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Posted  Thursday, December 27  2012 at  16:46

With the festive season in full gear, here are ideas on how to keep the whole family busy. It doesn’t matter which part of the country you are, there will surely be something interesting you do outdoors. And it’s a great way to keep the children away from the TV screen.

Even if you are heading out to the village, look out for a venue near you. This is a great way to tour the country and visit places you’ve only read about.

Lunar parks
Nothing appeals to children more than the rush they feel when they are at a lunar or amusement park. The swings, slides, merry-go-rounds, Ferris wheels and the most popular - the banana boat which is not for the faint-hearted, as the contraption does a 360 degree turn. The attendants usually strap in the clients with a metal chain and bar tightly fastened on the ride that looks like a banana before they set it in motion.

Rides at lunar parks vary on cost from Sh50 a ride to Sh250. You can find lunar parks at Uhuru Park, next to the Railways Club, Lunartik Park in Pangani, Mamba Village and at Rock City on Kiambu Road. For those heading to enjoy their Nyama Choma near Olepolos and Ololtepees, there is a park along the Isinya road about three kilometres from the junction.

Bird watching Safaris

Boasting of 62 world recognised sites, Kenya is ranked among the top bird-watching locations in the world. With more than 1090 species of birds colourfully dotting the skyline, bird-watching should be one of the activities lined up for the family this holiday.

The Aberdare National Park, less than three hours drive from the city provides habitat fora multitude of birds. A visit to the Ark offers the vantage point needed for bird-watching, while a lunch venue is a few minutes away.

Other bird watching sites in different regions are;
Coastal Region: Arabuko-Sokoke forest and Shimba Hills National Park, Tsavo East, Tsavo West and Chyulu National Park.

Rift Region: Lake Nakuru National Park, Hell’s Gate and Mt. Longonot National Parks.

Western Region: Kakamega Forest, Mt. Elgon National Park, South Turkana and Ruma National Park in Homa Bay.

Mountain Region: Aberdare National Parks, Mt Kenya National Park and Mwea National Park.

Northern Region: Meru, Kora, Marsabit, Sibiloi and Central and Southern Island National Park.

Picnicking
Armed with a picnic basket from your favourite deli or a homemade delight, Nairobi and its environs have a variety of sites for family brunch in the welcoming backdrop of nature. Karura Forest serves as a scenic venue right in the city. The Kenya Wildlife Service offers a host of sites for your picnic needs with over four sites in the Nairobi National Park.

In Nairobi, Paradise Lost on Kiambu Road, Mamba Village, Arboretum, as well as parks like Uhuru Park, Central Park, Uhuru Gardens and City Park are great for a picturesque afternoon out. Ngong Hills, Aberdare National Park, Hell’s Gate National Park, Mt. Kenya National Park, Mt. Elgon National Park, Ol Donyo Sabuk National Park, and Kisite Mpunguti Marine National Park are other excellent sites too. Be sure to check the weather forecast before you make your plans as the weather might disappoint or disrupt your plans for the day. Most campsites will include adequate shelter, benches, water and latrines.

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