16 ways to spend the summer
The holidays are here, and your kids need an outlet for all that pent up energy. Anju Maskeri charts out a plan for a productive summer
Buenos días (Good morning) is how your kid might greet you once s/he enrolls for this language-learning workshop at the Spanish School, Fort. The summer workshop designed for children from four to six will include music, videos and games with a focus on learning grammar and building correct conversational skills. “On the cultural aspect, we have art, food, music and dance workshops,” says Anu Dalmiya, a former World Bank consultant, who founded the Spanish School in 2012. Every batch will have about eight to 10 students.
Where: 202, Venkatesh Chambers, Prescot Road, Fort
When: May 2 onward
Entry: Rs 500 an hour
Log on to: www.spanishschool.in for batch timings and fee structure
Activate your brain
According to the widely perpetuated urban legend, most or all humans only make use of 10 per cent of their brain. But here’s a workshop that will make your child’s grey cells tick faster. The Whole Brain Stimulation workshop for children between five and 15 is an activity designed to hone the learning ability in children, increase intelligence, concentration, intuition and sensory perception through brain games. Each session will cover:
- Ambidexterity (Left hand – right hand coordination)
- Brain Gym - Massaging certain points in the body to stimulate the brain along with a soft dance.
- Spatial Orientation - Spot the difference between two identical looking pictures to enhance visual observation.
- Blindfold Reading – Identify colours, numbers and alphabets blindfolded.
Where: NIFD, Versova, Andheri
When: May 14 – May 22 (weekends only), 11.00 AM – 5 PM
Entry: Rs 16,000 (8 classes)
Be an all-rounder
How do you like the idea of learning a new activity each day? The Sumeet Nagdev Dance Arts All-Rounder Camp is holding a summer camp for kids, aged four to 12 years, where they will be taught a new subject through the week. The activities include jazz, hip-hop, rope walking, gymnastics, ballet, quilling, painting, public speaking, drama and more. Students will be awarded a certificate of participation and the best student will receive an all-rounder of the year award.
Where: Sumeet Nagdev Dance Arts
Silver Cascade, ground floor, Tulsi Pipe Road, near Ruby Tower, Dadar (West)
When: May 9 – 20, Mon – Fri; 10 am – 1 pm
Entry: Rs 9,000
Gift a hand-made card
You agree that factory-made gifts lack the charm of a hand-made present? So, to make Mother’s Day memorable, The HAB by Usha, a sewing experiential store and haberdashery, is holding a workshop to help children create innovative gifts for their parents. The items will include bags and multipurpose holders to foot embellishments, magnetic pockets, and more. Walk in anytime between 11 am and 8 pm and their sewing experts will teach your child how to create a personalised gesture.
Where: The HAB by USHA, G-1, 444 Corporate Lounge, opp Sahib Khatwara Darbar, road no. 7, Khar (West)
When: March 28 – May 8 (Thursday off), 11 AM – 8 PM
Entry: Rs 500 – Rs 1,850 (all materials and accessories will be provided by the Hab)
Think like an astronaut
How do you eat in space? Is it possible to cry in space? A workshop organised by the Academy of Future Xplorers helps young minds understand what life in zero gravity is like. The 12 sessions will touch on topics like science behind space technology, harnessing heat, electricity and magnets, the solar system and more. Kids will also learn about the history of space travel. This workshop has been designed by NASA and participants will get a certificate at the end of
Where: Rainbow International Preschool sector 12, Vashi
When: May 2 onward, 10. 30 AM – 12. 30 PM
Entry: Rs 6,000
Craft a pot
There’s nothing quite fulfilling like creating something with your bare hands. Feeling the wet clay take shape as your fingers gently direct its motion can be an exhilarating experience. Get your child to sign up for a workshop a pottery workshop. Come, and demystify the craft with a hands-on experience. You don’t need to be creative or have an artistic bone to participate. All you need are fingers!
Where: Oberoi Towers, Goregaon (East) (Location on request)
When: April 25 onward, all days of the week, 12 PM – 2 PM
Do the Zumba
It’s time your child drops the video game, gets off the couch and gets moving. Attend a Zumba session tailored just for kids aged 6 and above. The workshop organised by Zumba education specialist Sucheta Pal will be more than just a dance class, where she will break down the steps, add games, activities and elements of the Spanish culture into the class structure. The classes will help your child develop a healthy lifestyle and build leadership, respect, self-esteem, memory, creativity and coordination.
