At FloydFest, Kids are never an afterthought- they’re a centerpiece! Our aptly-named Children’s Universe 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.
On-going 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 3 day TaekwonDo Clinic. Don’t miss witnessing our TaekwonDo instructor break a concrete block on Sunday!
Have the kids pack their guit-fiddle and sign up for on Open Mic slot, throughout the weekend. Plus, dress-up tent, balls, tether ball and lots more fun stuff.
We also offer CHILDCARE!
*Cooperative* children from ages 2 to 10 years (potty trained children only please!)
- $8.00 per hour
- 30 minute minimum, 3 hour maximum
- Reservations, check-in, drop-off and pick-up are all located inside the Children’s Universe at our Info booth.
- Maximum capacity: 12 kids a one time – first come first serve strategy used
- Reservations will be accepted starting on Thursday
- Babysitting Hours: 3-6pm Wednesday, 12-8pm Thursday-Saturday and 12-4pm on Sunday
Katherine Devine’s Art Workshops
Originally from Providence, RI, Katherine received her undergraduate degree in art from East Carolina University in Greenville, North Carolina, and her Master’s degree from Hollins University in Roanoke, Virginia. Katherine has taught at the Taubman Museum of Art, Roanoke County”s Gifted Art Program and currently teaches adults and children in her private studio in the Grandin Village. She works in a tiny studio, but she dreams big. Click here for more info.
Class: Shake Rattle and Roll Make and decorate your own musical instruments from repurposed and recycled materials- Be prepared to make a joyful noise at the Children’s Parade!
Friday July 25, 11am-12:30pm *ages 7 and up
Friday July 25, 2-3:30pm *ages 10 and up
Saturday July 26, 10am-12pm *all ages
*Art Workshops are free. Class size is limited. First come first serve basis, sign up early.
Unicycle Workshop, Friday 5-5:45pm and Sunday 9:30-10:15am
All ages unicycle workshop! Come join accomplished unicyclist, Rahbee McCann and family for unicycle fun and laughter. They will share unicycles and riding tips to anyone willing to give it a go. You can bring your own or try one of theirs. Don’t miss an opportunity to learn from some of the best.
Reptile and Amphibian Presentation, Thursday 3:45-4:15pm
Get to know your local reptiles and amphibians with biologists from Smithsonian’s National Zoo and Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries. Learn how to safely handle these critters and where to find them.
Kids Composting Workshop, Saturday 1-1:30pm
Come to learn more about making soil from waste–kids style! At the end we’ll head over to the FloydFest compost pile to see it in action.
TaekwonDo Workshop with Skip King, Friday 10:15-11am, Saturday 10:15-11am and Sunday 11:15am-12pm
Mr. King has been researching and teaching TaekwonDo for thirteen years is a Black Belt, Master of Special Education, and former industrial and exhibit designer. Mr. King studied martial arts under Son, Duk Sung, Joseph Demuz, and Jerry Beasley. Mr. King has taught more than 5,000 students and has conducted TaekwonDo Kidz children’s classes at FloydFest for the past five years.
Make sure to stop by and check out these attractions:
Kids Open Mic, Thursday 5-5:45pm, Friday 4-4:45pm, Saturday 3:45-4:30pm, Sunday 1:45-2:30pm
Back again, Open Mic for the Kids! Maya Burgess will host Open Mic on the Forever Young Stage. Come show your talent or just get a feel for your feet on the stage! Sign up at the information booth.
Gravity Check with Ken Julian and Kyle Brown, Thursday 11-11:45am and Saturday 1:45-2:30pm
Ken Julian and Kyle Brown have a combined 25 years of performance experience . Bringing together Kyle’s street performing personality and Ken’s background in children’s entertainment, they’re forming a brand new juggling act they call “Gravity Check”. This energetic, highly technical juggling duo will amaze everyone with their one of a kind juggling style. Be sure to check out this brand new show, I’m sure you’ll love it.
Becki the Balloon Lady
Becki the Balloon Lady is a 4 time award winning balloon twister. She has been called the MacGyver Of Balloons, and the best balloon artist on the east coast! It has been said that her hands are faster than Jackie Chan’s. Inspired to her colorful art form by her now husband, Ken The Juggling Variety Performer (who you will also see roaming the fest). Becki has been amazing people of all ages with her creative creations for more than 18 years! She has performed at all kinds of parties, clubs and festivals and just about any other gathering you can think of. Step on into her tent for a glimpse of her colorful charm and a piece of her whimsical art!
Jefferson Center’s Music Lab represents an innovative model of experiential learning in music business, technology, and performance as an extension of the education area schools provide. We are preparing local youth for future education, careers, and interests in the music and entertainment industries.
We are developing a new model for molding the lives of youth as they grow not only as musicians, engineers, and performers, but as contributing members of our society, knowledgeable consumers, and engaged citizens. The finest up and coming talents from the Music Lab are at the Forever Young Stage at FloydFest 13, please welcome 70s Fred, The Antares, Carter Wilson Trio, Christina Reinard , Milberger Section, Of Company, Ordained, Star City Revival, Starfish Prime, Washed Up