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Splendid co-hosts a crafty family getaway at the Ace Hotel in Palm Springs

September 6, 2010 |  8:33 am

Crafting Community

Splendid, the high-end, L.A.-based casual wear brand, is co-hosting an artsy weekend getaway for families this fall.

Crafting Community, a hands-on retreat where families are guided through various arts and crafts workshops, will take place Oct. 8 to Oct. 10 at the Ace Hotel & Swim Club in Palm Springs. Co-hosted — and founded by — children's art company Kimmel Kids, the annual event offers interactive workshops, with a focus on reusing and repurposing natural materials in art.

Workshops will include Sew Splendid, a "pop-up studio" where families customize their own Splendid branded gear. Kids and parents will select their own fabric and design their own personalized label before modeling their one-of-a-kind creations in a family portrait session shot by a professional photographer.

There will also be workshops in stenciling, underwater photography, felting, succulent gardens, airbrushing, dioramas, pottery, creative cookies and macramé — taught by event founder Karen Kimmel and fellow artists Clare Crespo, Cathy Callahan, Richard Mulder, Tanya Agiuñiga, Cheryl Cambras, Kate Burger, Steven Visneau of Small Magazine and musical duo Nikki & Rich.

In between all the crafting will be lengthy pockets of rest and relaxation time. And for those interested, Kid Concierge — an L.A.-based company that hooks parents up with kid-friendly activities — will organize group activities including morning yoga, skateboarding 101, music and storytelling around a campfire and (the camp standard) s’mores under the stars.

There's also the lure of the Ace Hotel's huge, heavenly pool, with its shallow kid-friendly section and — for those crafted-out adults — fully stocked bar.

The retreat will set you back $695 — a package built for a family of three  — which includes two nights lodging (in a standard king or double room) at the Ace Hotel, two days of art instruction and supplies, a Friday night taco dinner, fireside s’mores and games, two continental breakfasts, the Splendid-styled family portraits and a Kimmel Kids tote filled with goodies. Families over three people can attend for an additional "crafting fee."

Organizers ask that you reserve your family's spot by Sept. 24 by calling the Ace Hotel (760-325-9900) and referencing the promo code "Kimmel Kids Crafting." For more info, visit

--Emili Vesilind

Photo: Scenes from 2009's Crafting Community event. Credit: Kimmel Kids.