Exploring the Home in Kenya's Kids
Kenya’s Kids, open until January 4, 2020 at the Discovery Center, is a collaborative effort designed to recreate some of the lived experiences of children living in Kenya today by emphasizing both the longtime cultural traditions of the country and its modern technological advances. The exhibit is divided into five different environments that replicate some of the common places children see and experience in Kenya. Each space provides activities and hands-on learning that encourage visitors to use their imagination and to ask questions in order to gain a better understanding of life and culture in Kenya today.
What can kids do in the home at Kenya's Kids?
- At the home, visitors can learn about the many different ethnic groups that make up the Kenyan population, highlighting specifically the Maasai tribe – internationally known for their bright colored clothing and beaded jewelry.
- Dress up in Maasai shukas or dashiki and try on some beaded necklaces.
- Discover different ways to use and wear a khanga. Try carrying a baby on your back!
- Make your own Maasai jewelry – either a colored necklace or a beaded bracelet.
- Learn about the importance of solar power in Kenya. Since Kenya only gets about 12 hours of daylight per day, many kids rely on solar powered lamps to do their homework.
- Collect the eggs from the chicken coop behind the house and bring them to the kitchen to cook, or to the market to sell.
What do kids learn at the home in Kenya's Kids?
- Kenya is rich in cultural diversity and is comprised of over 40 ethnic communities, each with their own language and traditions.
- Although ancient traditions are important and cherished among tribes in Kenya, modern advances in technology are also embraced to improve daily life.
- Caring for livestock is an important part of family life in Kenya, and an important role for kids in both rural and urban areas.
Kenya’s Kids is part of a cultural exhibit series created by The Magic House, St. Louis Children’s Museum with a goal of introducing children to cultures from around the world. This immersive exhibit is designed for children 3 to 12 years and was created in partnership with the St. Louis Kenyan community. Kenya’s Kids is generously made possible by the Crawford Taylor Foundation and The Dana Brown Charitable Trust, U.S. Bank Trustee. Locally sponsored by the Redbud Foundation, Kenya’s Kids will be on display at The Kansas Children’s Discovery Center from September 13, 2019 to January 4, 2020 and is included in regular admission.