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A complete guide to camps and workshops for your kids’ summer holiday

With summer in full swing, children have a variety of options to fill their vacation ranging from traditional favourites such as swimming, dance music and martial arts to new activities ones such as ice-making, photography, sewing etc.

more lifestyle Updated: May 23, 2016 13:31 IST
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Summer camps for kids are a lot of fun while also giving parents a break. Check out these innovative camps and summer activities.(Pinterest)

With summer in full swing, children have a variety of options to fill their vacation ranging from traditional favourites such as swimming, dance music and martial arts to new activities ones such as ice-making, photography, sewing etc.

Usha International Limited, a household consumer durable brand, is offering golf courses to children aged between 8-15 years in the national capital.

The company has been associated with Junior Training Programme (JTP) of the Delhi Golf Club since 2006 with the aim of introducing golf to youngsters between the age groups of 8 and 15 years besides discovering and nurturing talented juniors.

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This year’s junior golf training is slated between May 16th and June 24 at the Delhi Golf Club. The 30th edition of JTP started registrations on May 14 and is divided into four camps (each of 10 day duration) slated for 16th May, 26th May, 5th June and 15th June respectively.

Children enrolling for this camp have a chance to learn the basics of the game under the guidance of well-known coaches like Vikram Sethi, Nonita Lal Qureshi, Jasjit Singh and Ajay Gupta. The camps are divided into three levels of ability namely advanced, intermediate and beginners as per their ability and knowledge about the game. “This is the time of the year when kids get to come out of their daily routine and get involved in their hobbies, one of which is sports. As we continue to partner with junior training programme for golf with Delhi Golf Club for a decade now, we want more and more juniors to take up this training at the learning stages of their life,” says Komal Mehra, Events Head, Usha International Limited.

These daily, two hour sessions will cover all aspects of the game- long drive, putting, chipping, bunker and pitching as well as the rules and etiquette. Each camp will further conclude with a prize distribution where children will be awarded according to age and ability across all disciplines. The Ambience Mall locations in the city are organising their 3rd edition of ‘We Love Summer 2016’ Kids Carnival, that begins from today and extends till June 5.

During the carnival, students will be coached by internationally and domestically acclaimed trainers like NBA (National Basketball Association) Jr. Coach Karan Baweja, Aman Bathla (World’s fastest pianist) and Dance guru & Bollywood choreographer Shiamak Davar, who will share their expertise and experiences during the workshops and training sessions. Other then basketball and football workshops, activites include Kids Robots, Puppet workshop, paintball, bakery classes, sewing classes, theatre workshops, musical and dance classes, ice skating, zumba-kickboxing, meditation through music, and smartivity science and quizzing workshop.

Meanwhile, the DLF Mall here has organised a month-long ‘Summer Fiesta’ with a pool party being organised once a week for children. It has incorporated an ‘Astro space camp’ where children can participate in science experiments sessions, cookies and cupcake decoration, designing T-shirts etc.

Famous ice-cream brand ‘London Dairy’ is organising an ‘Ice Cream Sundae Challenge’ for children in Godrej Nature’s Basket’s flagship stores in Delhi, Mumbai and Bangalore.

Popular chefs like Chef Rushina Munshaw Ghildiyal and Chef Monica Manchanda in Mumbai and Bangalore respectively showed kids techniques of creating Sundaes using ice cream with a variety of toppings. “The Kids Sundae Challenge was a great way to indulge children by helping them curate their personalised versions of the London Dairy international recipes guided by well-known chefs,” says Shweta Shrivastava, Head of Marketing, London Dairy said.

London Dairy also tied up with Hypercity to announce ‘The Ice Cream Festival’ starting from May 15 to June 15.

Child Rights and You (CRY) is set to host summer camps for children in urban slums and communities across 6 locations in India- Mumbai, Pune, Bangalore, Chennai and Delhi.

In Mumbai and Pune, the camp is being conducted for the third consecutive year and the response has been overwhelming leading to a considerable reduction in number of dropouts.

This year the NGO is reaching out to around 200 children in 3 locations i.e. Kalyan, Thane and Pune in May and June.

The camp to be held in Mumbai and Pune will cover around 170 children. Activities planned include singing, dancing, Fun yoga, drawing, photography, puppet show, quiz and awareness on child rights. In Chennai, CRY is conducting a Summer Camp at Notchikuppam called ‘Chutti Kodai Kalakalapu’. In Delhi, summer camp from May to June is being held at Tigri, south Delhi, Shahbad Dairy, North Delhi, Dwarka, South West Delhi, Indirapuram, Ghaziabad UP, NCR and in Gurgaon, Haryana, NCR.

CRY is collaborating with Indian Museum in the ‘City of Joy’, Kolkata to organize a summer camp named ‘Aashayein’ on June 5, on the occasion of International Environment Day.

“The plan is to engage in various activities through various workshop sessions ranging from painting classes to clay art to origami to photography to singing to planting trees named ‘Taru-Mitra’.

The camp will be rounded up with a direct interaction between the children and celebrity guests which also include eminent successful professionals. This section of the event aims to bring the concept of role models in the lives of these children so that they start believing in themselves and aspiring for such success in their lives,” says Soha Moitra, Director (North) and Volunteer Action.

First Published: May 23, 2016 13:31 IST