Category Archives: Seasonal

Why Do Kids Love Monsters?


We’ll see plenty of kids roaming the streets tonight clad in horns, fangs and claws. But all the embrace of monsters by kids leaves me scratching me head. After all, monsters are supposed to be scary, right? The scaly, twelve-eyed, sharp-fanged creatures that lurk underneath your bed and in the shadows of your closet? I remember going to bed paranoid as a kid, begging my mom to use her can of “monster spray” like Raid around my room (in reality it was an empty can of hairspray). Everywhere I look I see monsters of all scary shapes and sizes, and kids aren’t running scared but, for some strange reason, smiling.

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The Great Big List of Summer Events at Kazoodles!

Come play with us at Kazoodles this summer! (illustration by Jamie Hale)

Come play with Kazoodles this summer! We have a fun event every week!

Looking to keep those kiddos busy this summer? We know all about it. To help you out, we here at Kazoodles are having weekly events all summer long! We’ll be doing a different fun activity every Wednesday. They’re silly, slimy, sciencey and, of course, super fun! Bookmark this page, share it with your friends, and come spend summer with Kazoodles!

June 26 – Improvisational Theater Workshop
1 to 2 pm
Learn the basics of improv at Kazoodles! Improvisational theater – improv for short – is the art of making things up on the spot. Come learn the tools of make believe with Jamie Hale and Lindsey Nielsen, two experienced improvisors. We’ll start at 1:00 p.m. with some fun theater exercises and improv games! This is a free, all-ages event.

July 3 – Fourth of July Crafternoon
3 to 5 pm
Come make Fourth of July crafts on this special Wednesday Crafternoon! Rumor has it, Ms. April will bringing in a salad spinner to make firework art. Drop in between 3 and 5 p.m. and get creative. $2 per kiddo.

July 10 – Pet Care with the Humane Society
11 am to 1 pm
Tying in with our summer reading program, the Humane Society for Southwest Washington will bring cats and teach kids how to be responsible pet owners. If you want to take a cat home, they’re adoptable! $2 per kiddo. Please register at 360.823.0123.

July 17 – We Eat Food That’s Fresh!
1:30 to 3:30 pm
We’ll start at Kazoodles with the book “We Eat Food That’s Fresh,” then make chefs hats before walking together to Chuck’s Produce, where we’ll get to make fruit kebabs. $2 per kiddo. Please register at 360.823.0123

July 24 – Do You Believe in Magic?
11 am to 1 pm
Derek Lawly has us stumped with his magic tricks. Let him stump you too – and then teach you some tricks so you can amaze your friends! $2 per kiddo. Please register at 360.823.0123

July 31 – Ooey, Gooey Science
11 am to 1 pm
Goop, glop and polymers – learn some science while you have ooey, gooey fun! $2 per kiddo. Please register at 360.823.0123

August 7 – Bubble and Water Fun
2 to 4 pm
Come on out in the heat of the day and cool off with water ballons, bubbles and more. Meet at 2 p.m. and we’ll walk to the grassy area behind the store. $2 per kiddo. Please register at 360.823.0123

August 14 – Speedy Day
11 am to 1 pm
How fast can you race with an egg in a spoon? How well can you Feed the Woozle? Try tests of speed and skill in this fun day of play! $2 per kiddo. Please register at 360.823.0123

August 21 – Rock, Roll and Minerals Too
11 am to 1 pm
Mike Medvec of the Oregon Agate and Mineral Society will lead you into the fascinating world of rocks and minerals, and let you in on the secrets of changing a dull rock into a beautiful polished stone. $2 per kiddo. Please register at 360.823.0123

August 28 – Sidewalk Games
2 to 4 pm
Take a break from school shopping and come play on our sidewalk! Hopscotch of many varieties, sidewalk art and more! $2 per kiddo. Please register at 360.823.0123