- Written by Melissa Pawson for Kenyakidz
It seems that the cold, dreary weather is here to stay for another month but that should not spoil your planned family activities. Instead of outdoor excursions, families should look to indoor activities for their leisure time.
One of these places is museums which makes a great indoor activity and children get to learn something in the process. Perhaps the most renowned museum in Kenya is the National Museum situated on Museum Hill. It is home to a variety of historical, biological and cultural exhibitions. It also features botanical gardens and shopping and dining facilities. It is open every day of the year, from 8:30am to 5:30pm. Pricing is as follows: Adult Citizen – Sh200, Child Citizen – Sh100, Adult Resident – Sh600, Child Resident – Sh400, Adult Non-Resident – Sh1200, Child Non-Resident – Sh600. For more information, call +254-20-8164134/35/36, +254 20 3742131/4, +254 20 3742741, +254 20 3742161/4, +254721308485
Families who are more interested in trains may want to visit the Nairobi Railway Museum. Here the whole family will be able to learn about the history of Kenya’s railway network as well as how certain cities, towns and urban areas came about because of the railway. For the younger ones, there is a mini-train ride which allows children to take short trips around the museum. There is also a bouncy castle and a swimming pool. The museum is open every day 8am to 5pm. Charges are Sh20, Sh50 and Sh100 for Kenyan children, students and adults respectively. Non-citizens pay Sh400 for students and adults while the children pay Sh100. Those wishing to ride the mini-train pay Sh50. For more information call Maurice Barasa on 0721 268 741.
Another museum to visit is Karen Blixen Museum. It is located 10km out of the Nairobi city centre, at the foot of the Ngong Hills and is the setting for the well-known book and film, Out of Africa. The house has its original furniture and art, and is an insight into the history of the European settlement of East Africa. The museum is open every day from 9:30am to 6pm. Pricing is as follows: Adult Citizen Sh200, Child Citizen Sh100, Adult Resident –Sh600, Child Resident – Sh400, Adult Non-Resident – Sh 1200, Child Non-Resident – Sh600.
The more sporty families may be interested in doing some indoor rock climbing at Diamond Plaza in Westlands or Buffalo Mall in Naivasha. Families will get to try out this sport at Climb BlueSky which has a hall designed for rock climbing. It is great for the whole family as it accommodates children as young as three years and it is also a great activity for bonding and building trust as it is done in twos. For more information call +254 736 236 745/+254 718 569 524
Even with the cold, families can still opt to go for ice-skating at Panari Hotel on Mombasa Road. Open every day from 11am to 10pm, the one hour sessions vary in price depending on the age. Fourteen year old children are charged Sh600 per session while those who are 15 years and above are charged Sh800 per session. These prices are inclusive of skating boots. Beginners need not be worried as there is an instructor on site to teach the basics.