Your Guide To Your Child’s Happy And Educative Summer

The summer has probably officially set in, and while we are worrying about the increasing heat and tan we are picking up, kids are bursting with joy over the end of their academic year.

Most parents would be worried about their children going out to play in the heat of the sun and getting a heatstroke or worse. But all a kid wants to do is get out of the house, run around and be free. That of course is hampered by the ever increasing popularity of video games and the decreasing number of viable options. But if you are a parent and don’t know where to send your kid and for what, don’t worry, read through this post and you may have a suitable pick for your offspring this summer.



If you are looking for something productive for your child to do this summer, and if your child falls in the age group of 4 to 19, the National Center for Performing Arts (NCPA) has the right mix of activities which will keep your child engaged, educated and excited all through the month of May. This, the third edition of the NCPA Summer Fiesta, will kick start on 2nd May and end on 31st May. The festival will be a series of 20 workshops and 7 plays which will be overlooked by the finest artistes, trainers and groups in the fields of theatre, dance and movement, art & craft, comedy, drama, creative writing and puppetry. For more details about the festival and bookings, check their official site here.


apple seeds India:

For all kids falling in the 18 months to 5 year age bracket, apple seed India has Summer Camp 2012 which is slated to be conducted from 23rd April until 2nd June. An enriching and highly productive camp, kids will learn how to create their very own artistic masterpieces, learn more about different cultures from around the world by cooking and experimenting with world cuisine recipes, inculcate the habit of reading and imagining beyond horizons, get acquainted with basic tools and learn the rules of popular sports from around the world. For more details, call (022) 43680000, email or visit them at 79/81 Nirmal Niwas-2, Ground Floor, August Kranti Mark, Gowalia Tank, Mumbai 400036.


Life Away From Life:

If your child ranks in the age group of 8 to 14 years, and you would appreciate him/ her learning more about nature and becoming independent, then adventure company Life Away From Life is the way to go. They will be conducting multiple trips to Kamshet in Maharashtra where their Wilderness Survival Camps will take place through the course of the summer. The objective of the camps is to bring children closer to nature and equip them with basic survival skills through fun learning activities and games which will involve basic animal tracking, scouting the woods, learning natural hazards, stargazing, learning how to tie knots, identifying types of trees, outdoor cooking, and much more. For more details and bookings, check their website here.


Happy Planet Playland:

To beat the heat, learn a few basic tasks and have loads of fun this summer, Happy Planet Playland’s Summer workshops are ideal for your child. If your child is between 5 and 12 years of age, bring him/ her down to Happy Planet where, starting 15th April, every Sunday, there will be workshops, between 10 am and 10 pm, until 15th May. Your child can participate in pottery making, clay modeling, sports day, flash mob and other such activities and workshops. For more details and registrations, call 9833067879 or visit their site here.


Jungle Lore:

If your child enjoys wildlife and wants to learn more, Jungle Lore has the most appropriate trip for him/ her. The Young Naturalist Program for this summer will take your child out to Pench, the jungle landscape for Rudyard Kipling’s famous book The Jungle Book. This forest where the fictional man cub Mowgli lived will be the venue for your child to engage in jungle safaris, nature trails, team games, tribal visits, and more, on a 3 nights/ 4 day stay from 25th April till 30th April. For more details, visit their website here.


KidzArt India:

If you would like to encourage your child’s creative side this summer, enroll him/ her in one of KidzArt India’s summer art camps. This year, KidzArt India has two different art camps, Be An Explorer and Caribbean Adventure. Both the camps will aim at letting your kids explore their creativity, imagination and skills using crayons, pencils, water colours, pastels, collages, and much more. The camps start on 16th April and end 2nd June and will be conducted at the following venues:

-Indian National Theatre Building, Dadi Seth Lane, BabulnathRoad, Mumbai 400007
-Kangaroo Kids School, Bungalow No. 5, Chetak Row House, Poonam Palace No. 41, Nargis Dutt Road, Pali Hill, Bandra (W), Mumbai 400050
-Podar Happy Kids, 85 Parel Post Office Lane, Off Dr. Ambedkar Road, Parel (E), Mumbai 400012
-Kids Club, Kamla Global Academy, Opposite To Madhu Park, Khar, Mumbai 400052

For more details, call 9821784999.


The Art Loft:

If you want your child to learn expressive and artistic skills this summer, enroll him/ her in The Art Loft‘s Art Blast Camp 2012. Starting 27th April, and ending on 8th May, this summer camp will allow your child to learn and grow in the fields of music, calligraphy, drama, storytelling and dance. The age bracket for this camp is children between 7 and 11 years of age. For more details and bookings, call 9930483966, email, or visit The Art Loft, Valentino Rest-First Floor, Above Patel Store, Next to Mehboob Studio, Bandra (W), Mumbai.


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