- Written by Peace Loise Mbae for KenyaKidz
Kids have the opportunity to enroll for educative and fun activities this November holiday through holiday camps. Below are some day and boarding camps being held this month.
Kids Summer Camp
Progress Learning Center is hosting their second camp at Parklands 2nd Avenue from 6th November.
The camp will involve activities such as Art, Aerobics, Karate, Singing, Team building, Word games and is open to kids aged 5-14 years.
To register call 0732499377
Teens Coding Camp at The Discovery Centre
Where: ICD Road off Mombasa Road
This skill-based camp is meant to teach kids the basic techniques of coding in order to prepare them for the future following the great demand for technology skills today.
The camp targeting teenagers between the ages of 15-19 have sessions divided into two, with one running from 9-12 pm and another 1-4 pm.
The day camp is ongoing until 15th December with participants paying Sh 10,500 and transport is available to and from certain areas at a slightly extra cost.
One can reach the organizers on 0720572303 or 072425534.
Craft Skills Training with Calista Creations
Arts are a great form of expression and craft skill training by Calista Creations is aiming to help kids open up, express themselves through arts.
Calista Creations is a center for training in an experiential program based on Craft-skills, technology & business in the arts. Also, a center to promote artsy or creative events and advocacy for careers in the Arts.
The camp at Hatheru Road, Lavington will be running throughout the month of November at a cost of sh 4,500 per child per week.
Those interested can register through 0774 547663
AkiraChix Coding Bootcamp
A one-week at AkiraChix Office-Bishop Magua Center coding boot camp for Kids age 6 – 11 years and Teens age 12- 18 years is being held on 27th November to1st December.
Charges are Sh 10,000 per student inclusive of lunch, snacks, and the required camp materials.
The camp will be a day one starting at 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
To sign up here: http://bit.ly/2zhzLPe
Or email info@akirachix or call 0722709900
- Written by Super User
The Hub Karen Mall, has rolled out a new service that will see customers pay to park on the go via M-Pesa as part of its drive to enhance the customer experience at the mall.
The service, which is a partnership between the Karen-based mall and tech firms Safaricom and Paytech, eliminates the need for customers to queue at the pay station.
"This is an innovative service and a first of its kind that leverages technology to enhance the experience of our clients," said Philippe Cauviere, the Chief Operations Officer of Azalea Holdings, the developers of the mall.
The service links a customer's car number plate with the chip coin they receive at the entrance gate. Customers dial the USSD code *270# from any place in the mall, follow 4 basic steps and pay for their parking via M-Pesa. Once completed, an SMS notification is sent to the customer confirming the payment and the total parking time available before the next top up, or exit.
“We are giving our consumers an extra convenience such that at the tail end of your coffee date, you can pay for your parking from the restaurant and head straight to your car without having to queue at the pay station," added Mr Cauviere.
The Hub Karen plans to incorporate other payment systems including partnerships with other mobile money service providers as well as credit cards.
“It is our goal to ensure that we offer our customers a world-class, hassle free shopping experience at the mall. We are continuously seeking innovative solutions to enhance their experience," added Mr Cauviere.
The Hub Karen features secure parking bays with a capacity to hold over 1,200 vehicles. This innovative solution is a welcome addition to the mall’s infrastructure.
Beside this new technology, the mall recently announced plans to install a 450 Kilowatt solar energy system as part of its going green initiatives. Azalea Holdings projects that the mall will cut its CO2 emissions by 525.18 tonnes per year by going big on solar power.
The Hub Karen, a 35,000sqm gross area (excluding parking), featuring retail outlets, offices, medical, and a wellness centre opened in February 2016. Since its opening, The Hub Karen has enjoyed a foot-fall of over 4.2 million shoppers.
The lifestyle destination mall features more than 1,300 eatery seats and 85 shopping stores hosting local and international retailers. Some of the brands in the mall include French retail giant Carrefour, Furniture Palace, Funscapes, F&F fashion, Bossini, Adidas, Reebok, Burger King, Dominos, KFC, Artcaffe and Ocean Basket as well as LC Waikiki and Woolworths, the two of which are scheduled to open in October 2017.
The lifestyle destination for work, play and leisure is part of businessman Humphrey Kariuki’s investment portfolio.
- Written by Queen Munguti for KenyaKidz
The annual pizza event, Nairobi Pizza Festival is back for its third installment exciting the taste buds of Kenyans and this year it takes place from 29th September to 8th October.
During the event, consumers are offered two pizzas for the price of one in the over 80 participating restaurants around the city. It is also a chance for the restaurants to market themselves and introduce new flavours in the market and grow their consumer base in the rising fast food market in the country.
The festival is organized by EatOut, an online restaurant guide that aims to promote the country’s culinary activities and scene. It has over the years attracted thousands and is even a tourist attraction as visitors come from all over the world to sample Kenya’s pizza offerings.
