Snapshot: The Tree House experience for 'free range' kids at Boschendal

2019-05-17 15:25 - Selene Brophy
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My boys are gamers. Fortnite is a massive thing for them and I’m all too aware, as a parent who works in digital, of the need to balance device time with creative play.

This is one of the main reasons I'm simply blown away by the Tree House experience at Boschendal Wine Estate. And my boys, aged 7 and 9, loved it more.

Free Range Kids 

As an Edu-care centre, It is focused on eco-farm activities, from making fires, composting, recycling, foraging to getting to know the farm animals. The facilities are geared especially for kids, aged 4 to 14 yrs, and the locker room setup tells you this from get go. The entrance to the kitchen, leading to the organic garden outside, is even a few dimensions smaller than usual - meaning as an adult you get the reverse perspective of living in world not quite made for you. Valuable reminder for us as parents with the really little ones.

And they're really going to love the idea that they get to be kids in all their messy glory, with creative play that gets them connected to the soil and earth encouraged. 

The facility is a complimentary service to families overnighting at the Boschendal boutique accommodation or patrons dining at Werf restaurant. See more in the video above.

This lets you enjoy a relaxed time, because sometimes we really just need a good break from constantly checking and watching that they're entertained, not in danger or about to knock something over - but all the while knowing your children are in safe hands and loving the experience while there.

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Holiday Programme - This June/July  they are offering a special Holiday Programme at The Tree House. 

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Parents can book their kids in for a 5-day programme during which they will learn all about the farm and many life skills for young adventurers!  

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Accommodation is not included but available at a 25% discount on advertised rates.  

Wine-tastings and picnic fun

We indulged in a wine-tasting while the boys had fun. There is a selection of five on offer at the Werf - read more about that here. there is also a relaxed Deli for those wanting to something scrumptious to enjoy. 

The upcoming school holiday period will see the Tree house team unpacking a weekly calendar of supervised activities at special holiday programme rates.

But day visitors can still expect to have a super time wine-tasting and relaxing – with added free fun for the kids. They often have live entertainment on the lawns as well as bespoke markets on Friday nights, along with a stack of huge beanbags to make chilling out under the oaks so inviting. There are portable coffee and drinks stations on the lawns too. 

READ: From Friday night markets to farm stays: Break away to beautiful-from-every-angle Boschendal  

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Boschendal's Thozi Thembani took us through the Werf Premium Tasting.

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They offer delectable snacks, including vegetarian options.

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With five different options, this experience can be enjoyed under the oaks outside the Werf Restaurant.

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Bookings for the Werf Restaurant are essential. 

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What you need to know to check your children in at The Tree House:

The Playground next to The Tree House is open for all young visitors to the farm aged 4 - 14yrs. This is an unsupervised area, and parents are expected to accompany their children at all times.

Booking enquiries: +27 (0) 21 870 4211 or email reservations1@boschendal.co.za 

The Tree House is located on the Werf side, on the left as you drive in to the main car park. Kids booked in for activities should be taken to Accommodation Reception for collection 15 mins prior to the activity time.

Note: You need to book at least 24hrs in advance 

Click here for more details and accommodation rates.

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