Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Weekend Away: Craft, Community, Creativity!

Normally you won't find me posting about travel or crafting; neither is my specialty. But, I am a collector and disseminator of information and when I see something that looks interesting, fun, educational, inspiring....I like to share! Yesterday I got an invitation to join what looks like a really cool event in Palm Springs at the very hip (yet family friendly) Ace Hotel. The event is hosted by artist Karen Kimmel who created Kimmel Kids, a collection of really beautiful, unique educational tools and toys. Karen periodically puts together these wonderful weekends for "creative families". The artists involved sound really wonderful; check them out here. I love the idea of stimulating our children visually and creatively. Lee Rose Emery of LACityMom.com wrote this great review about a visit with her family to The Ace Hotel on an average weekend and it sounds great! I'm not 100% sure we'll go because the crafting may be a bit beyond what our 3 1/2 year olds can do, but if you have slightly older kids, I would absolutely check it out! And then report back to us! Here are the details:

Update! I've been in touch with one of the organizers of this event who sent me the following note when I asked about younger children participating: 
"We have activities for 2yrs and older.  The younger kids just need a little more hands on from mom and dad, but there is super cool stuff for them to do!  Here are a bunch off the top of my head: Felt boards, garland making, Stencils, felted rocks, Edible costume cookies, fun with fabrics, and even more.  Really!!"
So really....do check out the info below.  I think I may actually head out to Palm Springs come October! 

Dear Friends and Families,
The details are finally here!  Attached please find the invitation for our upcoming Crafting Community event Oct. 8-10th at the Ace Hotel in Palm Springs.  You’ll notice we have included more perks than ever in our weekend package such as Friday night taco dinner, Saturday and Sunday continental breakfasts, and a very special family portrait taken by an acclaimed photographer.  Of course we'll still have the usual goodies and all the crafting you can handle!  To learn more about all of the talented artists involved, please check out http://kimmelkids.com/crafting/
In order to reserve and guarantee your spot you will need to call the ACE Hotel directly, using the information and promo-code provided on the invitation. Once you've booked with the ACE please email Stacy Bernstein at Kid Concierge, stacy@kid-concierge.com. So that we can get all the information we need about your family for our welcome book and personalized goodie bag!
Look forward to seeing you poolside at the ACE!
SHIFT GEARS from the hectic hustle of city life to a poolside getaway filled with craft, community and creativity.

JOIN US for a weekend retreat destined to bring creative families closer together.

INTERACTIVE WORKSHOPS include stencils, underwater photography, felting, succulent gardens, airbrushing, dioramas, pottery, creative cookies and macramé.

ARTIST KAREN KIMMEL will lead the group along with a talented team: Tanya Aguiñiga, Richard Mulder, Kate Burger, Cathy Callahan, Mister Cartoon, Cheryl Cambras, Clare Crespo, Steven Visneau, Sheryl Cancellieri and musical duo Nikki & Rich. Meet the artists. 

 includes sunrise yoga and skateboarding 101. At the Sew Splendid pop-up store, families can custom tailor their own colorful garments. Nighttime festivities include campfire games, s’mores and songs.

Special package rate of $678* includes: 
• 2 nights lodging (standard king or double)
• 2 days art instruction and supplies
• Friday night taco dinner and fireside s’mores
• Saturday and Sunday continental breakfast
• Saturday movie night and popcorn
• Splendid-styled family portraits
• Kimmel Kids tote filled with goodies

*Basic package rate includes 3 people.
 Tax and resort fee not included. Upgrades available.

Check out the fabulous Ace Hotel.

Reserve by September 24, 2010.
Call the Ace Hotel: 760.325.9900
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Thanks for reading!
The Twin Coach

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