The winter school holidays can get a bit tricky when it comes to keeping the little ones entertained. Luckily with these five holiday programmes, parents can sit back and relax while the kids get their creative juices flowing.
1. Spier Holiday Club
Parents can take some time out at Spier while the kids join arts and crafts classes at the farm’s Canvas Club. From 15 – 29 June, fun-filled creative sessions will nurture your little one’s creativity and problem-solving skills. I especially love that only recyclable and sustainable materials will be used during the classes.
There are two classes tailored specifically for two age groups:
Little adventurers are for kids from 18 months to 6 years old (need to be accompanied by an adult). These 45-minute classes put an emphasis on sensory play and process art and help kids imagine, create, experiment and make new friends. The classes are fun, social and educational. R100/class.
Creative crafters is a 60-minute class for kids between 6 and 13 years old. Here kids get the opportunity to work with different materials to design, build and create various different things, from instruments to robots. Not only do they learn to express their own creative ideas, but they also get to create something themselves that they can play with for hours afterwards. R100/class.
Booking essential: https://www.canvas.club/spier.
Spier also offer ample “entertainment” for adults while the kids are creating:
● Sample award-winning wines in their cosy tasting room
● Enjoy a fresh farm-to-table feast at Eight Restaurant
● Browse fridge- and pantry-fillers (including jams, charcuterie and cheese) at the Spier Farm Kitchen. Sip a delicious coffee while you’re there
● Tuck into slow-roasted, pasture-reared meats at VADAS Smokehouse & Bakery or stock up on their famous pasteis de nata and other mouth-watering pastries
● Get a creative boost of your own and take a tour of Spier’s art collection with the accompanying audio tour
2. Boschendal’s Tree House
These winter holidays, Boschendal’s Tree House is hosting a 5-day programme where young adventurers can have an holistic farm and forest experience, learn about nature and acquire important life skills while being outside.
Mornings starts with foraged tea, boiled eggs, fresh fruit and porridge cooked on the fire. The children will get the chance to interact with the farmer, go on adventures on the farm and will get involved, ask questions, explore the natural world around them and touch, taste, smell and experience nature in all its glory.
Some of the educational activities include:
● Stream ecology
● Indigenous tree and fynbos identification
● Recycling and composting
● Outdoor cooking & fire skills
● Bee keeping and how insects benefit us
● Animal stewardship
The more adventurous will enjoy the following:
● Horse riding
● Mountain biking
● Outdoor survival skills
Skills kids will learn include:
● Clay sculpting and pottery
● Wood working
● Permaculture and food growing
● Bread making
The first week of the holiday programme is already underway, but you can still book for one of the last three weeks (24-28 June, 1-5 July, 8-12 July). Activities start at 08:00, Monday to Friday and finish at 16:00 with optional aftercare until 17:00.
Mail firstname.lastname@example.org to book.
3. Norval Foundation
Norval Foundation is hosting various activities these holidays for you and the kids to enjoy together.
You can either join their Family Tour for a full tour of Norval’s exhibitions, including activities for you to do with the kids at home. Or take a Parent & Child Tour where you can share the joy of viewing art with your child and help enhance their appreciation of art.
There are also various workshops, such as an Origami workshop, hosted by Kyoko Morgan, founder of Origami for Africa, who’ll show you how to create extraordinary shapes with paper. You can also get crafty with paper and join a Decoupage workshop where you’ll learn how to make a candleholder using everyday materials! I always find it’s a wonderful feeling to decorate a room with something you’ve made yourself. That’s why I love the idea of the Suncatcher workshop where you’ll make suncatcher from tissue paper. You can also create a beautifully patterned artwork using basic weaving techniques and two dowel sticks during Dowel stick weaving.
Sketching sessions are also a great way to relax. Beginners and experienced artists are welcome to join a drawing session and learn basic tips for figure drawing or to just have fun.
There’s also an Art course for kids where they’ll learn about artist Yinka Shonibare CBE and his Trade Winds exhibition (on show in gallery 9). During the class, kids between 4 and 8 will create an artwork inspired by his works!
Visit their website for more information: https://www.norvalfoundation.org
image from Norval Foundation website
“Wonderdal is a magical place for children where learning becomes play and magic becomes reality.” Recently opened at Hazendal, Wonderdal ignites children’s sense of wonder and curiosity and shapes a world of learning about science, life skills and physical aptitude. Wonderdal combines technologically advanced and natural elements to take kids on a two-hour journey of discovery where they learn about self-nutrition, how plants are being grown and how they can help care for the environment. Experiences are enriched with 3D virtual reality and each child can engage with their own virtual tour guide.
While the kids explore the virtual world, parents can enjoy a bite to eat or a cup of coffee at the Babushka Deli, taste some of Hazendal’s premium wines in the Wine Lounge or simply stroll through the estate’s lovely grounds.
Visit their website for more information: https://www.wonderdal.co.za
image from Wonderdal website
5. Weltevreden’s Carnival Play Park
Weltevreden’s magnificent adventure playground (The Carnival) makes this historic homestead in the heart of the Stellenbosch Winelands the perfect spot for a family day out.
The Carnival offers tons of activities designed for children of all ages. A large playground with a build-a-pizza area, loads of shade, awesome natural surroundings, two trampolines, as well as two mammoth jungle gyms promise hours of entertainment for the whole family.
Visit their website for more information: http://weltevredenestate.com
image from Weltevreden website