At FloydFest, kids are never an afterthought — they’re a centerpiece! Our aptly-named Children’s Universe (CU) encompasses several acres of prime real estate in our main field area, such that kids can engage in a Taekwondo class, tetherball match, or debut an act during the kids’ Open Mic, and parent’s aren’t missing their favorite set on the Dreaming Creek Main Stage!
Conscientious programming is applied to our CU, just like every other stage and area at FloydFest. We have a dedicated stage with performances by and for kids of all ages.
Ongoing activities include a toddler playground, family sized sandbox, rock stacking, a huge wooden play arc and more! Our “mother tent” offers a semi-private area for changing diapers, feeding little ones, etc.
Join us on Saturday at noon for our annual PEACE PARADE! Bring your own costumes and instruments or borrow from our stash and join Becki the Balloon Lady, jugglers, puppets, stilt walkers and musicians, (and any and everybody else!) as we parade around the FloydFest site.
Each year includes several scheduled “workshops” for kids, including art workshops with Katherine Devine and a Taekwondo Clinic. Don’t miss witnessing our Taekwondo instructor break a concrete block on Sunday!
Have the kids pack their guitfiddle and sign up for on Open Mic slot throughout the weekend. Plus, dress-up tent, balls, tetherball and lots more fun stuff.
Nature adventure and games for families with Michael J. Blackwell in the Children’s Universe!
Interactive play, adventure and exploration, sharpening the senses, following our curiosity, immersing in nature Oriented towards: Kids and families together, all ages
Look for: Natural Intelligence Designs. Nature skill workshops, oriented towards teens and adults at the Imagine Tent, and with the outdoor adventure group.
Michael J. Blackwell has been a homestead farmer and homeschooling parent for 18 years. He’s studied tracking and nature skills for 17 years. He’s taught leadership and nature skills at Virginia Tech for 10 years. He’s a gardener, cook, baker, teacher, ecopsychologist, ecophilosopher, musician, holistic curriculum designer, artist, writer, mentor, storyteller, ceremonial leader and designer, community builder, carpenter, orchardist and reluctant visionary. He has a MA in Educational Psychology.
Childcare in the Children’s Universe!
Blue Mountain School staff is excited to be providing onsite childcare in the Children’s Universe this year!
Who: Children (potty trained please) from 2 to 12 years
Hours: 3 to 11 p.m. Wednesday, July 22; 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Thursday to Saturday, July 23 to 25; 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday, July 26
Cost: $10/hour; 1-hour minimum and 3-hour maximum Reservations, check-in, drop-off and pick-up are all located inside the Children’s Universe at our information booth
Maximum capacity: up to 20 kids a one time — first come, first served (reservations accepted with deposit)
Blue Mountain School has been operating as an independent school in Floyd for nearly 35 years. As a Contemplative Progressive school, we commit to providing a holistic approach to education that nurtures the mind and the heart, the rational and the creative, the physical and the spiritual. Together, the Contemplative and Progressive elements of our model honor the whole child.
Workshops with Katherine Devine in the Imagine Tent!
For FloydFest 2015~Fire on the Mountain, Katherine Devine offers a Painting Party, and mixed media workshops for teens and adults.
Mixed media workshop for teens: Come for the workshop ,pick up some new tips and techniques and stay to create your own work of art to take your FloydFest experience to a new creative level!
Global Village Painting Party: For teens and adults, bring a snack or beverage, relax and create an acrylic painting inspired by with live music and step by step encouragement!
Originally from Providence, Rhode Island, Katherine received her undergraduate degree in art from East Carolina University in Greenville, North Carolina, and her Master’s degree from Hollins University. She received the Woman of Achievement Award in Art from DePaul Community Resources in 2011, and the People’s Choice, top Three Best Local Artists from the readers of City Magazine in 2013.
She has more than 20 years experience exhibiting and teaching in a variety of media to all ages. She currently teaches private art lessons and shows new work in her studio in Roanoke, Va. She is delighted to be welcomed back to FloydFest, with some new creative ideas for teens and adults!
Open Mic and Talent Show!
Hey, young-uns! Come feed your artistic fire! Quench your desire for the stage by signing up in the queue for our open mic and talent show. Participants may perform improve, comedy, magic, song and/or dance! Talents of all sorts and children of all ages are welcome!
Flower garlands, arm bands and dancing sticks with Gaea!
Come join Gaea and the Gilded Hair Braiding Company to make your own fresh flower garlands, arm bands and dancing sticks, from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday morning in the Children’s Universe! Just in time for the parade!
Get crafty for the Peace Parade with Isha Devine!
Join Isha Devine, a second-generation artist, at the Workshop Tent in the Children’s Universe and make something special for the peace parade! Isha currently has a child-centered art studio called Nest in Roanoke Va. She is delighted to be back at FloydFest to help make it even more fun for kids!
Want to play the ukulele?
The ukuleles are coming to FloydFest! One of the nation’s largest ukulele stores is based in Floyd County. Join Mim of Mim’s Ukes in the Children’s Universe for fun family-friendly ukulele shows followed by a workshop for the kids! The week will end with a performance from our newest, littlest, ukers!
The world-famous Mim will be joined by special guest ukulele super-star Narcisso “Seeso” Lobo. A singer/songwriter from Chicago, Narcisso is known in the ukulele world as “The Human Jukebox.” He never seems to run out of songs. Mim will also be hosting all-instrument open jams for kids, teens and adults! Advanced players are encouraged to help the beginners, and together we will make beautiful music! So bring your instruments! Also look for her in the Teen Scene, for ukulele workshops geared to teens and adults.
