We’ve taken Claire and Heidi to this Children’s Museum twice now (most of the photos in this post are from last year, check out how young the kids look!). The Children’s Museum of Richmond such a fun place! I can’t help but wonder what it would take to set up something like this in Nairobi. To my entrepreneurial Kenyan readers – can you make this happen? 🙂
The museum is a children’s dream, with a big, open floor plan where kids can run from exhibit to exhibit, and tons of hands-on activities for them to enjoy. When you first enter, there is this huge vacuum exhibit, featuring a tangled web of clear tubing. The kiddos can grab a bunch of colorful scarves, and stuff them one-by-one (or all at once, as Claire loved to do) into the system, watching the scarves travel through the tubing, only to be shot out into the air above the kids’ heads. My girls can do this for hours. Seriously. Luckily, there is a nice bench across from the exhibit for parents to lounge on!
There are a whole bunch of fun, real-life exhibits for kids, too, like a miniature supermarket, complete with shopping carts, bins of produce, shelves of boxed and canned goods, and a really fun till where kids can scan the goods and ring them up on the cash register. There is also a bank, a school, and a real-life ambulance…
In the center of the museum is a life-size, working carousel. Claire had never ridden a carousel before, and she LOVED it! (My only complaint was that it cost an extra $2, which was a lot to ask for, after a $9 per person entrance fee!)
Other favorites – the huge tree house, the water display, the archaeological dig, and the splash area outside on hot days!
Every time we go, we think this would be so cool to have in Nairobi. It seems feasible, too. Most of the exhibits are sponsored by local businesses (a local supermarket chain sponsored the supermarket exhibit, a local bank sponsored the bank exhibit, etc). Seriously, entrepreneurs amongst you, who can make this happen?
In the meantime, we’re going to keep enjoying activities like these while we’re here in the U.S.! I’m loving the summer weather, some of my favorite foods, and teaching the girls about life in the United States… 🙂
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