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[Mtn Xpress 2013 Awards]
A top Awesome Activity for Toddlers in AVL

 LEAF is THE FESTIVAL to take your family to!

“The 'LEAF' tradition really amplifies the meaning of family in the most positive sense I've seen at any event!”

- a LEAF member.

Parents: Childcare Details at page bottom
BOOM! LEAF is #1 Festival for KIDS...and it just got even better!

Kids' Village  Is STARBURSTING across LEAF. See Video!

for 7 mini-interactive villages & One Big FAMILY ADVENTURE

Laugh and play while exploring 7 mini-villages within the Land of Lake Eden. Every village has interactive art fun for all ages: little kids to teens to young at heart. AND mixed within find food, drinks, handcrafts and healing arts. A treasure map hunt will help kids explore fun adventures.

May 2014 Schedule is availbable HERE

and kids-family specifics will be posted here soon- SO much family goodness!

Longtime LEAFers - here is the insight... LEAFlet Kids Village was SO AMAZING yet a bit isolated, and parents would get trapped there. Many parents requested beer in kids village or a main stage....we couldn't do that so we starbursted EVERY aspect of the beloved Kids Village throughout LEAF. Below is an overview & more to come. The map is in design - look for orange labels for FAMILY ADVENTURES.

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1. Roots Village! Discover Roots Family Stage & Toy Boat Circus by  Eden Field hemlocks overlooking the majestic lakes and mountains. It will complement the camp scene and be in tune with the magic Eden Field vibe.


2. Barn Village! Appalachian Voices hosts interactive games. Warren Wilson College create Renaissance Arts: blacksmith, fiber and timber.


3. Easel Rider Village! Nestled below healing arts by Jam Tavern,  flock to the Easel Rider Mobile Art Lab hosting creative activities including Creation w/ Colors, Imagination Station, ALNUGE GLOWS @ LEAF w/ Artist Cleaster Cotton, Mama-Baby Tent & noisy fun-filled LEAF Instrument Petting Zoo (LIPZ). Blow the trumpets!


4. Adventure Village!  By Lakeside stage, paint, play, shop for goodness and explore. The Jelly Dome (think giant jelly fish, interactive & misting waters), Costume & Photo Booths, Art Gallery, Tommy & D.O.G. the pig with their RV for you to paint, and drop into LEAF Outreach Pavilion &  Art Raffle.


5. Sprouts Village!  On the lawns near Lake Eden's beach find roaming performers, puppeteers, hoop dancers, slackline, poi, & the LEAF Parade will come through. Sprouts Corner Young Artists sell handmade arts and young stars may busk on Youth Talent Stage.   


6. Elfhaven Village!  Jump, roll, pet, climb, and retreat: trampoline, life-size hamster ball, climbing wall, toy trains, Creature Feature w/ Brother Wolf Animal Rescues, Fireside Story Time, Mama-Baby Lounge along with Elfhaven Childcare sweetness.


7. World Wide Play Field! Games and matches for kids, teens & adults: soccer, ultimate frisbee, fun games and even singles kickball. Thunderball is nearby as well.


LAKE EDEN! While it's not an official "village"- one of the gems of LEAF are the super SPLASHY lake adventures: swim, zipline, canoe, kayak, stand-up paddleboards, or make BEACH sand castles.


“We are answering the call of the parents and making the entire festival more of a family experience. Everyone can enjoy the activities in each village including the kids and people without kids,”

- Morgan Markowitz, LEAF’s Family Adventure Director.

The Roots Stage


Drumbinos Youth African Percussion Ensemble 5 - 6pm

40 Fingers & A Missing Tooth Asheville Circus & Juggling Troupe 6:45 – 7:30

Teens Open Mic & Jam! 8:15 – 9:15


The Cider Gang Old-Time Mountain Music 9:45 – 10:30

Paper Airplanes w/Asheville Flyers 10:45 – 11:15

Family Circus & Improv Show Feat. LSS Youth Performers!
w/Erin Hartley & Nina Ruffini 11:45 - 12:45

Tribal Drum & Dance 
Feat. LSS Youth Performers! w/Adama, Gary Bradley, Imhotep, & Nadirah 1:15 – 2:30

"Lift Every Voice"
Feat. LSS Youth Singers & Songwriters! w/Anastasia & Santos 3 – 3:45

Teen Poetry Slam [ages 13 - 17] Sign-up at 3:45 on the
Roots Family Stage Porch 
4:15 – 5:45

