We just wrapped up a seriously amazing weekend with Karen Kimmel and The Art of Exchange at Ace Palm Springs. 90 kids and their parents and friends showed up to craft it up, eat s’mores and a fresh, organic menu of kid-friendly meals, make friends, and take home their amazing art projects. Some of our favorite shots are the fakin’ bacon, a sneaky Havaianas x Ace flip flop toe, and the miniature version of the desert diorama in the lobby.
We’re planning another Art of Exchange for the fall — come make some paintings and let them dry on the clothesline while you take another dip in the pool. Stay in touch for updates.
A this photo is insanely adorable.
We’re looking forward to spending a weekend in April with artist Karen Kimmel and her friends making art and eating fireside s’mores at Ace Palm Springs. The Art of Exchange is a two day, two night artist retreat for kids and families with interactive workshops, activities, projects, Saturday movie night with popcorn, and the aforementioned s’mores (which we’re obviously feeling pretty casual about). Karen and friends — including Clare Crespo, who made the diorama in the lobby — will guide art projects like potato prints, miniature gardens, macramé, dioramas, and knitting, with a focus on the reuse and repurposing of natural materials. You can also just do your own thing, hang out by the pool, and explore. Community activities will include a poolside barbecue, Sunday brunch, and some communal dining with a special menu for families.
There’s a special package for the event that includes all workshops, projects, and group activities, and a Kimmel Kids tote filled with goodies. See more about visiting daily just for activities here.
Karen’s handmade trivets and Kimmel Kids totes and coloring books are also sold exclusively through the Community Shop at Ace Hotel & Swim Club.
Photos courtesy of Karen Kimmel