Edmonds Kind of Play: Friday Night Out, anyone?

Jen Marx
Jen Marx

I don’t know about you, but between Halloween and the time change, we are due for a night out at this house. Since this most recent time change, I have read what feels like a million Facebook statuses of kids accidentally falling asleep an hour early because it is dark and, according to their little bodies, late. No such luck with us. We’ve had at least one kid up later than usual each night this week. It is dark early, the kids are wacky BUT the good news is there are a lot of fun things ahead for this fall weekend and, even better, you don’t have to leave Edmonds to do them.

Getting a sitter can feel impossible. Just this morning I was doing some pre-dawn texting with a friend about sitters. Even Nora Ephron said, “The world’s greatest babysitter burns out after two and a half years.” That is why an event like the Friday Night Out at the Frances Anderson Center is such a great option. This Friday from 5:30-8:30 p.m. you can drop your 3- to 9-year-olds off to “play games, play in our fun-filled toy room, read books, create art projects and have a healthy snack.” This is enough time to get a drink or catch a movie at The Edmonds Theater, or if your taste is like mine, sit in your own quiet house watching stuff on your DVR while eating food you don’t have to share. They have the brilliant suggestion to bring the kids in PJs for when they zonk out in the car on the way home from all of that fun! There are more Friday Night Outs scheduled for this month and next. Younger children must be potty trained and sibling rates are available. Visit reczone.org for more information.
Who: 3- to 9-year-olds
What: Friday Night Out
When: Nov. 8, 5:30-8:30 p.m.
Where: Frances Anderson Center, 700 Main Street

This Saturday, another session of Kidz Love Soccer starts up. I know the first reaction to this has to be, “I am NOT standing outside in this weather” but never fear, classes have moved inside to the gym at the Frances Anderson Center. I cannot say enough great things about the Kidz Love Soccer program. Not only have the coaches been amazing each time we’ve signed up — multiple times over the last five years with two different kids — but there is no “heavy lifting.” Since it is more like a soccer class than a team, you don’t have to worry about multiple events a week or the week we all dread — when we are in charge of snack. The new sessions starts this Saturday, Nov. 9 and runs through Dec. 14 and is held in the gym that is just past the front desk of the Frances Anderson Center. Visit reczone.org for more information.
Who: 3- to 10-year-olds
What: Kidz Love Soccer
When: Saturday, Nov. 9 through Dec. 14
Where: Frances Anderson Center, 700 Main Street

When you are done with Kidz Love Soccer you can cross the courtyard and head to the Edmonds Library for another fun morning of Reading with Rover. Pre-readers and independent readers alike are invited to “discover the joy of reading” with a furry friend. The event is free to everyone and you can learn more at ReadingwithRover.org
Who: Pre-readers and independent readers
What: Reading With Rover
When: Nov. 9, 11 a.m.
Where: Edmonds Library, 650 Main St.

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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