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Super summer fun for tots, tweens and teens

Super summer fun for tots, tweens and teens
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First Published: Thu, Apr 21 2011. 10 51 PM IST

Updated: Thu, Apr 21 2011. 10 51 PM IST
DELHI
Pottery classes: The Delhi Blue Pottery Trust, the oldest of its kind in the country, offers a one-month course in pottery. Those interested can join any time till 31 May. Classes will be held thrice a week in two batches.
Call: 26198588
Age group: 15 and above
When: 10am-1pm and 2-5pm, till 30 June
Where: Delhi Blue Pottery Trust, Delhi Blue Apartments, Basement, 2, Ring Road, near Safdarjung Hospital
Charges: Rs2,600 a month
Chocolate-making workshop: Choko La holds a summer workshop for children in the 4-18 age group. The workshop, starting May (the dates are to be finalized), will provide basic training in chocolate-making, as well as snacks and beverages.
Call: 9717700824 (Devina Bhardwaj)
Age group: 4-18
When: 10am-1pm (weekdays), till 30 June
Where: 36, Khan Market
Charges: Rs2,700 for three classes
Film-making workshop: Cine Darbar, in association with Marwah Studios, is organizing a summer film-making workshop for teenagers and preteens. Apart from providing an introduction to film-making—from pre- to post-production—the participants will be encouraged to make their own short films, which will be screened at Fun Cinemas. There are 40 seats and enrolment will be on a first-come, first-served basis.
Call: 9958301195 (Supriya Suri)
Age group: 11-18
When: 10am-2pm, 16-31 May
Where: Marwah Studios Complex, Film City, Noida; and Suncity School, Gurgaon
Charges: Rs6,500
Theatre workshop: Imran Khan, actor and artistic director, I-entertainment, is holding a theatre workshop which aims to introduce children to the various aspects of theatrical production.
Call: 0124-2715200
Age group: 7-15
When: 4-6pm, 1-22 June
Where: Epicentre, Gurgaon
Charges: Rs4,000
Art and craft: Ritu Varma and Anita Dhawan, educational consultants who have been organizing such workshops for years, are holding a mixed module of art and craft, public speaking, T-shirt painting and no-fire cooking. The workshop will also have some science experiments children can try out.
Call: 0124-2715200
Age group: 5-9
When: Noon-1.30pm, 16-20 May
Where: Epicentre, Gurgaon
Charges: Rs1,850
Swiss adventure: This two-week camp experience organized by Les Elfes International, a member of the European Council of International Schools, focuses on the participants learning mountain sports such as skiing, in addition to understanding European industries and visiting the United Nations office in Geneva. Participants will also visit the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN), one of the world’s most respected scientific research centres, for an educational trip.
Call: 9810078050
Age group: 8-18
When: 13-29 May
Charges: approx. Rs2.5 lakh
Robotics camp: ThinkLABS’ Robocamp will provide hands-on exposure to robot programming using hardware and software. The registration for the camp is on a first-come, first-served basis. Students participating in Robocamps will also be eligible for ThinkLABS’ national robotics championship TRiCKS, 2011, which can win them a chance to visit scientific research organizations such as the Kennedy Space Center (Nasa), CERN Nuclear Research Center (Geneva), Technorama Science Center (Zurich), Paris Science Center and Singapore Science Center.
Robocamp Junior and Robocamp Virtu is for students in classes IV-VI, while Robocamp Senior and Robocamp Advance Senior is for students in classes VII-XII.
Call: 022-25789733, 61344444
Age group: 9-18
When: 9 May-20 June
Where: Reliance World outlets at different locations in Delhi
Charges: For Junior students—Rs4,999 (including training session, certificate
charge, robot cost, CD, robotic camp charge and gift); for Senior students—Rs7,499 (including training session charge, certificate charge, robot cost, CD, robotic camp charge and gift)
KOLKATA
Creative English grammar workshop: One can enrol for this 15-day workshop till 1 June. The workshop will help brush up a child’s comprehension of the language, skills in essay writing and vocabulary.
