Gar­den a gift that just keeps on giv­ing


Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - GOODPUZZLES - JBJ RE­PORTER

KIRSTENBOSCH Gar­den is a fun space for kids to visit and mak­ing them ex­tra fun th­ese hol­i­days are Win­ter Won­ders ac­tiv­i­ties for kids.

Chil­dren un­der 18 do not have to pay to go into this world-fa­mous, beau­ti­ful gar­den dur­ing the hol­i­days and many of the events this week are also free.

To­day and next Satur­day from 9.30am un­til 11.30am there will be a Win­ter Won­ders Fam­ily Trea­sure Hunt. Fam­ily groups (i.e. no un­ac­com­pa­nied chil­dren) get to join a trea­sure-hunt­ing team and em­bark on a quest to find trea­sures. Meet at the in­for­ma­tion desk in the Vis­i­tors’ Cen­tre. The hunt starts at 9.30am sharp from Gate 1 and since it is win­ter, wa­ter­proof cloth­ing is a good idea. There will be a snack break, so come pre­pared.

No book­ing is re­quired and there is no fee.

● To­mor­row you can en­joy watch­ing a stilt walker at Moyo’s restau­rant be­tween 11am and noon. This is fol­lowed by sand art for kids at 12.30pm.

● On Tues­day at 10am, kids will hear about Curly the Chameleon and Hagedash the Hadeda and join fun ac­tiv­i­ties in the Struik Chil­dren’s story read­ing and ac­tiv­ity pro­gramme in the Botan­i­cal So­ci­ety Book­shop at the Vis­i­tors Cen­tre.

● On Wed­nes­day, if you are aged 10 or older, you can spend the morn­ing at a Bio­di­ver­sity and Waste Art Work­shop be­tween 9am and 1pm.

It in­cludes a guided walk through the Gar­den, forest, Fyn­bos and “use­ful plants” ar­eas. Back at the Gold Fields Ed­u­ca­tion Cen­tre, par­tic­i­pants will make a sta­tionery holder or a frame out of “waste” and dec­o­rate th­ese with re­cy­cled items or dried plants.

Book with Sally Hey: 021 799 8676/ 8670 email: s.hey Cost: R60

● On Thursday, be­tween 9am1pm it is the six to nine year olds’ turn. They will learn about Na­ture’s Trea­sure Box by tak­ing part in fun games, story-telling, and an ex­ploratory walk in the mag­i­cal gar­den.

Then they make their own trea­sure boxes to store things they’ve col­lected. Book with Sally Hey: 021 799 8676/ 8670 email: s.hey Cost: R60

Also on Thursday, Moyo restau­rant is host­ing a ma­gi­cian be­tween 11am and noon, fol­lowed at 12.30pm with Spin Art for kids. ● Fri­day is story time. Head to the Botan­i­cal So­ci­ety Book­shop at the Vis­i­tors Cen­tre at 10am to join author Lindsay Nor­man and il­lus­tra­tor Izak Voll­graaff for story telling and ac­tiv­i­ties that in­volve Aunt Alice and a lion, not to men­tion a herd of ele­phants.

At Moyo you can catch a ma­gi­cian in ac­tion be­tween 11am and noon.

Don’t miss Charlie Chap­lin’s ap­pear­ance be­tween 12.30pm and 1.30pm at Moyo on Sun­day, July 17, pre­ceded by a ma­gi­cian.

● Full pro­gramme de­tails on www. sanbi. org. za and www. stru­ik­na­ture­

Kirstenbosch Gar­den has many of great ac­tiv­i­ties planned for this hol­i­day, in­clud­ing trea­sure hunts and a ma­gi­cian.

Kirstenbosch Na­tional Botan­i­cal Gar­den has so many things to do and and see this hol­i­day.

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