Drumbinos Youth African Percussion Ensemble 6:15 – 6:45

Hobey Ford's GoldenRod Puppets 7:15 – 7:45 (sidestage)

Kids Costume Dance Party! w/Lisa Zahiya 7:45 – 8:45


Hobey Ford GoldenRod Puppets 10 - 10:45am

WWC Gamelon Ensemble Youth Drum Super Group! 11:30 – 12:30

Paper Airplanes w/Asheville Flyers 12:45 – 1:15 (sidestage)

Zulu Connection Voodoo Circus Feat. LSS Youth Performers! 1:30 – 2:00

Darrell Rose West African Percussion Master 2:45 – 3:15

LowCo Suzuki Guitar Kids Power Guitar 4 - 4:45pm

LEAFlet Kids Village is more fun than a barrel of monkeys.

For the "KID" in everyone!


Elfhaven Childcare

is a sweet creative play space for kids and little ones, located in Arrowhead Lodge. The longtime childcare crew creates a magical kids world with arts, crafts, games, puppets, books and blocks. A very special festive childcare. Kids have fun and parents go play!

Friday 7pm-1am
Saturday 12pm-2am
Sunday 12am-4pm

•$5 per hour- Sibling discounts are given.
•Sign up EARLY at Arrowhead Lodge...spaces are limited.
Pre-registration starts at 3pm Friday for all weekend childcare slots.
 Drop-in care is ALSO available all LEAF.


Kid Market & Salon

Kids Market is ORIGINAL kidmade art sold by kid artists. Fun shopping! Kids Salon is for kids to offer their special skills & services, like fortune telling or manicures!

Both are in the LEAFlet Kids Village.
Kids 14 & under.

Friday 4-8 Saturday 10-6 Sunday 10-4

Kids Market & Salon Guidelines
* All items must be HANDMADE & sold by kid artist for $8-or less (no candy, food, store bought items or marshmallow guns).
* Kids SIGN UP at Village during selling times and pay a $4-daily fee for space. Fee is donation to LEAF in Schools & Streets!
* Kid artists may share space, but not fee.
* No “items” may be sold at Kids Salon, only services may be provided.

All of the favorite LEAFlet Kids Village Arts & Events are part of new FAMILY ADVENTURE VILLAGES!

* Roots Family Stage | MUSIC, dancers, acrobats, drummers, puppets, circus acts & more!

* Toy Boat Circus Workshops at Roots |  With full circus performances Saturday at 2:30 and Sunday 12:30! Workshops will include juggling, tightwire, comedy improv, magic, diabolo, aerial silks and trapeze, stilt walking, and acrobatics.

* Craft Tent at Easel Rider | create arts & crafts!

* Costume Tent at Adventure  | crazy costumes to dress up in....bring camera.

* Face Painting in several villages | wonderfully talented face painters.


* Sprouts Corner in Sprouts Village | Kids Market & Kids Salon (see details). Kids Talent Stage to showcase skills as you play an instrument, sing or dance.  “Busking” is ok just here !

LEAF Instrument Petting Zoo (LIPZ) in Easel Rider
 | See, touch & play instruments. Strum dulcimer, bang djembe, fiddle, toot trumpet or shake shakerees! LIPZ is sponsored by Acoustic Corner!



* LEAF Pile in all villages | Games, pogo sticks, unicycles, parachutes,  bubbles, hula-hoops, & shaving cream fun.

* Creature Feature at Elfhaven | Oink, meow & arf! Animals! Featuring a non-profit group benefiting creatures great and small.

* LEAF Nest at Easel Rider| Collaborative Community Nest Building" with host Jenni Barron. A human sized Interactive nest art installation will happen- add your creative touch!

* MaMa Baby Tent at Elfhaven & Easel Rider | Nurse your baby, change diapers or just rock n relax in a chair in this quiet mamas & babies tent.


* Roaming Entertainers | Balloon Twisters, Stilt-Walkers & Jugglers.

* LEAF Parade starting at Roots Village | magical  Saturday tradition. Join us, wear goofy costumes & “make some noise!!”


Worldwide Playfield

2-Youth Soccer
3-Ultimate Frisbee
6-Deciduous Decathalon!


10-Frisbee & Goaltimate
10-12-Tennis w/ Pro 
3-Soccer w/ Dave 
5-Singles Kickball


10:30-Field Games
12-Soccer w/ Dave
1:30-Kids Tennis
2- Open Field Games




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