Edmonds Kind of Play: Here’s how to take advantage of ‘free’ museum Saturday

Jen Marx
Jen Marx

The last weekend in September is approaching and it is really your last weekend of nothing specific before the tidal wave that is the holidays hits. It’s fall, but contrary to what you see in stores, it’s not a holiday yet. I am going to soak in the non-specific, non-themed weekend as much as I can because making tissue ghosts will make way for turkey, a tree, and broken resolutions before I know it.

Even though it was still technically still summer when the week started, there is no mistaking fall is here. We have already fixed a leak in the roof, by “we” I mean my husband, I had my shoes soaked all the way through standing at my kid’s bus stop, and our house has that smell the heater makes when it hasn’t been on in a long time.

The Edmonds Historical Museum Summer Market is the last bit of summer to be found. The Market will close for the season after next Saturday’s market ends on Oct. 5. According the forecast, Saturday is supposed to be cloudy but dry so this is a nice option if you want to be outdoors. The Wednesday market at Salish Crossing will have its final market next week as well. You can get some fresh vegetables between 3 p.m. and 7p.m. As an added bonus, if you are there after 4, you can cross the parking lot and get a slice of pizza at Evviva. That is grocery shopping and kid feeding in one location!

You may have heard about getting into museums for free this weekend. I’ve checked it out and that’s mostly true but it’s not as simple as showing up and walking in. Typically when something is free, a couple of things are true; it’s gonna be crowded and there is work involved. This is likely going to be true for “Museum Day Live!” held by Smithsonian Magazine this Saturday, Sept. 27. Some local museums, such as KidsQuest Children’s Museum, EMP, SAM, BAM, and MOHAI, are offering FREE admission for two people per household. Here is what you need to know. You must have a ticket printed out when you arrive, one ticket serves two people per household and can be found HERE. Also, this ticket is just for standard admission, it doesn’t cover parking or special exhibits. Admission is first come first served and when museums are at capacity, you will need to wait until space becomes available. The full list of participating museums is HERE and the rules can be found HERE.

Who: Two people per household with a pre-printed ticket
What: Museum Day Live!
When: Saturday, Sept. 28
Where: Participating Museums

Each week when I am looking around for fun stuff to do with the kids, I finish up my search by checking in with Edmonds Parks and Recreation about what is going on this weekend. I couldn’t have expected the response I got this time! Debbie, whose voice you know by heart if you call to sign your kids up for gymnastics, camps, or classes full of lizards, told me that there is a whitewater rafting event on Saturday. If you go to reczone.org and type in #17833 you will can sign up for Tieton Whitewater Rafting, which is for anyone 10 and up, although those under 18 need an adult to register, as well. “The Tieton, located on the eastern side of White Pass along Highway 12, is a mere trickle of water during the summer months. However, in September, when Rimrock Lake is emptied, the Tieton roars with whitewater excitement. No prior experience is necessary.” Included in the $76 fee is a wetsuit and equipment rental. The information sheet, found HERE, says it is a 3-plus hour drive and has contact information on a local B&B.

Who: Adventurous people 10 and up
What: Tieton Whitewater Rafting
When: Saturday, Sept. 28 from 1:30 to 5:30 p.m.
Where: The Tieton, on the Eastern side White Pass along Highway 12

Have a great weekend and if you hit the rapids please send pictures!

– 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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