Super summer fun for tots, tweens and teens

Super summer fun for tots, tweens and teens


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

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)


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


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

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)

Call: 23677584, 23677546, 9920088873, 9870071632; or log on to

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, 7,500); and water-skiing (10 hours over five days, Rs10,000)

Where: Near Mafatlal Clubhouse, Chowpatty, Girgaum


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

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

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

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


Call: 9941005949, 9841379494; or email

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

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


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