Happy Halloween from Kigali!

It’s spooky season! As Halloween approaches, your children may eagerly thinking of their next costume. What will roam the streets this year or head to the neighborhood halloween party? Witches? Superheroes? Unicorns? Whatever they decide to be, Halloween is more than just the costumes and sugar rush. It can be a way to celebrate and make scarily sweet memories together. We found some of the easiest and best crafts and recipes that will be sure to make your little goblins smile.

Spooky Snacks!

These delicious and easy snacks will get your child in the Halloween spirit without giving them a sugar rush! All of them can be ready in around 20 minutes or less!

Creepy Crafts!

Looking to DIY your halloween decoration this year? Then these crafts are the perfect solution! They are fun, easy to make, and use materials you probably already have in your closet!

We would love to see how you are celebrating Halloween this year! Share your kid’s (or your own!) Halloween costumes with us by tagging @kigalimomsanddads on Facebook and Instagram!

Fun (and cheap!) Family Night Ideas in Kigali!

Life, sometimes for the best or sometimes for the worst, can easily fly by. That was definitely true for the summer when there seemed to be an endless amount of time for family time. But now with kids’ homework, sports practices, and the dishes all piling up, it’s easy to feel as if there’s not enough time for those little shared moments. That’s one of the reasons we love family nights. It gives us a chance every week to come together for a little bit of quality family time. Not sure what to do on your family night? Check out our recommendations for two of our favorite kinds of family nights: Movie Marathons and Board Game Galore!

Movie Marathons

A night at the movies is always fun - especially in a city like Kigali. The cinema culture in Kigali ranges from independent cinemas to big blockbuster hits, so you will definitely find something the whole family will enjoy. You won’t have to empty your wallet to experience the creativity and glamour of the movies in Kigali either. Check out these great deals below!

Century Cinema offers all types of films, even ones in 5D! Tickets range between 3,000-5,000 RWF and each Tuesday there is a student discount!

Cine 7 shows mostly independent films both in French and English (Watching a film in a language that you’re learning is an easy way to practice listening comprehension)! Tickets are 2,000 RWF for adults and only 1,000 RWF for kids!

Goethe Institut is another great opportunity to learn or practice German through their German film screenings. Films touch upon social and human rights issues, and can lead to deep discussions and an educational experience for the whole family! Film screenings happen each Tuesday. Click here to see the events schedule!

Planet Cinema shows movies every weekend and tickets are only 1,500 RWF per person!

CineStar Cinema is perfect for a big family. Group tickets for at least four people are 1,000 RWF during the week and 1,500 on weekends!

Board Games Galore!

Want to take board game night out of the house? Follow Kigali Board Games Meet Up on Facebook for their next event! They are a group of board game lovers who meet up regularly at different places around Kigali to share some fun together!

We all know how kids can get tired of certain toys so quickly; sometimes it feels like you haven’t even finished the game before they are ready for something else. In case that feeling of boredom has struck, check out these easy and fast DIY board games! They can all be made with supplies that you probably already have on hand!

Checkers- Make this simple checkers board with a little fabric or paper, paint, and recycled caps! Check out the full instructions here.

Family Board Game- We LOVE this idea! A family themed board game, how perfect for family night! :)

Create your own board game route on a large piece of poster board, and decorate it with family photos! Then create the questions such as “What’s Mom’s favorite food?” or “Where did we go on vacation last year?” Maybe have each family member think of 10 questions to add to the question bank. Then for each question someone get rights, they get to move forward a space! Check out what this family did here!

Snakes and Ladders- String, poster board, and popsicle sticks are all you need. Check out the directions here!

Numbers Game- This simple game is perfect for kids who are practicing their numbers! Check out the directions here!

Memory Game- This is the easiest one to create! Just print out doubles of any type of photo (maybe family photos?!) and you are good to go! Check out the directions here!

Do you have other fun family night traditions? Comment below or share with us on instagram or facebook @kigalimomsanddads!

Kigali Art Museums and Galleries to Visit with Your Family

We all have a little artist in us. Maybe your inner artist comes out in the way you pose your food in the restaurant before you snap a quick instagram photo. In your children, maybe the artist in them shines through the numerous drawings that you have up on your fridge and sometimes on your walls too. Others may express art through words, dances, or the songs we love to sing along with.

No matter what type of artist that you are, it is important to take the time to appreciate your local art community. Local art museums and galleries are great ways to teach your family about Rwandan culture both past and present. Check out some of our favorite Kigali art galleries and museums to visit below!

Rwanda Art Museum

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Rwanda Art Museum

Photo from The New Times

You may remember visiting the Presidential Palace, the palace of former president Habyarimana. Well as of May 2018, the Presidential Palace has become the Rwanda Art Museum, the country’s first contemporary art museum. The museum features collections of sculptures, pictures, and mixed media artwork. Tickets to the museum are 6000 RWF. Tickets allow you to participate on a guided tour and see the house and grounds of the Presidential Palace.

