Edmonds Sort of Play: Free summer time meals, outside films and actions for households

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As I excitedly began today’s column sharing summer options for school lunches, play options, and outdoor movies, I saw a headline a few days old that contained some good news for students in our state. Students who are absent from school because of their mental health can now have those absences excused in Washington State. House Bill 1834 stated, “After hearing with youth throughout the state of Washington, the legislature recognizes that the mental health of students is a component of their physical health and that the mental health of students can affect their ability to learn.” It added, that the requirement is necessary because state school districts do not “consistently recognize student absences for mental health reasons as excused absences.”

Speaking of which, the Edmonds School District continues to share mental health resources on its Edmonds.Wednet.Edu website, including a 24/7 helpline, to connect students with care.

So let’s get to free summer meals, play opportunities and outdoor movies. The Foundation for Edmonds Schools and its Nourishing Network program will offer meals and activities at five locations this summer, and the Edmonds School District will have additional locations at some local schools and residential buildings. From June 27th to August 25th, kids ages 1 to 18 can stop by one of the five locations for food Monday through Thursday, and those in Kindergarten through sixth grade have Drop-in Move 60! available to them. There is no pre-registration for the meals or games being held at Bicentennial Park near Cedar Way, Community Life Center, Lynndale Elementary and Park, Martha Lake Elementary and YWCA Somerset Apartments at their scheduled start times. Beginning July 5, additional locations will be available across the school district. Visit Edmonds.Wednet.Edu for more information and all locations and times.

Before we finish talking about the school district, it’s time to register for the Back To School Fair for the 2022-23 school year. This year, there will be a few different locations and dates for families to receive free school supplies, medical exams, and physical exams. Families with students registered with the Edmonds School District can use the Google form to sign up and someone will be in touch with you to let you know what times and locations the requested services are available or visit Visit Edmonds.Wednet.Edu for more information.

The City of Lynnwood, in partnership with the Verdant Health Commission, is offering “Meet Me at the Park” in July. There will be “free, fun and safe children’s activities, prizes and giveaways” for children, while local non-profits will “provide information about their free or low-cost services, resources and programs for you and your family”. You can attend a Meet Me at the Park on three different Tuesdays in July from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. The event will be held at North Lynnwood Park on July 12th, Meadowdale Park on July 19th and Daleway Park on July 26th. Visit LynnwoodWA.gov for more information.

Outdoor films will be offered in Edmonds and Lynnwood this summer.

The cities of Edmonds and Lynnwood are hosting outdoor movie events again this summer. These are the types of events where kids can stay up late and have after-bed snacks with friends to make it feel like summer. The City of Edmonds invites you to “Bring Your Blankets, Chairs and Friends to Enjoy Movies Under the Edmonds Night Sky” taking place over four Friday nights in Edmonds at four different parks.

July 15 Encanto at the Frances Anderson Center

July 22 Mighty Ducks at Seaview Park

July 29 Luca at Hickman Park

August 5 Overnight at the museum in Edmonds City Park

All films start 15 minutes before sunset. For more information or questions you can call Edmonds Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services at 425-771-0230.

The City of Lynnwood offers Sandlot Cinema with outdoor films on the ball field in Lynndale Park. These events will start at 5pm with “fun, physically distanced activities” followed by a movie at dusk. On Thursday 11th August they are showing Encanto and on Thursday 18th August the film will be in a league of its own. For more information, contact Lynnwood Parks, Recreation and Cultural Arts Department at 425-670-5732.

— By Jennifer Marx

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