Edmonds Kind of Play: ‘Mommy and Me’ movie day, last-minute Valentine ideas

Jen Marx
Jen Marx

I’ve realized my inner monologue is mostly questions followed by an expletive these days. “Why are the kids are off of school Friday?” “I have to help you make what?” “Wait, weren’t you JUST off school last week.” I’ll spare you the spicy language, but I think we’re probably on the same page as to what follows. I don’t want to be a full-time downer, ’cause class parties and projects are always great and random days off can be fun, but throwing a monkey wrench into a well-oiled machine rarely works out.

There is no school in the Edmonds School District on Monday, Feb. 17 for President’s Day or Tuesday, Feb. 18 for a Teacher Noncontract Day. The good news is that school will be in session after that until March 21 with no days off.

On Monday, there is a “Mommy and Me At the Movies” event at The Edmonds Theater hosted by Shoreline MOPS. “We will be opening doors at 9:30 a.m. for a 9:45 a.m. showing of the family film, ‘Pooh’s Huffalump Movie.’ Please bring cash for admission, which is $3 per person aged two and older.” The Edmonds Theater is at 425 Main Street and, of course, each child will receive a free bag of popcorn.

It is already time to think about what to do during summer. I know, back at the questions and the 4-letter words, right? Edmonds Park and Recreation opens up registration for camps on March 17 and the Edmonds Center for the Arts is already taking registration for their summer camps. I checked out their impressive list of camps, all which start in July, and they look amazing. Three of the camps are for ages 7 to 11 and one for 11 and up. Each week-long camp runs from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and is $200. Kids can take a camp on puppetry, comedy and stage fighting, Hawaiian culture, or bringing a “book to life.” The info was a bit tricky to find on edmondscenterforthearts.org: click on the “Events Calendar” and go to July; you can register for the camps by clicking “More Info,” You can also call the Box Office at 425-275-9595.

Reading with Rover volunteers and their dogs share the joy of reading with children at the Edmonds Library. (My Edmonds News file photo)
Reading with Rover volunteers and their dogs share the joy of reading with children at the Edmonds Library. (My Edmonds News file photo)

The forecast, while warmer, shows that your second football free weekend is going to be wet. You can stay dry this Saturday at the Edmonds Library and enjoy another “Reading With Rover” event. ReadingwithRover.org explains their mission is “To inspire children to discover the joy of reading while developing literacy skills and confidence in a safe environment using Reading With Rover Dogs.” This event starts at 11 a.m. at The Edmonds Library, 650 Main St. and is for pre-readers and independent readers alike.

I hesitate to skip over Valentine’s Day all together but I am a “buy ‘em at the store and tape on a piece of candy” kinda Mom. We got some Transformers cards for my youngest, which say 1984 of them in some kind of taunt meant to remind you how old you are. My oldest had the task of writing a personal compliment for each child, so we used cards we already have (they are note cards/envelopes from Target in bright colors, 200 for around 12 bucks by Carlton cards, I found them with a tip from an Edmonds Mom and they save me on a regular basis.) We have seen some adorable homemade Valentine’s since my kids started preschool and I’ll show you the few that stuck out the most.

Today we received a “Frozen” themed “Olaf” Valentine; he is the funny snowman from the movie, and my 4-year-old loved it. The idea is a play on the song, “Do you want to build a snowman?” and includes all marshmallows, pretzels, etc. to build your own Olaf. I am not so exactly sure how all the candy was supposed to stick together but after a smoosh or two my son gave up and ate it. It did keep him busy for a few minutes and was one of his favorite treats. You can find the directions for the Olaf Valentine HERE.

Last year we got a heart shaped crayon in a plastic baggy made from broken up crayons, in fact we still have it. I like this idea because it’s less candy and a way to get rid of the ubiquitous fractions of crayons. You can find the instructions HERE and they say if you don’t have a heart muffin tin that these work in a regular old muffin tin just fine.

The last one seems the most doable for me, per Google it seems to be called “optical illusion Valentine.” It is where you take a picture of your child with their arm and closed hand outreached. Once printed out you cut above and below the hand and slide a lollipop into the picture creating the illusion your child is offering the treat to their Valentine. I found a blog post with decent instructions, if you don’t like them you can search, “optical illusion Valentine” and there are over 500,000 results.

If that all seems like too much I was at Target today and the Valentine’s aisle has sale signs all over it! Happy Valentine’s Day!

— 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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