Edmonds Kind of Play: Family-Friendly Lake Ballinger, Summer Reading, Yost Pool Open Swims | Wender Mind Kids

Edmonds Kind of Play: Family-Friendly Lake Ballinger, Summer Reading, Yost Pool Open Swims
A view from Lake Ballinger fishing pier.

A pit stop at the new Lake Ballinger fishing dock in Mountlake Terrace was the perfect way to unwind after one of the last days of school that week – it was also a decent antidote to Target’s seasonal division, where beach items were substituted for school supplies – yes, already. I’d only been to this area once, when a rare bird took up temporary residence in one of the trees just above the shiny new pier.

We had no intention of going there, but the way home took us past the MLT Park and Ride and then Lake Ballinger. It was one of the first sunny days in ages and the scenery was just too much to pass up. In addition to the sparkling water, blue sky and greenery everywhere, there were adults with children enjoying the sun, small children frolicking in the grass next to blankets spread out on the grass, and someone answering a work call with an open laptop. We walked out onto the fishing pier and saw the brave paddlers in the water and an even braver swimmer taking off from the floating dock. We entered the parking lot from Lakeview Drive and this parking lot gives you access to the boat launch, pier, floating dock and plenty of space to sit. The new sanitary building has four family toilets and an outdoor shower. In addition to the recent additions, a public playground will be installed north of the Ballinger Park parking lot later this year.

While the current weather has reminded us that school is coming to an end and summer is supposed to be mostly / almost / here, one of my surefire signs of summer is the summer reading lists at the library.

Summer Reading for Children and Teens runs through September 11th at Sno Isle Libraries. Children and teens who read or are read to for 10 hours during the summer reading will receive a free book! There will also be book recommendations, a Summer Activity Card for kids, mindfulness bingo for teens, and virtual and in-person events.

This year there are several ways to get your reading log. You can go to the library and get a paper log, or you can use Beanstack by visiting Sno-Isle.Beanstack.org to sign up online or find their app. If your reader uses Beanstack, they can earn badges and follow their friends.

Sno-Isle Summer Reading begins with the Zaniac Zoom Show on June 27 from 2-3pm. Kids and tweens can tune in to “a crash course in juggling, balancing and beatboxing, plus some easy-to-learn magic tricks, gags and funny faces.” Parents are welcome at this “low-key and extra-silly” virtual event. Registration is required and a Zoom link will be sent 24 hours prior to the event.

Edmonds Library announced on Friday that it was closed until further notice due to damage caused by a burst pipe. Library holdings can be picked up at Lynnwood Library for the time being.

Half Price Books offers its summer reading program, Camp Discovery. Your camper can “explore with individual math and science crafts, coloring pages, activities and reading lists, or download the entire pack to have the entire Camp Discovery experience right at their fingertips.” There are STEM-inspired or storytime crafts and activities, and after your reading log is ready, you can print out a “Super Reader Certificate”. For all Camp Discovery information, you can visit HalfPriceBooks.com.

Barnes & Noble offers a summer reading program for students in first through sixth grades in July and August. Participants read the specified number of books and write about their favorite part of the Barnes & Noble Reading Journal. When they return the journal to any location, they can choose one of the books listed in their journals. The great thing about this program is that the books usually have big names. This year’s offerings include Pete the Cat goes camping, Juana and Lucas, Amari and the Night Brothersand rebound. The downside is, once you’re in the Lynnwood Barnes & Noble, not only are there other books, but so many toys and a refrigerated display case with cookies and cupcakes. For more information and to download a reading journal, you can visit BarnesandNoble.com.

Yost pool.

Though I was planning on just talking about summer reading, I took a quick break to doomscroll and saw a post detailing the opening hours of open swimming at Edmonds’ Yost Pool outdoors and it felt like a good one thing for the last week of school to add. Open Swim takes place on weekdays from 1.15pm to 3.15pm and on the weekends there are three sessions between 12.15pm and 6.45pm. Open Swim is first come, first served and anyone who volunteers must pay the entry fee. See www.gomotionapp.com/…/schedule/summer-schedule for schedule and Open Swim fees.

— 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.