Call: 9831387078 (Meeta Sethia)
Age group: 6-16
When: Timings vary, 16 April-15 June
Where: Art in Me, 7, Loudon Street
Urja Summer Camp: This year’s camp will feature classes on yoga, music, dance, drama, scriptwriting, candle making, perfume making and T-shirt making, among other activities for children.
Call: 9836322344 (Pritha Ghosh)
Age group: 4-15
When: 9am-noon, 16-29 May
Where: Urja, Block B, 51, Shibnath Shastri Sarani
Charges: Rs1,500 (including the required material)
Summer fun: The Jawaharlal Nehru Children Museum is organizing a whole range of three- to four-day workshops this year—from classical dances such as Odissi and Kathak, to cartoon making, human figure drawing and craft.
Call: 22231551
Age group: 6-18
When: Timings vary depending on the workshop, till 10 June
Where: Jawaharlal Nehru Children Museum, 94/1, Chowringhee Road
Charges: Rs400-500
Art and craft camp: The workshop will teach children how to make paper lanterns, marble wrapping paper, Venetian masks and 3D cards, among other things.
Call: 9830379166
Age group: 3-6 and 6-12
When: 10am-12.30pm, 30 May-3 June and 6-10 June
Where: Various venues
Charges: Rs1,500
Cooking Workshop: A special cookery workshop where children will be taught how to make 13 dishes for breakfast, lunch and dinner. They will also be taught how to bake a cake in the microwave.
Call: 9831387078 (Meeta Sethia)
Age group: 6-16
When: 10am-noon and 4-6pm, 13-15 May
Where: Art in Me, 7, Loudon Street
Charges: Rs3,500
MUMBAI
Robotics: The Children’s Technology Workshop is running five-day summer camps called Elementary Robotics for the 5-8 age group. Specific workshops include TechKids (age 5), Weebots (ages 6-7) and Lego Physics (age 8). Those in the 9-19 age group can go for the two levels—basic and intermediate—in Robotics Explorations. The organization also trains students for the Indian and world robot Olympiads.
Call: 9867013344, or log on to www.ctworkshop.in
Age group: 5 onwards
When: Each workshop is Monday-Friday, 1-3 hours per session. Call the venue for timings at the different centres
Where: Nehru Science Centre, G Babu Sakpal Marg, Mahalakshmi; Shishuvan School, Matunga; 41, Dhairyaveer 8th Road, JVPD, Juhu; and Bombay International School, Gilbert Building, 2nd Cross Road, Babulnath
Charges: Rs3,800 (five days, basic level) and Rs7,000 (10 days, intermediate level)
Water sports: Learn water-skiing, kayaking, windsurfing and stand-up paddling at the Rae Sports Academy at Chowpatty beach. Children are closely supervised by a team of skilled instructors.
Call: 23677584, 23677546, 9920088873, 9870071632; or log on to www.raesport.in
Age group: 8 and above
When: 7-9am, till 25 May
Charges: Kayaking (1-hour sessions for six days, Rs4,000); stand-up paddling (1- hour sessions for six days, Rs6,500); windsurfing (10 hours over eight days, Rs.7,500); and water-skiing (10 hours over five days, Rs10,000)
Where: Near Mafatlal Clubhouse, Chowpatty, Girgaum
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Child vs wild camp: In its third season, this three-day residential camp by the Bombay Natural History Society (BNHS) offers young wildlife enthusiasts the experience of living in the forest and learning about biodiversity and nature conservation. The camp will include nature walks, campfire games, survival skills, fire-making, night trails, tracking animal footprints, star-gazing and more.