Besides the pizza, the organisers are also giving consumers a chance to win a trip to Italy, Rome- Eternal City via Turkish Airlines, to earn the chance; they have to pay their food using mobile money application, mVisa.
Interested consumers are required to download the free EatOut application from their smartphone’s play store, to access their pizza passport in order to enjoy the two for one pizza offer at participating restaurants.
Participating restaurants include:
• Bonhomie, ArtCaffe at its Galleria, The Hub, Karen, TRM, Garden City, Lavington, The Oval Village Market, Westgate and Yaya Center branches.
• Debonairs; CBD, Westlands and Ngong Road
• Pizza Hut all branches
• Pizza Inn all branches
• Urban Eatery
• La Dolce Vita
• Thorn Tree Café
• Moca Loca
• The Wine Shop
• Pepino's Pizza
• The Place at Windsor
• The Node
• Spring Valley Oven
• Pizza Mojo all branches
• Attibassi Coffee
• Asmara in its Westlands and Karen restaurants
• Meditarraneo all branches
• Brew Bistro; Westlands and Ngong Road
• Js Fresh Bar and Kitchen
• Colosseum; Westlands and Limuru Road
• Gyros 2 Go,
• Jade - Zen Garden Karura Coffee House
For more information visit EatOut website.
- Written by Queen Munguti for KenyaKidz
Kenyans that reside near the Thika Road Mall (TRM) will from next month enjoy discounts and access to a value of products thanks to Carrefour opening its third store at TRM following the closure of Nakumatt Supermarkets.
The new hypermarket will cover over 5,000 square metres selling area and will cater for the growing population segment residing in Roysambu and Kasarani as well as those travelling along the busy Thika Road, towards Central and parts of Eastern Kenya.
It will cover two floors of the mall whose construction was completed in 2013, with the projection of starting operations at the upper level of the mall next month, and having full operations on both floors by mid-2018.
“The opening of our third Carrefour store in less than two years of operations illustrates our ambitious growth and expansion plans in the region. This new hypermarket will offer our customers who use the busy highway access to wide variety of products at the most competitive prices, offered at world-class standards,” said Franck Moreau, Country Manager, at Majid Al Futtaim – Retail Kenya.
“Additionally, with our expansion we are collaborating with local manufacturers and farmers to sell their produce. We are looking to stock over 30,000 items at the hypermarket, including fresh produce, groceries, electronics, a fresh bakery, and a butchery, among other merchandise as we continue to deliver on creating great moments for everyone, every day.”
Majid Al Futtaim, the exclusive franchisee for Carrefour, currently works with over 640 suppliers, local manufacturers, producers and farmers, which contribute to the overall economic growth in Kenya both directly and indirectly. Only one of the suppliers is foreign.
The retail store, which opened its first supermarket in 2016 at the Hub Karen, has become quite popular with customers due to its priority counters for expectant mothers, a first in Kenya and providing trolleys with comfortable baby seats for parents with toddlers keeping them grounded as they shop.
Its second store is located at the Two Rivers Mall.
- Written by Queen Munguti for KenyaKidz
Kenyan shopping mall, Westgate mall has a monthly children treat in which they get to enjoy discounts from different stores and also a movie.
For its September offer, this was on 20th, children got to enjoy the movie Ninjago, a small pizza and 500ml juice from pizza hut and half an hour of playtime at the kids’ corner all for Sh550.
The movie is a based on a series of set brick toys called Ninjago produced by Danish Toy Company, Lego. They are created to portray skills in martial arts, spying and warfare. From these children can establish their own armies to fight others and it is from this that the movie was based.
It tells the story of a ninja who has been turned away from his city, for being the son of the torturer, Lord Garmadon, who frequently torments them unbeknownst to them, Lloyd the son, is training to be a Ninja. It thus ensues into a father and son battle, where one is protecting the city while the other tries to destroy it.
These are the kind of interesting movies and treats that the shopping mall offers monthly to Kenyan children.
Next month, it will take place on the 28th of October and the children will get a chance to enjoy a different movie this time at Planet Media Cinema, with a small pizza and 500ml juice from pizza hut and half an hour of playtime at the kids’ corner all for Sh550.
Besides this, the shopping mall also has a kids club, in which they receive discounted prices on their birthdays and enjoy a holiday party every quarter when schools close, allowing them to socialize with their age mates.
Discounts include a 25 per cent rate from the usual Sh700 per hour per child in the play area if a child brings more than 10 friends while the birthday boy or girl gets in free.
Also, members get a free movie ticket, soda and popcorn among other discount rates from select stores on their birthdays.
For more information on the kids’ club and treats call: 0715557775 or visit their Facebook page Westgate Shopping Mall.