Edmonds Kind of Play: Treat mom to fairies, elves, plants — and now, Spring Fest


For the past couple of years, my Mother’s Day tradition has been to go on my “Mom Walk” first thing in the morning. It’s quiet at the waterfront, the sounds of walking through Yost Park are — for lack of a less corny term — refreshing, plus it’s the time of year to see an eagle perched on one of those posts just south of the ferry at Brackett’s Landing. While I don’t really love Mother’s Day, I do love traditions — OK, OK, and the presents kids make at school for Mother’s Day. For those of you who love Mother’s Day or are looking for a way to celebrate someone, Edmonds is full of traditions plus a brand-new event at Civic Field.

Saturday, May 12, there are three events that come around each year on the day before Mother’s Day that are good options to get the kids out of the house and get a thoughtful gift for whomever you are celebrating this year: The library’s Annual Fairy & Elf Parade, which travels down Main Street to the Kids Plant for Mom’s Day at the Garden Market, and the yearly event at C’est La Vie where you can make a card for Mother’s Day.

Kids can create their own gift of flowers for mom during Kids Plant for Mom’s Day May 12. (Photo courtesy Edmonds In Bloom)

Kids Plant for Mom’s Day has been an Edmonds tradition for more than 20 years. You can head to the Edmonds Garden Market, corner of 5th and Bell, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., and for a $10 donation to Edmonds in Bloom, kids of all ages can “pick their own colorful beach pail, adorn it with stickers, and add a variety of flowering plants.” Edmonds in Bloom is a “non-profit organization dedicated to beautifying the local community and providing horticultural education.” For more information on Edmonds in Bloom or Kids Plant for Mom’s Day, you can visit EdmondsInBloom.com.

To add another layer of fun to Kids Plants for Mom’s Day, the Edmonds Library (650 Main St.) invites you to “break out your fairy wings and elf shoes” for its Annual Fairy & Elf Parade. Pre-parade activities include “crafts, stories, and music,” which start at 11 a.m., and then the parade heads down to the Garden Market, where you can plant a flower for someone special. For more information on the all-ages parade, you can visit the library’s calendar HERE or call the library at 425-771-1933.

I mapped the distance between the Garden Market and C’est La Vie, 320 5th Ave. S., and Google tells me its .2 miles or 5 walking minutes. I’m guessing with kids it could take a little longer, or if you have runners, maybe quicker. Each year, C’est La Vie invites kids to come and make Mother’s Day cards for free; they will “have all the supplies for you!” The event will last from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.. For more information, you can visit C’est La Vie’s Facebook page HERE.

Also, this Saturday, May 12, is an event at Civic Center Playfield called Edmonds Spring Fest put on by a group called Urban Craft Uprising. The group says its mission “is to build a fun, successful showcase for indie crafters and to nurture a supportive DIY crafting community.” It’s organizing this free event with 100-plus vendors selling handmade crafts and food.

After hearing how well many of their vendors do at the Edmonds market and getting feedback from their fans asking for Urban Craft Uprising to come to the north end, the group announced their first event in Edmonds. Ten or so of my Facebook friends are either “Interested” or “Going” on the Facebook Event page, which isn’t something I typically see. Overall, 3,500 people have clicked the “Interested” button, so it looks like it will be well-attended. The Edmonds Spring Fest will run from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and if you’re headed to downtown, parking is going to be tough considering all of these events right in the same spot! For more information on Edmonds Spring Fest, you can check out their Facebook Events page HERE.

— 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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