Call: 09223513425, 09594929107; or log on to http://bnhs.org
Age group: 9-14
When: From 9am on 29 May to 4pm on 31 May
Where: Conservation Education Centre, Goregaon
Charges: Rs6,200
Calligraphy and handwriting: Learn calligraphy or choose a basic handwriting course at Lulla Handwriting and Calligraphy Classes. Each course has 15 sessions of 1 hour each
Call: 26356303
Age group: 10 and above for calligraphy; 7 and above for the handwriting course
When: 9am-noon
Where: 101/A, Rushabh Apartments,Lane 7 Bunglow, Andheri-West
Charges: Rs2,350 (calligraphy for 15 days) and Rs3,600 (handwriting course for 35 days)
Language classes: Children can learn French and Spanish through these 10-day workshops. They will be introduced to the basics of grammar and conversation.
Call: 9322921244
Age group: 8 and above
When: Starting first week of May. Dates to be finalized
Where: Navjivan Society, Mumbai Central East
Charges: Rs1,200-1,500
Classical music and dance: Kala Mandir takes classes in Kathak, Bharatanatyam, Hindustani vocal and instruments such as casio, guitar and violin, among others. Take it up just as a hobby or to pursue professional certificate and diploma courses. The institute is affiliated to the Pracheen Kala Kendra, Punjab University.
Call: 26346804, 9820891503; or log on to http://vkalamandir.com
Age group: 4 and above
When: 9am-6pm, daily
Where: Kala Mandir Dance Music Institute, Swati society, Apna Ghar, Unit No. 22-B, Swami Samarth Nagar, Lokhandwala
Charges: approx. Rs1,000 a month
Performing English theatre in Indian traditions: A body-speech coordination workshop that teaches the skill of performing English theatre pieces in Indian traditions of dance and martial arts, exploring new speech patterns. Actor-director-trainer Neeraj Kabi, the founder of Pravah Theatre Laboratory, will conduct the workshop organized by Prithvi Theatre.
Call: 26149546
Age group: 12-16
When: 2-5pm, 5-14 May
Where: Prithvi House, First floor, Juhu
Charges: Rs2,500
NCPA Summer Fiesta: This children’s festival features 23 theatre workshops, along with dance and puppetry performances, circus arts, theatre games, etc. The workshops will be conducted by dancers K.P. Rakesh from Kalakshetra, Chennai, Mehneer Sudan and Seema Mehta, actor Shaun Williams, artist Shaizia Jifri, thespian Jehan Maneckshaw and his Theatre Professionals team, and Kaizaad Kotwal of Poor Box Productions. There will be five play performances from theatre groups such as Akvarious and Gillo, and four film screenings—all designed to educate and entertain children.
Call: 66223737, or log on www.ncpamumbai.com
Age group: 4-16
When: 2-7 May and 9-14 May
Where: National Centre for the Performing Arts (NCPA) complex, Nariman Point
Charges: Rs2,400 onwards
CHENNAI
Musical summer: This vocal training course includes training in vocal range, breathing techniques, rhythm and performance skills combined with songs from The Beatles, Queen, Broadway musicals, Disney and indie pop from A.R. Rahman and others. Some select students will get the opportunity to bring out a solo CD. The course will end with a concert featuring the new, trained voices accompanied by special guests.
Call: 9941005949, 9841379494; or email usom@unwindcenter.com
Age: 8-12 (juniors) and 13 and above (seniors)
When: Till 2 May; 9.30–11am/5-6.30pm (juniors), and 11.30am-1pm/6.30–8pm (seniors). Last date for registration is 23 April. The concert will be on 27-28 May at the Museum Theatre, Egmore
Where: 8, Manikeshwari Road, Kilpauk; and 67, 3rd Cross Street, Gandhi Nagar, Adyar
Charges: Rs3,500
Underwater world: This is a 10-day dance, theatre, art and craft workshop on the theme of sea creatures. Learn to make different kinds of masks, have a pirate-themed party, and more.
