Edmonds Kind of Play: Solar eclipse program, free movies, tie-dye camp

“Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” is one of several free kid-friendly movies offered at the Edmonds Theater this summer.

On our Mom Walk, my friend pointed out that ever since stores set up their school supply section right after the 4th of July, it’s easy to just be “over it” before it is even actually Back To School time. I’m still holding on to summer pretty tightly right now, only loosening my grip to snag things like 19 -cent spiral notebooks at Freddy’s and an oddly under-priced accordion folder at Target.

This August is also full of good TV — Game of Thrones, for seemingly everyone but me; Hard Knocks, the Liev Schreiber narrated football documentary which only airs before each football season; and my favorite show, Insecure, which I can’t recommend enough. Despite the feelings caused by school supply sections in stores and the millions of e-mails I am getting from the Halloween site we’ve ordered from in the past, there are still a lot of fun, local summer options left.

During a recent Lynnwood library presentation, Sno-Isle Libraries Teen Librarian Kathy Smargiassi wears eclipse glasses and looks at the sun. (Photo by Natalie Covate)

Coming up on Aug. 21, there will be a solar eclipse visible from the Pacific Northwest. To celebrate this event and their Explore Summer programs, Sno-Isle is offering Explore Summer: See the Sun up Close. This event is traveling to different Sno-Isle locations (see our report on July Lynnwood Library event here), offering people of all ages to “safely view the sun in three different wavelengths.” This multi-generational program, presented by the Charlie Bates Solar Astronomy Project, New Mexico Chapter, allows participants to “view the solar spectrum with spectroscopes and explore other hot topics in solar science with an expert.” There will be solar glasses to take home for safely watching the eclipse.

The event will be at the Edmonds Library Monday, Aug. 7 at 1 p.m., the Brier Library on Friday, Aug. 11 at 1 p.m., and Mill Creek on Sunday, Aug. 13 at 1 p.m.. For more information on this and other Explore Summer events, visit www.Sno-Isle.org.

Recently, my Mom Walk was reconfigured to finish up with a stroll down Main Street. Walking down the tree-lined street and eventually getting the view of the water is one of the best parts of the walk. This also allows me to catch up on what’s going on in downtown Edmonds, this time seeing the summer schedule for FREE movies at the Edmonds Theater. Each Tuesday, you can catch a kids movie for free at the local theater famous for its popcorn. Doors open at 10:30 a.m. and the movie starts at 11 a.m.. While the movies are free, donations are accepted and tickets are first come, first served. The schedule for the remainder of summer is as follows:

8-8  Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (The one from 1990)

8-15 Monsters University

8-22 Hook

8-29 A Bug’s Life

9-5   Spirited Away

My kids seem to need all that comes with a summer day camp — you know, those kinds of activities that make you hungry, tired, and somehow always wreck your socks. I saw a friend’s youngest kid really enjoy an art camp this summer, and while her socks were still in danger of being wrecked, it was from paint and not dirt. If you’re looking for a fun, craft-based camp, Glazed and Amazed, 514 Main Street, still has space in their Tie Dye Camp next week! On Aug. 8-10 from 1 to 3 p.m., campers will finish four different projects. Tie Dye camp includes a glass, pottery, and canvas project, plus — to go along with the theme — campers will tie dye a bandana. The camp is $99 plus tax and includes snack each day. You can call 425-673-5474 to get more information and they are always helpful over the phone, or you can click HERE for Glazed and Amazed’s August schedule.

Among the changes happening at Alderwood Mall, we’ve lost Sears and now have a new “Playtorium” for kids. Funtastic Playtorium Alderwood is now open at the Alderwood Mall. This play area, next to JCPenney, has lots of kid-friendly activities like foam ball launchers and brightly colored kid-sized walkways and obstacles for those between ages 1 and 10 to enjoy. Pricing, which is comparable to the PlayHappy Cafe, varies from weekday to weekend and since this location requires parents to stay, the Playtorium site says “adults and babies under the age of 1 year are always free.” I think it’s a bonus that you can enter and leave through JCPenney without passing things like Build-A-Bear and the Lego Store. For more information you can find the Funtastic Playtorium Alderwood’s Facebook page HERE!

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