Edmonds Kind of Play: Part 1, weekend events and a ‘Giving Tree’ update

Jen Marx
Jen Marx

Seriously though, can you believe it’s December?!? I don’t know if it is the lack of constant rain or the fact that Christmas seemingly starts earlier every year but I feel like I blinked in late September and opened my eyes to see spammy e-mails about “the perfect Christmas gift.”

At our house, we wrote a list of the things that we don’t want to miss before we blink again and it’s the middle of January. We added The Christmas Tree Lighting in Downtown Edmonds, trimming our Christmas tree (I hardly consider what we do “trimming” but I’m trying to make it sound fancy,) drive around and see Christmas lights, have a holiday dinner with our friends, and decorate a Gingerbread house. My mental checklist is more like don’t forget anything/anyone, try and make it so my pants can mostly still button, and survive. The first list is far more doable than the second.

This week I have two events to tell you about, sadly it was going to be three but he Gingerbread House classes set for Friday, Dec. 6 and Saturday, Dec. 7 are both full. There is a waitlist if you like, you can call Debbie at Edmonds Parks and Recreation at 425-771-0230. Since the class is full, I am going to give you the next best thing by hitting up a bunch of local stores and see what they have in the “pre-fab” Gingerbread house department. Come back to My Edmonds News for Part Two with locations, pictures, and prices!

Here are the two events happening in Edmonds.

This week there is another “Friday Night Out” and not only is a great opportunity to get some time alone but it is a great time to buy Christmas gifts alone during off hours. Potty-trained 3- to 9-year-olds can “play games, play in our fun filled toy room, read books, create art projects and have a healthy snack. Come in pajamas for an easy trip home.” “Friday night out” lasts from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. and is $22 for Edmonds residents and $18 for siblings.

Who: Potty Trained 3- to 9-year-olds

What: Friday Night Out

When: Friday, Dec. 6 from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Where: Frances Anderson Center, 700 Main St.

On Saturday morning there is a class called “Geology Rocks” for kids 6 years and up. This “highly interactive” 90-minute class looks really fun and is $16 with an $8 supply fee. Kids will “discover the magic of minerals” while playing “junior paleontologist.” They will dig for fossil treasures and “find everything from shark teeth to sea urchins, dinosaur bone fragments to blue lace agate, and more.”

Who: Kids 6 years and up

What: Geology Rocks

When: Saturday, Dec. 7, 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

Where: Frances Anderson Center, 700 Main St.

Last time we talked about ways to give locally and one of them was The Giving Tree located at The Frances Anderson Center, which helps those in need through Volunteers of America Western Washington. I got an update from Debbie, who so wonderfully runs the front desk at Edmonds Parks and Recreation and she asked me to share that there are eight tags left on the tree. She also shared a really heartwarming story about how the pickle ball players teamed up to buy a big-ticket item for a child. The BMX bike, scored on a great deal found by a yoga student at FAC, is “going to make one 10-year-old boy very happy.”

— 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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