Edmonds Kind of Play: Storytime, music classes and more for toddlers, preschoolers

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Alley Bell Music instructor Sarah Richard, left, teaches a class.

I distinctly remember “summer” as a mom to a toddler, as a time where I didn’t have the same options for classes or entertainment as I did the rest of the year. Back to school just meant more class options and traffic on my way home from my morning shift, and then less kids at the Barnes and Noble train table.

I saw a comment today in my Facebook “Memories” from when I dropped my oldest off at kindergarten and was headed to a toddler class joking, “It’s about time we got to know each other.” While he had been to classes before, we always joked that as the second kid, he was kinda like “luggage we handed snacks to.” Whether it’s your first kid, your first chance to be alone with a younger kid, or you’re a grandparent/caretaker looking for activities, I have some great options for you!

Move 60! is a before-/after- school program available in elementary schools. Now Move 60! Early Learning is an option for preschoolers, ages 3 to 5, and kindergarten and 1st graders who live in the Edmonds School District. Families can participate together in various activities that promote exercise and movement and an adult must stay with the child during the class. On Saturdays from 9 to 10:30 a.m., starting September 22nd, families are invited to drop in at Spruce Elementary or Mountlake Terrace Elementary. There will also be a class on Mondays and Tuesday from 10 to 11 a.m. at Edmonds Heights. They suggest that you “wear comfortable clothes and shoes because the program is activity based.” If you have any questions you can contact Jenni McCloughan: [email protected], 425‐431‐3029 or Jennie Hershey: [email protected], 425‐431‐3312.

Another free, no-commitment option is Storytime at the Edmonds Library, 650 Main St., available for babies, toddlers and preschoolers. Ready Readers Baby & Me Storytime, for babies 0 to 18 months, happens in two sessions on Thursdays from 10 to 10:45 a.m. and 11 to 11:45 a.m.. “Babies and their favorite adults learn to love reading together with stories, songs, fingerplays and rhymes.” There is playtime to follow!

Storytime at Sno-Isle Libraries. (Photo courtesy Sno-Isle)

Ready Readers Toddler Storytime is for kids from 18 months until they turn 3 and happens Wednesdays from 10 to 10:45 a.m. and 11 to 11:45 a.m.. “Jump and bounce into a magical world of stories music and movements that nurture the desire to read in toddlers.” This storytime has either playtime or a craft to follow.

Ready Readers Preschool Storytime is on Tuesdays from 11 to 11:45 a.m. and is a really great chance to practice on the sharing and circle time skills before Kindergarten! Preschoolers can let their “imagination run wild with fun books, sing-along songs and creative activities that prepare young minds for the adventures of reading.” Playtime or a craft follow this Storytime as well.

Also at the library, on Thursday, Sept. 13 from 10:30 to 11:15 a.m, there is a special program for the 0-18 set. Mother Goose on the Loose features professional musician, Nancy Stewart, as she brings her favorite nursery rhymes to life with song and interactive props.  For more information you can call the library at 425-771-1933, plus I suggest following Friends of the Edmonds Library on Instagram, they’re pretty good about posting the fun stuff.

Fun Factory, a fun and messy class for kids ages 1 to 4. It is on Tuesdays, starting Sept. 18, from 9:30 to 11 a.m.. This is a class where you register for a session at the Frances Anderson Center and kids have paints, doughs, “mess,” a sensory table, plus, songs and activities as they work on “large motor skills in a loosely structured parent involved class.” As a mom who is exactly zero parts preschool teacher, I think there’s something pretty great when the mess stays in the class! Baby siblings are welcome in this class which is so great, as it can be tricky to manage that toddler/new baby combo. For more information and registration for Fun Factory you can call FAC at 425-771-0230 or visit RecZone.org.

On Tuesday, Oct. 2 from 10 to 11 a.m. there is a Discovery Program for 2 to 4 year olds, “Tots Outside: Forest Tots.” Kids and an adult can enjoy hands-on exploration in Yost Park for 10 bucks. Tots can “use all [their] senses to feel, look, touch, smell and taste the exciting forested trails within the park.” This event, which still has a few spots open, is taught by Discovery Program Staff and meets at the Yost Park Poolhouse. Registration can also be found on RecZone.org

We did some Kindermusik sessions through the Frances Anderson Center with both of my kids, it was a better fit for one kid than the other. What’s so great is Kindermusik is offering a Family Demo on Monday, Sept. 10 from 10:30 to 11:15 a.m. so you and your child, ages 1 to 5, can see if it’s a good fit for you! Kids can “dance, sing, listen, learn, play and pretend” as you “connect with other families through music.” You must pre-register with Edmonds Parks & Recreation for this free demo, which can be done by calling 425-771-0230 or visiting RecZone.org. I checked, and the sessions that start in December all have space left.

The other local music class option, Alley Bell Music, which is now in a space on 5th/Bell Street, is all full for their September sessions, which run for 10 weeks. They offer a Free Demo Class as well, and you can either schedule a demo HERE or, if you don’t see any available spots, you can email [email protected] to schedule a visit.

— By Jennifer Marx

Jen Marx

Jen Marx, an Edmonds mom of two boys, is always looking for a fun place to take the kids that makes them tired enough to go to bed on time.

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