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Jumpstart your vacations at summer camps

delhi Updated: May 13, 2013 01:51 IST

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Summer vacations are here and if you are still wondering how you can spend the month-and-a-half-long holidays constructively, you need not worry. Hundreds of camps are on offer across the city for about 38 lakh school students. But you need not grope in the dark. Starting today, HT will help you set your summer agenda, helping you choosing not just the right camp, but also offer ideas on indulging in edutainment at home. Besides, this year you may become a tourist in your own city, which is stee-ped in history, heritage, nature and culture. We will tell you how it explore it. Up first the best of the summer camps...

Have fun with science

If you have an inquisitive mind and are scientifically inclined, there are many good workshops this summer to fuel and satisfy your inquisitiveness. You can explore different areas of science depending on your inclination: Space science to robotics and from environment engineering to mechanical engineering. The courses are for children between 4-15 years, and even the kid Einsteins can learn to make a small science-based toy.

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One of the interesting courses offered is Robotic Mission to Mars at Engineering For Kids, where a child can explore different ways in which a robot can be used to study a distant planet. National Science Centre is offering programmes such as ‘Fun with Physics’, Wonders of electronics, etc.

Shake a leg

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If you feel that learning to shake a leg is a cool way to spend your summer vacations, there are some very good dance and music classes on offer. Here you can groove to your favourite Bollywood numbers, and have fun and exercise at the same time.

There are classes for all kinds of dance—jazz, hip hop, Bollywood, Indian classical, etc. You can also choose to choreograph a dance sequence under the supervision of a professional choreographer.

You can even learn to compose your very own song. There are some institutes that offer both lessons in dance and musical instrument of your choice — keyboard, guitar, flute, drums, violin, piano, etc. In fact, a learning playing the piano is in these days, and you can learn anything from classical jazz to rock and pop.

If you are interested in Hindustani classical and wish to create your own band of fantastic vocalists, you can get in touch with Madhur Mann Music School.

Gather round, kids, hear a tale...

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Nothing fires a child’s imagination like an interesting book. And story-telling is the best way to inculcate reading habits among children. Thankfully, now the Capital boasts of several new age children’s libraries-cum story-telling studios, which make story-telling an entertaining and edifying experience.

The story-telling class at these places are generally engaging for 4 to 10-year-olds. Special effects, rhymes and voice intonations make these sessions all the more interesting. In fact, older children can even learn how to tell a story.

They can even learn to make their own stories based on the pictures and drawings. “Story-telling is a great tool of learning, and of widening a child’s imagination, and narrative skills,” says Ritakshi Sinha, a story teller.

Learn to whip up mouth-watering dishes

From refreshing lemonade to colourful sandwiches, you can learn to make anything for your family and friends. All that you need to do is join a fun-filled cooking workshop. There are workshops where the young chef dressed in chef’s apron and cap, learn to make chocolate puddings, sandwiches, ice-creams, etc.

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To make cooking workshops more exciting, some of the kids’ cooking schools hold an event where children can sell dishes and drinks made by them. “We offer hands-on cooking workshops for children aged between 3-17 years at a state-of-the-art kitchen,” said Aparna Todi, director, Young Chef’s academy.

The academy will organise workshops such as The Lemonade Stand where the young chefs can learn make, pack and sell delicious recipes; another workshop called Treat to beat the heat will teach making ice-cream sandwiches, ice-cream drumstick, etc.

Unleash artist in you

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Let the artist in you come out and play with colours, clay and paper. If you need a little help, there are several creative workshops on offer, where you can learn everything from making bubbles, cartoons, magic art, ice-stick art, thumb painting, sand printing, etc.

Besides, you can also learn crafts such as Origami, paper craft, and clay modeling. Clay modeling can help increase your child’s power to concentrate.

These classes can act as therapy for those with concentration problems.

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