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: 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…

Playtime: A day trip to the tulip fields, plus other spring break ideas

It’s officially spring break in the Edmonds School District. According to my dictionary, (read: Google) Spring Fever is “a feeling of restlessness and excitement felt at the beginning of spring.” I don’t know if it’s Spring Fever or the excitement of not being in school for a week, but I’ve noticed a special level of…

Playtime: Have your say on school district’s ‘non-student’ days

The calendar shows that there are nine weeks between Jan. 29 and March 30. Yet, under the Edmonds School District calendar, there are just five full weeks of school that are uninterrupted by holidays and “non-student” days. Last week had two half-days for those in elementary school and no school on Friday for all grades….

Playtime: Parenting under protest, plus fun events

Parenting feels like a mix of Groundhog Day (the movie where Bill Murray lives the same day over and over until he gets it “right”) and the lyrics to the Talking Heads song Once in a Lifetime, when he sings “And you may ask yourself, well How did I get here?” Knee deep in the…

Playtime: Time to consider camp options for upcoming school breaks

“Countdown to Camp!” is the subject line of an email I got this week. Considering Kindergarten Kickoff for the Edmonds School District also happened this week, it’s not totally out of this world that registration for one of the camps my youngest son attended opens soon. However, my counter is still covered in report cards…

Playtime: Parents night out Jan. 5, Kick off to Kindergarten coming up

At the beginning of the school year, the level of urgency applied to reading school and district correspondence including notes sent home, emails and my least favorite — the robo-call — is pretty high. It certainly wanes as the year progresses and the emails match the handouts and a robocall includes info about a pool…

Playtime: Winter break classes and camps

Winter break elicits a lot of feelings, many of which are panic-based. After watching Home Alone, my son actually thanked me for not forgetting to wake him up to go on our trip to see family last week. Sure, there is a break in the homework, which feels like a gift in itself, and the…

Playtime: Classes for families who bake, Santa options, more holiday fun

Christmas cookies have always been a huge deal in my family. The cookie spread my Grandma Mary put out included Russian tea cookies (I know, I know, technically they’re called “cakes”) — seven-layer cookies made only after a call to me to remind her which of the seven layers I don’t like — plus nut…