Edmonds Kind of Play: As summer countdown begins, a look at camp, class options for your kids

Jen Marx
Jen Marx

There are just about six weeks of school left. That seems to elicit different responses from different people, it makes me nervous. Eight months into the school year, and this machine is as well-oiled as it gets. When we throw the monkey wrench that is summer vacation into it, there are bound to be casualties. For instance, we have to pay an extra fee to have care of one of our kids because camp starts a half hour too early to jive with our work schedules. Before I had kids, a half hour was half of a massage I could afford; now, if something is happening, “in a half an hour, kids” I hear the hissing of the lit wick of a cartoon style bomb snaking closer and closer and about to blow up.

The good news is there are lots of local activities to keep the kids busy, and this little summer pre-funk we’ve been having is a nice reminder that lack of school also means lack of rain. Today I have a camp, another fun, free event at the library, as well as, a reminder about kindergarten and Mother’s Day.

Mother’s Day is coming quick, and if you are looking to score points with a mother in your life, a little forethought goes a long way. This Saturday at Glazed and Amazed, 514 Main St., they are having their once-a-month Clay Handprint Day. They ask that you call ahead and let them know you are coming and Glazed and Amazed will have your customized gift by May 10. Call 425-673-5474 or find more information at www.GlazedandAmazed.com.

I am particularly excited to tell you about a Yoga Summer Camp taught by Tracy Kim and Lisa Palmatier. I have seen the benefits of yoga for myself, when I actually do it, and II have known Tracy since our oldest kids met in preschool. Tracy is not only a friend, but has taught yoga at both my kids’ schools and all three of us can vouch for her fun, kind and awesome nature. In camp, kids, ages 4 to 8 will learn traditional yoga poses on their own and with partners. They will also learn “body and breath awareness and relaxation,” which seems invaluable to kids who can be impulsive and the opposite of relaxed! Each day of camp has a different theme with games, art, music, and stories. Yoga Summer Camp runs from Aug. 18-22, from 9:30 a.m. to noon and will be held at Olympic View Montessori, 18530 76th Ave. W., in Perrinville. You can register for the weeklong camp at www.Tracy-Yoga.com

Saturday is going to bring more of the same old spring and less of this little summer preview we’ve been having. The Edmonds Library, 650 Main St., is coming through again with a fun and free event as they host a Fairy House Workshop for kids ages 5 to 15. The workshop, which starts at 11 a.m., allows kids to build a fairy house using “nature’s materials.” While the event is free, it does require preregistration on www.sno-isle.org, you can find the shortcut HERE.

An email went out from the Edmonds School District to those who will be paying for their children to attend full-time kindergarten in September, detailing the different options for payment. I know these emails can end up in the junk folder or get just plain ignored, which I am frankly getting pretty good at, so I wanted to remind you. Parents have lots of options for payment: You can have the $360 payment automatically come out of your account monthly, which you will need to set up at the district office; you can pay it monthly by check; or there are options where you can split larger payments or even pay in full. It seems more and more schools have the full-day kindergarten option offered for free, I have yet to be that lucky and expect my school will start paying for it the year AFTER my youngest does kindergarten.

– By Jennifer 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 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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