Be it fishing, surfing or a spot of Kung fu, here’s why the East Coast is a great summer escape for the kids.
IF you would rather your children take a break from video games and television marathons, you need a strategy. The East Coast has a host of options, from angling to surfing and football. It’s your turn to choose based on timing, availability and skill sets.
Football with the experts? A summer camp is coming up, conducted by Chennaiyin FC, the reigning champions of the Indian Super League, under the supervision of Syed Sabir Pasha, the team’s assistant coach. Coaches from across the country, like Cleofus Alex (AFC A licence holder) and Akhil Kothari (AFC C licence holder), will be training the children. From May 2-13. At TS Narayanaswamy College of Arts and Science, Navalur. Registration closes on April 30. Ages six-16. At Rs 5,000. Details: 9884632038
The training is conducted in association with Great Goals, started by Priya Gopalen (urban planner and researcher) and Sandhya Rajan (teacher) in 2013. It trains over 200 children (ages four-14) in football, with Bhaskar K of Turn Pro Academy as head coach, and basketball, with Ceciline Michael Vino as head coach, as part of its regular classes — of four sessions for a span of 12 weeks each. Details: 8939932088
Drifting on surf boards and making the best of low tides, children will love the surfing camp in Kovalam, where fully certified crew teach children (ages seven and above) ocean swimming, understanding waves and ocean safety. Available as two-day/five-day/eight-day camps. Rs 2,800 onwards (inclusive of equipments). From tomorrow. At Bay of Life Surf School, Kovalam. 8.30 am onwards. Details: 9940488880
Fish and arrows
Fishing is a valuable outdoor skill and has benefits like relaxation and dexterity. So equip your little ones with a fishing rod and watch as they learn pilapia fishing and kayaking, all in one day. Also, they will get to learn the art of archery, judo and air rifle shooting as taught by master Tamil Selvam from Gurukulam Karate Academy. At Thiruporur Gamefishing Farm (TGF), Thiruporur. On April 30. Registration at Rs 2,000. For children between eight and 15 years. Details: 9444335888
So the recent installment of Kung Fu Panda has made a huge impact on junior? This is your cue to introduce him/her to the martial art. Gentle Warrios Multi Martial Arts (Palavakkam) is holding a month-long camp where they teach kickboxing and gymnastics besides Kung fu, as instructed by masters Arul Selvam and V Vaitheeshwaran. Classes are to be held over five days each week, until May 31. Rs 2,000 (inclusive of certificate). From May 1 onwards. Six years and above.
— Lalitha Ranjani