*Mari house is now closed!
When we suggested a high tea to a bunch of friends on a random Sunday, they probably didn’t expect to be also catching fish and playing frisbee on the lawn.
This post is long overdue – we already visited Mari House a few months ago. The house is located in a rather random residential area in Rawang, near Templer’s park. When you park your car in front of the gate you could never guess that you’ll find a huge garden, complete with vegetable patches overlooking a reservoir, on the other side.
After a short introduction to the premises we were asked to explore for a bit while they were getting the tea all set up. After hearing there is fish in the little stream and being handed little nets, the kids hesitated for all of two minutes, kicked off their shoes and jumped in.
After everyone had trapped enough fish, the kids released them back into the stream and we wondered back to the garden, where the tea had been set on pallet tables on picnic mats. The cushions around the table were like an open invitation for the adults to stretch out on the mats in between bites. The spread was pretty and tasty: tea and coffee with cakes, tarts, macaroons, a few savoury bits and even home-made madeleines!
Soon the kids were whisked away to the afternoon’s craft activity, and us adults were delighted to hear we could order soft drinks, wine or beer from an additional menu. We continued to laze in the garden with our preferred drinks while the kids proceeded to collect leaves and flowers for their project.
Creating beautiful artwork kept the kids busy for a good while, after which they started a game of frisbee. They also have kayaks available to take out on the little lake, but we didn’t try them out.
We had a wonderful afternoon outdoors, and came home with tired, slightly dirty and very sweaty bunch of happy kids – just the way you’d want after a good Sunday.
Mari House also organises kids’ play farming afternoons, that have been recommended by friends with younger children – they are apparently a great opportunity for the kids to get their hands dirty, dig for worms and learn a bit about farming. You can check the upcoming events at Mari House here. Don’t forget sun cream, hats and a change of clothes for when they get too into the fish!