Kids in the kitchen and model trains

By Lara Alexander

PCC Cooks with kids!

Want to get cooking with your kids but don’t know where to start? Beth Sheresh, author of “Picture Yourself Cooking with Your Kids”, says that kids of all ages can help in the kitchen in some way, “Even toddlers can swish vegetables under running water and tear lettuce for salad with their hands. Parents often worry about knives and the stove but there is so much more to cooking: planning, shopping, measuring, mixing.”

If your child has taken an interest in your soup pot, PCC has a class just for them in their Edmonds store kitchen. The new schedule for winter is available on their website and classes fill fast! They have classes for parents interested in making baby’s first foods, and classes for kids as young as 2 years old. Check out their long list of classes including heart shaped mini-pizzas for your preschooler, ethnic wraps for your elementary school student, or Chinese dumplings for your tween. Don’t miss out on their classes for adults too!

<h3>Winter Holiday Break kids camps!</h3>

Elite One Academy Basketball Skills Camp is designed for 4th to 8th grade boys and girls incCatholic parishes in North King and South Snohomish County. The winter break camp is run by Shoreline Community College Head Coach Greg Turcott. Camp takes place Dec. 20-22 (4th to 6th graders from 9 a.m. to noon and 7th & 8th graders from 1-4 p.m.), at the Saint Luke Gym in Shoreline, for a cost of $100. For more information, contact Greg Turcott at

Cuckoo for choo-choos?

If your kiddo loves model trains, there are two opportunities to check out working model train displays in Edmonds this week.

The annual Edmonds Amtrak Holiday Open House and model train layout will take place this Saturday from 10am to 3pm. The train layout is built by the Swamp Creek & Western Model Railroad Association. The layout is a 30′ x 28′ model railroad housed in the old freight room of the Edmonds Amtrak station. Admission is free and a donation of  a non-perishable food item or a new, unwrapped toy is suggested. The station is locard at 210 Railroad Ave. To see the layout on-line, visit the Swamp Creek & Western Model Railroad Association website at

The Edmonds Historical Museum also has a smaller working train layout on display until the end of the year. They are located at 118 5th Avenue North and are open from 1pm to 4pm, Wednesdays through Sundays. Admission prices are $2 per adult and $1 per child.

Hey moms! Need to recharge?

The Fabric of Life will be hosting a Spa for Your Soul event on Saturday, Dec. 11 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. This is two hours of time to “Renew, Rejoice, Restore” with Gloria Burgess, author of Dare to Wear Your Soul on the Outside. Music and refreshments provided, RSVP to Fabric of Life, 425-563-3925.

Edmonds mom Lara Alexander keeps busy chasing after a toddler, growing and cooking good food, and writing about it all. You can find more of her writing on her blog at If you have Edmonds-specific family activities for possible inclusion in Lara’s column, email them to

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