After checking the Summer Music School page of the Edmonds School District website for good news (for what seems like the entire past two years), it finally reads “Summer Music is Baaaaaack!” in bright red type. Although slightly modified, Summer Music School in the Edmonds School District is taking place this summer – the main changes being slightly shorter hours, a change in location to the Meadowdale High School campus and the camp will not participate in the parade for An Edmonds Genre de 4e. From June 28 to July 15, campers entering sixth through 12th grade who have one year of instrumental training in a band or orchestra under their belt will meet daily from 8 a.m. to noon. All students will participate in a choir, two choices and a choice of selected band, orchestra or choir. The camp ends with a concert in the evening and an informal elective concert in the middle of the day.
the Summer School of Music (SMS) webpage explains that their “faculty of professional educators and musicians fosters a positive atmosphere that promotes student growth while supporting their self-confidence and personal pride,” and that’s certainly our experience. I’m so excited that kids who were waiting to be big enough for texting when we entered quarantine can finally try it and kids who are big enough can now try it just in time! My eldest got to try out a new instrument, learn to play steel drums, and even wrote a song with a group of other students one summer. The Korean drumming elective allowed her to make friends and even meet after school to prepare for a concert involving the student delegation from Lynnwood’s Sister City, Damyang, Korea. I could go on and on, and usually once a year when registration opens I do, but this camp experience was positive for us and those of our friends who attended, so it’s hard to not be excited about his return. . You can find more information and instructions for registering online using Touch base or by mail for those outside the district, to Edmonds.Wednet.Edu.
The Edmonds Parks, Recreation and Culture Department has opened registration for all of their summer camps and also recently posted that “Gymnastics is back at the Frances Anderson Center” for classes and camps. I imagine many parents are excited about this, as am I by texting. Classes start for gymnasts as young as 3 years old and the outdoor gymnastics summer camp offers sessions for ages 5-10 and 6-12.
Since registration is now open for all camps, I thought I’d take another look at the city’s offerings. They have a Beach Ranger camp, for 7 and 8 year old campers, a Junior Naturalists Outdoor Nature camp for 9 to 12 year olds and a Discovery Outdoor Nature camp for 7 to 9 year olds, even if a week is already quite full. Registration for the new Edmonds day camp seems to be going quite well, as a good number of weeks for second and third graders are full and there are still options for campers in fourth to sixth grade. year. There are still openings for outdoor gym camps and various Skyhawks sports camps, including beginner golf held at Seaview Park for ages 5-9. Play-Well LEGO Camps have options for campers ages 5-14 and Mad Scientist Camps are also back with an age range of grades one to six. You can browse the options and register for these courses and camps at https://bit.ly/EdmondsCRAZEregistration and as always, call 425-771-0230 with questions. They also suggest signing up to receive their email updates at https://bit.ly/RecZoneEmail.
Edmonds College is offering tech camps this summer and has added a few in-person options. The college will offer in-person camps for groups of 8-11 and 11-15 that cover Minecraft and Roblox engineering, building your own Fortnite-style video game, and learning Python programming. Registration for on-campus options begins April 11, while registration for their virtual offerings is now open. Virtual options include the classes listed above and many more. You can learn how to add special effects to your YouTube channel, join an “Inventors League”, or learn video game animation, to name a few.
I enrolled one of my own kids in an Edmonds College online camp before I started writing about the option and felt a bit conflicted about adding more screen time to a routine YouTube already robust. Edmonds College partners with Black Rocket Productions and explains that they offer “programs that reflect real-life experiences and the collaborative nature of the design process.” I feel pretty good about it, and my kids are tech-savvy and approach new options in a much less outdated way than I am. For more information and to register for in-person and online camps, you can visit Edmonds.edu.
— By Jennifer Marx
Jen Marx, a mother of two boys in Edmonds, is always on the lookout for a fun place to take the kids that tires them out enough to go to bed on time.