AS PARENTS plan how to keep the children engaged though the summer, Ashvita’s Summer Studio adds to the options with three different workshops. “We have a lineup of engaging activities for children of eight years and older,” says Munira Daniel, head at Ashvita. The nature workshop conducted by Harish Krishnamoorthy, owner of The Offshoot, a horiculture-related service providers, involves a field trip to Kotturpuram Tree Park. It will introduce children to indigenous plants and teach them about their role in the ecosystem. “If you’re lucky you might spot a deer as well,” quips Krishnamoorthy (May 4-14, except Sunday. Rs 5,000).
For those who love the arc lights, opt for Theatre Nisha’s workshop, which will begin with free verse speaking and creating poetry on the spot. “Theatre teaches children about personal space, respecting another person’s body, team work and much more,” says V Balakrishnan, the artistic director (May 4 – June 5. Rs 6,000). Lastly, Dr R Bhanumathi, founder of the Pavai Centre for Puppetry, will not teach children how to make sock puppets, weave a story and present it in the form of a small puppet show (May 3 – 7, Rs 2,500). At Ashivita Nirvana, Besant Nagar. Details: 9791088189
— Seema Rajpal