Children’s Garden at Spier is a place to educate and enjoy

Monday, 23 February, 2004
Ann Wallis Brown
The enjoyable harvest-time activity that takes place on every wine farm at this time of the year
Grape stomping is the latest fun activity to be added to the list of creative and natural play activities for youngsters at the Children’s Garden at Spier.

Every weekend from February 28 to March 28 on Saturdays and Sundays, parents and children can go grape stomping – the enjoyable harvest-time activity that takes place on every wine farm at this time of the year. It is natural that Spier, home to one of the oldest dated wine cellars in South Africa, should add this traditional wineland activity to the lively goings-on for children to enjoy on the estate. For just R25 children can stomp grapes into grape juice and take part in a fun art activitiy. They’ll pour 'their' grape juice into a bottle to take home and decorate their own label.

Parents can enjoy the wine harvest more sedately with wine tastings – accompanied by bread and cheese. 'It is always hard to find things to do with children at weekends – especially fun, outdoor activities,' says Avril Thomson, who heads activities at the Children’s Garden at Spier. 'Now they can not only have fun but also learn about how wine is made.'

Spier’s children’s summer programme celebrates play within an ecological context and has the motto 'Let Nature hold your Child'. Grape stomping and birthday parties, performances by the ZipZap Children’s Circus add to the entertaining activities that keep youngsters of all ages occupied. A treehouse, fufee slide, boulders to clamber up and an enchanted garden to hide in are just some of the natural attractions at the Children’s Garden at Spier where the joys of nature and down-to earth childhood play vy for attention with conservation projects, crafting, storytelling and circus workshops.

Peaceful arts and crafts such as using grass to weave table mats, knitting wire and making pottery are among the many activities. 'There are few children today who can go outside and play in a safe, natural environment,' says Thomson. 'At Spier we hope to rekindle something that is missing for many of today’s youngsters.' The Children’s Garden at Spier houses a creative centre and has the capacity for about 50 children during any one hour, from toddlers to 12 year olds. Trained facilitators are among the staff, guiding and caring for children, while parents can enjoy the diverse attractions of the Spier Estate.

The garden’s facilities also brings relief to parents planning birthday parties as these can be arranged in a special area of the Children’s Garden with food laid on and a variety of activities and traditional entertainment to enjoy. Grape stomping is one of the schedule of stimulating activities, outings and workshops available to choose from for children up to the age of 14, birthday or no birthday.

Children from eight to 13 can also learn different theatre skills with the ZipZap Children’s Circus – with those attending four sessions having the chance of performing in a show in front of their parents.

For further information about Grape stomping or other activity in the Children’s Garden at Spier, or to make a booking for a party, call the Spier Information Centre +27 (0) 21 809-1100

Issued by: HWB Communications on behalf of Spier
Contact: Stephen Lailvauxm Marketing Director, Spier Leisure
Tel: +27 (0) 21 809-1139

HWB Communications
Contact: Ann Wallis Brown
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