Event submitted by Kirstenbosch Gardens – please contact organisers directly to book or make enquiries.

If you are stuck for an idea on how to entertain the kids during the winter school holidays look no further. The annual Winter Wonders programme at Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden gets underway from Monday 25 June until 14 July with a host of unusual and creative activities- everything that you could possibly need to keep the kids occupied. Parents and grandparents can enjoy this winter break making the most of this leisure time.

All the events have an environmental theme and what better than to show the younger generation our precious heritage and how to be highly creative at the same time.

The programme includes puppet shows that will have the children agog. Be captivated by the wonderful stories spun from our clever local authors. Creative children can be signed up for the half day, one or two day arts or crafts workshops, bringing home a precious piece of handiwork at the end of the workshops. A series of delightful Garden walks, ideal for all ages, opens up the many paths and plants to a curious audience while learning why we in the Cape are so proud of our natural heritage. Bask in the beauty of Kirstenbosch’s winter mantle and the holidays will pass by in a flash.

With FREE entry to the Garden for children six years to 17 years old enjoy a hassle free holiday in the most beautiful garden in the world.

Free events:

  • Storytelling every weekday morning from 10h00 in the Kirstenbosch Book shop. From Tuesday 26 June every morning is story morning! All the stories are about animals from lions to ostriches, hyena’s to elephants, crocodiles ro rhinos and even to dragons when Claerwen Howie (2 July) introduces you to the wonderful world of Vumile and the Dragon. Is it a dragon or is it a chameleon? Look out for these wonderful tales at the Botanical Society Bookshop. There will be a colouring in session every day in the Videorama after the story reading.
  • Walk in the Gardens with our experienced guides (Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays 10h30 or 11h00 – please consult the programme) and learn more about our wonderful natural heritage. Meet the King (Protea) or learn about Aloes – hot favourites for cool weather. All creatures great and small live in the Garden and you will be introduced to them. Go on an adventure walk with our guides. Marvel at the Yellowoods or simply bask in the glory of the proteas. The magic of our medicinal plants is revealed and useful plants show their mettle, ramble through restios, hear about the survival tactics of the succulents or listen to the stories of the trees then take a walk with your grandparents. With these 13 options it’s hard to choose!
  • Want to know more about frogs? Then from 10h00 to 12h00 on 2 and 4 July join the Frog Awareness workshops at the Goldfields Environmental Education Centre. Ideal for ages 7 to 13 years a slideshow will introduce you to this fascinating world and then it’s off on a field trip in the Garden and with winter being the ideal time to search and hear frogs you’re sure to find some of these fascinating creatures.

Paid events:

  • Puppet shows in the Conservatory every Tuesday and Thursday from 10h00 using delightful animal characters. Children will find out about animals and plants in a fun way and will go on a conducted walk around the conservatory after the puppet show. R30 per learner no booking required.
  • Events at the Gold Fields Environmental Education Centre (GFEEC) at Kirstenbosch: Nature’s Treasure Box is the title of the fun morning of songs, stories, games and exploration of the treasures that nature gives us. Suitable for children from 6 to 9 years who will also create a beautiful box to take home with them. Visiting sections of the garden they will look for Nature’s treasures to complete their box. Cost R35 per learner Wednesday 27th June and Tuesday 10th July 09h00 – 12h30
  • Also at the GFEEC are Biodiversity and Waste art workshops. Do you want to make something useful out of household items which we usually throw into the bin? Then join the team for a 4 hour workshop suitable for Grade 4 – 6 learners. Learning about biodiversity and the impact of waste. Preceded by a walk in the Garden this fun, hands-on workshop shows the learners how to make a stationery holder or picture frame out of common household waste and dried plant material. Tuesday 26th June and Wednesday 11th July, 09h00 – 13h00, R40.00 per person. For both the above events contact Michelle September at 021-799 8670 or c.naidoo@sanbi.org.za for more details or a booking form.
  • Craft workshops offer fabric painting, nature mobiles, mixed media collage and Jewellery making and each one of these use the Garden as the inspiration and are preceded (weather permitting) by a walk in the garden. Run by Nicolette Lotter, of African Sky Blue Art Studio, these workshops are suitable for Grades 1-6 children, 9am-12 noon, Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursday and Fridays throughout the holidays.  Cost: R150 per child per workshop. All materials included and maximum 20 children per lesson. Email Nicolette Lotter on 083 471 2828 or molonix@gmail.com by Friday 15 June latest for payment up front in full to secure your child’s place.

For the full programme and enquiries please call 021 799 8783 or www.sanbi.org


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