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    Expand your kids’ horizons this summer with activities that  range from story telling and zumba to theatre and pottery

    As the academic year comes to a close, prepare for vacation time with our round up of fun summer camps and workshops. Be it robotics, cooking or personality development workshops, there are a host of interesting activities to keep your children busy and productive.

    little-theatre_snip12Express yourself
    Location: Cheria Anna, Nungambakkam
    Age group: Eight-16.
    Activities: With an aim to create young actors, The Little Theatre is organising a workshop where children will learn acting, dance, script writing and prop making. The workshop will be conducted by their artistic director, Krishnakumar Balasubramanian.
    At Rs. 11,000, from April 28 to May 9.Details: 28211115

    Green conscious
    Age group: Six-10.
    Activities: Wild Life with Vanilla is organising two mobile workshops. In the first, children will be taken to a nearby sanctuary where they have to write a script,  direct, act and work on post production. The second is for kids aged five to nine, and is about understanding forest vegetation, flora and fauna. Children have to bring cameras, trekking shoes and clothing.
    From April 21- May 2. At Rs. 2,500. Details: 42066660

    Race to the hill
    Location: Sakleshpur.
    Age group: Eight-15.
    Activities: Moving away from indoor activities, Wishbone introduces a moving tour that has wildlife tracking, birdwatching, wishbone_snip7-(1)photography and more. The other activities include bush whacking, tree climbing and night walks. With accommodation in dormitories, the number of participants is limited to 18.
    At Rs. 18,500 per head. Starts on April 5. Details: wishbone.co.in, 9886169698

    Speak easy
    Location: British Council, Triplicane.
    Age group: Eight to 15.
    Activities: In its fifth edition, Summer Intensives for Young Learners has come up with ‘Around the World in 15 days’ that includes speaking skills,  grammar and vocabulary, group discussion skills, self strengths and weaknesses and more.
    At Rs. 400. From April 28 to May 16. Details: 4205 0600

    skating_snip10Scientific theories
    Location: Kids Central, Kotturpuram.
    Age group: Three-12.
    Activities: Activities are split depending on the age group. For kids between three and six,  the classes include rhythm and drums, construction and building, storytelling, everyday science, pottery and paper craft. And for those between six and12 years, the workshops include basketball, filmmaking, robotics and zumba.
    From April 15 to April 30, all weekdays. At Rs. 5,000 per child. Details: 24475167

    Design with paper
    Location: Alchemy Kids Theatre, Adyar.
    Age group: Four-14.
    Activities: Split into levels, the junior camp includes a theatre workshop, story telling and crafts like origami, paper quilling and paper bag making. The senior camp has personality development, dance, writing workshops, basketball and filmmaking.
    At  Rs. 2,500. Details: 9841327673

    Cook fest
    Location: Vanilla Activity Center, R A Puram.
    Age group: Two and a half -12.
    Activities: You could either send your little chef to three different cooking workshops or let them shake a leg to zumba and wildlife_snip2Bollywood. Also look out for workshops on creative writing, public speaking, live music, and carpentry.
    At Rs. 750  per child. From April 21 to May 11. Details: 42066660

    Need for speed
    Location: Nehru Indoor Stadium.
    Age group: Above three.
    Activities: This one is for kids who love speed. The Chennai Lions Rollerskating Club is having their 15-day basic skating class. There are three batches, with a duration of one hour each.
    From Rs. 1,500. April 15 onwards. Details: 9941423828

    Write a book
    Location: Hippocampus, Thiruvanmiyur
    bc_snip8..Age group: Three to 15.
    Activities: Classified into three sections, kids get
    to learn storytelling, robotics and aeromodelling, understand outer space and aliens,  indulge in water games and learn how to write a non-fiction book on wild cats. At  Rs. 4,000. From April 21-May 30. Details: 24433544

    Sail happy
    Location: Royal Madras Yacht Club, Thousand Lights.
    Age group: Above five. Activities: The first week of the workshop begins with cooking and table etiquette, followed by sailing at the Royal Madras Yacht Club, photography, creating a book and watching movies on the mysteries of space.
    Starting on April 5, at Rs. 4,000 per head. Details: 9789906146

    -Nivedhitha Sathyanarayanan

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