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A round-up of fun activities and camps in the city this season

A case for summer

With the holidays upon us, we suggest parents give amusement parks a miss. Instead, discover what the city has to offer. From kayaking and trekking to adventure camps and horse riding, here’s how you can expand your to-do-list. Text: Nimmy Merlien Philip

By the book | http://blog.justbooksclc.com/
Fuel your love of books by joining literary enthusiasts across the city. Just Books in Panampilly Nagar and Eloor Library are organising summer reading activities and games at their centres, across April and May (dates and events to be finalised). Or if you just want to stay at home, Reader’s Web, an online portal, lets you choose titles for home delivery. Details: readersweb (facebook), Just Books – 4015949, Eloor Library – 2363539

Under the sun | http://www.decathlon.in/
If your child loves sports, then here’s a camp that includes five different kinds, along with other fun activities. Decathlon, the sports store, is hosting a five-day summer camp at their centre that includes basketball, football, tennis, skating and martial arts—taught by professional coaches. Children can also try their hand at activities ranging from rock climbing to playing Frisbee. From April 6 to May 15, in six batches, with sessions in the morning (7.30 am to 11 am) and evening (5 pm to 8.30 pm). For kids between four and 14. Rs.1,999, which includes two pairs of shirts, trousers, a bag and a water bottle. Details: 9961410011

Shake it up | www.facebook.com/TheFloor.Cochin | http://www.mamangam.in/
Whatever your passion, from salsa to hip-hop and ballet, there is a dance class for you. While The Floor in Kadavanthra is offering classes in ballet (Rs.1,350) and modern jazz, Mamangam, the school of dance in Palarivattom, is offering classes in hip-hop. While the ballet classes will teach you basic moves, arabesques, jumps and lifts, in hip-hop, you can master breaking, locking and popping. At The Floor, modern jazz is priced at Rs.1,700 per month (three classes per week) and hip hop at Mamangam at Rs.2,500 (four classes per month). For children five years and above. Details: 9744210101 (Mamangam), 9562036699 (The Floor)

Rolling in the deep
Kayak on the Vembanad lake in a canoe as part of an alternative sightseeing tour. The Sailing Club House in Panangad is providing two-man vessels, along with an instructor for beginners. For those who’d like to take a break from the water, there is cycling and sailing, too. While there, parents can re-energise with Ayurvedic treatments and yoga at the club, before sitting down to a waterfront dinner of local delicacies like kappa and karimeen curry. Kayaking at Rs.720 per hour (per person) and sailing at Rs.1,200 per hour. Age: 12 years and above. Details: 2702222

Take the plunge | http://www.scubacochin.com/
There’s a whole new world to be discovered under the waves. Now you can take the first step towards exploring it by signing up for scuba classes. Scuba Cochin, the first PADI authorised dive centre in South India, is offering 18-metre open water (Rs.25,000) and 30-metre advanced open water certificate (Rs.16,000) courses. If you’re not sure if diving is your thing, try the PADI Discover Scuba experience (pool only) before committing to a full course. Discover Scuba is Rs.5,000, at the centre in Kadavanthra. Age: 10 to 18 years. Participants will receive a junior open water certificate, too.Details: 9995250002

Riding the wind
If you love horses and are looking for a pastime to keep fit, give horse riding a shot. Gallop Cochin is organising a five-day residential camp, which will give you an introduction to grooming, stabling, saddling, feeding and riding. Their team of experts have also created customised training plans according to age, individual goals, experience and gender. At Thuthiyoor, Kakkanad. Rs.15,000, including stay. Riding will be taught on English breeds. Age: 13 years and above. Details: 9745319193

Feed that wanderlust | http://www.kalypsoadventures.com/
Now’s the time to get off the couch and explore the great outdoors. Tour operators Kalypso Adventures are designing four-day adventure camps in Munnar that will include trekking, rafting and nature walks, besides team-building and leadership activities. With an option to extend the stay—and invite your family for a tour of the hill station—you can also tailor-make the trip according to your level of fitness. The four-day camps start at Rs.6,000 per person. For children between 12 and 17 years. Details: 2092280
Reach out | http://www.makeadiff.in/
You don’t need an inspirational story to motivate you to start something good. Try volunteering. From looking for youngsters to help map the city to turning temporary teachers, NGOs are on the lookout to rope in anyone who wants to make a difference. Enrol for a good cause at MAD, Isho or Unity Group. No age limit. Details: makeadiff.in

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