Modern times3 min read . Updated: 16 Apr 2010, 09:00 PM IST
Aishwarya Krishnan, 8, will start her summer vacation with a week’s holiday to Hong Kong. Her mother Priya Krishnan has booked a Mom ‘n’ Kids trip, organized by Women on Wanderlust, a company that specializes in women travelling alone or with their children.
“The Mom ‘n’ Kids trips are usually for mothers and daughters, though this time sons are welcome too," says Priya. The trip includes a visit to Hong Kong Disneyland and a trip to the marine theme park, Ocean Park. Children should be under 12. “This would be a great opportunity for Aishwarya to not just see these places, but also make some new friends and have an adventure," says Priya.
Aishwarya is excited about Disneyland. The last time she visited was at the age of 6, when the now Gurgaon-based Krishnans were living in the US. She was going through her “princess phase". Now she’s outgrown that so she is looking forward to the Alice in Wonderland theme.
When Priya was growing up, summer holidays meant either a visit to her grandmother’s house or a holiday somewhere. “My vacations were all about climbing mango trees and eating the fruits fresh off the trees. I didn’t learn to swim even though my grandmother had a pond in the compound," she says.
Her daughter’s holidays, though, will follow a slightly stricter schedule.
When they come back from Hong Kong, Aishwarya will resume her piano and art lessons. She will also join a swimming camp in the apartment complex where they live. Since she already knows how to swim, this year Aishwarya is hoping to learn how to dive. “Last year, she went to her school for a summer camp; she will attend that again this year. It would be a 9am-12pm session for four weeks. The camp would include art and dance, puppet-making and maybe some studies as well," explains her mother.
Priya wants Aishwarya to experience the family summer holidays that she enjoyed as a child. That’s not always been possible since most of Aishwarya’s cousins live in Chennai and their holidays often do not match. “This year, though, Chennai schools have changed their holiday timetable. So towards the end of June, when it’s not too hot, we will probably head out for a week with some of my cousins and their children. Most likely, a hill station in Kerala," she says.
Aishwarya has also got her reading list planned for the summer. She has just started on comic books and has a host of Snoopy books waiting for her holidays. “She is yet to read a book with chapters, but she can manage books with long sentences," Priya says.
But most of all, Aishwarya wants to spend time with her friends. “I am not sure how many of my friends will be here during the holidays, but I think some of them will be. We will take turns playing at each of our homes. We will even have sleepovers," she says.
What will you play? “Lots of things," she says, and adds with the wisdom only an eight-year-old can possess, “and sometimes playing nothing is fun too."
SUMMER ACTIVITY CAMPS IN GURGAON
Ebony Ivory music classes
Enrol your child for piano lessons throughout the holidays. Classes can be once or twice a week.
When: Noon-7pm (Wednesday, Saturday)
Age group: 6 upwards
Charges: Rs1,000 per class
Where: K-13/15, Phase II, DLF City
Arts, craft and theatre workshop
A theatre workshop by Feisal Alkazi for 7- to 15-year-olds and a creative theatre workshop for 2- to 6-year-olds is being organized by Ibambini School. Both workshops will culminate in a grand play at the Epicentre mall auditorium on 21 June.
When: 14 May–21 June
Age group: 2 upwards
Where: Ibambini School, Sushant Lok Phase II, Sector 56, Block C, near Sushant Tower
Little Footprints summer camp
The activities will include drama, dance, arts and crafts for pre-teen children. There is also a splash pool.
When: 17 May-12 June
Age group: 4-10
Where: Little Footprints, 4106, Ashoka Marg, near DLF Galleria, DLF Phase IV