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Nairobi News : December 6th 2013
16 Activities with your Friday, Dec 6 - Sunday, Dec 8, 2013 nairobinews.co.ke GOT KIDS? HERE’S WHERE YOU CAN GO Fitness: We often children don’t have to be limited to one thing or another; mix things up for great times with your children. Educational: The Na- tional Museum of Kenya is a very interesting place to visit, especially for older children. The kids will enjoy the huge gallery full of stuffed animals that they will probably never see in the wild. The big five (lion, elephant, buffalo, leopard and rhino) and many other smaller animals are exhibited, as are some sea creatures. There is also a fascinating section of the birds of East Africa, not to mention a floor dedicated to the ‘Circle of Life’ as well as the origin of man. The adjoining snake park is also interesting. Fun: The Jolly Roger in Lang’ata is bound to be a hit with younger children as it is full of bouncy castles and slides of all shapes and sizes. complain that today’s children spend entirely too much time cooped up indoors. Change all that with a visit to Karura Forest and enjoy a walk on the neatly maintained nature trails. Food: This is likely to be the least of your worries. Most children love fast food and Nairobi has an abundance of these. Try the food courts in different malls to pick what they like, be it Chinese, Indian, or that old favourite, chips. Tradition: Take a walk into the past and see how the Kenyan of yore lived, played and worked. Tour traditional homesteads and enjoy the dances, sights and sounds of a Kenya long forgotten. Quiet down: There’s no better place for a family picnic than the Arboretum on State House Road. Acres of trees and grass make a peaceful setting for a family that wants a little down time. Some of the Joseph Murumbi collections at the Kenya National Archives. File, NairobiNews chillax Love art, visit the Archives Valuable heritage. Located at the heart of the city, the Kenya National Archives gives more than just the country’s rich history ALLAN OLINGO, NairobiNews @allanolingo firstname.lastname@example.org and very few crews know what is inside. Unknown to many, the country’s rich history is stored here. Formerly the Bank of India, the Kenya Nation- T al Archives, now under the National Museums, contains a vast collection of documents and reference material. When you enter the building, its ground floor houses a gallery that displays historical photos of Nairobi, photos of the streets, buildings, contemporary art and cultural photos that showcases Kenya. Photo exhibition The Archives has been divided into three sections: record management, documentation services which also double up as the library, and the administration. The first has a photo exhibition that traces the country’s journey through the colonial era. The photos highlight Kenya’s journey from the struggle for independence, and various events and personalities who played a role in shaping the nation. It also shows our Independence Day celebrations and how Kenyans celebrated it. Another star attraction is the Murumbi Exhibition Centre, a gallery in the former banking hall dedicated to Kenya’s first vice-president Joseph Murumbi. Murumbi loved art so much that wherever he travelled, he picked up a collection. He later sold it to the government and they have been preserved at the National Archives. In the exhibition are artifacts that give you a feeling of various African cultures, showcasing the traditional implements and crafts used in days gone by in different parts of the continent. There are cooking equipment, traditional weaponry, masks, furniture and traditional African clothing. The collections came from as far housands of Nairobians pass by this building everyday without giving it a look. Matatus ply their trade around it as West Africa, Congo, South Africa and other parts of the continent. However, some of these items have since been moved to the Murumbi Memorial Centre at City Park.On the first floor is also a collection of first-day stamp marks describing various events in the last 70-80 years. The archive is open to the public everyday from 8am to 5pm, and Saturdays between 9am and 2pm. It charges Sh50 for Kenyan citizens and Sh200 for non-residents. They also have an amazing library service that charges Sh200 annual membership fee which gives you unlimited access.
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