Call: 42067159; or log on to Blog.hippocampus.in
Age group: 3-5
When: 10am-12.30pm, 9-20 May (weekend off)
Where: Hippocampus Experience Centre, New No.4, Old No.7, 12th street, Nandanam
Charges: Rs3,500 for members, and Rs3,700 for non-members
Half-day summer camp: Have fun and learn at the same time. This summer camp at Hansel And Gretel Kids Play Centre includes storytelling, singalongs, drama, puzzles, drawing and painting, craft, games and more.
Call: 28152549
Age group: 3-12
When: 10am-1pm, daily, till 31 August; children can join on any Monday
Where: Hansel And Gretel Kids Play Centre, 11, First floor, Jagadambal Street
T Nagar
Charges: Rs3,000 for two weeks
Summer music camp: Join classes for piano, keyboard, drums, guitar, violin, flute, veena, tabla or vocal at the John Lee School of Music.
Call: 9884104157
Age group: 5-15
When: 8am-noon and 4-9pm, till 10 June; children should register before 25 May
Where: John Lee School of Music, 24/7, Bharathiar Street, Nehru Nagar, Velachery
Charges: Rs2,500 for 21 days
BANGALORE
The Magic of Science Toys: Conducted by Arvind Gupta, this workshop shows how science is used in simple toys that spin, jump, fly, twirl, etc. Over the course of four days children will learn the principles of sound, refraction, reflection and a lot more.
Call: 26403982
Age group: 7-9 and 10-16
When: 9-11am (7-9) and noon-2pm (10 -16), 3-6 May
Where: Ranga Shankara, 36/2, 8th Cross, 2nd Phase, JP Nagar
Charges: Rs1,500
Puppet making and playing: This workshop is being conducted by Anupama Hoskere, founder of Dhaatu, Bangalore’s leading puppet theatre company. Children will be taught the art of making giant-sized puppets, a process that includes tremendous creativity, a sense of mechanics and teamwork. The course will also teach ways of using puppets to weave stories.
Call: 26403982
Age group: 10-16
When: 3-6pm, 2-8 May
Where: Ranga Shankara, 36/2, 8th Cross, 2nd Phase, JP Nagar
Charges: Rs2,000
Dance workshop: Taking inspiration from martial arts, contemporary dance and theatre, this workshop will include theme-based choreography, which will be developed through creative inputs from the participating children.
Call: 22123684
Age group: 5-9 and 9-12
When: 9.30am-12.30pm, 25 April-7 May
Where: Studio 1, Attakkalari Centre for Movement Arts, 24-04, BTS Bus Depot Road, Wilson Garden
Charges: Rs2,500
Reading workshop: Five storytellers from Kathalaya, a storytelling academy, will introduce five literary greats such as Roald Dahl, Ruskin Bond, Charles Dickens, E.B. White and R.K. Narayan to children during a five-day reading workshop.
Call: 4112231
Age group: 7 onwards
When: 10.30-11.30am, till 25 April
Where: Easy Library, 972 H, 1st A Main, St Bed Layout, 4th Block, Koramangala
Charges: Rs500
Aeromodelling workshop: Get to know the history of aviation, learn building and trimming techniques, fly your creation and take the kit home in this workshop that will be taught by a group of experts from private hobby academy Hobby Master.
Call: 25630206
Age group: 10-14
When: 10am-noon, 9-13 May
Where: Hippocampus Children’s Experience Centre, 25, 16th Main, 3rd Block, Koramangala
Charges: Rs3,900
Geography workshop: Explore your neighbourhood, know about directions, or simply hop on to a map and learn about latitudes and longitudes. This workshop, taught by Chandra Shekhar Balachandran, who has taught geography education in India and the US, will also guide children on mapping out their neighbourhoods.
Call: 25630206
Age group: 11-14
When: 10.30am-1pm, 28 April-1 May
Where: Hippocampus Children’s Experience Centre, 25, 16th Main, 3rd Block, Koramangala
Charges: Rs1,800
Compiled by Anupam Kant Verma, Komal Sharma and Pavitra Jayaraman
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