How to chill this summer

Apr 22, 2013, 00:13 IST | Kartiki Nitin Lawate

With summer vacations around the corner, The Guide brings to you a list of activities and holiday spots that you can explore with your families and make the most of this period

After a tiring year, summer vacations come as a respite, not just for your kids, but also for grownups. Plan a trip, enroll in a workshop or simply participate in fun activities to spend time with your family and to unwind, as you break away from monotony.

To relax
> Mahabaleshwar: Located about 120 km southwest of Pune, it is a hill station that boasts of one of the few evergreen forests in the world. The
landscape abounds with lush hills, valleys and points. To escape the hot summer of Pune, this is an ideal place where to enjoy pleasant weather. Along with the green spots, a Shiv temple, which is made of stone, is a must-visit and one must not miss the strawberries here as well. You can travel by road, on a bike or car or else take one of the many buses that ply between Mahabaleshwar and Pune. Accommodation is available for as less as Rs 600 per day.


> Matheran: Just 132 kms away, Matheran is a good option near Pune. You can take either the Express trains
from Pune Junction or travel by your own vehicle. There are lots of points that provide spectacular views of the surrounding hills and valleys. Matheran has a reasonably dense forest cover. Some famous points that one must not miss are One Tree Hill Point, Hart Point, Monkey Point, Porcupine Point and Rambagh Point, among others.

For fun and adventure
> Scuba Diving: All those who wish to get trained in scuba diving without stepping out of the city can visit Absolute Scuba. It offers an introduction to the sport through a beginner’s course, along with advanced courses for those who wants to explore further. The one-day introductory non-certification course (Rs 1,500) is offered at its centre, whereas the four-day long certification courses (R11,000) takes place in the city for two days and on a foreign location for two days. Absolute scuba takes trainees to places such as Netrani, Andaman and Lakshadweep for further training if enrolled for the advanced course. 
At: Absolute Scuba, B4, 002, Silver Oak, Kalyani Nagar. 
Call: 9860003456

Scuba diving

> Essel World Freeze: Discounted rates are available for SSC and HSC students at Essel World Freeze. Students will benefit with an entry for R160 to enjoy the craziest and non-stop snow adventures at Essel World Freeze, where the temperature ranges between minus four to four degree celsius. Carry your original and photocopy of your valid hall ticket to avail the scheme.
Till: April 30
At: Essel World Freeze, Inorbit Mall, Nagar Road.

To learn
> Films: This summer, kids can learn to make short animation films. Anibrain XDI, an animation and visual effects (VFX) company and New Media institute will launch a special course, titled Animation Workshop for Kids this month. Designed for students between 10 to 15 years, this course aims to introduce kids to the world of animation. The course will conclude with students getting an opportunity to make their own short animation film. Anibrain XDI is also offering scholarships covering the course fee for one student from each school. The course will be conducted five days a week for three weeks and will cover history and principles of animation, idea development, digital imaging, basic drawing, basic animation, character design and animation and camera movement among other things.

Acting workshop

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> Acting: Learn the nuances of acting in an acting workshop that will focus on theatre as well as film acting basics. The fee for the course is Rs 4,000 for a month. This workshop is for anyone who is above 16 years. Girls and boys can enroll. It will be conducted in two batches with a maximum of 10 students in each batch.
Till: May 5, 2.15 pm to 4.30 pm
At: Life and Dance Studio, Fortaleza Complex, Kalyani Nagar.
Call: 9657850573 

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