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Hobby classes across town have prepared the perfect summer itinerary for kids, here’s where you can learn to make paper, explore nature and more.

entertainment Updated: Apr 23, 2011 16:04 IST
Sharin Bhatti

Now that school is over and summer is here, how do you make sure your little ones are effectively utilising their pent-up energy? Fear not. A range of unique skill-enhancement clubs have prepared the perfect summer itinerary for kids to learn, create, explore, play and role-play as carpenters, artisans or perhaps even cartoonists. Read on to make a mental checklist of what your kids should be doing this summer.

Paper plans
Not just as a means to create, kids can also learn how to make recycled paper and turn it into craft like papier-mache, origami, figure puppets, figure dolls or even figure flowers. The Bombay Papeire is conducting workshops every Saturday to help children explore their creativity on paper. Sarika Poojary, trainer says, “Paper is great to toy with and kids can learn to do so much with it. It’s also eco-friendly, since we teach kids to recycle paper and make their own.” They have two different batches for different aged kids to teach them accordingly, one for 7 to 12 year olds and another for 3 to 6 year-olds. Each workshop lasts for 15 days. Enrol now at www.bombaypaperie.com

Talk out loud

If you have the gift of the gab and talking is your thing, then train your voice for the radio. Radio Gaga is a unique, first-of-its-kind voice workshop for children aged 7-14 years. Conducted by thespians and voice artists, the workshop will take place at Prabhadevi, Andheri and KidsChembur. A radio play created by the kids will be recorded in a professional studio. For more, visit www.tpw.in

Centre stage
Prithvi Theatre and NCPA organise their annual summer camps for kids in different age groups to explore their acting face. At Prithvi this summer, kids can learn stage acting, voice modulation, stage presence, yoga, acting exercises, group behaviour analysis and even writing workshops. While at NCPA’s Summer Fiesta, there is everything from theatre and dance workshops to Elvis Presley tributes and docudramas on Indian and fusion music, designed for tiny tots. Open to kids between 3.5 to 15 years of age, there will be different age groups. For details log on to on to prithvitheatre.org and ncpamumbai.com

Bedtime stories
Inculcating the value of reading, Meenakshi Kishore’s Blue Fun Umbrella is conducing story-telling workshops for kids aged between 2 to 12 years. Conducted at Inorbit Mall, Vashi and Malad, the new batch starts April 29. “The idea is to be as creative as possible. We don’t read from a book, rather we enact a story for kids and involve them in the process, so that they take the story home with them,” says Kishore. Called Story Tailors, their workshop is interactive and fun. “We use innovative props, books, music, puppets, visual art, clay, art and craft to create a multi-sensory experience,” says Kishore. For more, email blue.funumbrella@gmail.com

Green trails
Among the city’s more active green agents is the Bombay Natural History Society (BNHS). They conduct exploration camps at the Conservation Education Centre (CEC) in Goregaon, to bring kids up close and personal with nature, opening up to them a whole new world of plants, reptiles and birds unknown to the city. The CEC site fringes the 33-acre deciduous jungle of Sanjay Gandhi National Park at Borivli. Popular routines here include the Breakfast With Butterflies, which features a talk on butterflies, specimen viewing, tips on gardening for butterflies, how to attract them with fruit bait and butterfly face-painting—all rounded off with a sumptuous breakfast. Isaac Kehimkar, General Manager, Programmes, for BNHS says, “There’s a growing demand for our family nature holidays to Africa, Sri Lanka, Thailand and Malaysia.’’ Log onto www.bnhs.orgfor details.