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Playtime: Free summer meals, outdoor movies, and family-friendly activities

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As I started today’s column excitedly sharing summer options for school lunch sites, gaming options and outdoor movies, I saw a headline a few days old with good news for students in our state. Students absent from school due to mental illness will now be able to have those absences excused in Washington State. House Bill 1834 says that after “Having heard from young people throughout Washington State, 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 .” He added that this requirement is necessary because public school districts do not “systematically recognize student absences for mental health reasons” as excused absences.

While we’re on the subject, the Edmonds School District continues to share mental health resources on its Edmonds.Wednet.Edu website, including a 24/7 helpline, to match students with care.

So let’s move on to free summer meals, gaming opportunities and outdoor movies. The Edmonds Schools Foundation and its Nourishing Network program will provide meals and activities at five locations this summer and the Edmonds School District will have additional sites at select local schools and apartment buildings. From June 27 to August 25, children ages 1 to 18 can visit any of five locations, Monday through Thursday, for meals and those entering Kindergarten through Grade 6 will have walk-in Move 60 ! at their disposal. There is no pre-registration for meals or games, which will take place 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. . Starting July 5, additional locations will be available through the school district. You can find more information and all locations and times at Edmonds.Wednet.Edu.

Before we’re done talking about the school district, it’s time to sign up for the Back to School Fair for the 2022-23 school year. There will be a few different locations and dates this year where families can receive free school supplies, medical checks and sports physicals. Families with students registered in the Edmonds School District can use the Google form to register and someone will contact you with times and locations offering the requested services or visit Edmonds.Wednet.Edu for more information. 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 activities for children, prizes and giveaways” for children while local nonprofits “provide information about their free or low-cost services, resources and programs for you and your family”. You can visit a Meet Me at the park on three different Tuesdays in July from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. The July 12 event will take place at North Lynnwood Park, July 19 at Meadowdale Park and July 26 at Daleway Park. For more information, you can visit LynnwoodWA.gov.

Outdoor movies are on offer at Edmonds and Lynnwood this summer.

The towns of Edmonds and Lynnwood will once again offer outdoor cinema events this summer. It’s the types of events that allow kids to stay up late and eat after-bedtime snacks with friends that feel like summer. The City of Edmonds invites you to “Bring Your Blankets, Chairs and Friends to Watch Movies Under the Edmonds Night Sky” to be held for four Friday nights in Edmonds at four different parks.

July 15th Encanto at the Frances Anderson Center

22nd of July mighty ducks at Seaview Park

July 29 Lucas at Hickman Park

5 August Night at the museum at Edmonds Municipal Park

All movies start 15 minutes before sunset. For more information or questions, you can call the Edmonds Parks, Recreation and Culture Department at 425-771-0230.

The City of Lynnwood will offer Sandlot Cinema with outdoor movies at the Lynndale Park ballpark. These events begin at 5 p.m. with “fun, physically distant activities” followed by a twilight movie. On Thursday, August 11, they will show Encanto and on Thursday, August 18, the film will be a league of theirs. For more information, you can call the Lynnwood Parks, Recreation and Cultural Arts Department at 425-670-5732.

— 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.