Summer activities

Saddle dwarf 3 to 5 years

  • Every day
  • Introductory courses for children from the age of 3 – 5 years of age
  • Free rental of helmets and safety vests 
  • Two qualified riding instructors 
  • Small groups of maximum 2 children 
  • Behaviour around horses, arm and leg coordination are practiced
  • Exercises with and on the horse

In our “Riding Kindergarten” our very young guests can discover the joys of riding. They can take their first steps towards a lasting relationship with horses and learn the basics of riding.

In groups of maximum 2 children the kids can learn how to groom and saddle a horse and prepare it and themselves to ride. A special child-friendly course helps the minis to get their arms and legs correctly poised, the right position in the saddle is trained and the kids learn how to lead the horse in a friendly and fun way. The kids interconnect with the horses both physically and emotionally and get to know and develop their own physical and mental strengths. 

Riding courses from 5 years

  • Every day
  • For kids from the age of 5 upwards and adults 
  • Free rental of helmets and safety vests 
  • Two qualified riding instructors 
  • Riding on the longe line, individual or group courses and hacks 
  • Learn the right riding postures, riding techniques and grooming 

At the Children’s Hotel Felben a child’s happiness is often found in the saddle of a pony. The youngsters can start with a beginners’ lesson on the longe, where the correct posture, the basics of handling a horse and arm and leg coordination are learned and practiced. For more experienced riders we offer riding lessons in groups (25 or 50 minutes). Individual lessons are also possible who have specific areas of their riding technique that they would like to train. For advanced riders we also organise accompanied hacks through the surrounding countryside where the freedom of riding can be experienced to the full.

Raft ride on the mountain lake

  • Monday (rotation every 14 days)
  • For the whole family
  • Excursion to Lake Elisabeth in the Mittersill Felbertal
  • Raft ride on the approx. 0.8 meter deep lake
  • Discovering and exploring a mountain cave
  • Refreshment snack

Together with the supervisors we set off for the Felbertal and then hike to the Elisabethsee, a crystal clear mountain lake in the Hohe Tauern National Park. And then off on our raft! But don't worry, the lake is cold, but only 80 cm deep, so even the youngest children can get on board. After the tour we will have a snack with sausage and bread and afterwards we will discover and explore a cave together, where it is pleasantly cool even in the middle of summer. Adventure for young and elderly!

Feeding the animals

  • Monday
  • For all children together with the child-minders
  • Feeding all the animals on the farm

This activity gives children a close-up, hands-on insight into the life and work on a farm.  Under the motto “many hands make light work”, the kids help Farmer Toni with the daily care of the animals . From the cows and ponies to the smallest farm inhabitants, the rabbits and the guinea pigs, they all need to be fed – not to forget the alpacas, goats and sheep – the kids make sure that every animal on the “Felbermeilinger Farm” gets its fair share.

The mini-maintenance men

  • Tuesday
  • For all children together with Baby-Günter
  • Checking over all the apparatus in the playground 
  • Hammering in nails and general handy-work 
  • Cleaning the signs 
  • Repairing things can be fun! 

When something needs repairing, who do we call? Baby-Günter of course, because he is a master of all trades. Günter is always happy when he has help from his mini-maintenance men. The tasks range from mending a fence with hammer and nail, repairing a bike chain or tightening various nuts and bolts. This work is really important and everything needs to be checked, maintained and cleaned on a regular basis.  , Of course Günter shows his helpers exactly how to use the tools. 

Tractor trip into the woods

  • Tuesday (14-tägiger Wechsel mit Kinderolympiade)
  • For all children
  • Tractor trailer ride 
  • Nature hunt 
  • Exploring the forest
  • Making collages out of the natural things we find

The ride into the woods on the tractor trailer is a great event its own right for children of all ages in. Having arrived in the neighbouring forest we go in search of wild animals and plants. Who knows what yellow wood sorrel is? What do the birds in the forest build their nests with? How many legs does a spider have? Which pieces of moss, wood and plants can we use to make natural pictures back at the hotel? 

