Edmonds Kind of Play: Calendar-worthy events coming up for families

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This year’s Edmonds Watershed Fun Fair is set for May 5. (Photo courtesy City of Edmonds)

Often I tell the kids about way back when we had to look at a book of local maps, a Thomas Guide, to find out where we heading and how our phones were connected to the wall and numbers took ages to dial if they had 9’s or 0’s in them. What I can’t tell them is how my parents found out about events that were not TV or radio commercial worthy because I have no idea.

Even with social media and Facebook events and email and texts, I’ve still logged on and seen pictures of some cool things that I had no idea were happening or — by the time I did find out — the event was sold out. Even though it’s a part of my job to know these things are happening, it’s truly impossible to keep up with every single event. I still have a case of FOMO (Fear Of Missing Out) big enough to currently keep me on Facebook even though I’d prefer to not be on a site that had my personal data vulnerable. So here are some great events that range from this weekend to this summer!

On Saturday, April 7, REI is having their “First Saturday Campfire Sessions.” From 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., you can stop by the REI at the Alderwood Mall (you can find the store in the outdoor area near Nordstrom) and an expert instructor will be giving lessons throughout the day. They will be covering “several seasonally relevant skills or topics to enhance your outdoor experience.” This event, where you can “learn something new for your next adventure” is FREE and requires no registration. If you can’t make this event, they will hold another session on Saturday, May 5. For more information you can find the REI event page HERE or you can reach them at 425-640-6200.

Throughout my career as a parent, any event that involved being in the proximity of a fire truck was always a huge hit. On Thursday, April 12, you can attend the South County Fire Neighborhood Open House at the Edmonds Fire Station, 275 6th Ave. N., anytime between 6 and 8 p.m.. You can tour a fire truck and medic unit and learn “CPR To Go,” and there will be a brief program at 6:30 p.m. that includes the fire chief and station firefighters. For more information on this event, you can visit their Facebook event page HERE.

The Watershed Fun Fair is happening in just under a month, on May 5 from 11 a.m to 3 p.m. at the Willow Creek Salmon Hatchery. This annual event will have “exhibits, games, nature crafts and activities especially for kids including fish feeding, face painting, exhibits and demonstrations on recycling, stormwater, creating wildlife habitat, raingardens, tours of the native plant garden and fish hatchery and more.” The first 50 people to arrive get a free potted native plant and kids get to take home a plant-able prize of their own. This FREE event does not require registration and will include “edu-tainment” for the kids. Kids can attend “The Magic of Butterflies and Ladybugs,” which includes a “Garden Critter Academy” Puppet Show that teaches kids how butterflies and ladybugs live and grow. The show, which feature songs and stories, is also FREE and will be held at 12:30 p.m. at the fair. For more information on this event you can contact Jennifer Leach, the City of Edmonds’ Environmental Education & Sustainability Coordinator, at 425-771-0227.

My oldest son was obsessed with trains as a toddler and this included Thomas the Tank Engine. When he was 2, I managed to get tickets to the yearly Thomas event at the Northwest Railway Museum and it was a lot of fun to watch him enjoy this event. This year’s “Day Out With Thomas: Big Adventures Tour 2018” is happening between July 13-22 and includes a train ride as “Thomas the Tank Engine will take children and their families on a short excursion to the top of Snoqualmie Falls.” There is also a bouncy house, railway motorcar rides, model railways, coloring and a “visit with Sir Topham Hatt,” which was a highlight for my then 2-year-old. When you buy tickets they are for a certain departure time and they recommend getting there 30 minutes ahead of that time. When we went, there was remote parking with a shuttle and it definitely took some time to get onsite. Tickets are $23 each, plus all the possible merch and getting out to Snoqualmie, so this whole event can be spendy. For more information on Day Out With Thomas, you can visit their Facebook events page HERE or call them at 425-888-3030.

— By Jennifer Marx

Jen Marx, an Edmonds mom of two young boys, 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 on Twitter trying to make sense of begging kids to ”just eat the mac n cheese”

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