Along with the museum, there is a free Kids Studio where your children can channel their inner contemporary artists and create their own piece of artwork to take home. Rwanda Art Museum is located kilometers from the national airport.

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Ivuka Arts

Photo from Ivuka Arts

Ivuka Arts offers a chance to see beautiful art and beautiful views of Kigali. Every part of this gallery is its own work of art, so it is easily to want to spend hours admiring the colorful murals and sculptures that cover its wall and sidewalks. The art center brings together artists from all around Rwanda. On most days, guests visiting the gallery can also see the artists hard at work in their workshop, which is located right next door. Ivuka Arts also occasionally offers classes for kids.

Want to go to lunch afterwards? Casa Keva, a local spanish restaurant, and Inkoko Rotisserie are just around the corner and perfect for families!

Art with a Mission!

These next two galleries use art as a way to give back to Kigali!

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Inema Arts Center

Inema Arts Center brings together the art of dancing, painting, and poetry all in one gallery! Inema Arts Center features art from local Rwandan artists include local orphans who are taught at art classes at Inema Arts Center. Proceeds from their artwork support the continuation of the art classes. Women are also empowered through this organization by their Women’s Workshop. A small group of women make and sell linen, handbags, and other crafts.

Want to get involved with Inema Arts Center? They offer community workshops for painting, dancing, and crafting classes throughout the month. You can also check out Art Jam on the Last Saturday of every month! It is a night of music, food, and artwork!

Photos from Inema Arts Center and Trip Advisor.

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NIYO Art Gallery

Photo from the NIYO Foundation

The NIYO Foundation and Art Gallery supports 122 local children by providing school fees and supplies and supporting rural medical care. The NIYO foundation also teaches them the art of dancing, drumming, and painting! The children perform every last Friday of the month at 6:30 at the NIYO Foundation’s Cultural Exchange night! It is a night of art, community, and delicious BBQ!

5 DIY Everyday Products: Easy and Eco-friendly!

Big lifestyle changes such as going completely green can seem overwhelming. Do I really have time to do this? What about money? Will my kids like it? We had the same questions, so we set out to find quick and easy DIY projects that make eco-friendly living a lot less daunting. By making a few of these small daily choices, your family and you will be saving the planet in no time! 

Mix it Up! 3 Recipes for All-Natural Cleaning and Health Products.

All of recipes only require a few simple ingredients! The main ones are: baking soda, coconut oil, and maize flour! If you don't already have these products in your house, you can find them at these local stores: 

        Buy Coconut Oil: Chichi Kigali and most local supermarekets! 
        Maize Flour: Minimex or at your local market! 
        Baking Soda: Nakomatt supermarket or Kigali City Market 2000! 

DIY Natural Toothpaste 

Ingredients: 4 tablespoons coconut oil 2–4 tablespoons baking soda or a combination of baking soda and sea salt, Up to 1 tablespoon xylitol powder (optional). 20 drops cinnamon, or peppermint, or sweet orange (optional), small glass jar for storage.

Instructions: Melt coconut oil and stir in other ingredients! Add a little more baking soda to keep it paste like in the warm weather! This does make it taste a little salty so add some spices or essential oils to make it more appealing for your kids!

Tips: Use less baking soda and more essential oil to make it less salty and more kid friendly! Find the recipe here! 

DIY Deodorant

Ingredients: 1 part baking soda (2oz to start), 1 part  Maize flour (2oz to start), Coconut Oil

Instructions: Mix the baking soda and maize flour. Then add as much coconut oil is necessary until you get the texture you want! Want a certain scent, add in any essential oil or oil extract! Find the recipe here! 

DIY Laundry Detergent 

Ingredients:  4.5 ounces bar soap, 8 oz Borax, 8oz Baking Soda

Instructions: Just stir all the ingredients together! Use one tablespoon per load of laundry. Don’t worry- the powder will dissolve in water! Find the recipe here! 

Get your sew on! 2 DIY Sewing Projects that will save huge amounts plastic waste. 

DIY Cloth Menstrual Pads

Easy to make and easy to use and wash! According to Flow: The Cultural Story of Menstration, a novel by Elissa Stein, women will throw away 300 pounds of pads, tampons, and applicators. Reduce some of those pounds of trash by giving resusable menstrual pads a try! Find printable patterns and instructions here and here!

DIY Reusable Snack Bags

Getting ready to pack your child's lunch for school? Or maybe some snacks for yourself? Make these reusable snack bags for an easy on-go container! Using laminated or easy to wash fabric will make it a perfect receptacle for all snacks including the messy ones! Don't worry if you don't have velcro on hand; sew on a button instead.  Find the instructions here

After you give these eco-friendly and budget-friendly hacks a try, share your final product with us on Facebook or Instagram (@kigalimomsanddads) and comment your tips below! 

