Playtime: 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…

Playtime: 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…

Playtime: From art to theater to science, more summer camp ideas

In making plans for the summer, I sometimes slip back into thinking that my pre-child pipe dream of lazy summer days filled with sleeping in, low-maintenance backyard play, and just a little too much TV is the plan. The problem is, the 1980s summer montage that plays in my head is not consistent with our…

Playtime: Options for kid-friendly music school, arts camp this summer

At my oldest son’s Quad Concert for band, the high school director announced that the Edmonds School District’s Summer Music School was now open for registration. Admittedly, I had already called them to see when I might be able to register, so I was happy to hear the official word that it was time to…

Playtime: 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…

Playtime: Day camps, classes for non-school days, plus ‘kids night’ fun

“The world’s greatest babysitter burns out after two and a half years,” Nora Ephron explains in her book I Feel Bad About My Neck: And Other Thoughts on Being a Woman –What I Wish I’d Known. I read this right around the time our beloved sitter, Chelsy, told us she’d be moving out of state….

Playtime: 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…

Playtime: 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…

Playtime: New system makes it easy to report school threats – even anonymously

In the first two weeks of November, three different schools in the Edmonds School District had cases of possible threats. A student at Brier Terrace Middle School “received a text message from another student that suggested a third student might threaten the school.” Based on the investigation by Brier Police, the message was “not being…

Playtime: Pre-Halloween events start this weekend

Weekday Halloween is exhausting. If the rushing from work or cramming in dinner and homework doesn’t get you, the next day exhaustion/sugar crash might. I’ve always been a fan of getting the most out of a fun holiday with a good costume — If I’m being honest with myself, by “most” I’m talking about chances…

Playtime: Resources for young readers, including those with dyslexia

Just this week with his first book report looming, my youngest son’s occupational therapist/tutor gave us a recommendation for a book series, My Weird School, and its first edition, Miss Daisy is Crazy. After searching for it on Sno-Isle.org, I placed a hold and had it in hand no more than two days later —…

WA Kids packing Sept 2018

Playtime: Upcoming events to help local kids in need

Washington Kids in Transition last week welcomed over 100 volunteers from local companies, organizations and even a high school group, as they participated in the United Way’s Day of Caring Sept. 28, packing nearly 1,500 snack bags for students served by the McKinney-Vento Act in the Edmonds School District. Washington Kids in Transition says on…

Playtime: Old and new tools for back to school

As the homeroom and teacher assignments trickle into the house, one showing up on Skyward and the other in the mail, it’s clear that times have changed from the posted class lists I used to scan with an index finger, first to find my name and then to see who would be in my class….

Playtime: Quiet Heart Wilderness School’s beloved Hawkeye ready to say farewell

If you are spending any time in Edmonds, you may have experienced a range of “sightings.” There are celebrity sightings, like Rick Steves, or even Bill Linsday, the Edmonds Temperature-Taker Dude. There are also a lot of great nature sightings, including bald eagles, owls and the elusive snowy owl — and some people are lucky…

Playtime: From Hogwarts school to outdoor movies, ideas for staycation fun

Three families in my Facebook feed are in Europe, two in Paris. Another family we know just got back from their European adventure which included Paris as well. While we currently operate on a “Staycation” and Day Camp budget, which we are grateful for, it’s not the only reason we have yet to approach this…

Playtime: So you want (or have) a dog? Adoption and training resources

Usually when people ask you “Have you seen This Is Us?” — the TV show/tearjerker on NBC — it is about plot line revelations or to commiserate about just how hard you cried while watching. Most recently for me, it was to ask if people had seen the story line where the character Toby looks…

Playtime: Even more free summer programs aimed at keeping kids active

Those of us with school-age kids are knee deep in Field Days, end-of-the-year parties, graduations and assemblies — and with those come the multiple emails and notes home. If you’re like me, you only get a portion of the fliers sent home and therefore live by the email when it comes to setting your calendar…

Playtime: Celebrate Star Wars, get a comic book, dig archaeology at local events

“May the 4th be with you,” according to StarWars.com. started as a “pun warmly shared by fans” and has become a “full-fledged Star Wars holiday: Star Wars Day, a special once-a-year celebration of the galaxy far, far away.” For those not familiar with the franchise, the pun is based on “May the force be with…

Playtime: Free homework help, kindergarten-ready resources and YMCA open house

Last week, I was able to help my third grader with his math homework. Now, this isn’t exactly cause for celebration like for instance, when men get extra credit for doing things women are expected to do in regards to parenting. Anyhow, I’m terrible at math and have an ever-decreasing memory, so personally, I was…