Edmonds Kind of Play: Your kids can make a mess in these City of Edmonds classes

Jen Marx
Jen Marx

Parenting isn’t really what I expected it to be, nor am I the parent I had imagined. I was going to be the kind of Mom you find on TV, whipping up snacks for the neighborhood kids with the perfect hair, you know, not too messy but not too helmet-y. I had grand plans of being a fun Mom in a house where kids came and went, popping homemade snacks into their wide smiles. Then I got carsick, I mean pregnant, and then became more of a tired Mom than a fun one, although my hair has its moments. For starters, this house is always too messy and devoid of snacks to have people over. On top of that, my kids seem to save up their most embarrassing behavior for when they have an audience of the last people on earth I want to see said behavior.

The longer I am a parent, the better I am at finding ways to get the messy, slimy, dirt-covered activities in without having to do the lion share of the clean up. Right now we have some great classes in Edmonds that will do just that.

Art projects can be fun and at our house are definitely a part of our holiday traditions. However, I think the trifecta of art projects is for someone else to come up with the idea of what to do, the project is done at a remote location, and parents see that cute-kid face when they hand over a project they are proud of. You can get all three with the four-week class, Joy of Art. Held at the Frances Anderson Center, Joy of Art invites 5- to 8-year-olds to “learn fundamental art elements: color theory, line and shape. Possible projects include painting, printmaking, sculpture, paper mache, movable art, mixed media and collage.” The first hour-long class is Saturday, Nov. 16 at 10 a.m.

Who: 5- to 8-year olds
What: Joy of Art
When: Saturdays from 11/16 to 12/4, 10 a.m. to 11 a.m.
Where: Frances Anderson Center, 700 Main St.

Saturday at 10 a.m. is also “Turtle Time!” The ‘Frog Lady’ Thayer Cueter “will introduce their lifestyle, anatomy, diet and care, while interacting with live turtles. Storytelling and turtle crafts will be included.” Parents may attend this two-hour class for free.

Who: Kids 4 and over
What: Turtle Tim
When: Saturday, Nov. 16 from 10 a.m to noon
Where: Frances Anderson Center, 700 Main St.

This week there is another “Friday Night Out!” Potty-trained kids between ages 3 and 9 are welcome to “meet new friends” at the drop-off Friday night playgroup. “Kids play games, play in our fun-filled toy room, read books, create art projects and have a healthy snack.” Parents do whatever they want, in silence or to the soundtrack of a waiter asking you what you’d like to eat without sharing.

Who: 3- to 9-year-olds
What: Friday Night Out
When: Nov. 15, 5:30-8:30 p.m.
Where: Frances Anderson Center, 700 Main St.

While searching around Reczone.org for activities to share, I came across a class I hadn’t seen before. I called Debbie at Edmonds Parks and Recreation and she confirmed that the Kindernature class was, indeed, new. Kindernature, for 3- to 5-year-olds, will focus on Autumn Animals and “will use stories, hands-on activities and a simple craft to increase awareness of wildlife and their autumn activities.” The one-hour class is Tuesday, Nov. 19 at 10 a.m. and a parent must attend with the child.

Who: 3- to 5-year-olds
What: New Kindernature Class, Autumn Animals
When: Tuesday, November 19th at 10 a.m.
Where: Frances Anderson Center, 700 Main St.

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