Edmonds Kind of Play: Fashion plate fun, a Kraken corn maze plus parent-kid nights

Last weekend, thanks to a generous gift from a neighbor, the adults in our house put their calendars aside and had an Edmonds Saturday of sorts (late afternoon/early evening before hockey practice). After visiting the Puget Sound Bird Fest and seeing a great talk about the Union Bay Natural Area, also known as the Montlake Fill, we headed for dinner. We parked by the Crow and stopped to say hello to owner Jen Lawson, who we know (and love) from preschool, before stopping at the Edmonds ARTspot. After bumping into another local mom friend I haven’t seen in a while, we went out and saw the absolute best thing in their window display: Fashion Plates.

As a child born in the 70s, fashion plates and day-to-night Barbies were some of the main toy memories I have. Vintage fashion plates allowed you to take rectangular plastic plates with raised shapes of models in different outfits and mix body segments with different outfits. You would then take some kind of chalk on the side of the top to capture the outline before adding color to your designs, a real dream come true for me. It looks like the setup is the same in the new version in the window on ARTspot.

While I love the idea that you can get Fashion Plates for the artist, young or old, in your life, I think if I’m honest the main reason I feel compelled to share the information is just to talk about Fashion Plates and ASMR – Type reaction I’m reminded of the chalk crayon sliding over the raised lines of a fashionable skirt and skirt I’ve chosen. That and I’d like to think about anything but figuring out how to cram in all the weeknight events that come with the start of a school year. So before we get to the library help that popped up in my inbox, let’s talk about two local options for upcoming Parent/Kid Night Outs.

While in the City of Edmonds Frances Anderson Center for Bird Fest, I saw a flyer for Parents Night on Friday, September 23rd from 5 to 8:00 pm, I called today to get more information and it turned out to be a Gymnastics Parents Night Out for children ages 5 to 10 and $28 for residents. When I read “Students will enjoy three hours of games, crafts, obstacles, fort building, gymnastics and more!” I see that not only will they have free time, but they will most likely be tired before bedtime. Children should bring water and snacks and wear comfortable clothes. More information and registration can be found at RecZone.org.

High Trek Everett

Then, since I’m on their email list after a birthday party my youngest attended, I saw that High Trek Everett is offering a Kids Night on Fridays from 5 to 9pm for kids ages 10 to 15 years old. For $65, kids can spend four hours of “fun and friends, with High Trek staff helping make everything run smoothly.” The four hours include a snack and are divided into “four main activities: ropes course plus zipline, laser, mini golf and a camping activity”. The fee is $65 per child and more information and registration can be found at HighTrekEverett.com.

OK, one more thing before we get to the very useful but school-related library information. There is a Kraken-themed corn maze at Stocker Farms in Snohomish. Members of my crew, one kid in particular, are huge fans of our NHL team, the Seattle Kraken. I was sent a post about this maze via DM on Instagram, which is how we communicate half the time at this point, and that means it should be pretty exciting. Before opening for the month of October, Stocker Farms is open the next two weekends. For more information and tickets, you can visit StockerFarms.com.

I just received an email from Sno-Isle Libraries with the subject “You are not alone! Back to school resources for students and parents.” In continuation with a “Don’t forget! Sno-Isle Libraries are here to help students and parents have a great school year.” The library is responsible for a deep sigh of relief on my part and this was definitely one of them. With a library card, patrons can “unlock access to online learning, research databases, test prep materials, helpful videos, free printing, and more.” I was excited to see that there were How-To videos for students explaining how to find a free tutor through the library, prepare for a big test, or get help with middle and high school homework. For all this information and more, you can visit Sno-Isle.org or call your local library.

– By Jennifer Marks

Jen Marx, an Edmonds mom of two boys, is always looking for a fun place to take the kids that gets them tired enough to go to bed on time.

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