play: What about Wilderness Camp this summer — right in Edmonds

Edmonds Kind of Play: What about Wilderness Camp this summer — right in Edmonds

Lots of us just made it through Spring Break and then a holiday that involves irresistible candy. The Easter Bunny meant to bring my kids Reese’s Peanut Butter eggs, twice, but she (the bunny is a “she” per the resident 8-year-old) couldn’t deliver those delicious egg-shaped pockets of peanut butter anywhere other than straight down her gullet. I don’t blame her, AT all. I think the recent conquer... »

Edmonds Kind of Play: Helping Boys Thrive Summit comes to Edmonds May 24

Edmonds Kind of Play: Helping Boys Thrive Summit comes to Edmonds May 24

We didn’t find out the gender of our first baby before he was born. I just assumed it’d be a girl — I was a girl, all my cousins are girls, I am very good at French braids. To me, there were lots of reasons not to find out what we were having. I was never going to have a super gender-specific nursery and besides, it was just fun to guess and hear people’s guesses. In retrospect, there was a ... »

Edmonds Kind of Play: At your wit’s end with spring break? Try these ideas

Edmonds Kind of Play: At your wit’s end with spring break? Try these ideas

As spring break winds down, its effect on our family is becoming more evident. My 4-year-old has informed me that he doesn’t want to live here as I am apparently a buzz kill who sometimes shuts the new mini-van doors without the “help” of little hands and doesn’t condone disrupting every situation we walk into. Harsh, I know. For the 8-year-old, his stories from camp are including more and more wo... »

Edmonds Kind of Play: Spring break is next week — ideas for keeping the kids busy

Edmonds Kind of Play: Spring break is next week — ideas for keeping the kids busy

This week is the first week that both of my kids have been in school full-day, at the same time. Even though it’s happening, and right there in writing, it is still very hard to believe. Most people who know me have been asking what it’s like. The best way to describe how I feel is, you know how when you see a marathoner or sprinter cross the finish line and do that thing where they hunch over, lo... »

Edmonds Kind of Play: Youth football and cheer — and glass camp!

Edmonds Kind of Play: Youth football and cheer — and glass camp!

When I was a new parent, I was baffled at how everyone seemingly just knew where and when to sign up for kids sports. We have tried our fair share of avenues to find the right thing for each child; I guess we are always kind of working on that. Once you meet other Moms, start getting The Craze in the mail, and have your kids in public school (flyers for this stuff magically come home in backpacks)... »

Edmonds Kind of Play: What to do with the kids on those ‘non-school days’

Edmonds Kind of Play: What to do with the kids on those ‘non-school days’

If you have kids in the Edmonds School District, you are fully aware that we’ve had two half days this week and that Friday is a non-student day. The two half days were for conferences and Friday is to help you remember what it’s like to have all your kids at home, otherwise known as a Teacher Professional Development Day. For Thursday’s half day, I hosted a play date, which took the total of litt... »

Edmonds Kind of Play: Time to register your child for summer camp!

Edmonds Kind of Play: Time to register your child for summer camp!

I just got an email from Edmonds Parks and Recreation that said, “Mark your calendars! Summer camp registration begins Monday, March 17.” Fearing little more than a summer full of, “I’m bored! What are we doing today?” I had it marked on my calendar. Most people I know, including myself, have had that sinking “I missed camp registration” feeling recently. I’ve had a handful of texts with exclamati... »

Edmonds Kind of Play: ‘Peter Pan’ at Edmonds Elementary this weekend

Edmonds Kind of Play: ‘Peter Pan’ at Edmonds Elementary this weekend

There is something so satisfying in telling anyone that will listen that you are under the weather. Sometime, when I see people on Facebook posting about being sick, I have that thought that a lot of us do, “Why are you telling everyone?!?” Fast forward to the moment I get sick. My orders of thoughts are as follows: 1. Crap, I am sick 2. Maybe the kids will magically become self-suffic... »

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