Especially for children at Siwash Lake Ranch

Free-Range Kids Club

Private & Exclusive, by Nature™

Toads and frogs... ranch critters and a wild flower meadow... It’s nature's playground at Siwash Lake, where children of all ages are welcome during the summer.

When arranged prior to arrival, guests’ young ones can enjoy our Free-range Kids club (during the months of July and August) while parents are out riding the range or just catching up on some much needed rest and relaxation. Older children can play unsupervised, free to roam, 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.

Children's horsecare program   Siwash Lake Ranch - Little boy & big pig   Chasing grasshoppers   Siwash Lake Ranch - boy with toad

Typical children's activities at the ranch may 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.

Kids-holding-frogA young child may begin the day by picking (and eating!) strawberries in the ranch vegetable garden, followed by a lesson in horse care and ride around the home meadow.

A scavenger hunt or outdoor game like capture the flag might also be on the agenda. After a picnic lunch, he or she might gather natural materials like pine cones, feathers and moss, and then glue them on a horseshoe to make a ranch keepsake.

Baby HenryAnd there are eggs to collect from our free-range chickens, pigs to feed, bunnies to cuddle, butterflies to chase, and a pet cow to play with. One year we raised an orphaned fawn....

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 ages 7 and up who demonstrate an ability to safely control their own horse are welcome to ride the trails with their parents.

Gymkhana at Siwash LakeYour hosts have two children—free-range teenage kids who really enjoy sharing the joys of ranch living with guest children. They demonstrate gymkhana events to guest children aged seven through twelve with proven ability, who can experience barrel racing, pole bending, keyhole racing and other gymkhana fun and excitement in the home meadow.

For those children who may be uncomfortable around horses, there are plenty of other fun things to discover and learn about. Our Free-range Kids club program is provided between 10:00am and 5:00pm during June, July and August by advance arrangement. Due to our wilderness environment, children should remain under the supervision of their parents at all other times.

Guests with children under four years of age are welcome in the summer months, provided they bring their own nanny along or make advance arrangements for the one-on-one nanny service that’s available at the ranch for an additional cost.