This vacation, explore Mumbai’s out-of-the-box ideas

  • Swati Goel Sharma and Aishwarya Iyer, Hindustan Times, Mumbai
  • Updated: May 18, 2015 16:14 IST

This holiday season, parents are looking for summer camps with a twist for their children. And they won’t be disappointed. Trips to Europe, a crash course in radio jockeying, an upscaling workshop — Mumbai has lots to offer.

Many schools have planned trips to the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), as well as to the Netherlands, Germany, Switzerland and Israel, to learn about the country’s history and culture.

For those who will spend the summer in the city, Bright Sparks in Worli is offering a course in radio jockeying. “These days, parents want activities that engage children and challenge them creatively. They want their kids’ time to be productive even during vacations,” said Riddhima Krishnamurthy, the founder. Called Be an RJ, the workshop will help children brush up diction, improve vocabulary and learn script-writing for the radio. “They will also get a chance to be part of a real show,” Krishanmurthy said.

Puppeteering and storytelling are popular. Talking Turtles, a Juhu-based organisation, just concluded a workshop that exposed children to these age-old activities with a twist.

“We chose the theme jungle, we made props to use in the narration of folklores. The stories were from all over the world and of various cultures. The props helped children absorb stories and concepts better,” said co-founder Deepa Panchal.

Another workshop at DIRT, Bandra (West), introduced children to upcycling – a concept fast catching on in urban India. “The idea of the workshop was to get children to connect with nature. We teach them how to make home composts and deal with plastics,” said Natasha D’costa, the owner of DIRT. This upcycling workshop also taught children to grow self-watering plants.

“There is so much exposure available to children that every field has become competitive. Even school projects these days need a twist of creativity,” said Devina Kapoor, the festival coordinator at the National Centre for Performing Arts (NCPA), which is holding a host of workshops. One, called Photo Framed, will be conducted by the Bombay Film Factory. It will teach children about the basics of photography.

To revive the reading habit, Ileap (Integrated Learning Enrichment Achievement Program), near Cooper Hospital, Juhu, is offering a host of workshops for children to read books.

“Self-expression is something children these days need to acquire. We have come up with workshops that will ensure children are more aware of their culture,” said Mayuri Gopalkrishnan, the centre director.

For the sporty kind, Kshitij World is organising Adventure Mania in the City at Bhavan’s Nature Adventure Centre in Andheri (West).

The two-day camp offers sport activities such as flying fox, river crossing, rapelling, dart, commando net, among others.

“Children today lead sedentary lifestyles, they do little physical activity, our camp will help them become more active,” said founder Vipul Chheda.

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