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
Health food junkies in the Western suburbs can take heart from a new bistro and juice bar that debunks the myth that healthy food is rarely delicious
Tungareshwar is a mountain peak in Vasai, two hours from Bandra (and hour and a half from Dadar), and one of the nicer treks to do with kids because the incline is gentle and it falls under easy to medium-easy trekking trails
Tuck into a just-launched East Indian menu at The Bagel Shop as it salutes the finest culinary traditions of the community
When I stepped into My Gym, I was surprised by its size. For an indoor gym, this is the largest, one-level exercise space for kids
The queue is serpentine; the day is hot. If we hadn’t travelled such a long way, I would have turned around and left. But we stand at the counter of the Wonder Park, Nerul, and wait our turn to pay and enter.
Walk in, and you are met by a smiling team in a space made of pastel shades and cool coziness. A warm set of people will welcome you in and before you know it your child will be prepped up in a bathing towel, their feet slid into sponge-like minion slippers and a menu card shown for choice