Reduce, Reuse, Resell! Eco-friendly Businesses in Kigali

What's on your shopping list this week? Looking to buy a birthday present? Searching for a new piece of jewelry? Or just going on some regular errands? Whatever is on your to do list today, make sure you stop by these eco-friendly businesses in Kigali! 

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Home Decor 

Decorate the inside of your house while protecting what's outside! 

Imigongo Art

Imigongo paintings feature bright colors and geometric shapes and patterns that will brighten up any room in your home. These paintings are recycled, made from a cow dung base. They are sold from many stores in Uganda, but one store to check out is Imigongo Arts Center who employs local youth! 

Contact: +078 207 3369 or email info@imigongoart.com 

 

Bee Light Rwanda

Bee Light sells hand poured candles created from natural locally harvested bees wax. Don't have a candle holder? With these beautiful shapes, just set these candles out on a plate or a counter, and they'll shine by themselves.

Contact: +250 780 483 089 or email beelightrw@gmail.com

 

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Jewelry

Find the perfect accessory for you or someone you love! 

Abraham Konga Collections

Abraham Konga Collections also creates treasures from other's see as trash: cow bone, padlocks, cooking pots and more! Products include necklaces, bracelets, and earrings. 

Contact: +250 785 561 626 or visit their shop, KG 672 St, Kimihurura | House 31, Kigali, Rwanda

K'tsobe

K'tsobe sells jewelry made out of recycled materials. These materials including metals, Jarcanda wood, and varnish are made into watches, rings, bracelets and more. 

Contact: +250 784 439 158  or visit their shop, KG 13 Ave, no 12, Kigali, Rwanda. 

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Everyday Products

From garbage bags to bread bags! 

Paper Bags Ltd. 

Paper Bags Ltd. offers another alternative to plastic: sturdy recycled paper. Bags come in all sizes perfect for carrying a large load of groceries or your daily baguette home from the bakery.

Find Paper Bags Ltd. at these local businesses!

EcoPlastic

EcoPlastic provides you with a range of eco-friendly plastic products. They sell garbage bags to tarps and roofing. And if you and your family recycles, you can drop off your recyclables at the EcoPlastic factory in Nyarugenge district!

Contact: +250 788 526 312 / +250 788 319 082 or email ecoplast.hw@gmail.com. 

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Beauty

Makeup, skincare, and more! 

Ikirezi Natural Products

High quality natural oils that all made right here in Rwanda. Ikirezi Natural Products sells a wide range of essential oils from lemongrass to germanium to their newest product, rosemary oil. Essential oils can be used for aromatherapy, household cleaning, or beauty uses. 

Contact: +(250) 785 489 111
or (250) 788 305 593, KN5 RD, #74
Gisimenti, Remera, Kigali

 

Rose & Co. 

All natural hair products made with 100% organic materials such as shea butter, coconut oil, and avocado oil. Rose & Co will deliver products straight to your doorstep.

Contact: +250 789 786 537.
roseandconaturals@gmail.com
https://instagram.com/roseandconaturals/

 

Martial Arts Classes for Kids

Find the best Martial Arts classes in Kigali! Your children will enjoy learning self defense skills, sports and games.

 Photo credit: KITA

Photo credit: KITA

Kigali International Taekwondo Academy (KITA)

Programs

After School from 4:00-5:00 PM Tuesday & Thursday at Kimihurura at Ralph Studio
Weekend from 3:00 to 5:00 pm Saturday & Sunday at La Palisse Hotel Kigali

Sessions

3:00-4:00 PM Kids under 10 years
4:00-5:00 PM Children above 10 years

Further Information: e-mail or call +250 783 817 187


City Arts

Hours

Monday : 3-8pm
Tuesday : 3-8pm
Wednesday : 3-8pm
Thursday : 3-8pm
Saturday : 10-3pm
CLOSED Fridays, Sundays, and Umuganda
 

Directions

If you are at the top of the cobblestone road in Kimihurura, head downhill. Take the 2nd left turn on KG 674, City Arts is located inside Zenith Hotel #12 on the left side of the road.

