If you are looking for fun places to visit in Nairobi with your kids, you’ve come to the right place. Nairobi is a wonderful city for both children who love the great outdoors and more introverted kids alike. There are plenty of activities to keep them excited and busy and in this article, we will highlight 7 places where you can explore with your children in Nairobi.


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  1. Giraffe Centre

Located in Langata, the Giraffe Centre was set up to conserve the endangered Rothschild Giraffe by the African Fund for Endangered Wildlife (AFEW). It is a great location and one of the fun places to visit in Nairobi with children. Here, visitors get the chance to interact closely with the giraffes by feeding them pellets and they also learn about the conservation efforts of AFEW to save this species from extinction.

This activity is certainly one that every child will look forward to and remember for a long time too! The Giraffe Centre is open daily from 9 am to 5 pm.


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  1. David Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage

The David Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage is located in Nairobi National Park (KWS Central Workshop Gate on Magadi Road) and it provides children (and adults) with the opportunity to interact with and learn about baby (orphaned) elephants and their human caretakers. It is also a place that must not be missed when exploring the city with your kids.

The orphanage is open to guests from 11 am to 12 pm exclusively. Guests are required to book their visit in advance and that can be done by contacting David Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage via this link. Alternatively, you may contact us to book your visit on your behalf.


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  1. Nairobi National Park

For children with a great fondness for wildlife, the Nairobi National Park is an excellent destination for a safari. This park is the only wildlife park located within a metropolitan city! That alone makes it worth visiting. Here, children can spot animals such as lions, giraffes, buffalos, rhinos, zebras and so on.

It is worth noting that safari within the park involves a lot of driving. During the dry seasons, the terrains are much smoother and animal sightings are easier. This is important to keep in mind when travelling with children. For kids who do not do so well with long hours of driving or for younger children, the Nairobi Safari Walk is a great alternative to explore.

The Nairobi National Park is open every day of the week from 6 am to 6 pm.


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  1. Nairobi National Museum

The Nairobi National Museum is the perfect blend of education and leisure. This is another exciting place that you can bring your kids to. The Museum holds several ancient artefacts and exhibitions that showcase Kenya’s history and heritage as well as some of its wildlife – both in taxidermy form and living form with the adjacent Snake Park.

In addition, visitors are welcome to explore the Botanical Gardens on the museum grounds which serve as an excellent way to learn more about Kenya’s flora and vegetation.

The Nairobi National Museum is open every day of the week from 8:30 am to 5:30 pm.


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  1. Nairobi Arboretum or Karura Forest

Two wonderful outdoor spaces to explore with kids are the Nairobi Arboretum and Karura Forest. Open daily from 6 am to 6:30 pm (6 pm for Karura Forest), both the Nairobi Arboretum and Karura Forest are good spots to enjoy nature and the great outdoors. You can spend your time with your children having a picnic or engaging in some sporting activities that they love. These places are also great for relaxation and escaping the busy city life for a few moments.


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  1. Malls – Village Market, Westgate, Two Rivers, etc.

Malls in Nairobi are more than just a place for shopping. They are hubs that house several indoor and outdoor activities for children to enjoy such as bowling, train rides for toddlers, rock climbing, trampoline parks and so on.

At the Village Market, you will find a trampoline park, bowling alley and much more. The Westgate Mall has a dedicated kids club in addition to a bowling alley and other amenities. The Waterfront Mall in Langata has an inflatable aqua park. The Two Rivers Mall has a Ferris Wheel providing an incredible bird’s eye view of the city and a go-cart arena just opposite the mall. Each mall is unique and no matter which you visit, your kids will surely have a great time.


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  1. The Ice Rink at Panari Hotel

Last but certainly not least is the Ice Rink at Panari Hotel. This is one of the most unique and fun places to visit in Nairobi. It is a one-of-a-kind destination that is your kids will not forget in a hurry. Skaters of every proficiency level are welcomed to take on the ice rink and it is opened daily from 11 pm to 10 pm.

Remember that an investment in experiences for and with your children is one that yields great returns. Contact us today at +254 113 778 894 and info@bushbarbeque.co.ke to curate the perfect holiday experience for you and your kids.