Children will eat healthfully if they can have fun with it. I created If It Does Not Grow – Just Say No: Eatable Activities for Kids for children of all ages to discover how much fun they can have with fruits and vegetables. As a mom, I found myself getting frustrated in my goal to have my kids eat healthy foods. That’s when I started trying a fun approach to introducing my kids to fruits and vegetables. Read More
Students from around Fairfax County rose early on Saturday morning to prepare their culinary masterpieces for judges and for the public to taste at the Real Food for Kids Culinary Challenge and Wellness Expo. After the competition was completed, these middle and high school students and other attendees got to participate in two workshop sessions before prizes and awards were handed out. My children are only in elementary school, but our whole family had a lot of fun and learned a great deal about food and about cooking at the event. Read More
When my daughter was three years old, she asked me at least a few times a day: “Wanna see my yoga, momma?” Read More
Yoga-loving families in Metro D.C. learned on Monday that Tenleytown’s lil omm yoga studio is closing its doors at the end of the year, but owner Pleasance Silicki does not want them to have heavy hearts. She is, in fact, really exited about the next phase of life for the community she founded in 2009. Read More
The second annual National Kids Yoga Conference returns to the George Washington University campus November 13-15. The conference “for adults bringing yoga to the next generation” aims to spread the word about the positive benefits of yoga and mindfulness for youth. The event will bring together dozens of inspiring speakers for keynote addresses and breakout sessions and will offer a marketplace of vendors offering services and products to support youth mindfulness education, training and practice.
Our world is becoming increasingly digital. Technology is integrated into all aspects of our lives and has transformed how we engage in most of our activities – work, play, communication, entertainment, shopping, recording, and creating of all kinds. How is this daily, hourly use of digital technology affecting us and our children?
Leah Kalish of Move with Me Yoga Adventures shares her insights in this guest post.
Beloved Yoga in Reston is holding its second Love Your Baby Family Health & Wellness Fair on September 19 from 2:00 to 6:00 p.m.. A day of education and grounding for parents and parents-to-be, the fair offers workshops and the opportunity to meet with exhibitors who support mindful families.
Love Your Baby Family Health & Wellness Fair will feature sample classes, demonstrations, massages, prenatal & postnatal nutrition, infant care as well as the opportunity to ask questions about alternative healing therapies such as Reiki, chiropractic, massage, and yoga therapy for pre- and post-natal. The day is designed to help new parents “learn how you can support & nurture yourself, your baby & your family with Northern Virginia’s best yoga instructors and alternative health care providers offering fun and educational methods.” Read More
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.
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
- Waldorf Wonder-days at Potomac Crescent Waldorf School, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. Alexandria, VA. Repeats the following Saturdays: July 11, July 25 and August 15
- Barefoot Boogie Jam at Beloved Yoga in Reston, VA, 6:00-7:30
- The Farm Effect at Whiffletree Farm, Warrenton, VA, 3- 7 p.m.
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 – Sunday, July 5 – Smithsonian Folklife Festival on the National Mall
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.
Saturday, July 25
- Family Fun: Hummingbird Garden at Green Springs Garden Park, 1 p.m., Alexandria, VA
- Dinofest in Nature Playce at Hidden Oaks Nature Center, Annandale, VA, 1 p.m.
Saturday, August 1 – Big 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
Saturday, August 20 – MommyCon, DC Convention Center, 9-5
Saturday, August 22
- Lubber Run Amphitheatre performance by Groovy Guy, Guy Collins, Arlington, VA, 4 p.m.
- Bat Fest, Gulf Branch Nature Center, Arlington. 6:30-9:00. Register for a half-hour slot. For information: 703-228-3403
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.
More outdoors ideas:
- Meadowlark Botanic Gardens, Vienna, VA
- National Arboretum, NE Washington, DC
- Natural Play Area at Beverly Hills Cooperative Preschool in Alexandria, VA
- Natural Places to Swim around DC by The Natural Capital
- National Cathedral Herb Garden and nearby Beauvoir School Playground
- Annmarie Sculpture Garden in Solomons, MD – The 6th annual Fairies in the Garden exhibit runs through September 7 (See photos from last year in this post)
Here are some quick links to more children’s programs at a few locations
- Green Springs Garden Park, Alexandria, VA
- Hidden Oaks Nature Center, Annandale, VA
- Long Branch Nature Center, Arlington, VA
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
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
- Lubber Run Amphitheatre concerts in Arlington include several family shows in August and September
- Potomac Overlook Regional Park concerts are held outdoors in Arlington on select Saturdays, 7-9 p.m.
- Strathmore Music Center in Bethesda has outdoor concerts and daytime backyard children’s performances
- Wolf Trap Children’s Theatre in the Woods in Vienna has daytime performances
List of some area Virginia Nature Centers & interesting features of note
Ellanor C. Lawrence Park, Fairfax. Animal exhibits, hiking trails (some with blackberries). Closed Tuesdays.
Gulf Branch Nature Center, Arlington (north). Animals, Native American exploration area, pollinator garden. Closed Mondays
Long Branch Nature Center, Arlington, 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 Park, Great Falls. Trails with river views, Native American exhibits. Visitor Center closed Tuesdays.
Family & Kids Yoga
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.
“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!”
Mommy & Me, Mommy & Movers and prenatal classes are offered at Mind the Mat in Alexandria.
Yoga offerings for children, tweens, teens and families available at Dream Yoga Studio & Wellness Center in McLean, VA
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