Once upon a time, when life was simpler, Children’s Day was about picnics, campfires and fancy dress competitions at school, etc. But life has a way of getting complicated, and children and parents alike are spoilt for choice these days. We sort through the various options and select six ways you could make your child’s day this year.
Children who brunch
With Children’s Day falling on a Monday this year, the InterContinental Marine Drive hotel in Mumbai has lined up something special for the little ones on the weekend. The Sunday Kiddie Brunch at Corleone on 13 November has been designed by chef Paul Kinny. The menu comprises an extensive spread of children’s favourites—hot dogs, burgers, nuggets and fish fingers. For dessert, there are some classic options such as chocolate fondue with marshmallows and sponge fingers. And as if that wasn’t scrumptious enough, special activities and a magic show are being lined up to provide entertainment. The brunch is priced at Rs 1,950, plus taxes, for the premium package; and Rs 1,650, plus taxes, for the regular package. There is also an option for Rs 1,050, plus taxes. For reservations, call 022-39879999.
On Children’s Day, there will also be a special buffet at the Lotus Cafe at the JW Marriott Hotel Mumbai, which the hotel claims is the largest spread in the city. Themed on a candy wonderland, each table will have a centrepiece made of caster sugar and lollies. Open from 12.30-4pm, it includes other attractions such as balloon creations, video games and clowns, etc. Prices for adults, Rs 2,000 (without alcohol) and Rs 2,350 (with alcohol), plus taxes; two children below 10 years can enjoy a meal for free. For children older than 10, the buffet is priced at Rs 1,250, plus taxes. For reservations, call 022-66933344.
If your little girl envies you your designer gown, get her her own this year. India’s first luxury store for children’s apparel and furniture opens at DLF Emporio mall, New Delhi, on 12 November. Le Petits will stock lines from I Pinco Pallino, Fendi Kids, Miss Blumarine and Baby Dior, among others, for children from 0-8 years. Furniture brand Theophile and Patachou will also retail at the store exclusively.
Le Petits opens its flagship store at DLF Emporio malll this Saturday.
If you’re one of those moms who wouldn’t think of spoiling the children with five-star living and dining, then Cinnabon has an offer tailor-made for you. You can learn how to bake for your children at a free workshop on 13 November at the confectioner’s Breach Candy and Pali Naka outlets. Open to women in the 18-35 age group, the workshops promise to be loads of fun, regardless of the participants’ kitchen skills. The first workshop will be at the Breach Candy outlet from 11am-1pm, while the Pali Naka outlet will organize the class from 3-5pm.
To register, visit the Cinnabon fan page on Facebook.
A musical trip
For a more culturally enriching way to celebrate, head to the Lotus Temple, New Delhi, on 13 November. The Baha’i House of Worship will mark its 25th anniversary with a musical for children (aged 4-12) by Canadian singers Geneviève Labbé and Ianne Neome Sanico. The plot, based on the theme of unity in diversity and the magical powers of music to unite, goes like this: Fascinated by wild geese travelling around the world, Geneviève sits daydreaming by her tepee, when a fairy called Iannella appears. The two strike up a friendship and embark on a wonderful journey around the world.
It is mandatory to confirm participation. Write to firstname.lastname@example.org. There is no entry fee.
The Kissan Jammy Art carnival is being held as a culmination of an online activity in which children created food art using a paint application. On Jammyart.com, children created drawings which were voted on by friends and family. The 50 winners to make it to the final will have a shot at entering the Limca Book of Records by making the country’s largest “jammy art”. To be held on 14 November at Hall No. 2, NSE Ground (near The Hub Mall), Goregaon East, Mumbai, it promises to be fun even for onlookers. The event, scheduled to begin at 11.30am, is open to all.