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    A round-up of fun yet productive activities for your children this holiday season

    If a family vacation hasna��t fallen into place this season, dona��t fret. There are plenty of interesting things to keep your child happy. Sign up your kids for summer camps, ranging from dance, music, theatre, writing, adventure, to even engineering, and let them pick up a new skill or two this season.
    Barkha Kumari



    Musical notesMusic1
    Sign up for noted Carnatic classical singer, Rohini Raghunandana��s class, aptly called Tune-in. She will introduce children to genres of theatre and classical music with voice exercises, and visualisation techniques. April 25 (Atta Galatta), and April 28 (Kavade Attic). 10 am-5 pm. Tickets (Rs 1,750) on bookmyshow.com.

    For Western music, Nathaniel School Of Music will hold a music appreciation workshop. It will involve theoretical lessons, and practice of instruments such as guitar, piano, and drums. Rs 20,000 upwards. April 16 onwards. At Langford Town. Details: 98454 65411


    Stage craft Theatre1
    Enroll to the Performance & Camera workshop by Tsohil Bhatia, a performance artiste and image maker from Srishti Institute of Art and Design. He will teach you about the power of a camera, and how a photo can tell a story. Rs 2,250. April 23 onwards. Details:

    WeMoveTheatre has chalked out an experiential theatre camp for kids in the age group of 6-16. They will be introduced to voice modulation, body language, emotions, storytelling, acting and more. At the end of the two-week workshop, children will get to showcase all theya��ve learnt in a small play. April 4-15. At Jusa�� Trufs, Jakkur Road. 11 am-1 pm. Tickets (Rs 2,500) on in.explara.com


    Shake it upShrinika performing Abhinaya (Kede Chhanda Janilu Tuhi)
    Lshva Studio is offering full-day bootcamps in Bharatanatyam, contemporary dance, yoga and aerial acts to acquaint children with a variety of body movements, and performance techniques. Rs 5,000 upwards For kids aged four, or above. May 2-May 15. At Koramangala. Details: 9845407574
    Those with a love for Odissi dance can learn the basics of body conditioning, expressions and gestures in the a�?Just dancea�� session, to be facilitated by Pavithra Reddy of Nrityagram. For 8-13-year-olds. April 26 (At Kavade Attic), and April 27 (At Atta Galatta). 10 am-5 pm. Tickets
    (Rs 1,750) on bookmyshow.com

    Dexter2Dextera��s way
    Stem Champ, an international Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) education improvement body, has tied up with NASA among other organisations, for interesting workshops. If your kid is still fascinated with Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, the a�?Engineering a superheroa�� workshop will suit him just fine. Here, students will get to discuss various worlds that superheroes live in, and concepts of matter and energy that drive these beings. In the a�?Secrets of Survivala�� camp, they will discover historical warfare and tactics used in the 15th century. a�?Creative Engineeringa�� is about fashion engineering. Game-savvy kids can join the a�?Video game technologya�� session. It will cover the aspects of smart urban planning, diplomacy and military management. April 20 onwards. At multiple venues. Register (Rs 4,440) on the frogo app.


    Thrill factor
    For something adventurous, look up Nature Admirea��s schedule. The travel company is holding two camps for kids in the age group of 8-16 years. The five-day Kudremukh package includes camping at Bhagavathi, trekking at Kurinjalaguda and Kudremukh peaks, safari by jeep, and visits to historical sites. You will also be taught birding, tree identification, and nature photography. Games such as jumping over spider nets, tyre walls, rope ladders, or slackline, and archery have also been chalked out. Movies on Mt Everest, and wildlife will also be screened. Alternatively, you can sign up for the Sharavathy camp. It includes kayaking, rafting, jummering, target shooting, and visits to waterfalls, and dam reservoirs. April 12 onwards. Register (Rs 6,999 upwards). Details: 880566066

    Paper work Paperwork
    ArtReach has got something for young authors. You can learn the ropes of the publishing world at the a�?Magazine Majaaa�� camp. Vidya Mani, and Shyam Madhavan Sarada, who work in the field of childrena��s books publishing, will take you through the process of bringing out a magazine a�� from writing the text, making illustrations to compiling pages. a�?Pop-up Story Booka�� is another session to look forward to. Here, children will be taught to use paper as 2D and 3D materials, by folding, twisting, and layering, to tell stories. Sadhvi Jawa from Srishti Institute of Art & Design will facilitate the workshop. Rs 1,750. For 8-13-year-olds. April 22 onwards. At Atta Galatta, and Kavade Attic.
    10 am-5 pm. Details: sandboxcollective.org

    VidyaNext is building a network of a�?tech-equippeda�� tutors in your neighbourhood

    Among the multitude of things, and people you can find in your neighbourhood, thanks to online networking platforms, ita��s now the turn of tutors. Benga-luru-based VidyaNext is building a network of home tutors in the city, who are equipped with a technology tool.
    Ravi Kittu, VP (marketing) at VidyaNext, founded by Will Poole, and Pradeep Singh, says, a�?Tutors are like doctors. A doctor needs right tools to diagnose problems, provide specific treatment, and monitor progress of a patient. Similarly, tutors need the right tools to teach students, and deliver results.a�?
    The technology used in this case is an Android tablet, loaded with course content mapped to a studenta��s school curriculum. It has features that help them to understand, practice, and memorise the concepts better, such as automatic scheduling of highly visual flashcards, and quizzes. Students are also awarded points, and rewards for their right learning behaviour. It is devised for CBSE, ICSE and SSLC students, with a focus on maths, physics, chemistry, and biology.
    A class at home will involve 70 percent pen and paperwork, and the rest will be taught via the tablets. Tutors use reporting and collaboration tools to provide personalised attention. Parents are also part of The VidyaNext Tuition System. They use an app to track the progress of their child a�� from his attendance, chapters covered and practice done to test results. Look up the Vidyanext website to select from its list of 500-plus home tutors. For downloading the VidyaNext app on tablets, students have to visit the nearest of the 35 VidyaNext centres in the city, and pay `1,500 for the first subject.

    Details: vidyanext.com
    a�� Barkha Kumari

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