In the News: School holidays are here! So,what to do with the kids? Take them to Kirstenbosch Botanical Garden for the fun-filled Winter Wonders Programme (running until 16 July). *Free entry for Kids under 18 during School Holidays!

From Saturday 25 June through to Saturday 16 July, Winter Wonders offers a 3-week programme of fun, learning, walking, creativity and story-telling. Most of the events are free of charge, and there are also family focused activities for all to join in.

Click here to Download the PDF of the WinterWonders Programme

The Winter Wonders programme offers an opportunity to explore the most beautiful garden in Africa and learn more about the environment we live in. One of the highlights is a puppet show at Moyo restaurant retelling a San/African folktale followed by a guided walk with botanist, Ernst Van Jaarsveld. Don’t miss herpetologist Johan Marais who is bringing in some of his reptilian friends for children to see and touch if they dare!

The unmissable adventures include animated story readings by Struik Nature and Struik Children’s authors in the Botanical Society bookshop, treasure-hunts through the gardens, a biodiversity and waste art workshop, a nature’s treasure box experience and Kirstenbosch’s version of the Amazing Race: ‘Find 50 in Kirstenbosch! Struik Nature prizes and book hampers will be given throughout the programme.

See full programme: www.sanbi.org.za  &  www.struiknatureclub.co.za, Enquiries: 021 799 8783

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*Free Garden entry for children under 18 years during the Winter School Holidays 25 June to 17 July

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Kirstenbosch Winter Wonders Programme

Saturday 2 July 2016

09h30 – 11h30, Winter Wonders Family Treasure Hunt.

Family groups (i.e. no unaccompanied children) are invited to join a treasure-hunting team!

Each team will follow a different adventurous route to find some particular treasures in the garden, forest or conservatory. Participants will be given curious clues which will require some very good thinkers. The Treasure Hunt starts at 09h30 sharp from Gate 1. There will be a snack break, so come prepared. Each team will be accompanied by an experienced treasure-hunting Garden Guide.

Wear weatherproof clothing. No booking is required.

Meeting point: Info Desk in the Visitors Centre (Gate 1)

Cost: Free

Sunday 3 July 2016

11h00 – 12h00: Moyo’s restaurant children’s event: Jugglers at Moyo

12h30 – 13h30: Moyo’s restaurant children’s event: Sand Art at Moyo

Cost: Free

Monday 4 July 2016

10h00 – 11H30, Family Activity: Find 50 in Kirstenbosch Competition.

In order to participate family groups are required to purchase the Find 50 in Kirstenbosch activity book at the Kirstenbosch bookshop – Gate 1 (R 40.00). Groups need to find 25 items from the booklet and provide photographic evidence of the items that match the one in the booklet. Families have 1h30 to complete the activity and submit their entry photos and checklist to the bookshop.

Extra points will be awarded for creative photographs and final presentation.

# The first family to complete the task wins a Struik Nature book hamper!!! Every group will also win a participants prize.

Cost: R 40 

Tuesday 5 July 2016

10h00-11h00. Struik Children’s Story reading and activity programme in the Botanical Society Bookshop at Kirstenbosch (Visitors Centre)

Come and listen to the engaging and heartwarming stories about Jojo and his wire car and a parrot with a very unlikely friend in A Scarlet Tale.  Fun activities to follow!

Cost: Free

Thursday 7 July 2016

10h00-11h00. Struik Children’s Author Story reading and activity programme in the Botanical Society Bookshop at Kirstenbosch (Visitors Centre)

Meet author Julia Richman and illustrator Celeste Beckerling as they read about Katya’s Hairy Tales and show you how to draw some of their characters!

Author: Julia Richman. Illustrator: Celeste Beckerling, Katya’s Hairy Tales: The Bacon Chase.

The Bacon Chase is the story about a lovable cat with an amazing, magical tail. Katya or Kit-Kat, as her owners affectionately call her, simply loves bacon and will do almost anything to get her beautiful paws on some. During a summer holiday at the seaside, she befriends a nervous seagull with one leg, Frederick Twiddle. While attempting to help Frederick to take revenge on the greedy hotel cat, Chubs, who bit off his leg, Katya lands herself in the middle of a CATastrophe with fluffy winter slippers and some really strange and scary humans. After a daring rescue effort, she receives a tasty reward! Activity to follow.

Cost: Free 

11h00 – 12h00 Moyo’s restaurant children’s event: Clowns at Moyo

12h30 – 13h30 Moyo’s restaurant children’s event: Arts and Crafts at Moyo

Cost: Free

Friday 8 July 2016

11h00 – 12h00 Moyo’s restaurant children’s event: Magician at Moyo

12h30 – 13h30 Moyo’s restaurant children’s event: Games at Moyo

Cost: Free 

Saturday 9 July 2016

09h30 – 11h30, Winter Wonders Family Treasure Hunt.

