Edmonds Kind of Play: Fun ideas to fill the final days of summer

Jennifer Marx
Jen Marx

It seems as if summer flies by until you’ve run out of ideas and children are less like siblings and more like bordering countries at an impasse. Edmonds public schools are back in session on Sept. 4 — I know, so close yet SO far away. Most camps ended last week and we are in the final stretch of the summer routine. The new school year routine is looming like an expensive tornado of earlier wake-up times, requests to join the PTA, and already-missing lunch boxes.

Two library events, a concert at Hazel Miller Plaza, and your last chance for local spray parks are all good options to break up the time in between requests for Air Jordans, a “talking” R2D2 lunchbox, and clothes you know won’t last three washes.

Friday night, Aug. 23, at The Edmonds Library, teens 12-18 years old, or 6th to 12th graders, can check out “After Hours Underwater.” This themed, after-library-hours event is both free and a drop-off event. It goes from 7-9 p.m. and per the library website, there will be contests, games, sharks and many prizes, treats and crafts. I just spoke with the library to double check the drop-off part, and it’s both good AND true. Plus, the library is within walking distance of all kinds of dinner, drinks, and froyo for your two hours of kid freedom.

Who: 12- to 18-year-olds or 6th to 12th graders
What: After-Hours Underwater
When: Friday, Aug. 23 from 7 to 9 p.m.
Where: Edmonds Library, 650 Main St., Edmonds

On Saturday morning, you can get some help cramming in all of the reading you promised you’d make your kids do over summer at Reading with Rover, also at the Edmonds Library. Pre-readers and independent readers can “strengthen reading skills and improve confidence” while reading to a friendly dog. I double-checked with the library and it is indeed a real dog.

Who: Pre-readers and independent readers
What: Reading With Rover
When: Saturday, August 24th at 11a.m.
Where: Edmonds Library, 650 Main St., Edmonds

Family-friendly entertainment at Hazel Miller Plaza.
Family-friendly entertainment at Hazel Miller Plaza in a casual atmosphere that let’s you come and go.

Before I suggested a concert at the new Hazel Miller Plaza I wanted to check it out myself. I hadn’t been since it was redone and having a “runner,” I had concerns about proximity to the street. We saw a magician and I was relieved to see he was nicely tucked into the corner. We were able to watch far enough away from the road that I could catch him if he made a run for it. Tuesday is the last mid-day concert of the summer and it features Toy Box Trio, “new classical with a carnival flair.” I was happy that we could come and go on our often-abbreviated trips without worrying about admission or interrupting others.

Who: Everyone
What: Concerts At Hazel Miller Plaza
When: Tuesday, Aug. 27 from noon-1p.m.
Where: Hazel Miller Plaza, 5th Avenue South and Maple Street, Edmonds


While Edmonds doesn’t have a spray park to call its own, yet, there are two pretty great options nearby. Daleway and North Lynnwood Parks have spray parks along with their playground equipment and big grassy areas to run around. The spray features run in good weather from noon-6 p.m., starting in June and ending on Labor Day. Daleway Park’s water feature is a bigger hit with my kids but North Lynnwood Park has a dragon as part of its water feature and it also has a much bigger area to run around and a lot of shade. Spray parks can be a little like amusement parks and can be pretty crowded, hard to find good parking, and kind of exhausting. All of the running around is good for naps and early bedtime, but I suggest getting there before the water turns on and staking claim to your spot!

Good luck on your last week of summer!

— By Jen 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 contact Jen with your local event at play@myedmondsnews.com or find her trying to make sense of begging kids to ” just eat the mac n cheese” at SnackMomSyndrome.com. If you have a kid-friendly event you’d like to share, email her at play@myedmondsnews.com.




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