Do the trees not provide some shade?
Maybe I've watched too many movies, but I think particles in an olive harvest would be a great experience for little kids. Give your 4 year old a job to do, dress for the sun and muck in for a little while then take the kids inside for a rest and feed and water the workers.
Kids can get bored at anything but this sounds like a nice way to be part of wider family life.
The thing I would be annoyed about is not being given the opportunity to come prepared. I have had things happen to me like this and I now know, even if DH or friend/family assure me that it isn't how the day will go, but history suggests it will go that way, I can pack accordingly.
So when the olive picking (fence repairing/stable mucking/whatever farm activity) begins I can go to the car and pull out everything I need to be comfortable and the kids safe and entertained. I've even had occassions where I'm throwing bikes, portacots and eskis into the car and DH is saying "you won't need any of that". Then on the way home he's saying "thank goodness you packed all that stuff or you and the kids would have been bored/injured/etc."
This way I get to be ****ed at him from the comfort of my sun shelter, sipping iced water and act smug on the way home as a bonus.
I did have plenty of occasions in the early days where I would end up exactly in your situation though and boy I would be ticked off. But I learned, if there was any form of farm visit or country event (races, fairs etc) involved, pack for a whole day and overnight at minimum!
Oh FFS....olive trees don't cast much shade. There are no other temporary or permanent dwellings on the property, no shade. You don't think I would have considered that?
And, by the way, writing "all good "doesn't make it 'all good'.
The heat can be really hard when you aren't used to it, especially with kids. So i kinda understand. My in laws live in mid qld and if we're up there myself and my kid are honestly dying in the humidity and sweat, red faced and feeling awful when they all sit around with no fan or aircon and it doesn't bother them. I imagine they would be the same if we took them to the snow on a cold windy day (which doesn't bother me in the slightest) and prob wouldn't enjoy themselves.
Next time if it's going to be hot, maybe do a shorter visit with the kids.
Now I live in Tasmania and have for the last 7 years. I now think that anything over 20 is a heat wave and I melt lol.
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