Further Information: e-mail or call +250 784 444 569


Taekwondo Clubs

Club
Horang Taekwondo club
Location
Remera-Gasabo
Instructor
Bagire Alain Irene
Nizeyimana Savio
Contact
+250 784266894
+250 722205739

Club
Dream Fighter Taekwondo club
Location
Kimironko-Gasabo
Instructor
Munyaneza Bazil
Contact
+250 0725003787

Club
Lion Power Taekwondo club
Location
Gatsata-Gasabo
Instructor
Nsengiyumva Lamadhan
Contact
+250 0785799171

Club
Unity Taekwondo club
Location
Nyabisindu-Gasabo
Instructor
Nsengimana Vicent
Contact
+250 0785717051

Club
IYF Taekwondo club
Location
Kimironko-Gasabo
Instructor
Mbonigaba Boniface
Habimana Eric
Contact
+250 783817187
+250 722566822

Club
Dream Taekwondo  Club
Location
Gatenga-Kicukiro
Instructor
Ntawangundi Eugene
Contact
+250 783139766

2017 Christmas Brunches, Lunches, and Dinners in Kigali

Christmas is just around the corner! Celebrate one of the the most wonderful times of the year right here in Kigali!  Friends and family alike will love gathering together at Kigali's best Christmas brunches, lunches, and dinners.

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Kigali Marriott Hotel

December 24,2017

35,000 RWF/Adult
12,500 RWF/Child ages 6-12
Free/Child ages 5 and under

7:00 PM to 11:00 PM at Soko Restaurant
Reservations call +250 222 111 111

Menu

  • Indulge in Christmas cake
  • Gingerbread houses
  • Turkey
  • Roast beef
  • African BBQ
  • Fresh seafood


50,000 RWF/Adult
25,000 RWF/Child ages 12 and under

7:00 PM to 12:00 AM at Cucina Restaurant
Reservations call +250 222 111 111

Menu

  • Five-course Dinner menu
  • Kids set menu

December 25,2017

35,000 RWF/Adult
12,500 RWF/Child 6-12
Free/Child ages 5 and under

12:00 PM to 4:00 PM at Soko Restaurant
Reservations call +250 222 111 111

Menu

  • Traditional Turkey brunch
  • Sweet treats
  • Kid's activities
 Photo Credit: Hotel Des Mille Collines

Photo Credit: Hotel Des Mille Collines

Hotel Des Mille Collines

December 24, 2017

55,000 RWF/Person Christmas dinner
22,000 RWF/Person Christmas brunch

Reservations e-mail or call +250788192000

Menu

  • Six course dinner with delicious dishes
  • Live festival entertainment
 Photo Credit: Living in Kigali

Photo Credit: Living in Kigali

Filini Italian Bar and Restaurant

Festive Promotion

December 1,2017-January 31,2018

This promotion is not available on December 31,2017 Dinner

25,000 RWF/Gambeloni
8,000 RWF/Polpette Pomodoro
16,000 RWF/ Pollo Al Tartufo(A)
12,000 RWF/Canelloni spinacie Ricotta(V)
15,000RWF/Tagliolini Gambrerettie Zucchine(A)

Reservations call:+250 252 252 252

Menu

Primi-Starter

  • GAMBRELONI; Grill King Prawns, Orange Glaze Sauce & Avocado Salad
  • POLPETTE POMODORO; Homemade Italian meatballs in a rich Tomato sauce with toasted garlic bread, Mozzarella Pesto Genovese. 

Secondi-Main

  • POLLO AL TARTUFO(A); Chicken breast served in a creamy white wine sauce with mixed mushrooms, Garlic and Truffle oil ( served with mixed seasonal vegetables and mash potato).
  • CANELLONI SPINACIE RICOTTA(V); Homemade pasta tubes filled with ricotta cheese and Spinach baked in the oven with tomato, Mozarella and Parmesian cheese sauce.
  • TAGLIOLINI GAMBRERETTIE ZUCCHINE(A); Homemade tagliolini pasta served in a creamy saffron sauce with shrimps and zucchini.

P-Pork
A-Alcohol
V-Vegetarian

The above menu will be serve with a glass of red wine, white wine and beer

 Photo Credit: Jemimah Awiti

Photo Credit: Jemimah Awiti

Serena Hotels

Gifts a little this holiday season with Serena Hotels

For further Information: (+254-20) 284 2000/333

Join Serena Hotels in making a child's Christmas wish come true!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thanksgiving in Kigali

Thanksgiving is quickly approaching this Thursday, November 23. For all the American expats in Kigali, give thanks at one of Kigali's local celebrations featuring all your favorite dishes from home.

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Casa Keza

25,000 RWF/adult
12,000 RWF/child ages 6-12
Includes one drink (wine, beer, juice or smoothie)

Dinner starts at 7PM
Reservations only - e-mail or call 078 838 2581

Menu

  • Creamy squash soup
  • Caesar salad
  • Orange molasses glazed turkey with stuffing
  • Vegetarian stuffing
  • Green bean casserole
  • Ratatouille
  • Roasted sweet potatoes with praline
  • Caramelized onions, potato gratin with sage
  • Mac and cheese
  • Apple pie

Heaven Rwanda

25,000 RWF/Adult
12,500 RWF/Child
Includes 1 cocktail, glass of wine or local beer

