Edmonds Kind of Play: Ways to keep kids engaged on upcoming ‘non-student’ days

Jen Marx
Jen Marx

It feels almost novel to mention Thanksgiving in November. I saw Christmas decorations up in an Office Supply store last week while trying to find the special pencils suggested by my son’s teacher. (These are the style of pencil and NO, he won’t use them.) There was also Christmas music in the Alderwood Lego store when we were there this Tuesday for their monthly Lego build. As with most holidays, or frankly random Fridays, kids will be off school.

The next day off for the Edmonds School District is Wednesday, Nov. 11 for Veterans Day. Seeing as it’s a federal holiday, I didn’t see any local day camps and the library is closed. When I was in school, we got Thanksgiving Thursday and then Friday, formerly known as “The Friday After Thanksgiving,” off. Lately it seems that the Wednesday before Thanksgiving is a Non Student day and it is true for the Edmonds School District this Wednesday, Nov. 25. The good news is there is still some stuff to do in Edmonds.

There is a Discovery Mini Camp available at the Frances Anderson on Wednesday, Nov. 25 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.. Kids ages 6 to 12 can sign up for “Dirt and Dinosaurs” and “discover how fossils are made.” I can’t say enough great things about these mini camps, led by Interpretive Specialist Rachel Shields. “Ranger Rachel” is one of those people, much like Coach Ian of Kidz Love Soccer, who is fun, talks to kids without being condescending, and can stay calm even with a pack of rain-soaked, excited kids. Having frequented many Discovery Programs over the years, my oldest son knows some great stuff about Edmonds via Yost Park, the local wetlands, and of course, the beaches. To register for this mini camp you can call Debbie at Edmonds Parks and Recreation at 425-771-0230 or by visiting reczone.org.

I figured I would look around to see what else was happening in Edmonds for the day before Thanksgiving. Sadly, I came across this notice on the Art Spot Edmonds website, “Please note ARTspot is no longer offering on site kids art classes.” While they no long offer the youth classes, they do have adult classes and did offer a list of other local youth art classes.

If you have little ones, the Edmonds library is still holding both of their “Baby Storytimes” on Wednesday, Nov. 25. At 10 a.m., Baby Storytime is for newborns through 18 months but this is the “Walkers” Storytime and has a focus on walking babies. At 11 a.m., Baby Storytime, also for newborns to 18 month olds, is focused on “Pre-Walkers.”

If you aren’t ready for Christmas, I suggest a trip to Trader Joe’s! I was there yesterday and saw not only a sign for turkeys, but they are also selling a Gingerbread Turkey kit. This way you can stay in November with a nice lil’ gingerbread nod to Christmas.

– 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 play@myedmondsnews.com.

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