Archive - June 2015

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Join the 2nd annual Play-In for Climate Action
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Summer Fun for the natural-minded family
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Celebrate Belly Love Day on June 21
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Love Your Body day brings yoga to the masses
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APS School Garden Meetup at Jamestown Elementary
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Green Festival teams up with DC Parks & Rec for family fun

Join the 2nd annual Play-In for Climate Action

Since the recent papal encyclical on climate change from Pope Francis, many people are thinking about climate action as a moral question. Next week, mothers, children, activists, and lawmakers will raise their collective voices toward their commitment to address climate change at Moms Clean Air Force’s Play-In for Climate Action, on Tuesday morning, July 7 on Capitol Hill grounds. Read More

Summer Fun for the natural-minded family

What are you plans for summer? Here is the first attempt by Mindful Healthy Life to capture some of the great summer 2015 opportunities of special interest to natural-minded and mindfully-inclined parents in Metro DC, otherwise known as all the cool stuff I wanted to catch this summer or to remember to look for next year!

Please comment below or on the Mindful Healthy Life Facebook page with suggestions and we will add all we can!

All events are subject to change. Please follow the links and check the sponsoring websites for complete information and updates.

Saturday, June 20Healthy Living Day expo sponsored by Natural Awakenings, Rockville, MD, 9-2

Sunday, June 21 – Father’s day and lots of yoga opportunities to commemorate the summer solstice. See http://www.virginiayogaweek.org/ for more information

Wednesday, June 24 – Sunday, June 28 – Smithsonian Folklife Festival on the National Mall

Saturday, June 27

Sunday, June 21-28 – Family HEART Camp West Virginia

Monday, June 29-Friday, July 3: Drop-in outdoors and arts camp with Christy and Amrita in Arlington, 9-1

Tuesday, June 30 – Thursday, July 2 – World Children’s Festival of activities and performances with the International Child Art Foundation on The Ellipse next to the White House. Most days 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Thursday 10-5, closing with a drumming ceremony. Day Themes: Tuesday: Environment & Health; Wednesday: Creativity and Imagination; Thursday: Peace & Leadership. Awards Banquet Friday, July 3.

Wednesday, July 1 – Waldorf Wonder-days at Potomac Crescent Waldorf School, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. Alexandria, VA Repeats the following Wednesdays: July 15, July 29, August 12 

Wednesday, July 1 – Sunday, July 5 – Smithsonian Folklife Festival on the National Mall

Tuesday, July 7Play-In for Climate Action with Moms Clean Air Force, Upper Senate Park, 9:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Moms Clean Air Force Play-In 2014 capitol front

Moms Clean Air Force Play-In 2014 press conference Heather Clark

Friday, July 10 – first day of four-week Herb Camp for Kids at Centro Ashe Farm, Bryans Road, MD, 9 a.m.-12 p.m.

Saturday, July 11  – Lotus & Water Lily Festival at Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens, Washington, DC, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens child with lotus

Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens dark pink lotus

Saturday, July 25

Sunday, July 26  – The Powers Of Observation: A Special Program For Budding Naturalists Ages 6 To 10 Years Old (& Their Parents) at Meadowlark Botanical GardensVienna, VA

Saturday, August 1Big Latch On, Cloverdale Park in Woodbridge (22192), 10:30 a.m.

Monday, August 3 – Family Yoga at Arlington County Library with Cathy Burke, 1:30 at Glencarlyn and 4:30 at Cherrydale. Repeats 8/4 at 4:00 at Shirlington, 8/5 at 4:00 at Westover and 8/6 at 4:00 at Aurora Hills and 7:00 at Central

Wednesday, August 5 – Summer Reading Puppet Show at Green Springs Garden Park, Alexandria, VA, 10 a.m.

Friday, August 7  – Hum Along with Hummingbirds Campfire at Long Branch Nature Center, Arlington, Virginia 7:00-8:00 p.m.

Saturday, August 15 – Family Fun: Wildlife Habitat at Green Springs Garden Park, 1 p.m., Alexandria, VA

Sunday, August 16 – Down South Paleo cookbook launch party with local mom Jennifer Robins of Predominantly Paleo blogBon Vivant Cafe + Farm Market, Alexandria, VA, 4:00-6:00 p.m.

Saturday, August 20 – MommyCon, DC Convention Center, 9-5

Saturday, August 22

Sunday, August 23 – Lubber Run Amphitheatre Interactive Family Concert with Levine School of Music, Arlington, VA, 4 p.m.

Thursday, August 27 – Summer Night Hike at Fort C.F. Smith in Arlington, 7:30-8:30 p.m.

Saturday, August 29 – Lubber Run Amphitheatre performance by Groovy Nate, Arlington, VA, 4 p.m.

More outdoors ideas:

Annmarie Sculpture Garden stage

Here are some quick links to more children’s programs at a few locations

Regular all-ages events at Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens including Creature Feature and Garden Walks. Lilies and lotus are in bloom in July and into early to mid-August

Summer Camps and Family Programs at Audubon Naturalist Society in MD and VA

Gulf Branch Nature Center programs in Arlington County Library Summer Reading Program, July 20-23.

Campfires at Gulf Branch and Long Branch Nature Center, various Fridays and Saturdays, 7:00-8:00 p.m. See The Snag for dates and themes

Outdoor Entertainment

List of some area Virginia Nature Centers & interesting features of note

Jerome “Buddie” Ford Nature Center and Dora Kelley Park, Alexandria. Live animals and exhibits in center; closed Monday and Tuesday. Birding and wildlife trail.