Reservations at 4PM, 6PM, 8PM
Call 0788 486 581

Menu

  • Cauliflower and ginger soup
  • Organic garden-fresh salad
  • French bean salad
  • Slow roasted turkey roulade with red wine gravy
  • Creamy buttery mashed potatoes
  • Pumpkin and spinach lasagna
  • Cinnamon and Rwandan honey roasted sweet potatoes
  • Whole grain sausage stuffing
  • Baked cauliflower cheese
  • Sauteed carrots and fennel with honey and mandarin
  • Mixed greens with herb butter
  • Pumpkin pie
  • Apple tart tatin
  • Chocolate mousse
  • Vanilla bean custard

The Hut

23,000 RWF/adult
11,000 RWF/child


6-10PM
Call 0783 419 980 or 0789 966 006 for reservations

Menu

  • Roasted ginger and pumpkin soup
  • Grilled garlic n herb bread
  • Arugula avocado and orange salad
  • Apple and raisin red cabbage slaw
  • Green beans and bacon salad
  • Whole roasted rosemary and mustard turkey with black pepper gravy
  • Cajun fried crushed potatoes
  • Sauteed broccoli with toasted macadamia nuts
  • Thyme flavored mashed sweet potatoes
  • Homemade whole grain bread and pilipili
  • Sausage stuffing
  • Smoke turkey spaetzle
  • Medley of roasted root vegetables
  • Apple and cinnamon tart
  • Spiced pumpkin pie with homemade whipped cream
  • Warm bananas and chocolate brownie
  • Cocktail fruit custard

Kigali Marriott

25,000 RWF/adult
Flexible options for children

7PM-11PM at SOKO Restaurant

Menu

  • buffet featuring Thanksgiving classics and favorites

Serena Hotel

25,000 RWF/Adult
Includes a glass of sparkling wine

7PM-11PM at Milima Restaurant

Buffet Dinner

 

 

 

Public Holiday Activities in Kigali

Great, you have the day off work but how can you make the most of it? Here are some great ways to spend one of Rwanda's public holidays with your family. 


Get Relaxed

Take your family to relax by one of these great pools in Kigali, helping you to grab some much-needed sun whilst your kids splash around. 


Get Active

Take your kids to Cercle Sportif for a good run around on the tennis court or a swim in their pool. Alternatively, you could go horse riding on Mount Kigali with Fezenda Sengha. 

 Photo Credit: The Guardian

Photo Credit: The Guardian


Get Playful

If you've got young kids, a public holiday is a great time to take them to some of the local playgrounds in Kigali. Find them here. One great option is La Palisse Hotel, which has a huge outdoor playground and grass area that is perfect spot to have a play date or picnic. 

 La Palisse Hotel. Thank you to Rebecca from the Kigali Moms and Dads Facebook Group for the photo. 

La Palisse Hotel. Thank you to Rebecca from the Kigali Moms and Dads Facebook Group for the photo. 


Get Culinary

Finally you have an opportunity to cook up a treat in the kitchen whilst teaching your kids essential cooking skills. If you're stuck for inspiration, check out this great pizza dough recipe


Get Out of Kigali

Public holidays are a perfect excuse to take a day trip out of Kigali. There are so many options, including Huye, the King's Palace, Karongi and Bugesera District. Find out more information on one-day trips here

 Photo Credit: Rwandapedia

Photo Credit: Rwandapedia

Sunday Brunch in Kigali

It isn't a Sunday in Kigali if you aren't having brunch. But which brunch is the best? We asked our Kigali families to vote for their favourite family friendly Sunday Brunch. Here are the winners. 

P.s. If you'd like to be part of our community for Kigali families, join our Facebook Group


Kigali Marriott Hotel 

Sunday 11:30am - 4:00pm
RWF 32,000 with beer & house wine, or RWF 25,000 soft drinks only.
Kids below the age of 6 dine for free, and those aged 6 - 12 dine half price. 
KN 3 Avenue

Sunday brunch as the Marriott Hotel is a winner amongst Kigali families. You can enjoy the weekend lunch and live band, whilst your kids enjoy the bouncy castle, football, volleyball and swimming pool.  


Radisson Blu Hotel & Convention Centre 

Sunday 12:30pm - 4:00pm
RWF 30,000 per person
Kids below the age of 5 dine for free, and those aged 5 - 12 dine for RWF 10,000. 
KG 2 Roundabout

Also popular amongst Kigali families, brunch at the Radisson offers a kids corner, chocolate foundation, mini buffet and cotton candy. You can also enjoy free access to the pool. The Radisson recommends you to make a reservation. 

Radisson Blu & Convention Centre is the best and worth the price. You get all the types of good food, including sea food, a glass champagne and free access to the swimming pool.
— Nadine Anchienge, Kigali Families

Hotel des Mille Collines

Sunday 11:00am - 4pm
RWF 18,000 (effective 6th August)
2 KN 6 Ave

Indulge yourselves next to a glorious pool at the Mille Collines. A popular spot for locals and expats alike, diners can relax in the outdoor restaurant area, next to the pool or by the stylish bar. There is a great selection of food, and a live band playing some great tunes. 

