Edmonds Kind of Play: Last-minute ideas for Friday’s ‘non-student’ day

Jen Marx
Jen Marx

It is amazing how quickly trying to figure out what to cram into the last weeks of summer makes way for, “What do we do in the rain?” I feel like I just I jumped from the frying pan into the fire, if the fire is dodging rain while figuring out what time the bus actually comes and what to do on a Saturday. The novelty of new lunch boxes and get-to-know-you school assignments is wearing off and the “I hate homework’s” and “What are we doing today’s” have definitely crept in for us.

If you have school-agers, sports have started, Curriculum Night has come and gone, you have a parent-teacher conference in your calendar, BUT you are on the eve of your first non-student day in the Edmonds School District. If you put it off until today, like I did, I have an idea for you. And if you are a mom of a baby or a toddler, while your schedule hasn’t likely changed much, your options for fun definitely have!

Alright! Let’s get to it!

If you have been to Remlinger Farms in Carnation you have probably heard of Eric Ode. We saw him there when my oldest was 3 and it was fun and interactive, which is nice when you have a not-so-silent 3-year-old. Tomorrow, Eric Ode will be at the Edmonds Library to promote Ready Reader skills in a program called, “Every Child Ready to Read and Rock!” The library says you will find some new, fun ways to reinforce early literacy and I say take advantage of this free event while releasing a little how-will-they-learn-to-read pressure.

Who: Children and Families (I called to double check and there are no age limits for the event)

What: Ready Readers concert with Eric Ode

When: Friday, Sept. 20 at 10 a.m.

Where: Edmonds Library, 650 Main St., Edmonds

The library is such a great place to find fun, free and educational events for your kids. Starting next Tuesday, The Edmonds Library Ready Readers Storytimes begin for the school year. I know that when I had a toddler with energy and a tight budget, I was always looking for events that would inspire a nap, put me in a room with parents in my boat, and not break the bank. As you know, that is no easy feat and story times, like those at our library, are a great option. There are three different choices for Storytimes, Baby and Me, Toddler, and Preschool, all timed nicely to get out of the house, get home in time to eat, and hopefully take a long nap.

Ready Readers Storytimes are held at the Edmonds Library, 650 Main St..

-Baby and Me Storytime is for newborns up to 18 month olds and is held Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m.

-Toddler Storytime, for those 18 months to 3 years, is held Fridays at 10 a.m. OR 11 a.m.

-Preschool Storytime is geared toward 3- to 5-year-olds and is held Tuesdays at 10:30 a.m.

For those of you with School Agers, between 6 and 12, who are off tomorrow with nothing to do, I have good news. I spoke with Debbie at Edmonds Parks and Recreation, my kid event Sherpa, and she confirmed that there are still spots in the Ranger-led Day Camp. Friday, September 20th, from 10 a.m to 3 p.m., Nature Scene Investigators is being held at the Frances Anderson Center. I can’t say enough great things about these day camps and was happy to hear that there was space left. You can call and register at 425.771.0230 or go to Reczone.org > Programs > Kids > Nature Scene Investigators.

Who: 6- to12-year-olds

What: Nature Scene Investigators (NSI)

When: Friday, Sept. 20, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Where: Frances Anderson Center, 700 Main St., Edmonds

While talking to Debbie at Parks and Rec to confirm space for the day camp, I found out about a class called Leaping Lizards. Leaping Lizards is for kids 4 and up, with a parent, and is held by the “Frog Lady,” Thayer Cueter, who you have likely seen near the waterfront or been to one of her birthday parties. At $16 for Edmonds residents, you and your child can spend two hours watching the live lizard “show and tell” and make a craft to bring home. If you are interested in Leaping Lizards, Debbie says to definitely sign up now!

Who: Kids 4 and up with a parent

What: Leaping Lizards

When: Saturday, Sept. 21, 10 a.m. to noon (Note: Craze has a different date due to a schedule change)

Where: Frances Anderson Center, 700 Main St., Edmonds

– 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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