Children’s Day is celebrated every year on November 14 to mark the birth anniversary of India’s first Prime Minister, Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru. To give meaning to the day, city NGOs have organised a series of activities, to bring joy into the lives of some of the less fortunate children in the city. the guide takes a look into some of these celebrations that Punekars can be a part of
Children’s day special
Creating awareness about adoption
Friends of Sassoon Hospitals (SOFOSH), a non-profit organisation based in the city, will be hosting a series of activities for orphan children at the childcare centre Shreevatsa. Join the kids in a four-day celebration, starting today. There will be birthday celebrations, a cycle rally, street play performance, and special programmes to create awareness about adoption.
On From November 14, 3 pm to 5 pm: Birthday celebration at Shreevatsa; ON November 15: A special programme by Indian Medical Association and SOFOSH AT IMA House, Sanchita Hall, Tilak Road; ON November 16: Cycle Rally from Good Luck Chowk to SOFOSH at Sassoon General Hospitals; ON November 17: Street play related to adoption awareness at different places across the city
Children’s films at Shamiana
Shamiana will be screening some of the finest short films and documentaries from around the world for kids. Children can catch films like Big Buck Bunny, animation film from Netherlands, Ormie from Canada, Pigeon Impossible from USA and Johnny Express among others.
On: November 14, 8 pm onwards
At: The Flour Works, Kalyani nagar.
Birthday celebration at Sanmati Bal Niketan
Every year, city-based orphanage, Sanmati Bal Niketan, celebrates Children’s Day along with the birthday of its founder, Sindhutai Sapkal. On this day, the kids from the NGO meet the well-wishers of the NGO, play games, share their experiences and take part in several other activities. Join the children and its founder for this unique celebration and help bring their wishes come to life.
On: November 14
At: Sanmati Bal Niketan, Belhekar Vasti, near Vasantdada Sugar Institute, Hadapsar.
Free activities and workshops
Keeping up the spirit of Children’s Day, Amanora Mall will transform itself into a Jungle Zone over three days, starting today. The mall will organise a variety of competitions, workshops, host games and much more. Entry to the activities will be free.
On: From November 14 to 16
At: Amanora mall, Hadapsar.