 Photo credit: Living in Kigali

Photo credit: Living in Kigali


Heaven Restaurant 

Saturday & Sunday 10:00am - 2:00pm
KN 6 Ave

During brunch at Heaven restaurant, you can sit back and enjoy the views whilst your kids take part in some of the different kids activities on offer every week. In the past, these have included painting classes, party games and magic shows. 

I recently visited Heaven restaurant in Kigali and tried the brunch buffet. Hands down the best brunch in Kigali, with delicious french toast and maple syrup, fruit salad, breakfast wraps, and countless other selections. The bagels are also the best I’ve had in Kigali (where bagels are very hard to come by.) The service is excellent, the outdoor seating area has a wonderful ambience, and the view of Kigali through the tree-tops is magical. I highly recommend Heaven’s brunch.
— WVillageNYC, Trip Advisor
 Photo Credit: TripAdvisor

Photo Credit: TripAdvisor


The Hut

RWF 3,000 - RWF 7,000
KG 646 St

On Saturdays and Sundays, the Hut offers a brunch menu (not a buffet) which includes breakfast options (such as pancakes) and more lunch-type items such as 'Masala Dosa' along with milkshakes, smoothies and juices. There are also children's activities on offer, including swimming, face painting and canvas painting. 


What are your favourite spots for family brunch on the weekend? Let us know in the comments, or head to our Kigali Families group. 

Ask a Kigali Dad - 5 Activities for Dads and Sons in Kigali

 
 

This week, we asked a Kigali dad what he likes to do with his son at the weekends. Here are his five top activities for other fathers and sons here in Kigali. 

Do you know of any more activities? Email Us!


Swimming at Sanitas 

Le Sanitas
Rwf 2,000 for the pool. 
KK 341 St, Kicukiro
+ (250) 739 574 937

Sanitas is a great hangout spot for the family. You can hire towels for Rwf 500 and there’s a changing area with showers.

 Photo Credit: EatOut

Photo Credit: EatOut


Ice Cream at Bourbon Coffee

MTN Center, Nyarutarama
UTC Mall, Nyarugenge
KCT Mall, Nyarugenge
+ 250 280 305 555
Rwf 2,000

Whilst Bourbon Coffee are best known for the coffee, the ice cream is building up a reputation amongst Kigali families. The ice cream is made by Bourbon themselves and flavours include Vanilla, Chocolate Chip Cookie, Strawberry, Plain and Chocolate. 


Playing at the Spiderman Game Center

M. Peace Plaza (MAKUZA Building) 
Nyarugenge, KN4AV10
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In addition to a variety of games which simulate car racing, airplane flights and basketball, the Spiderman Game Center features a padded play area, ball pit and carousel for children. Parents and friends can enjoy a meal, coffee, or dessert in the gated child-friendly space. 

 Photo Credit: Spiderman Game Center Kigali

Photo Credit: Spiderman Game Center Kigali


Horse Riding on Mount Kigali

Fezenda Sengha
Website
Rwf 30,000

Explore Mount Kigali with your kids on horseback with Fazenda Sengha. Fezenda Sengha is an equestrian centre in Kigali, welcoming all levels of riders to enjoy private classes and trail rides in the hills of Mount. Kigali. Perfect for father and son bonding. 

 Photo Credit: The Guardian

Photo Credit: The Guardian


Relaxing at Mamba Club

Kimihurura, close to Papyrus
+250 788 451 734

Described as a fun getaway for people looking to escape the hustle of Kigali, Mamba Club has a 6 lane bowling alley, a restaurant and bar, a small swimming pool and volleyball courts. 

 Photo Credit: TripAdvisor

Photo Credit: TripAdvisor

Ask a Kigali Mom - Top 5 Shops in Kigali

This week we asked Kigali Moms what their favourite shops are for treating themselves and their children. Here are the top five. 


Haute Baso

KG 9 Ave 39, Nyarutarama

Haute Baso has unique and vibrant contemporary products that celebrate the craftsmanship of the local region. They stock clothes, accessories and gifts such as cards. 


Malkia Jewelry 

Website

Malkia has high quality, beautiful pieces of jewelry made in Europe. 


Rwanda Clothing Store

KN 2 Ave
Website

Rwanda Clothing Store is a Rwandan-international fashion brand from Kigali, designed by Joselyne Umutoniwase.


Toddle Care

KG 549 St
Website

Toddle Care is a children's store stocking high quality clothes, toys, furniture and accessories for both parents and children. 


Umutima - Nyamirambo Women's Center

KN 7 Ave
Website

Umutima stocks a large variety of women’s accessories, children’s clothing, and home decor products.


