Need some funspiration for the upcoming Autumn holidays? Well, The Stellenbosch Mom is here to help keep you and your kids inspired and entertained. I’ve put together a short list of great activities for you and the family to do together – from artsy tours and workshops to more adventurous experiences. Take a look at what I’ve found:
1. There are loads of activities to keep the little ones busy at Norval Foundation. They host plenty wonderful workshops for kids to choose from, from making Dutch wax-inspired kites to making doll clothes. And, while they’re busy learning and playing, parents can relax at The Skotnes Restaurant or take a tour of their museum or sculpture garden. At the moment, there’s a first of its kind installation to explore, in addition to a lovely series of artworks, sculptures and photographs on show. It really is a must-see! Click here for their full holiday program.
2. I wrote about Boschendal’s Tree House in my previous post, but in case you missed it, here’s a quick look at what they have on offer. Their new edu-play centre gives kids (aged 4-14) a chance to enjoy an authentic farm and forest experience under the adult supervision of their trained Tree House leaders. While your kids play in nature and learn about the importance of sustainability, parents can take a well-deserved break at the restaurant. Daily activities during the school holidays include farm foraging, natural arts activities, upcycling and nature walks. Read more about our recent experience to find out why Boschendal is the perfect choice for the whole family.
3. Mish Mash Creative Studio in Franschoek is a space where kids and the young at heart can get creative and crafty these holidays. You don’t need to book and can pop into their OPEN STUDIO anytime between 10am and 3:30pm every day. There’s a range of creative activities, including making a pot planter or building a bird house. Kids older than 6 can be dropped off, which gives you some time to have a quick coffee with a friend or to treat yourself to something indulgent. Each activity takes a maximum of one hour to complete in the studio, which is just perfect. *Children aged 5 and under must be accompanied by an adult.
4. Spier Wine Farm’s Eagle Encounters have a wildlife rehabilitation, conservation, education and eco-tourism centre that offers wonderful experiences for you and your kids. You can get up-close-and-personal with eagles, hawks, falcons, owls, kites, buzzards, snakes and lizards. They also host falconry displays, where the majestic birds fly towards you, but if your littles ones aren’t up for that adrenaline rush, there are also piglets, rabbits, tortoises and chickens to interact with, as well as a very unique playground.
5. If you’re passionate about conservation and want to have an unforgettable encounter with a cheetah, bat-eared fox, meerkat, or caracal then look no further than Cheetah Outreach. They have two facilities in the Western Cape (Somerset West and Franschhoek) that are open to the public every day, from 9h30 to 17h00, and bookings aren’t necessary. If you or your kids would rather take it all in from a distance, you can join an educational tour or enjoy viewings of cheetahs and five species of small predators.
That’s it from me for now. I hope your holiday is filled with special family memories and if you are travelling, please do so safely. Wishing you a wonderful break, filled to the brim with health and happiness.
From my family to yours,
The Stellenbosch Mom