Edmonds Kind of Play: Worried about child luring? Quick tips to protect your kids

In light of the child luring incident reported at Madrona K-8 school last weekend, we are reposting this column from November 2014. Around Halloween, I got an email from my oldest son’s school explaining there had been “two reported incidents of child luring” in the area. Nothing makes you realize you have the “it won’t…

Edmonds Kind of Play: MOPS for preschoolers, soccer, Street Scramble and more

I know it rains here the majority of the year, but something about a beautiful summer erases all the memories of wet days spent indoors trying to entertain the kids. With our first taste of rain this school year, the reactions vary depending on what age your kids are. If you have really little ones, the hunt for what…

Edmonds Kind of Play: Can it be? Start of school just around corner

There is just under a month of summer left, but if your mail is any indication, it may as well be Labor Day weekend. I was just out of town on a “vacation” with the kids and our neighbors picked up our mail. When we went through the haul, it seemed like bills, back-to-school ads,…

Edmonds Kind of Play: Coming up — outdoor events galore

Well, you very likely found out if the kids’ rain jackets still fit this week. By now, you can go out and get one because every store you walk into is full of “School Clothes” designed for fall weather. In the last few days, I have had conversations with friends about back to school shopping…

Edmonds Kind of Play: Camps, concerts, crafts and cooking to fill your summer

So far this summer, we’ve started camp, swim lessons at Yost Pool, gone to a Mariner’s game, and called Poison Control (cherry pits.) We aren’t even half way through summer yet! That has me hopeful for a lot more fun and a bit nervous about repeat phone calls to Poison Control. Bedtimes are later, feet…

Edmonds Kind of Play: Making the transition to summer fun

I don’t know one parent who isn’t totally frazzled from the change in their routine as we transition from school-year schedules to summer activity schedules. I have often said, “He has trouble with transitions” in reference to one or both of my kids, but as it turns out, the apples don’t fall far from the spazzy…

Edmonds Kind of Play: School’s out… so time for summer camp

Summer break is not even 48 hours old and I’ve already “shared” too many links on Facebook, spent too much money at Target, watched “Frozen” twice, and thought ‘this is so great’ moments before counting the minutes ‘til our camps start. The reaction I’ve seen from friends is everything from “I’m already over summer” to…

Edmonds Kind of Play: Activities for your summer bucket list

Now is a great time to get a head start on summer. For some it means starting work on your summer bucket list, a list of fun activities meant to all be done by summer’s end. For others, it’s booking a campground or planning a road trip. When I was younger, that may have meant…

Edmonds Kind of Play: What about Wilderness Camp this summer — right in Edmonds

Lots of us just made it through Spring Break and then a holiday that involves irresistible candy. The Easter Bunny meant to bring my kids Reese’s Peanut Butter eggs, twice, but she (the bunny is a “she” per the resident 8-year-old) couldn’t deliver those delicious egg-shaped pockets of peanut butter anywhere other than straight down…

Edmonds Kind of Play: At your wit’s end with spring break? Try these ideas

As spring break winds down, its effect on our family is becoming more evident. My 4-year-old has informed me that he doesn’t want to live here as I am apparently a buzz kill who sometimes shuts the new mini-van doors without the “help” of little hands and doesn’t condone disrupting every situation we walk into….