Edmonds Kind of Play: The benefits of joining your school PTA

I recently went to my first school board meeting. As someone who has carefully avoided manning the games at our school’s Harvest (read: Halloween) festival since 2011, that is certainly not something I could have forecasted, but there I was taking my three minutes during a public comment portion. The road from occasional, reluctant classroom…

Edmonds Kind of Play: The value of intergenerational activities

Just out of high school, I worked in the dining hall of a retirement community – the decor looked a lot like a Marie Callender’s, with coordinated chairs and carpeting and decorative touches only seen in a restaurant. My great-grandfather used to come over to my grandparents’ home for dinner, so until I took this…

Edmonds Kind of Play: Garter snakes, family art workshop, find Waldo

Given just how expensive summer can be — be it childcare, camps, vacations, or the incidentals at a touristy place — I try to look for fun but free-to-low-cost things to do. This past weekend, the event that fit the bill was Seattle Bot Battles, a free event at the Seattle Center featuring a few…

Edmonds Kind of Play: Celebrate Harry Potter with upcoming library events

Last summer, we piled into the van and headed to the Granite Falls Library for Hogwarts Summer School. We ate snacks, watched a magician, and the kids made Harry Potter-themed crafts. Since it was about a 45-minute drive, we turned it into a bit of a day trip, stopping on the way home at Funko…

Edmonds Kind of Play: Options for kids who want to give tennis a try

After my middle schooler suffered a concussion in his main sport this winter, we found out just how important exercise and, additionally, a team sport/group activity was for him. He went from hour-long practices twice a week and a game on the weekend with locker room time before and after, to not only no sports,…

Edmonds Kind of Play: Fun ways to keep your kids reading this summer

This week, I am writing my column about summer reading inside the library. I’d like to say that it is because I am going to cover all of the local summer reading options and the fun Sno-Isle Explore Summer events and I wanted to immerse myself in the environment that I was writing about, but…

Edmonds Kind of Play: Many options for summer basketball camps

All it took was hearing that a friend’s third-grade daughter has been playing basketball in their driveway to get me woozy at the thought of her signing up for a basketball team. I loved playing basketball and being on that particular team in 9th and 10th grade. What is different about my basketball experience and…

Edmonds Kind of Play: Summer meals, Meet Me in the Park, Back to School Fair

The Edmonds School District 2019-2020 Family and Community Calendar was released Friday. This is the one with all the shapes denoting which days are holidays, half-days, teacher conferences, or the snow days we are using all of this year. I print this calendar and post it in the kitchen every year, and while I still…

Edmonds Kind of Play: Let’s talk summer soccer camps and leagues

Let’s talk about soccer! Soccer seems to be the gateway sport for a large number of kids. It was the first shot we took at a sport with both of my kids before landing on hockey, and lacrosse and skateboarding respectively. We started out my oldest on Lil’ Kickers and then Kidz Love Soccer, which…

Edmonds Kind of Play: End-of-spring-break ideas and more

Spring break and when family come into town are two times we become tourists in the place we live. Being as we had family in town during the beginning of this spring break, we have visited a lot of local places we wouldn’t necessarily see on a regular ol’ weekday/weekend. Since we were in Monroe…

Edmonds Kind of Play: Self-defense for girls, swim lessons, whale class

In the times of online reviews, word-of-mouth available social media posts and the “hive mind,” it is easier to make an at least somewhat informed decision when it comes to our kids. Whether it be the interventions or apps recommended in the groups I follow for kids with dyslexia or dysgraphia, to the camps/classes/trips my…

Edmonds Kind of Play: Options for spring and summer break camps, plus preschool

Late winter is the home of kindergarten kick offs, preschool/spring break camp/summer camp registrations, choices for both middle and high school paths, and elective choices for next year. This time of year, parents need to have their heads in present day, spring break, summer, and the next school year to keep up. The stereotype of…

Edmonds Kind of Play: Options for kids who want to play lacrosse

“Mom, I wanna play lacrosse” is a sentence I ignored after my youngest came home telling me how much fun he was having during his lacrosse unit in P.E.. Pre-kid Jen thinks this makes me a terrible and unsupportive mother, mid-kid Jen understands that if you start every sport or activity at the first mention…

Edmonds Kind of Play: Family-friendly ways to ring in 2019

According to social media, the people at my house are not the only ones who aren’t sure what day it is and haven’t eaten at a regular interval since we can remember. If I had to execute a regular school day right now, I’m not sure where I’d start. Alternately, I know where all of…

Edmonds Kind of Play: More holiday fun in store this week

Fourteen years ago, we visited the Pacific Northwest in December to see if we wanted to relocate to the area. One of the things I remember from the trip is my husband explaining that the two hours he spent looking for where he had parked his car after his job interview were filled with trees…