Family groups (i.e. no unaccompanied children) will be invited to join a treasure-hunting team. Each team will follow a different adventurous route to find some particular treasures in the garden, forest or conservatory. Participants will be given curious clues which will require some very good thinkers. The Treasure Hunt starts at 09h30 sharp from Gate 1. There will be a snack break, so come prepared. Each team will be accompanied by an experienced treasure-hunting Garden Guide. Wear weatherproof clothing. No booking is required.

Meeting point: Info Desk in the Visitors Centre (Gate 1)

Cost: Free

Sunday 10 July 2016

11h00 – 12h00 Moyo’s restaurant children’s event: Stilt walker at Moyo

12h30 – 13h30 Moyo’s restaurant children’s event: Sand Art at Moyo

Cost: Free

Tuesday 12 July

10h00-11h00. Struik Children’s story reading and activity programme in the Botanical Society Bookshop at Kirstenbosch (Visitors Centre)

Hear all about Curly the Chameleon and Hagedash the Hadeda. Fun activities to follow!

Cost: Free

Wednesday 13 July

09h00-13h00 Biodiversity and Waste Art Workshop.

Children will learn about Biodiversity and how waste is impacting on it. They will enjoy a guided walk through the Garden and into forest, Fynbos and ‘useful plants’ areas. They will learn how valuable biodiversity is to us. Back at the Gold Fields Education Centre, they will construct a stationery holder for their desks or a frame out of “waste” materials. These will be decorated with other recycled items or dried plants.

Gold Fields Environmental Education Centre Art Workshop 1: Suitable for grade 4–6 (approximately 10 – 12 years). Booking essential with Sally Hey: 021 799 8676 / 8670 s.hey@sanbi.org.za

Cost: R60

Thursday 14 July 2016

09h00-13h00, Nature’s Treasure Box

Take part in fun games, story-telling, and an exploratory walk in our magical garden. Children will be given the opportunity to discover the special treasures which nature provides. Back at the Gold Fields Centre, they will create and decorate their own treasure box into which they will put the items they collect from nature.

Gold Fields Environmental Education Centre Art Workshop 2: Suitable for Grade R – 3 (approximately 6–9 years). Booking essential with Sally Hey: 021 799 8676 / 8670 s.hey@sanbi.org.za

Cost: R60

11h00 – 12h00 Moyo’s restaurant children’s event: Magician at Moyo

12h30 – 13h30 Moyo’s restaurant children’s event: Spin Art at Moyo

Cost: Free    

Friday 15 July 2016

10h00-11h00, Struik Children’s Author reading in the Botanical Society Bookshop at Kirstenbosch (Visitors Centre)

Join author Lindsay Norman and Illustrator Izak Vollgraaff for story telling and activites!

Aunt Alice and the Lion: Themba and his brother and sister are excited that Aunt Alice is coming to visit them in the village. When they arrive at the station to meet her, the children find her in a tree. She explains that a lion wants to eat her. There is no sign of a lion but as the days pass and to the family’s great amusement, Aunt Alice remains convinced that there is a lion lurking behind every bush, just waiting to pounce. Could Aunt Alice be right?
The Elephants Are Coming: Ten-year-old Themba dreams of joining his father and older brother in chasing the elephants away if they should come to eat their corn, as they did last year. Sadly, everyone tells him that he is too young and must stay at home to protect his mother, sister and grandfather while his father and brother are away. But danger lurks much closer to home! Readers will have to find out if Themba is brave enough for the challenge.

Cost: Free

11h00 – 12h00 Moyo’s restaurant children’s event: Magician at Moyo

12h30 – 13h30 Moyo’s restaurant children’s event: Cookie decoration at Moyo

Cost: Free

Saturday 16 July 2016

09h30 – 11h30, Winter Wonders Family Treasure Hunt.

Family groups (i.e. no unaccompanied children) will be invited to join a treasure-hunting team. Each team will follow a different adventurous route to find some particular treasures in the garden, forest or conservatory. Participants will be given curious clues which will require some very good thinkers. The Treasure Hunt starts at 09h30 sharp from Gate 1. There will be a snack break, so come prepared. Each team will be accompanied by an experienced treasure-hunting Garden Guide. Wear weatherproof clothing. No booking is required.

Meeting point: Info Desk in the Visitors Centre (Gate 1)

Cost: Free

Sunday 17 July 2016

11h00 – 12h00 Moyo’s restaurant children’s event: Magician at Moyo

12h30 – 13h30 Moyo’s restaurant children’s event: Charlie Chaplin at Moyo

Cost: Free

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