Portal to what Matters
Children learn about natural environment during their stay at Linden Ranch


As the Ranch understands the need to tailor the outdoor experience to suit our youngest guests, our Little Bears Kids Club caters to create a relaxed family vacation for both children and parents. Our kids club introduces children to the frontier living in an exciting and safe way. With our trained staff at the reins, parents can take a little time for themselves or adventure at a faster pace.

Little Bears Kids Club is a fun, outdoor educational program for children aged 4 to 12. Children are welcome to join for morning and/or afternoon sessions. Children enjoy a host of adventures designed to inspire and foster appreciation for the outdoors and provide education on Croatia’s history and tradition. From learning to care for animals at the Barn, to exploring the banks of Ranch Creek for local flora and fauna, Little Bears will reconnect with the natural world and broaden their horizons.

If the day is rainy, our Studio Hall becomes a platform for Arts and crafts workshop, board games, dance party or a movie theater, complete with a large collection of movies and popcorn.


  • Pony Rides: wranglers teach kids about horse safety and care, followed by a ride
  • Gold Panning: summer fun in the sun with games and plenty of water splashing
  • Forest Day: nature hike where kids explore the forest at the Ranch and learn about its web of life identifying animal species on land and in the Ranch Creek
  • Cowboy games: from sack races, spoon runs, thug of war, to apple rope eating and treasure hunts, this one is filled with laughs and frolics
  • Survival Academy: a lesson in outdoor safety, including fire and shelter building, inspires future adventures
  • Arts and crafts workshop: here kids learn how to create and build with their own hands from natural materials
  • Pony painting party: using water-based paints, children paint ponies in Native American fashion. Adults often join this one, as it is fun for everybody
  • Dinner by the creek: This is a real cooking event, where they learn how to prepare simple meals and enjoy them in a private outdoor dining session

Young explorers looking for gold


In keeping with the atmosphere, our youngest visitors at Linden Tree Retreat & Ranch are given the opportunity to have a true Old West experience and try their hand at panning for gold. In the 19th and 20th century, the American West was in the midst of a gold rush. It attracted adventurers who were coming to the river shores to rinse the sand and silt, looking for gold nuggets, which sometimes brought surprisingly rich rewards. In this spirit, at Linden Tree we organize a search for golden stones where, though primarily intended for children, all family members are welcome to participate.

With a spark of children's imagination, the search for gold turns into an interesting and educational experience, bringing a whole new, unusual dimension to stories and essays on "How I spent my holiday".

Little Bears Kids Club pony riding lesson


Children enjoy guided pony rides at the Ranch. With our exceptionally calm horses and patient instructors every child can go through this program while at the ranch and start developing basic riding skills. Those with experience can join advance group and work on their trotting skills or even try bareback riding.