Kids are welcome at Art Basel. At both the main fair and the satellite fairs kids are free to roam the booths, talk to gallerists and soak in all the art. At the convention center Miami Children's Museum hosts "Art Kids," a separate room where kids ages 4-12 can be dropped off for art activities while parents attend the fair. Our kids painted canvases in the De Stijl style, made tile mosaics and worked on post-Impressionist sketches. There was also a story corner and design-y toys to use.
The Sound Positions experiences at Context (pictured above) were a draw for our kids, especially the recording of a North Carolina tobacco auctioneer.
At Pulse the kiddies enjoyed walking around the tents and we're delighted by the playground that is found in the Eden Roc parking lot where the fair is situated.
Our only quibble with Art Miami and Context was the no stroller rule. We get that strollers might be a nuisance in congested tents but we saw many exhausted parents carrying sleeping kids around the fair or trying to hold on to little ones that would have been safely strapped in (and less of a threat to the art).
By SARA Liss