Where: Bandra (Location on request)
When: May 6 – May 30, 4 PM – 5 PM
Entry: R3,000 for 8 classes
Play with numbers
Does your kid have a hard time memorising multiplication tables or solving ‘problems’? Sign up for the i-Math workshop organised by mathematician Sudha Kumar that focuses on making the subject fun for children. The method encourages a child to think of multiple options to arrive at a solution, thereby sowing the seeds of thinking. The session will use stories games and other activities to make your kid fall in love with math.
Where: The Learning Curve Preschool, Lokhandwala, Andheri (West)
When: May 2 – May 13, 5 PM – 7 PM
Dance to Bollywood jazz
If you want to channelise your kid’s energy, dance could well be the answer. House of Wow, a performing space in Bandra, has organised a Bollywood Jazz Funk for the children this season. Darrshan Mehta, who has an international certification in Jazz and over 12 years of experience will conduct the workshop. To throw some light on Jazz Funk, the dance style has nothing to do with the sub genre of jazz music. This commercial dance style derives from Hip Hop. This one, will have a lot of Bollywood music, too.
Where: House of Wow, 10, Natraj Building, Hill road, opposite St Stanislaus school, Bandra (West)
When: Every Sunday, 2 PM – 3 PM
Entry: Rs 300
Play alphabet-based games
Alphabet activities will make your child look at letters in an all new light. For instance, the ‘C’ day will include activities you can do with items like clay, where the session will focus on aesthetic development; cooking time will revolve around planning and organisation and corn counting will enhance your child’s math skills. The activities will stimulate your child’s appreciation of the arts, build self esteem and improve gross motor and fine motor skills.
Where: Kangaroo Kids Preschool, flat no 1,2, Stambh Tirth, Wadala
When: May 2 – 13, 9.30 AM – 12.30 PM
Entry: Rs 4,000
Log on to: www.mycity4kids.com
Don’t forget to say, thank you
Are you concerned about your child’s personality out of home, or do you want to offer your children the opportunity to be confident? Attend the fitness etiquette programme. The workshop teaches life’s virtues such as kindness, respect and honesty. It is designed for kids aged between 4 and 9, will be held every Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.
Where: Kinder Castle International Activity Center, sector 28, Vashi
When: May 1 onward, 5 PM – 6 PM
Entry: Rs 2200 for 8 sessions
Spray for fun
Let your child experience a cool way to play with colours using a spray can. And no, he
won’t be doing up walls alone. Aerosolgrafia is done on art paper or any portable object. At the 120-minute-long spray painting workshop, your kid will not be only introduced to this super fun art, but will also experience an 'inspiration session' to help unclutter the mind. At the workshop, he will paint the 'Planets at Night'.
When: April 25 (weekdays); 11 AM – 1 PM
Where: Dattaguru Society, Chembur
Entry: Rs 1,499 onwards
Master bow and arrow
Archery is one of the few sports, where your only competition is you. It is also a great stress-buster since it helps you rejuvenate, and well, shoot at stuff. Let your child experience the thrill of being a hunter with the relaxation of monk as arrows zoom past them and hopefully, hit target. In this one-of-a-kind archery experience, your kid will be trained by experts who’ve coached national-level archers.
Where: Asmita School, Goregaon (East)
When: April 25 onward, every Tuesday, Saturday and Sunday
Entry: Rs 999 onwards
Log on to bluebulb.in
Dribble like Messi
If your child digs a game of football, Kick at Powai is offering training for young soccer fans every Sunday. A coach will demystify the technical aspects of football alongside some practical sessions. The workshop will also provide adequate mental training required for the game. In fact, the workshop is also open to parents who can participate in a few games with their kids.
Where: Kick, Supreme Business Park, Hiranandani gardens, Powai
When: Every Sunday
Entry: Rs 499
Strengthen your bod
Can your little one stand on one foot and touch his/her nose? This activity requires hand-eye coordination and body balance which s/he will learn in a mobility workshop with athlete and fitness instructor Ayesha Billimoria. The one-hour session will include lots of core strengthening exercises, stretching, partner work and group activities.
Where: Priyadarshini Park Garden, Napean Sea Road
When: Every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday, 5 – 6 PM
Entry: Rs 800 per class
Swim like a fish
There's nothing like water to keep kids fit and energised. Keeping this in mind, YMCA has organised swimming workshops for kids aged 7 to 16 years. The 21-day session spanning 45 minutes per day, will teach kids the front crawl, backstroke, breaststroke, butterfly stroke and more. They will go away with a certificate at the end of the session.
Where: 18, YMCA Road, Mumbai Central, near Maratha Mandir
When: May 1 onward, 9.30 AM, 10.30 AM, 11.30 AM
Entry: R1,800 for the course