Rwanda's Family Friendly Lakeside Getaways

Now is the perfect time to pack up the car for a family road trip right here in Rwanda. Whether you're looking for a quick weekend getaway or a long, relaxing family holiday, Rwanda's beautiful lakes make the perfect choice.

Try one of these beautiful family friendly lakeside getaways that come recommended from fellow Kigali parents!

Have a Family Friendly Lakeside Getaway you want added to this list? E-mail us!


Cormoran Lodge

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Lake Kibuye
BP 08 Kibuye
Rwanda

With gorgeous views of Lake Kibuye, delicious French cuisine, and kayaks and boat trips available daily, there's plenty for everyone in the family to enjoy at Cormoran Lodge. They also have rooms available with 2 king sized beds- perfect for families!


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Muhazi Beach Hotel

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Lake Muhazi
Rwamagana 1398
Rwanda
+250 788 389 978

Set on the shores of Lake Muhazi, Muhazi Beach Resort is a great spot for families to relax or play. There is a private beach area and dock and water sports are available. Children will love the large outdoor playground and you'll love soaking in the views with a refreshing lakeside drink!


LaBella Lodge

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Rubona
Gisenyi
Rwanda

Labella Lodge, Camping and Restaurant is located on the shores of Lake Kivu. With a private beach and beautiful hillside hikes, you'll get great views of the lake, Gisenyi town, Goma and the surrounding countryside.

Enjoy a large African, Asian and European menu, have a barbecue on the beach or buy raw ingredients from the hotel and use their kitchen if you choose to make yourself a meal. In the evening, you enjoy a clear view of the active Nyiragongo Volcano across the nearby border in Congo as well as Goma's lights.


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Paradis Malahide 

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B.P. 535 Rubona
Gisenyi
Rwanda

A favorite for many families, it's no surprise Paradis Malahide has many returning year after year. Find delicious food, private bungalows, and a private beach for picnicking, swimming, or kayaking. Don't miss the fishermen bringing in their nets while singing as the sun breaks over the mountains in the morning! 


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Rushel Kivu Lodge

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Kinunu, Rutsiro
Rwanda

Recommended by one of our readers, Rushel Kivu Lodge is a bed and breakfast guest house located on the shores of Lake Kivu, nestled between palm trees and a sprawling coffee plantation. Both rooms and tents are available, and lunch and dinner are available on demand. Even better, there are plentiful activities to keep your family occupied. These include swimming, volleyball, canoeing, trekking, visiting the coffee washing station and local boat trips. 


Maranatha Academy STEM Summer Camp

We've had a lot of demand from parents recently for Kigali Summer Camps and Activities. This week we're excited to feature our friends and partners at Maranatha Academy and their STEM summer camp!


Join The Maranatha Academy's fun STEM summer camp to cultivate your child's curiosity, desire to explore and learn! 

Science, technology, Engineering and Math are the way of the future, and your child's future starts now!

The camp's engaging activities and experiments will introduce children to key concepts that they shall build on in later years, in an age appropriate and play based setting.

Getting a head start has never been so much fun! Join Maranatha Academy this Summer for these activities, arts & crafts, games, dance and so much more! 

2017 Kigali Summer Camps and Activities

- SUMMER UPDATE -

There's still time to sign your kids up for a summer camp. Here are some creative, fun and engaging activities and camps for your children. 

- SHARE YOUR THOUGHTS - 

Have your kids attended one of these camps? Let us know what you thought about it. Did your kids enjoy it? Would you send them again?


Active Courage Summer Camp Series

Location: Kigali International Community School, Gacuriro (not affiliated or sponsored by KICS)
activecouragesummercamps@gmail.com
+250 789 451 335

Run by qualified coaches
For boys and girls ages 5-14
9AM-12PM

  • June 5-9 - Football
  • June 12-16 - Outdoor
  • June 19-23 - Football
  • June 26-30 Basketball
  • July 3-7 Football

Weekly Swimming camp available in the afternoons for beginner, intermediate and advanced swimmers! Devotion is held daily.

  • 60,000 RWF/weekly session
  • 50,000 RWF/ weekly session for Early Registration (Friday before weekly session starts) 
  • Payment can be made at the KICS front desk from 9AM-3PM

City Arts

City Arts Kigali is offering three weeks of fun activities including performing arts, fine arts and even some swimming class with a former Dutch swimming champion!

