The 6th Annual Crafting Community weekend was a magical weekend filled with imaginative crafts, pool time and most importantly, family. Approximately 150 families gathered May 1-3 at the Ace Hotel & Swim Club in Palm Springs, California to partake in a much more modern (and hip) version of "family camp"—which is what the imaginative weekend has affectionately become known as. Mom.me was fortunate enough to attend and see firsthand what the fuss was all about. And—spoiler alert—it did not disappoint.
The weekend itinerary was thoughtfully planned with no small detail left unattended. While the crafting sessions filled the majority of the days, there were also soccer classes for the kids, an underwater photography class and a children's hip-hop class, because we all know that a toddler's attention span to do a craft is about five minutes. Really ambitious parents who wanted to wake before (or with) the kids had the opportunity to partake in a special SoulCycle class. There were Bingo games, a family fiesta dinner and the obligatory pool time to round it all out. And for parents with really little babies, Ergo Baby was on hand to loan out carriers. (See what we mean about details?!)
But the real stars of the weekend were the crafts themselves. The weekend was originally envisioned by founders Karen Kimmel and Stacey Bernstein, two likeminded moms who wanted to "encourage and cultivate the creative spirit through art, curated design, fitness and plain old fun." So these definitely weren't your Grandma's crafts. From woven wall hangings to wooden boats and macrame plant hangers, there was something for everyone. Designer Justine Blakeney led a sun print workshop based on her famous #facethefoliage series while Christine Schmidt of Yellow Owl Workshop helped kids (and adults) carve out their own stamps. All of the crafting fun culminated Saturday night with a Desert Disco party where little ones could let loose on the dance floor under the stars.
This was definitely a "family camp" experience that neither parent nor child are soon to forget and we can't wait to see what next year brings!
P.S. For those of you who live in LA, Crafting Community's next big event will be an incredible holiday craft day for families! Check craftingcommunity.com for updates.