Edmonds Kind of Play: Get moving, get grooving with fun family events this weekend

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A bicycle rodeo participant at the 2014 fitness expo. (My Edmonds News file photo)

I’m not sure if it’s spring, the fact that we have a lot of family events on the horizon with birthdays and a 6th grade promotion, or what… but everyone here is off their game. Dinners are rushed, the budget is tighter than normal, and everyone is restless to get outside — it’s very possible “get outside” is code for “get out of school.”

I’ve been struggling, amid “IEP season,” to help ensure everyone is getting their boxes checked. For instance, it was apparent after some particularly wiggly singing at a school concert that we’re not scheduling enough time at the skatepark, and some form of grilled cheese and breakfast-for-dinner seems to be on the menu more often than not. For the second weekend in a row, Edmonds is full of free, fun events for families and I’m sure I’m not the only one who considers them to be right on time. This weekend, the events cover health (physical and mental) as well as some that are a great mix of education, conservation and fun.

The 6th Annual Health & Fitness Expo is this Saturday, May 19 in Edmonds. This free, outdoor expo will be at the Edmonds School District Stadium, 7600 212th St. S.W., from 9 a.m. to noon and is packed full resources, events, and things to do. There will be over 50 interactive health and wellness booths. There will also be no-cost health screenings including blood pressure, dental and vision screenings. There will be a Family Move 60! Fun Run for families, kids and adults with a free t-shirt for the first 225 participants. There are also track meet activities, an Active Zone with an obstacle course, bike rodeo, pop-a-shot basketball, and you can make bike blender smoothies. For more information on the Health & Fitness Expo, including a schedule of events, you can visit www.HFExpo.edmondswa.gov.

While you are on location at Edmonds-Woodway High School, there will also be a Strong Families workshop, where you can learn how your student deals with stress, anxiety and difficult experiences and how to support them. The workshop will cover good stress and toxic stress and their impact on your student, while giving you insight into how they manage difficult events. They will offer ways for how you can support your student and share resources in our community. The event goes from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and offers child care for those 3 and over and potty trained, and lunch will be provided. For more information you can contact Sally Guzman at 425-431-4267. You can also see the flier here.

The Snohomish Conservation District will be at the Edmonds Library this Saturday, May 19, from 2 to 3 p.m. sharing ways we can protect Puget Sound “with hands-on exploration and games” in another session of the library’s Tween STEAM Club. This event, which requires pre-registration, is for tweens, which the library typically considers to be kids starting at 8 years old. Participants will “learn how pollution affects aquatic life. Using live macroinvertebrates from a local stream, students will gather data to complete a biological analysis of water quality and discuss simple steps that they and their families can take to improve water quality.” The library warns that “space is limited,” though I was able to see via their website that there are still spaces left in this event. If you’d like to register, you can find the event HERE. You can also reach the library at 425-771-1933.

I wanted to also mention the Edmonds Jazz Connection, put on by the Edmonds Daybreakers Rotary Club, as the cherry on top of Saturday’s events. Starting at 9 a.m., you can catch local jazz bands, choirs, and combos at three different Edmonds locations: The Edmonds Center for the Arts, North Sound Center and the Edmonds Theater. All of these events are free to watch, except for the evening show at ECA, ECA Presents New York Voices: 30th Anniversary Celebration. You can find more info and a thorough schedule of events on JazzConnection.org.

Learn about turtles at the Edmonds Demo Garden Sunday, May 20.

This Sunday, May 20 from 1 to 3 p.m., there will be a free program at the Edmonds Native Wildlife Habitat Demonstration Garden in celebration of World Turtle Day called Turtle Time.  Thayer Cueter, who is famous in Edmonds for being “The Frog Lady,” is also the founder of Washington Turtle and Tortoise Rescue and she will be holding an “educational workshop on identification of Washington State Natives, domestic turtles and actions to protect them.” You can learn all about these “fascinating reptiles” and their habitats and will have a chance to interact with some that have been rescued. The Demo Garden is at the Willow Creek Hatchery on the corner of Pine Street and Edmonds Way with free parking on Pine Street. For more information on this event, you can contact Thayer Cueter at 206-618-7232 or [email protected], you can also visit www.pilchuckaudubon.org.

— 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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