The National Museums of Kenya is an ideal place for families and school children. KMS supplements attractions at the Nairobi National Museum with year-round activities aimed at younger visitors. Events are organised around art, science, nature and wildlife.
RECENT CHILDREN’S EVENTS
At the Kids Dudu Walk children were taken on a tour of the entomology department of the Nairobi National Museum followed by a movie about dragonflies. This excursion into the fascinating world of insect world was led by entomologist Laban Njoroge (also known as Bwana Dudu) who also explained the importance of insects to the environment.
Exploring the Universe was an evening of discovering the wonders of planets and stars. Susan Muraba and Daniel Chu-Owen, founders of Travelling Telescope, set up a mobile planetarium and huge telescope in the Museum courtyard. Children (and adults, too) gazed at the moon and stars up-close, created mini-rockets with bottles and baking soda, and were laser-guided through a tour of the night sky.
The ‘Big five’ game animals are well known but less so the ‘Small Five’. Bernard Agwanda, head of the Mammalogy Department, spent the morning teaching children about these little animals of Kenya. The children made models of wildlife, created pen and paper drawings and listened to a reading from the children’s book The Small Five by Ralph Johnstone, illustrated by Harriet Stines.
The Karura Forest outing was a fun forest walk for children. Youngsters were guided through this city forest and learned out about its birds, animals and plants. They were also taught their importance, and what they, as children, can do to conserve nature wherever they are.