Edmonds Kind of Play: From outdoor music to youth sports to ECA camps, there’s something for everyone this summer

Camp Crows: Caws & Effect at the Edmonds Center for the Arts this summer.

Grouping the local options for each week’s Edmonds game type is usually pretty easy. Sometimes it’s a library or parks and recreation offerings, other times weather-dependent activities that we expect. This week there doesn’t seem to be a way to tie a knot around vaccines, Edmonds School District e-learning program, Sno-King summer and fall sports registration. Youth Club, outdoor music lessons with Alley Bell and Raven, and time travel STEAM Camps at the Edmonds Center for the Arts. I guess “there is something for everyone”, considering Alley Bell Music’s age range starts at 0 and Sno-King Youth Club comes out on top at U19.

Edmonds School District is teaming up with Seattle Visiting Nurses to host drive-thru COVID-19 immunization clinics for students and their families – minors will need a parent or guardian present. The first upcoming clinic will be on Wednesday June 2 at Mountlake Terrace High School from 2:30 pm to 6:30 pm Meadowdale High School’s option for Saturday June 5 is already full, but there is plenty to do. options for appointments at Meadowdale HS on Sunday June 6 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. You can make an appointment at bit.ly/ESDCOVID19Clinics.


If distance learning has proven to be a better option than expected for your student and you are curious to continue after the pandemic, Edmonds eLearning Academy is hosting two next virtual information evenings: Thursday, June 3 at 6 p.m. or Tuesday, June 15 at 6 p.m. I also see on the Edmonds School District website that there is a former Info evening video posted if you can’t make any of those moments. The Info Night flyer explains that via eLearning, middle and high school students can work anywhere while taking mapped classes so they know what they need to do each day. He goes on to explain that the families of these students can instantly track student progress, including “active and inactivity time”. One of my students ended up needing an eLearning math class in college and the whole experience from signing up to taking the on-site test was great. Students need to check in and can work at a pace that is convenient for them, including being able to go back when they need to hear something new (or have been zoned.) We had a ton of help during our time at eLearning and saw first hand over the many options they offer. For more information or to register, you can go to eLearning.Edmonds.Wednet.edu

Alley Bell Music, based in Edmonds, offers Music Together Outdoors for the summer. It’s an exciting option for many reasons, but as someone who has brought loud, busy kids to these classes, the lack of echo and the abundance of space sounds pretty good. There are different course options, “for newborns up to 5 years old and adults who love them”. Music Together Outdoors will be held in Edmonds at Seaview Park or Hummingbird Hill Park, Music Together Outdoors con Español will be held at Hummingbird Hill Park and the Music Together Harmonica collection will be held at Pfingst Animal Acres Park in Lake Forest Park. For those looking for options for an older set, participants aged 4 to 8 can join Rhythm Kids, a djembe drum-based program also held at Lake Forest Park. This course offers “music games, animal rhythms stories and a lot of flying climbing fun, plus the added bonus of learning the Djembe drum!” If you’re not yet ready for the band, Alley Bell Music also offers private piano and vocal lessons, with options for virtual meetings or an option in person at their downtown Edmonds studio, located in the heart of Farmer’s. Market. Their masking policy for each of these options is listed on the Music by Alley Bell The Facebook page. Registration is open now and these six-week sessions begin July 10. For more information and to register, visit AlleyBellMusic.com.

The Sno-King Youth Club already has options for summer sports and open registrations for some fall offers! SKYC offers a 4v4 summer football league for players born in ’12, ’13 and ’14. They also offer a 3v3 summer basketball league for all grades 4-6 (this is based on the 2021-22 school year). It sounds particularly exciting as everything is happening in the gym at the Edmonds Center for the Arts. Registration is now open for fall soccer and flag football. Fall soccer is for players from U5 to U19, so birth years from 2017 to 2003. These fall teams can be a great way for players to meet or see some of your friends before the start of the season. your school year and meet other families. For more information on each sport and to register, visit SKYC.net.

The Edmonds Center for the Arts offers some of its own summer camps. The Arts Enrichment Summer Camps, which are in partnership with the University of Washington Bothell, are designed for youth ages 8 to 13 and “provide opportunities for students to stimulate their creativity, explore new artistic disciplines and to work directly with local experts. ” Each camp, which takes place daily from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., will take place in the CEA’s covered garden unless the weather sends them into the gymnasium. From August 2-6, campers ages 8-12 can pick up Crows: Caws & Effect. This camp is an ‘exploration that combines the study of the natural world, the arts and corvids [the crow family]. From August 9 to 13, campers aged 10 to 13 can attend Once Upon a Time Machine. Participants “will explore time travel from different angles: science, history, literature (books, comics) and popular culture”. To register or for more information, including a needs-based scholarship application, you can visit EC4Arts.org.

– By Jennifer Marx

Jen Marx, mother of two boys in Edmonds, is always looking for a fun place to take the kids that tires them enough to get to bed on time.

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