When arranged prior to arrival, guests’ young ones can enjoy our childcare while parents are out riding the range or just catching up on some much needed rest and relaxation. Children ages five through twelve can play as “Free-Range Kids”, quite simply enjoying life on a ranch.
A stay at Siwash offers children a mixture of fascinating free play and educational content, which builds self-esteem and opens young minds in a journey that brings them close to nature.
Our children’s counsellor will carefully watch over guests’ younger ones who will enjoy great freedom and adventure fostered by a secure, safe and friendly wilderness environment. Typical activities include: horse care; animal tracking; wilderness survival training and shelter building; orienteering; arts and crafts; scavenger hunts; nature walks; fort building; and outdoor games, depending on the weather, group dynamics, and the ages of the children involved.
There is a strong horse component to children's activities at Siwash. For younger kids who are interested in learning about horses we offer horse care lessons and include pony rides in the home meadow.
Children who demonstrate an ability to safely control their own horse are welcome to ride the trails with their parents. Or they can stay back at the ranch and ride the gymkhana course.
Your hosts have two children—free-range teenage kids who really enjoy sharing the joys of ranch living with guest children. Under the supervision of a children’s wrangler, Marshall and Jessica will help demonstrate gymkhana events to guest children aged seven and up, who can experience barrel racing, pole bending, keyhole racing and other gymkhana fun and excitement in the arena.
For those children who may be uncomfortable around horses, there are plenty of other fun things to discover and learn about. The children’s program is provided by advance arrangement between 10:00am and 5:00pm during July and August only. Due to our wilderness environment, children should remain under the supervision of their parents at all other times.