DESTINATION: Kenya Activity Page

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We have curated some fun inspiration for your journey to the African beauty of Kenya!

Saint Petersburg is called “the cultural capital” for a reason:  the best museums of the city have gathered true masterpieces of painting, graphics, sculpture, jewelry.

Decoration Ideas & Party Ideas

Use red, black, white, and green to decorate, or bring in the beauty of the Savannah landscape.

And then, there’s food!

From sweet potatoes to mangoes, papayas, and peanuts, you’ll find plenty of African-based foods to serve to your residents. Your guests won’t care if you serve authentic versions of food, or simply African-inspired dishes, so have fun with the dishes and focus on foods your community will love.

Here are some basics to have:

  • sweet potato and kale chips
  • set out a bowl of peanuts
  • set out bowls of easily peeled mandarin oranges, serve a fruit salad with mangoes, bananas, casaba melon and papayas – add a sprinkle of pomegranate seeds on top.
  • For an unusual but tasty party treat roast chickpeas in a 400 degree Fahrenheit oven for about 40 minutes and sprinkle them with salt.
  • An assortment of sweet treats lets people pick and choose. Include dates rolled in coconut, Moroccan m’semen crepes with jam or honey, or baked pastries made with phyllo dough and stuffed with almonds and honey.
  • Look for recipes online – here is an informational webiste on Kenyan foods

Passport and Stamp

Keep up with all the fun destinations by printing this passport booklet. Each destination will have a stamp the resident can color to cut and glue to the passport.

Crafts to Do

Virtual Tours & YouTube Links

Movies Set in Kenya

  • The Constant Gardener (2005) | R | Drama, Mystery, Romance
  • The First Grader (2010) | PG-13 | Biography, Drama, Romance, Award winner
  • Out of Africa (1985) | PG | Drama, Biography, Romance
  • Nairobi Half Life (2012) | PG-13 | Drama
  • The Last Safari (1967) | NR | Adventure
  • The Air Up There (1994) | PG | Sport, Comedy, Family

Explore Kenya in a Novel or Memoir

  • Unbowed by Wangari Maathai – Non-fiction: Wangari Maathai was one of the most revered women in Kenya. She was determined, letting nothing (and no one) stand in her way. She chronicles her struggle from an early age in her rural home (to get an education when women were not allowed to do so), to becoming the first woman to head a university department.
  • West with the Night by Beryl Markham – Non-fiction: Beryl Markham is a stark contrast to Wangari. She tells of her life in Kenya during the 1920s and 1930s when colonialism had a tight grip on Kenya. She is said to be the first woman to cross the Pacific Ocean alone. 
  • My Maasai Life: From Suburbia to Savannah by Robin Wiszowaty – Non-fiction: Robin Wiszowaty was a normal girl living in the middle-class suburbs of Illinois until her life was upended during her gap year in Kenya. She ends up in an impoverished part of Maasailand. Living under the guidance of her adopted mother, ‘she is forced to face issues she’s never considered: extreme poverty, drought, female circumcision, corruption – and discovers love in the most unexpected places’.
  • Born Free: A Lioness of Two Worlds by Joy Adamson – Fiction: This is an account of Elsa’s journey, a lion cub adopted by conservationists Joy Adamson and her husband, George. They raised her so she could return to the wild after Joy killed Elsa’s mother, having mistaken her for a male lion.
  • Out of Africa by Isak Dinesen (Karen Blixen) – Fiction: This is, perhaps, the most recognised book about Kenya and was made into a movie. In the book, the author repeatedly fails to differentiate the country from the continent. She refers to Kenya as Africa throughout the book. The opening line, though, ‘I had a farm in Africa at the foot of the Ngong Hills’, captures a lot of readers’ imaginations.

Here are our Printable Activities and Offerings to help round out your “trip”!