Playtime: After-school fun, from sports to drama to scouting

Jen Marx

Back To School is no joke. In the blink of an eye, it’ll be Curriculum Night and we’ll be signed up for a parent-teacher conference. When I saw a Facebook post today about forgotten lunches and soccer games changing weekend plans, I felt such relief it wasn’t just me. The theme in my circle of moms seems to be the surprise that we all feel woefully behind already. It can be so hard to keep up, especially with sports and other extra-curricular activity sign-up dates. If you’re still looking for sports or other fun to sign up for, I looked around and found some that are still registering now!

By now I mean NOW on most of these sign-ups. Let’s start with Girls On The Run, with practices for girls in 3rd-5th grades starting next week! I have really loved covering this group from its local inception to the current level of expansion. Girls On The Run says its mission is to “inspire girls to be joyful, healthy and confident using a fun, experience-based curriculum which creatively integrates running.” Executive Director Megan Wolfe told me that their teams at Spruce Elementary and Beverly Elementary still have quite a few open spaces but Frances Anderson, Terrace Park, and Hazelwood are nearly full. I got confirmation that they are still taking registration for their teams, with Wolfe reassuring me, “we don’t close registration until after the third practice!” I would suggest signing up now and everything I hear about their lessons gives me girl-power-goosebumps. Their 5k of the season will be held on Saturday, Dec 10 at Willis Tucker Park in Snohomish. It will be open to the community as a fun run, $35 for adults, $15 for kids. Wolfe says they’ll be looking for “running buddies” as they’ll need one for each of their over 100 girls. For more information or to register visit

“Drama Kids” is a program through Edmonds Parks and Recreation at The Frances Anderson Center that I wrote about last spring. They are back this fall with another three consecutive sessions, Wednesdays from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., meant to “build confidence, creative thinking and language skills through fun, fast-paced drama exercises including improvisation, mini-scripts, theater games and more.” They encourage continuous enrollment over the 12 weeks/3 sessions it is offered for “maximum program benefits” and a 10 percent discount is given if you do. For registration you can call Edmonds Parks and Recreation at 425-771-0230 or visit the newly designed

There are a couple of options for scouting. I had always envisioned sharing Girl Scouts stories with my daughters and showing off my 80-plus cookie badge, but alas, my days with my two boys are much more finding the spot under the heater in the bleachers at hockey games and less of those adorable orange tassels that went with my Brownie outfit. Recently, I haven’t been able to pass a school without seeing a sign for the Boys Scouts and the Edmonds School District E-Fliers has information on both Camp Fire Clubs and Girl Scouts.

I’ve noticed that different schools have different Boy Scout troop information, but what is consistent is the site on each sign. You can visit that site and find your local troop by entering your zip code. The Camp Fire Club is holding two info nights if you are interested in joining. The first is at the Lynnwood Library, Sept. 29 from 10 to 11 a.m. and the second at Mountlake Terrace Library, Thursday, Oct. 13 from 6 to 7 p.m. For more information visit The Girl Scouts are holding a troop formation event at Trinity Lutheran Church on Sept. 21 from 6 to 7 p.m. You can find out more about the Girl Scouts of Western Washington at

— By Jennifer Marx

Jen Marx, a 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” @jen_marx.


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