Kid-friendly programming and activities have always been a unique part of the festival, but this year Blue Mountain School will also be offering childcare services at Floydfest!
With BMS childcare in the Children's Universe, kids can be in skilled, caring hands while parents are free to participate in other parts of the festival. Creating flower fairies, playing with big bubbles, playing games, watching movies, taking part in kids' concerts and open mic, telling stories, reading books, painting fairy doors and constructing fairy houses...these are just some of the things that kids can do while in the care of BMS staff.
Registering your kids in BMS Childcare is a fun and safe way for the whole family to enjoy the festival!
• Children 2 to 12 years
• Children must be potty trained
• Wednesday: 3:00 pm to 11:00 pm
• Thursday, Friday, and Saturday: 11:00 am to 11:00 pm
• Sunday: 11:00 am to 8:00 pm
• $10 an hour
• 1 hour minimum
• Reservations and check in at the Children's Universe info booth.
• For advance reservations, send us email.
As taxpayers, we don't usually have an opportunity to choose how our tax dollars are spent, but donating to Blue Mountain School through the Neighborhood Assistance Program (NAP) is one way to chose!
What is NAP?
Blue Mountain School is a participant in the Neighborhood Assistance Program (NAP). Established in 1981, the NAP encourages individuals and businesses to donate to NAP-approved non-profit institutions which benefit low-income individuals or families.
How does it work?
If you pay Virginia State income taxes as an individual or as a business, you can make a minimum $500 donation for individuals and $616 as a business to Blue Mountain School, and you'll receive a 65% Virginia State Tax Credit for your donation. The total contribution may ALSO be claimed in full as a charitable deduction on your federal income tax return.
How do I participate?
To donate, contact Blue Mountain School at 540.745.4234 or by email, or donate online. If you donate online, be sure to put "NAP Donation" in the memo in order to receive the credit. Once you make a NAP donation, BMS will contact you to complete the paperwork to receive your credit.
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This article originally appeared in the Floyd Press on July 2, 2015.
As a part of the Mountains of Music Homecoming, Blue Mountain School recently hosted a Festival of Colors. Known as Holi in India, where the celebration originates, the festival traditionally marks the start of spring and celebrates love and friendship and the putting aside of differences. Holi is also where the now well-known activity of color-throwing originated.
During the week leading up to the festival, nearly forty kids from as far away as Tennessee came to Blue Mountain School for Big, Messy Art Camp. The camp guarantee stated, “If you go home clean, you’ll get your money back!” Big, messy activities included splatter painting, paint Twister, and a paint-covered slip ‘n’ slid. Other activities focused on preparing for the festival at the week’s end. The students created decorations, signs, and market booths to be used at the festival.
Friday afternoon, BMS family and friends donned old clothing and gathered on the playground for the biggest and messiest event of the week. The celebration began with a traditional gathering circle and then a fantastical parade complete with a rainbow dragon and drum accompaniment. While the market began to hand out small cups of powdered color, other festival attendees painted themselves and their friends with the last bits of paint left over from camp. Then it was time for the colors to fly!
The festival also hosted a community art project called “Dancing with Color,” where revelers painted their hands and feet and then danced and frolicked on a long piece of paper. For the less adventurous, there were seats in the shade to watch the festivities as well as visits to the student-run market.
For more pictures from the Festival of Colors and Big, Messy Art Camp, visit the Blue Mountain School Family Facebook group.
Blue Mountain School is a contemplative progressive educational community for children in preschool through seventh grade. For more information about BMS, please visit www.bluemountainschool.net or contact us at 540-745-4234 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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