Edmonds Kind of Play: What to do with the kids on those ‘non-school days’

Jen Marx
Jen Marx

If you have kids in the Edmonds School District, you are fully aware that we’ve had two half days this week and that Friday is a non-student day. The two half days were for conferences and Friday is to help you remember what it’s like to have all your kids at home, otherwise known as a Teacher Professional Development Day. For Thursday’s half day, I hosted a play date, which took the total of little boys in my house to three.

As you may or may not know, little boys are counted like earthquakes, for every number you go up, you multiply the intensity by 10. From my experience, others handle their pre-play-date jitters better than I do (Why am I even nervous?) and most people are craftier in the execution of a play date as well. I mean, check out the Pinterest worthy lunch my oldest son had at his last play date: a Pokemon drink, Jello fruit salad with his name spelled on top, and a PB&J with healthy bread that he actually ate. All courtesy of the Edmonds moms behind Fun Kid Lunches.


My plan for Thursday’s play date was to have them play, try to include the little brother if possible, console the little brother when he is shut down, and then feed them a snack of Trader Joe’s version of a Dorito, apple juice and hopefully something with some protein in it. I feel like this is a victory considering once I asked a friend if there was any “trick” to making tater tots. The boy who came over is a great kid and they all had fun, plus, it is worth all of the leverage I get from having a play date on deck.

If you are not up for having a house full of kids Friday or during spring break, April 7-11, I have a couple of ideas for you. If you have kids who aren’t school-agers yet, I also have a fun class to tell you about.

Let’s start with Friday, March 21! Your 8- to 12-year-old can spend their non-student day at a Clay Mini Camp. From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Frances Anderson Center, 700 Main St., participants can make what the teacher demonstrates or something they dreamed up. Projects will be fired after class and available for pick up in two weeks. Also — and if you ask me this is the best thing about a mini camp — they bring and eat their lunch in class. There is something so magical about the kids having a meal away from home. I checked with Edmonds Parks and Recreation and there is still space in Friday’s Clay Mini Camp. For more information visit reczone.org or call 425.771.0230.

Spring break is fast approaching, according to the calendar and not the state of your icy windshield this morning. There is still space in Discovery Day-Spring Break Camp, which is described this way in The Craze: “Fun-filled days include games, crafts, and outdoor exploration.” I couldn’t agree more! My oldest son has done these Ranger-led camps and they are always a huge hit. This camp, located at The Frances Anderson Center, is for kids ages 6 to 12 and last from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.. This is one of those camps that you send your kids to dressed for anything as they often come back with some remnants of their daily activity and also with a craft and a lot of great info about our local environment. This reminds me that the next non-student day is April 25, and there will be a mini camp along these lines available. To register for Spring Break or the Mini Camp, visit reczone.org or call 425.771.0230.

If you have a child in the ages 0-5 set, Alley Bell Music still has space in their spring semester of Music Together classes. The classes, which “include parent education to help adults understand and enhance their child’s music development,” run for 45 minutes. Alley Bell Music, owned by Edmonds mom Sarah Richard, is held at the Barclay Shelton Dance Center, 413 Bell St. Register on the website. Classes begin March 28.

Good Luck Friday!

— 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 [email protected] 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 [email protected].

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