Children’s Universe & Teen Scene

Welcome to the Children’s Universe!

We believe in the FREEDOM of childhood,
the FREEDOM of fun,
and FREEDOM of the imagination!

Little Planets play area inside the Children’s Universe includes a relaxing space for parents, nursing moms, and a stocked baby changing station. There is also a baby-safe playspace and natural toys and activities for young children.

The Children’s Universe, located at the heart of FloydFest, is brimming with fun for 2017, with programs designed to inspire, entertain, and provide opportunity for creative expression!

Staple activities we’ve grown to love …

The Peace Parade, costume tent, balloon art, jugglers, face-painting, puppets, stilts, hooping, yoga, Free Art and the Open Mic/Talent Show. So, kids: bring your instruments, costumes and inspirations to exercise your creative freedom!

And a host of new 2017 programs to come! Stay tuned …

Plus, for your comfort and convenience we offer: childcare, a parent tent, medical staff, drinking water, handwashing and restrooms — all located within the Children’s Universe.

Permanent play features include: A basketball hoop, family-size sandbox, giant ark, toddler’ play set, jungle gym, tether ball, hammocks, and rock stacking!


Teen Scene at Imagine Tent

The Teen Scene is hosted by Social Emotional Learning Coalition (SELC), an organization dedicated to helping young people experience a deeper sense of connection and belonging with themselves, others and the natural world. The Teen Scene Lounge provides teens with a place of their own on the festival grounds that is comfortable, safe and fun. This is an environment for young people to experience being present for themselves and for being seen and heard authentically by others.
Teens can participate in a number of activities, including:

  • Mixed media art workshops and painting parties
  • Ukulele workshops and jam sessions
  • Chill zones with couches and snacks where teens can create their own space within the business of festival life.
  • Mindfulness meditation, to get the teens’ day started well.

About IBME

Joe Klein is the founder of Social Emotional Learning Consultants (SELC) and Inward Bound Mindfulness Education (IBME). He has more than 20 years’ experience working with youth as an educator, counselor and soccer coach. Joe brings playfulness and a whole body experiential integration to his work with young people. He is a Licensed Professional Counselor, Certified Substance Abuse Counselor and a long-term practitioner of mindfulness meditation, yoga and Chinese internal martial arts. Joe advises 7th – 12th grade students at Springhouse Community School in Floyd and he teaches a graduate level course on mindfulness and social emotional learning (SEL) for teachers, social workers, nurses and counselors at Radford University. He also co-leads retreats on “Mindfulness as Self-Care” for helping professionals and retreats for college students and Young Adults.

Inward Bound Mindfulness Education (IBME) is dedicated to improving the lives of teens and young adults through mindfulness retreats and outreach programs. Their work can best be described as ‘inner education.’ On retreat and in school and community settings, participants learn life-long skills that help them gain a deeper awareness and understanding of their minds and bodies. Participants learn to cultivate more kindness and compassion towards themselves, others, and the natural world. These are skills that have many proven benefits, and most importantly, they teach how to embrace and enjoy our lives.