Three years ago, we made a trip to Matheran that involved a lot of horseback riding. Ammol, my 10-year-old, terrified of any four-legged animal, rode, fed, and befriended the horses
At 6.30 am, the sun has only begun to shine softly on the city, but the horizon is pink
When you think of Mumbai, you think Maximum City. Can one associate it with villages?
Six months ago, I had signed a petition against having these beautiful creatures sent to humid Mumbai. Therefore, making my way in this ferocious heat with two kids to see the Humboldt penguins at Rani Baug is not my ideal way of spending a summer day, writes Vinitha Ramchandani
The little that I know of golf is from what I have picked up from books: that it is not as easy as it looks, that it is a game of the well-heeled, and that it is cool to say that one is playing golf
It is March and with temperatures soaring in Mumbai, it isn’t the best season for kids to be in the outdoors
What would you do when you have two kids (almost 10 and 12), who have been to, or think they have, to most places in the city, especially when you have a long weekend ahead?
The majestic, stony doorway is simply an indication of what is to come. When you walk through it, the January breeze isn't the only thing that makes you want to take in a deep breath of happiness
Koko Kids (Outdoors and Indoors), Santacruz (W)
Imagine large tracts of verdant and undulating land, and tall trees; so tall that when your eye tracks them to their tops, all you can see is their green heads and the sky.
For the hoppy-boppy kids, and the little ones who love their gadgets, I would recommend Fun O Factory (FOF)
The Pushpa Narsee Park (PNP) in Juhu, also known as the Cycling Park, is the only dedicated cycling space for children that I know in Mumbai. Most routes and roadways are not cycling-friendly; for children...
You think you are an outdoorsy person. You think, until you go camping. So here we are, close to dusk with a bag on our shoulders and another in hand, trudging down towards a water body and ... nothing
Every time I took the Linking Road route in Santacruz, an attractive billboard had been catching my eye and hooking me enough to take the name down to look it up online
What if you are looking for a space where your children can do all their indoor playing and get their fill of outdoor activity too?
There is a slice of Indian exotica at Chokhi Dhani, the Rajasthani make-believe village with its camel rides, earthen ware, bangle sellers, fire-eaters, an astrologer with a speaking parrot, potters, bejewelled and tattooed dancing women, and turbaned men
Before the last rains, there is one more outdoorsy place to visit with the kids. Malshej Ghat is at its picturesque best with peaks, waterfalls and clouds
Another indoor play area! And my kids actually groan. Play Around in Andheri (it has a branch in Kandivali) is the Western suburbs' answer to SoBo's Funky Monkey (which has opened an outpost at Andheri)
I've been here more than 15 years ago, way before my kids were born; and way before I used to take my two nieces out during their evening play time
Now that it is pouring, it might be a good idea to scout for indoor play spaces