Back by popular demand is Skip King of Taekwondo Kidz. Don’t miss our Taekwondo workshops or witnessing our instructor break a concrete block on Sunday! At Taekwondo Kidz students learn a powerful way of moving through techniques that build strength, speed and enhance personal safety. We teach the Five Elements of Growth and Mastery: Presence, Engagement, Awareness, Community, and Excellence, which strengthens your ability to control emotions, and make socially responsible decisions. King has been researching and teaching Taekwondo for 15 years and is a Black Belt, a member of Martial Artists Against Bullying, Master of Special Education and former industrial and exhibit designer. King studied martial arts under Son Duk Sung, Joseph Demuz and Jerry Beasley. King has taught more than 5,000 students, and is director of Taekwondo Kidz LLC and Connections Youth Camp in Pilot, Va. Mt. King has conducted Taekwondo Kidz children’s classes at FloydFest for the past seven years as well as many camps and schools throughout the Eastern United States.
Attakk CD Release, Saturday, June 25, 7:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Attakk is a three-piece hailing from Floyd, Virginia, with a massive sound. Their blistering mix of raw grooving thrash and progressive rock makes for an explosive yet melodic assault: more complex, heavy and technical than any other band in the history of Floyd.
The Hansen Kids Parent Planet by ASAP Sitters
The Parent Planet at Floydfest will be place for mamas and daddies to rest with their littlest ones: to nurse & feed, change & clean, and relax and play with their young children. We will have clean & comfortable seating, a changing station, and a play space for babies. Organized by ASAP Sitters and generously sponsored by Hansen Kids, the Parent Planet will also have free samples of Andy Pandy diapers, a Kiinde bottle warmer available for use, and other free samples & goodies for parents and young children. We will also be raffling off a amazing baby-friendly prizes.
Max D’Amico – Acoustic set, Sunday, June 26, 2:45 to 3:30 p.m.
Floyd’s own singer-songwriter Max D’Amico plays a unique and eclectic style of acoustic/alternative pop. Thought-provoking and sincere lyrics accompany a mixture of jazz, blues, and folk-rock.
Steve Sims has been collecting Indian relics for almost 50 years, and about 25 years ago started studying the way that the tools were made and used. He then went on to studying primitive living, and started teaching classes on primitive living and survival skills with a friend back in the late 1990s. He has been showing relics and teaching these skills at festivals, grade schools, Cub and Boy Scout groups for 20 years or more.
Starfish Prime – Performing Friday, June 24, 7:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Starfish Prime is a group of musicians based out of Roanoke, Virginia. The band grew up together playing covers and eventually writing their own music. Around a year after starting the group, the EP “White Noise” was released consisting of six original tracks. Shortly after, Starfish Prime released their full-length album, “1962,” containing 14 original tracks. Growing up together made it easy for Starfish Prime to get together and practice every week. The guys have learned to play covers varying from The Beatles to Gloria Gaynor, and those styles have helped influence their own unique style. Venues played include FloydFest, Festival in the Park, Kirk Avenue Music Hall, and The Water Heater.
Of Company is an Indie folk band from Roanoke, Virginia. The band consists of singer and rhythm guitarist Willis Landon; singer, guitarist, and violinist Haley Arnold; drummer Nick Anguiano; lead guitarist and trumpeter Adam Sulkin; and bassist Sam Sawyer. All current members of the band attend high school at Patrick Henry, North Cross and Cave Spring. The band writes its own original songs and just released a six-track EP “Built to Collapse.” Of Company’s sound is influenced by many genres of music such as folk, rock, jazz, blues, and even gypsy-swing. Of Company shares a love for music and enjoys performing live at many venues including Kirk Avenue Music Hall and FloydFest.
Maya Burgess and the Roostercrats
Maya Burgess is a 17-year-old singer/songwriter/musician from Stokes County, North Carolina. She has won many awards for her music including the Carolina Music awards “Best Youth Rock Artist,” the Shakori Hills Grassroots Music Festival Band Competition, and the Northwest District 4H Talent Competition. She has been performing on stages across North Carolina and Virginia, having grown up singing at the open mic at FloydFest, and is now the emcee/hostess of the Forever Young Stage. She met members of Left Hip Pocket at Martinsville, VA.’s Roosterwalk Music Festival in 2014 and discovered an instant musical connection with these boys: Camry Harris, Austin Janey and Griffin Haley. They now perform as the Roostercrats and offer a fun, eclectic blend of Blues, Roots, and Indie Rock that will knock your socks off!!
Cultivating Kid’s Consciousness with Rachel and Andrew Strauss
A powerful and passionate sibling duo from Roanoke, Virginia, is bringing their magic to FloydFest, hosting playshops for kids to connect mind, body, and spirit in fun and playful ways. Rachel Strauss is a certified RYT Yoga Teacher and works with children from many angles including being a Wilderness Guide at several summer camps; teaching kids acroyoga, meditation and hula hooping classes. Andrew is an avid acroyogi who currently works at the Ithaca Children’s Garden as a Environmental Educator Utilizing the philosophy of playwork. Andrew empowers children to build their own experiences and educational environments.
Spirit Animal Yoga
Drawing from the many animal-inspired poses found in yoga; this playshop guides kids through an exciting adventure of becoming soaring eagles, ferocious lions, powerful camels and so much more!
Acroyoga for Kids! (parent/big kid buddy encouraged)
What happens when two bodies work together? Magic! An exciting blend of acrobatics and yoga; the lightness and flexibility of children make them ideal candidates for Acroyoga. Coming with a parent, older sibling/friend is strongly encouraged.
Guided meditation games that allow children’s imaginations to run wild! Relaxation techniques leading to journeys in outer space, shooting stars, and cosmic oceans.