I think every kid has been in a club of one kind or another as an excuse get together a group of friends and kind of “make it official.” When I was a kid, I lived on a cul-de-sac with seven girls — three Jennifers, of course. We were the “Pink Ladies,” but didn’t really accomplish anything other than getting sent home from a seven-kid sleepover after some of us tried to sneak out to TP an older boy’s house — for the record, I didn’t leave the house. My oldest son and his buddies have had different “clubs” over the past school years, the only outcome being adorable club names and the development of a never-used secret language.
This brings us to 11-year-old Edmonds resident Payton Knight. Payton is starting “The Animation Action Club,” which is a “true hobby club for kids.” On the website, in the most adorable “About” section, Payton introduces himself by explaining he started the free club to share his passion. He says that his 8-year-old brother, Rylie, who shares his brother’s love for animation, will be his “right hand dude” during meetings, which will be filled with the “coolest kids around.” These cool kids can be between 7 and 14 and the first meeting will be will be held at The Frances Anderson Center, 700 Main St., Oct. 15 from 6 to 8 p.m..
I got in touch with Payton’s Mom, Melinda Knight, for some more specifics about the club meetings. The first thing I wanted to know was if you HAD to have an iPad or equivalent device to participate. Melinda said, “No, not at first. We will bring a couple of iPads to start working on some projects… Members are welcome to bring their own iPads for individual projects to show to the group.” After the initial educational meetings, kids will be working in teams to create their stop-motion projects. Knight reiterated what you will find on the website, that “The club was initially created as a safe, supportive and creative environment that is all about animation and treating others with kindness.” Parents are encouraged to be involved with the club as it is free, but Knight says kids who follow the “10 simple rules of being part of the club” can be dropped off.
All projects made at the club will be posted on the Action Animation YouTube Channel. Knight says, “The hope is that someday members can compete in fun events and showcase everything they’ve created together.” You can register to join Payton and his right hand dude, Rylie, via the Action Animation Club website, which you can do by clicking HERE.
– 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 jen_marx . If you have a kid-friendly event you’d like to share, email her at [email protected].