April holiday activities keep boredom at bay

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Preparations at Kenyan kids’ clubs are in full swing in anticipation of the coming April holidays. The ever growing number of activity hubs provide children with numerous ways of staving off boredom during this period.

One of these activity hubs is Hobby World. Under the theme, Living life creatively, the art and craft based club looks forward celebrating nature during this holiday camp.

“Around April is when Spring has just started so we hope to breathe in ‘new life’ into the children’s creativity,” said Agnes Muthee, a facilitator at Hobby World.

Currently in its third year, the camp was started as a way of actively engaging children during the holidays. Despite being an arts and crafts camp, Hobby World also visits different places such as pottery bandas and plant nurseries.

This year’s camp will run from April 11-22 from 8.30am to 1.30pm. It targets children between the ages of four and twelve years. The cost for the camp is Sh1000 per day. For more information call 0717 146 693.

Children interested in technology can try out iLab Africa’s Holiday Bootcamp. Running for one week, the research and innovation centre will accommodate primary and secondary school going children and teach them about different concepts in information technology.

“We normally start off the camp by introducing IT concepts then each is to choose a project based on one of the learned concepts,” said Tracy Weru, Head of Holiday Bootcamp.

This April, the bootcamp hopes to impart the concepts of web design, mobile technology and gaming from which the students will do a project on.

“You find that the primary school pupils are more interested in creating games while the secondary school students are more open to exploring different areas,” said Tracy.

In order to keep it innovative, the themes are changed every bootcamp and this April children shall be concentrating on child online security.

For more information, call 0703 034 616.

Rather than attend a camp specialised in one area, children can sign up for ones that are offering a variety of activities such as the one at Kids Gymnastics. Running for the month of April, the sports hub will be offering activities such as gymnastics, taekwondo, playing with legos and art and crafts. For more information call 0723 390 722.

Aspiring actors also have a chance to get into the industry this April holidays through auditions. Children’s talent company Kiddoz Kenya has opened auditions for kids to participate in an upcoming television show.

Currently ongoing, the auditions are targeting children between the ages of three and thirteen years.

“Basically what you are meant to do is send a three minute WhatsApp video of your child showcasing their talent,” said Celestine Ondinyo, founder of Kiddoz Kenya.

The talents that are being sought for are acting, singing, dancing and drawing. Apart from these talents, Celestine is also looking for a spark of confidence in the child.

The auditions are in two rounds. The second round which are live auditions will be on Saturday April 7, 2016. So far, over 50 videos have been submitted and 15 have already qualified.

The videos which should be sent in their raw form can be taken on a normal camera phone.

For more information call 0732 702 776

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