In the last decade, the popularity of Burning Man has grown exponentially. Ten years ago, I had never heard of it. In the last five years however, the gossip has started trickling in. I’ve been hearing talk of an amazing artists event in the middle of a dry, hot desert… a hedonistic visual must-do. From what ‘they’ say, it’s an uncomfortable, spiritual, insane experience that everyone should do at least once in their life.
I had been invited to this wild desert art festival numerous times but never found the time and/or wanted to go with the people who were going. Now of course, now I have a toddler so I was (mistakenly) under the impression that Burning Man was an idea of the past. (Man… I should have gone pre-baby. haha) But wait… now I’m hearing rumors that Burning Man is family friendly. Supposedly there are tons of children and families who visit this annual event; this temporary community that thrives on self-reliance. With tickets that sell out in hours and an annual attendance that skyrocketed from only 20 people in 1986 to over 70,000 last year, it seems everyone must go!
Still, I was unconvinced. It may be kid friendly for some but is Burning Man family friendly for my family? Luckily, I happened to meet and get the opportunity to interview Burning Man artist Bob Marzewski so I ask him his take on the matter. He should know since he’s been going for 17 years!
Is Burning Man family friendly? Let’s hear what Burning Man artist, Bob Marzewski, aka Wizzard, has to say…
(Ok, so this is my very first interview ever and part of a (very fun) Studio Production class I took at KMVT15… so look with an easy eye, please! lol)
So what’s your take? Do you think Burning Man family friendly? Would you take your family to such a hot, remote community for this art festival? What kind of memories and lessons do you think you and your family would get from the experience?
Whether you decide to take the kids or leave them home, it’s clear that Burning Man has some amazing art, people and burns to see. You just need to decide what type of experience you want. When we’re with our kids, we can’t help but be ‘a parent’ so if you want some adult fun, maybe they should stay at Grandma’s! As for my family, I may take my son someday but after I check it out with my friends the first time… just to be sure, ya know?!
Is Burning Man family friendly? Have you been solo or with your family? We’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments below!