Summer Adventures for Kids
Young guests ages five to 12 have an exciting summer lineup of activities with the new Barnsley Resort Explorers Club program. Rotating themes such as “Grow What You Sow” and “A Trek Through Time” highlight a variety of experiences that are unique to Barnsley Resort, creating fun and eye-opening experiences that incorporate the fascinating history, diverse outdoor adventures and expansive gardens. Each day’s activities include both crafts and active components to provide a fun and engaging program while teaching lessons related to the theme along the way.
The Explorers Club is offered Monday through Thursdays in the summer for resort guests ages five to 12. (Proof of age will be required.) Participation is $40 per child, per day excluding a 20% service charge and 7% tax. 48 hours advanced notice required for reservations.
Barnsley Resort Explorers Club themes and sample activities include:
Grow What You Sow
Campers learn about the importance of sustainability as they plant their very own seeds in a newspaper pot designed by the resort’s horticulturist and assistant gardeners. The experience continues in the herb and vegetable gardens as they learn about what we grow and how it is utilized in the restaurants at the resort. Campers assist the gardeners with care in the garden. The chefs may stop by to talk about the recipes and how they will use the produce in their menus.
Explorers spend time at Barnsley Resort’s own B Lazy G Barn, originally built in the 1840s, where they decorate and paint a real horseshoe to take home as a souvenir. In addition to horseshoes, Explorers paint the horses, always a popular activity. The resort’s wranglers, along with the help of their long-legged friends, teach about horsemanship including safety and the basics of grooming, tacking and riding.
Tyin’ and Flyin’
Young fly fisherman and woman learn how to tie a fly properly with real lures. After a casting lesson, they pair the two concepts together and cast the fly out in one of the many ponds at the resort in hopes that the bass, brim and crappie are biting. Experienced fishing guides are on hand to teach pointers.
A Trek Through Time
First, explorers work on making their own hiking sticks, which they will need to trek though the trails of our historical district of the resort. While on the move, they learn to use a compass and topography map to find locations of a special interest such as landmarks on the original antebellum property of Godfrey Barnsley. At each location, they receive a punch in their official Explorers Club Card. This pursuit is better known as orienteering.
Paint and Play
Spend the day awash in color! Tie dye a t-shirt to keep as a souvenir. Then, venture off to the resort’s own Wolf Cave paintball field, where they will learn to shoot at targets, drenching them in color. Participants learn about the paintball equipment, safety and rules related to the game.
Step back in time to play lawn games families commonly played during Godfrey Barnsley’s time in the 19th century. Learn the art of croquet, bocce ball, badminton and more.
These descriptions serve as a general outline of the day’s activities. Barnsley Resort management may revise the day’s activities based upon weather, availability and other conditions to ensure the best experience for the guest. Inquire about the day’s specific activities at the time of check in.
Additional options that may be incorporated into the program include the following:
- Water Sports (canoeing, kayaking)
- Scavenger Hunts
- Lawn Games
- Guided Hiking
- Clay Art with Leaf Impressions
- Team Sports
- BB Target Shooting
- Horse Painting