With the academic year drawing to a close, and a long summer vacation in sight, the guide has packed in a bunch of different activities and workshops that will keep your li’l one not just busy, but thoroughly engaged
:: Started in 2010 as a means to reach out to children and offer them an exciting way to spend their vacations, Summer Fiesta returns in this year with 27 workshops, including that of origami, Kalaripayattu, Indian music, etc. The grand finale will take place on June 1 in which hand-picked workshop participants will display their handiwork, perform short plays and bring the month-long festival to a close with a dance show choreographed by Shiamak Davar’s group.
From May 2 to June 1
At NCPA, Nariman Point.
:: Robinage, a children’s newspaper has planned interesting activities for kids, this summer season. So, learn a new language, get to know more about science, get fit with yoga, learn to act and much more.
From April 28 onwards
At 11 & 12, Shah and Nahar Industrial Estate, Dr E Moses Road, Worli.
:: Give your little ones a fun learning experience at the iRobokid workshop where they get to learn how to build robots. The activity will be divided in two groups, i.e.
I-Engineer for 7 to 9-year-olds and I-Proto for 9 to 14-year-olds.
Till June 13
At Tardeo, Worli, Byculla, Colaba, Sion, Matunga, Kurla, Ghatkopar Chembur, Thane, Mahim, Goregaon, Juhu, Bandra, Kandivali, Oshiwara, Borivali, Powai, Vashi and Seawoods.
Cost Rs 2,500 per child
:: Participate in a thrill-filled weekend by indulge in rock climbing, rappelling, archery, yoga, etc.
From April 26 to 27; May 24 to 25
At Bhavans Campus, Bhavans College, Andheri (W).
:: Inme, an outdoor education company, works with kids to implement outclass learning programmes. They impart lessons from school curriculum through outdoor adventure activities. So, check out their schedule and take your pick.
Log on to www.inme.in
:: Learn the ropes of theatre through Summertime@Prithvi which will present 87 shows of 24 productions of plays for children, and 14 theatre workshops.
Till June 15
At Prithvi Theatre, Janki Kutir, Juhu.
:: Raëll Padamsee’s Academy for Creative Expression (ACE) will take you into the world of Ali Baba and the 40 Thieves through a workshop designed around this famous tale. The interactive sessions will increase social interaction and skills in teamwork. Speech and diction will also be taught.
From April 21 to May 31
At All centres of ACE.
:: Sign up for a nature awareness summer camp in Kamshet that aims to connect children with nature. It will be structured in a way that it makes learning fun with several games and activities.
From April 25 to 26 and April 28 to 30 (Batches in May are also available)
log on to www.lifeawayfromlife.com
:: Get your kids to enjoy clay and pottery, chulha cooking, painting, quizzing, nature and bird-watching trails. It will feature an introduction to horse riding and grooming and a visit to the Inter-University Centre for Astronomy and Astrophysics (IUCAA) to learn about science.
From April 22 to 23
At Zaika Gardens, next to Ved Bhavan, off Paud Road, Pune.
Cost Rs 3,600 per child
:: Head to Kalote for sessions in rappelling, Swamp Way, star gazing, bird watching, night trails and much more.
From April 17 to 19; April 19 to 21 and April 21 to 23
log on to www.jumpstartoutdoors.com
:: Story Nest, an initiative using the tools of storytelling to train young children in performing arts, storytelling techniques, drama, music and dance, is organising the second edition of its storytelling summer festival for children. During the camp, it will present the Indian adaptation of The Beauty & The Beast. It will also stage the inspired version of Blue Umbrella.
Till April 24
At Row House no 1, Creative Minds Library, Panscheel Building, Gokuldham, Goregaon (E).
Cost Rs 5,000 per child
:: Join the Funshine Summer Camp where you can participate in workshops which will be a blend of games, dance, filmmaking, cooking and more. Other fun activities include, clay moulding, paper folding, robotics, etc.
Till June 13
At Smaaash, City Studio, Oasis Complex, Kamala Mills Compound Gate no 4, Pandurang Budhkar Marg, Lower Parel.
:: Kumkum Somani, author of Nine Hidden Gems will hold a workshop, Nine Hidden Gems: Rediscovering the Father of the Nation in an effort to re-introduce today’s children to Mahatma Gandhi. She will lead the multi-activity workshop by helping the children understand and imbibe Gandhian values through discussions, crafting and drama.
On April 19
At Kamalnayan Bajaj Art Gallery, Bajaj Bhavan, Nariman Point.
:: Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya is organising a series of summer workshops based on the theme of nature and urban bio-diversity. The workshops, competitions, performances and nature trails will all connect to the Natural History section of the Museum.
From April 26 to June 5
At Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya, 159-161 Mahatma Gandhi Road, Fort.