  • Week 1: 17- 21 July 2017
  • Week 2:  24- 28 July 2017
  • Week 3: 31 July - 4 August 2017

+ TWO ADDITIONAL WEEKS ADDED: 

  • Week 4: 7 - 11 August 2017
  • Week 5: 14 - 18 August 2017

The classes:

  • Swimming: With France Kohl, a Dutch former swim champion 
  • Crafts and Jewelry: With "More than Sparrows" for the smaller ones and Sarah Legrand for the older ones
  • Theater: This class comprise a variety of puppet theater, shadow plays, magic and a introduction to theater play with Jimmy Swaelens, who is a theater pedagogue. 
  • Modern African Dance and Hip Hop classes with award winning professionals from Burundi and DR Kongo
  • Singing: With a musically educated solo singer and pedagogue

Fees:

  • Young group: Weekly fee 40,000 FRW, daily fee 12,000.
  • Older group: Weekly fee: 70,000 FRW, daily fee 18,000.
  • Drop in fee / hour (any age group): 5,000 FRW for dance classes and 7,000 FRW for the jewelry making and screen printing classes, which require good materials to work with.
  • Swim entrance fee for activities of Week 1 is not included in the weekly fee and is 2,000 FRW per kid per entry (i.e. 4,000 FRW for  participants of the younger group / 6,000 for participants of the older group). 

Registration:

Please sign up by sending an email to info@cityartskigali.rw and indicating 1) the week number, 2) number of children enrolling and 3) their age before 15 June, while it would help to receive an indication as soon as possible. You may please proceed with payment modalities to the City Arts account by 7 July. 


Green Hills Academy

Registration is open now! Places are limited. First come, first served. To register, contact Green Hills Academy at ngabonzizaj@greenhillsacademy.rw or hobertc@greenhillsacademy.rw

Summer Mandarin Chinese Immersion Program

For 5th-12th Grade Students
July 3-14, 2017
9AM-4PM each day
150,000 RWF

Basketball Boot Camp for Boys

Boarding Residential
June 12-17, 2017
200,000 RWF

Basketball Boot Camp for Girls

Boarding Residential
July 3-8, 2017
200,000 RWF

Basketball Play & Go for All

For Boys and Girls
June 19-30, 2017 and July 10-28, 2017
6-12 years - 9AM-1PM
13-17 years - 2PM-5:30PM
100,000 RWF for June or July session

Swimming or Football

June 12-30, 2017
6-12 years - 9AM-1PM
13-17 years - 2PM-5:30PM
150,000 RWF

Judo or Traditional Dance

July 3-28, 2017
6-12 years - 9AM-1PM
13-17 years - 2PM- 5:30PM
200,000 RWF

Nursery Summer Camp

June 12- July 28, 2017
3-6 years - 8AM-1:10PM
75,000 RWF/week


 
 

Thousand Hills Rugby

Rugby Match + Children's Activities
Every Umuganda day and June 4, 2017
3-5PM
Gatenga Youth Centre

  • Under 14 Rugby tournament
  • Rugby coaching and training
  • Modern dancing
  • Singing
  • Facepainting and more!

Rugby Festival + Children's Activities
August 26, 2017
3-5PM
Gatenga Youth Centre


STEM Summer Camp with The Maranatha Academy 

The Maranatha Academy are running a STEM summer camp to cultivate your child's curiosity and desire to learn. Age groups 2-6 years.

Dates: 5th - 11th August
Time: 08h00 - 13h00 Monday - Friday
Fee: 180,000 Frw for full 6 week camp or 40,000 Frw per week*
*10% discount on more than one child. 

To Register:
+250 781 889 070/ +250 788308 122
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Guest Facilitators: Laura Baynard, USA and Jeanette Wade, USA
Join TMA's fun STEM summer camp to cultivate your child's curiosity, desire to explore and learn! Science, Technology, Engineering and Math are the way of the future, and your child's future starts now! The Camp's engaging activities and experiments will introduce children to key concepts that they shall build on in later years.


Discovery International Preschool

Location: Kagugu, near the New Nakumatt
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Tel: 0788306754  0788302578
WhatsApp 0788306754

  • 85,000 RWF for 3 weeks (July 10th to 28th July 2017)
  • 140,000 RWF - for 6 weeks (July 10th to August 18th 2017)
     
  • Ages 2 to 10 years
  • French or English sections are available
  • Swimming and piano are available as optional add-ons (RWF 80,000 for either one)
  • Spacious playground and 10 large rooms for indoor activities and projects
  • Discounts available for siblings
  • 10% discount for all June registrations
  • Send an email, call or visit to register your child
     
  • Les vacances enrichies commenceront le 10 Juillet 2017
  • Il y aura des activités artistiques, des expériences scientifiques, des jeux de lecture, lecture d’album, le karaté, la dance et beaucoup d'autres activités sportives variées.
  • D'autres activités supplémentaires seront à votre disposition: les cours de piano et la natation.
  • Toute activité mise en place aura des objectifs langagiers bien spécifiques pour renforcer les acquis de l'enfant. 
  • Chaque parent aura le choix de la langue (Français ou Anglais). Ceci dépendra du besoin de son enfant.