Playtime: Places to chill, summer meals for kids, parks survey

Any heat wave brings out the “I had to walk to school, uphill both ways” in me. I had an infant during the heat wave of 2009 that you’re hearing about in the news this week — the hottest day on record was 103 degrees on July 29, 2009. Over the boring retellings, which I’ve…

Playtime: Going back to school, parkour class, author event, try hockey for free

Do you remember your high school orientation? I remember parts of mine so vividly, in part because of the seriously dated outfit I wore, including a goofy hat, and that the school felt big and different. Secondary students in the Edmonds School District, 7th through 12th grades, who chose a hybrid schedule will return to…

Playtime: Birdwatching is catching on — and it’s fun for all ages

Shortly after quarantine started, it felt like we were seeing more and more birds in the yard. Our initial intermittent efforts to identify the birds we’d seen over the years — Steller’s Jays, different kinds of woodpeckers, an unidentified hawk, robins and a ton of “little brown birds” — took a more intentional turn once…

Playtime: Free meals, tree recycling, park adventure, library resources

Throughout 2013 we added little pieces of paper into an old spaghetti sauce jar with fun or special events or accomplishments written on them with the plan to open the jar on New Year’s Eve. This might have been the only year we were able to fill the Memory Jar, an exercise in gratitude mixed…

Playtime: Celebrating the season and shopping safely

After safely celebrating a social distant Halloween, we replaced door knocking with some candy drop off/exchanges, I felt more hopeful that we could find some ways to replace or amend or holiday traditions while staying safe and trying to keep fun for the kids who are already missing out on so much. This year there…

Playtime: Socially distanced and virtual Santa opportunities for families

Either more people are decorating for the holidays earlier than normal this year or they’re more comfortable posting it on social media. I have seen a few houses lit up already, which seems earlier than expected, and I saw post after post on social media of people putting up Christmas decorations last weekend. I also…