Edmonds Kind of Play: School year in full swing — and so are fun outside-of-school options

Jen Marx
Jen Marx

A little over a week into the school year and we’ve already had to stop using one new water bottle cause it leaked, get glasses for one kid, and find out that same kid’s new school shoes have begun to hurt his feet. Last year, in the same span of time, it was a backpack that didn’t fit the new binders he used, a lunchbox that couldn’t hold his water bottle, along with the shoe issue, except those shoes soaked up rain water like it was their job.

It seems like no matter how many times you head out with the school supply and Back-To-School lists, you just can’t get all the right stuff. I’ll look at it like baseball, if a guy gets a base hit 3 times out of 10, “that guys goes to the Hall of Fame.”* So while I didn’t completely stick the landing with the school shopping, I am going to hang my hat on the little things like the backpack that is getting used by both kids for their respective kindergarten years and the jean jacket I got at Osh Kosh for 5 bucks.

The school year feels like it is in full swing, even though it’s only been a week. The first early release day is Friday, Sept. 26 and Curriculum Night is on its way for the Edmonds School District. This is a great opportunity to see the class and hear straight from the teacher what is expected of your student this school year. The district designates nights for each level of school, so all the high schools had their curriculum night Thursday, Sept. 11. The elementary schools have theirs on Wednesday, Sept. 17 and the majority of middle schools have theirs on Thursday, Sept. 25. The only exception is Brier Terrace Middle School, which will have their Curriculum Night on Thursday, Sept. 18. The times vary at each school and my guess is if you haven’t been notified yet, you will be soon.

I was browsing through The Craze, using www.CrazeDigital.org, and found out that there is a Kendo-Swordsmanship class offered for those ages 8 and up at The Frances Anderson Center, 700 Main St. The class teaches Japanese samurai sword handling and basic footwork and thankfully uses a sword made of bamboo. There is not “full contact” until students reach the next level of classes and armor is used. The next level does go up to a wooden sword and there is no mention of anything sharp! Classes are combined with children and adults and begin Saturday, Sept.13. For registration and more information you can call 425-771-0230 or visit online at www.reczone.org.

Another great thing I found in The Craze is the Friday AM Playzone for kids ages 2 to 5. Reservations a week in advance are required for the drop-in playtime that includes, “climbing, jumping, rules, and games.” These kinds of classes are so great as it’s not a major commitment and if they don’t love it, you can ditch the whole idea and you are only out the $6.25 it costs for the hour. If you are a regular, you can buy a punch card at a discounted rate. This is not a drop-off class, so each child must be accompanied by at adult. Friday AM Playzone lasts for an hour and starts at 10:15. Reservations can by made by phone at 425-771-0230

I have seen on The Edmonds Moms Facebook page that plenty of parents are anxious for Story Time at The Edmonds Library, 650 Main St.

Storytime is a great part of the library; the free classes full of books, stories, songs and play are a great way to find out all sorts of things about your kid! Do they like music? Are they nervous around other kids? Does it make then fall right asleep at naptime? It’s a great way to get out of the house on a budget with no commitment and get some adult interaction.

Starting Tuesday, Sept. 16 there are five different options to catch a story time:

Preschool Storytime for kids ages 3 to 5, is on Tuesdays at 10:30 a.m.

Baby and Me: Walkers is on Wednesdays at 10 a.m. for kids up to 18 months who are already walking.

Baby and Me: Pre-Walkers is at 11 a.m. on Wednesdays for kids up to 18 months who aren’t walking just yet.

Ready Reader Toddler Storytime for kids 18 months to 3 years old is on Fridays at both 10 a.m. and 11 a.m.

For more information you can call the library at 425-771-1933.

P.S.: I completely had to call a co-worker to make sure I was right about this baseball analogy. I liked his answer so much I quoted him!

– 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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