Family-friendly BalanceFest celebrates end of summer

Balance Studios is planning an end of summer celebration for families Saturday, Aug. 9 called BalanceFest.

The mini festival will feature donation-based classes, fresh and healthy snacks from local businesses like Southern Sqweeze, face painting, an open art studio and more, said Balance co-owner and yoga instructor Melanie Ferguson.

She added that Balance is even partnering with Yoga Landing to provide a restorative parents’ yoga class during the day’s events.

“We just want to be a part of the Chattanooga community and a part of the families,” said Ferguson.

The children’s yoga and art studio has added five new yoga teachers and four art teachers since opening its doors on Peak Street last spring.

The space holds a kids’ yoga studio and art space complete with tiny paint-splattered smocks and lots of media for the kids to choose from. The walls are already covered with vibrant works of art from the studio’s students.

A clay studio with a kiln is also in the works, said Ferguson.

“It’s been good,” she said of the business’s first summer of classes. “And the summer camps were super-successful.”

Balance hosted 10 weeks of summer camps, averaging six to 10 campers per week, she said.

Check out the regular classes held at Balance Studios, located at 11 Peak St., and learn more about BalanceFest at thisisbalance.com or facebook.com/balancechattanooga.