Ellanor C. Lawrence ParkFairfax. Animal exhibits, hiking trails (some with blackberries). Closed Tuesdays.

Gulf Branch Nature CenterArlington (north). Animals, Native American exploration area, pollinator garden. Closed Mondays

Long Branch Nature CenterArlington, VA (south). Trail to Glencarlyn Park and W&OD and Four Mile Run trails; children’s book display on trail; creek and pond; center with small play house, books and activities; animals. Closed Mondays

Hidden Oaks, Annandale. Outdoor Nature Playce area, trails, indoor dress-up and play along with animals. Closed Tuesdays

Huntley Meadows Park, Alexandria. Trails including boardwalk over wetland area with bird viewing, nature center and gift shop. Visitor Center closed Tuesdays.

Riverbend ParkGreat Falls. Trails with river views, Native American exhibits. Visitor Center closed Tuesdays.

Family & Kids Yoga
family yoga lil omm

lil omm yoga studio in NW DC offers the following classes:

  • Family yoga for crawlers through age 2, Saturdays, 9:30-10:15 a.m.
  • Family yoga for ages 3-8, Saturdays, 10:30-11:15
  • Crawlers, Walkers & Me (age 8-24 mos), Mondays 10:45-11:30
  • Little Kids Yoga & Dance (drop off class), Mondays 3:30-4:15 p.m.
  • YogaFIT Playtime (children may join), Mondays, 4:30-5:30 p.m.
  • Yoga Flow/Playtime (children may join), Tuesdays 10:45-11:45, Thursdays 12:30-1:30, and Fridays 10:45-11:45: “Yoga Flow/Playtime is an energetic flow class that everyone can enjoy.  This unique class is geared toward adults and welcomes children of ALL ages into the room during practice to either sleep, play, watch or participate. Older children are also invited to entertain themselves without supervision in the childcare room. Yoga Flow/ Playtime is an adult flow class for all levels.”
  • Walkers, Jumpers & Me (up to 4 yrs), Thursdays, 10:45-11:30 (and also Wed., July 1 at 4:00)
  • Other prenatal and baby classes available, and childcare also available.

family yoga lil omm airplane

Friday Morning Playtime class at Yogi Underground in Falls Church, VA, 9:45-10:45 a.m.

“If your kid/s are home for the summer and you need a place to practice, this is for you. This practice is a bridge between gentle and vigorous yoga, and explores a variety of foundational poses (standing, seated, and on the floor) and breathing exercises. It provides low-key circulation, deep restoration, and your children are allowed in the room. You are responsible for your child/ren and may bring a toy/book/quiet game for them to play with, or they may practice with you!”

Summer Camps and Kids’ Classes at Local Motion Studio in Alexandria, VA. There is also a childcare room for children ages 6 mos to 8 years for use during adult classes.

Summer Kids’ Classes at Honest Soul Yoga in Alexandria, VA. Child-minding also available for ages 6 weeks to 10 years

Mommy & Me, Mommy & Movers and prenatal classes are offered at Mind the Mat in Alexandria.

Beloved Yoga in Reston is hosting a  Barefoot Boogie Family Jam on June 27 and several sessions of  kids yoga camp

Yoga offerings for children, tweens, teens and families available at Dream Yoga Studio & Wellness Center in McLean, VA

Sun & Moon Yoga offers Kids Yoga Camp in Arlington the week of July 20, a Teen Week in Arlington the week of July 13. Other offerings in the summer schedule include Moms & Babies and prenatal

Arlington Library Summer Reading Program Yoga in the Libraries, August 3-6, various locations.

Also see the Our Kids Guide to Yoga in/around DC

Yoga photos courtesy of lil omm yoga studio

Celebrate Belly Love Day on June 21

We were delighted when our friends from lil omm yoga studio, recently voted #1 best place for family fitness by Washingtonian Magazine, connected us with Jen Young of Spitfire Fitness Arts to tell Mindful Healthy Life about Belly Love Day, which takes place on Sunday, June 21.

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Love Your Body day brings yoga to the masses

Love Your Body Day yoga festival in Reston Town Center brought out hundreds of adults and children to practice yoga, chant and dance, and connect with businesses that focus on health and wellness. Read More

APS School Garden Meetup at Jamestown Elementary

The group that put together the April 6 Growing Green Schools event for Arlington staff, teachers, and parents interested in school gardens and nutrition programs held its first follow-up “School Garden Meetup” at Jamestown Elementary on June 8. The goal was to connect school garden enthusiasts, to share best practices and challenges, and to get inspired by touring the school grounds. Read More

Green Festival teams up with DC Parks & Rec for family fun

This is the second year that the Green Festival has made its East Coast swing during the spring rather than the fall as it had done for several years. Now in its 11th year, the DC Green Festival has added a third day, opening at 12 noon on Friday, June 5 and running through Sunday, June 7 at the DC Convention Center.

The Green Festival is always a great place to educate yourself and your children on sustainability and ways to make a difference. There is plenty of shopping, healthy food tastings and snacks for purchase, demos, speakers, yoga and movement, education about advocacy with non-profit organizations, home improvement tips and much more. This year the DC Department of Parks and Recreation is in charge of the Family Fun Zone activities. Read on for more information about this year’s attractions and updated photos of the 2015 Green Festival. Read More

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