Pony trip

  • Wednesday
  • Trip for the whole family
  • On tour with ponies, carriages, tractor and golf-carts 
  • Sizzling sausages over the camp fire
  • Discover and explore the pond and its inhabitants 
  • Riding and driving fun for every child 

This is definitely the weekly highlight on the farm, even for kids who stay with us regularly. We head off to our bar-b-q area in the woods with a horse-drawn carriage, tractor, golf carts and our ponies. So that each child gets a chance to ride everything, we make regular swapping stops. Fun is also had by the mums and dads who get to steer the golf-carts. 

The jolly journey takes around 45 minutes and when we get to the bar-b-q clearing, we light the camp fire, stick the sausages on sticks and get ready to sizzle them over the fire.  Kids love spending time by the camp fire and exploring the woods with its natural pond full of exciting creatures to discover. Having eaten and explored we then set back to the hotel in the same manner we came.

Taking the goats for a walk

  • Wednesday
  • For all the children together with the child-minders 
  • Going on a walk where the dwarf goats are the stars of the show
  • Kids can take the goats out onto the meadow on a leash 
  • Suitable grazing spots are found 
  • Then the goats are brought back to the stables 

To ensure that our goats get enough exercise, we ask the kids staying at the Children’s Hotel Felben to take the goats for a walk. It’s always great fun and sometimes not clear for onlookers if the children are taking the goats for a walk, or if it’s not the other way around. Having arrived at the meadow, the trick is to find the right feed for the goats. When the goats decide they’ve had enough, then the entourage heads back to the stables. 

Harvesting the hay like in the olden days

  • Thursday
  • For all children together with the child-minders 
  • Everyone gets a chance to use the scythe (toghether with the child-minders) 
  • The fresh grass is raked together 
  • The kids help to hang the hay on the haystack 
  • The hay from the previous week is then fed to the animals 

This activity gives the kids the chance to experience how farmers used to harvest hays in days gone by. Everyone shoulders a rake and makes their way to the hay fields. While having fun and getting dug into the work, kids can learn what hard work it is mowing with the scythe (naturally with the help of the child-minders) and how important a continuous food chain for the animals is. Once the new hay has been stacked the hay from the previous week is then fed to the animals.

Robin Hood

  • Thursday
  • For children of 7 years and older (without parents) 
  • A fascinating excursion into the woods 
  • A base camp is set up and wigwams constructed 
  • Carving
  • Archery
  • Ambush

This activity is reserved for the “older” kids. Today’s Robin Hoods “ride” into the nearby forest on golf-carts.  Together we set up base camp and build wigwams with natural materials provided by Mother Nature.  Each week the camp is developed and adapted. With self-made bows and arrows we practice our hunting skills. When we return to the hotel, we ambush the reception and naturally make rich pickings.

In search of gems

  • Friday
  • Trip for the whole family 
  • We visit an Alpine lake in the Hohe Tauern National Park 
  • Hammer and protective glasses are provided for every child 
  • The search for “precious”  souvenir stones begins

This excursion takes us to a nearby Alpine lake in the local Hohe Tauern National Park in search of fascinating stones and “gems”. Each child is given a rock hammer and protective glasses and can head off in search of glistening crystals and fossils. While the kids are happy hammering away at rocks, parents can enjoy the magnificent surrounding countryside and scenery. And for the very brave, there’s the opportunity to take a quick dip in the icy waters of the mountain lake. Of course kids can take their very best finds home with them as a souvenir. 

Dam building

  • Friday
  • For kids of 7 years or older (without parents) 
  • We drive with the golf-carts to a nearby stream 
  • We build a natural dam with stones, moss and sticks 
  • We construct water channels experiment with irrigation

This is a “learning by doing experience” that kids love and many of today’s mums and dads enjoyed doing in their childhood. We set off to a nearby stream in the golf-carts. The first task is to collect all the natural materials that can be used for the construction of the dam. The kids have great fun building small dams, digging water channels and finding out how they can influence the water flow. This can be a wet and mucky business, waterproof trousers and wellies are recommended. 

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