Be it kayaking, organic farming or book publishing, the season is ripe to help your little ones learn some offbeat skills.
THE city is abuzz with offerings of camps and workshops that are hands-on and all about practical learning. While Bay of Life is organising a beach camp, with lessons on ecosystems and wave formation (April 5-14, Rs 950 onwards, details: 9176450535), there are also options
like play-acting characters from the Panchatantra to learning the nuanced techniques of pottery. You can even enroll children for sessions on ballet or yoga.
Into the wild
When: From April 28
Where: Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Karnataka
For the adventurous, Aavishkaar India brings trekking, soft rock climbing, kayaking and river crossing. Offering six packages, they have camps at Karadimalai (Yelagiri), Camp Splendour (Udumalpet) and Civet Creek (Coorg), among others. These nature-based camps will be for a minimum of two days.
For nine years and above.
Rs 4,800 onwards.
Find your groove
When: From May 2
Where: Kamaraj Memorial Hall
New York-based dancer Alisia Bignami, who has taught and performed in the US, is here to train children in ballet. Organised by Raack Academy of Dance, the 12-day workshop is for three- to 12-year-olds. (Rs 1,800).
They are also organising a 20-day Panchatantra dance-drama workshop. Ramana Balaji, choreographer and director of the dance academy, will instruct participants using western, modern jazz and other moves. For children six and above. (Rs 3,500).
The grand finale will be on May 27, at 7 pm. Tickets from Rs 200 (free for parents).
When: April 20 – 28
Where: T Nagar
Hiss like a snake or roar like a lion — what would you like to see your child do this summer? Children can opt to play the role of any animal at the Jungle Camp 2016, organised by choreographer Nupur Kothari and arts and craft teacher, Harathy Bala Kumar. They can also have fun preparing for it from scratch—from costumes to the movements. For four-year-olds and above. Details: 8754419800
When: From April 18 – May 21
Where: Glow Worm Club, Anna Nagar
Glow Worm Club, the children’s library and activity centre, is organising a science workshop for eight-year-olds and above. Concepts like magnetism and electricity will be demonstrated through experiments. Rs 3,250.
Also learn a new theme every day, from storytelling to yoga, at their junior (three to five-years) and senior (six to eight years) camps. Rs 3,000 onwards. Details: 42170507
Out and about
When: April 18 – May 6, May 9 – 27
Where: Sporty Beans, Mylapore
Multi-sport programme Sporty Beans’ Kids Summer Camp is the right choice for young sports enthusiasts. Enjoy two hours of soccer, hockey and football, along with games like kabaddi. Rope climbing and obstacle races are also part of the agenda. At Adyar and Mylapore (10 am – 12 pm) and Harrington Road (4 pm – 7 pm). Rs 4,500. Details: 9710207716
Learn the ropes of publishing at Magazine Majaa. Vidya Mani and Shyam Madhavan Sarada, who work in children’s books publishing, will take you through the process of bringing out a magazine — from writing to making illustrations. Rs 1,750. For eight-13-year-olds. From April 22. At Atta Galatta, Bengaluru. Details: sandboxcollective.org
In the spotlight
When: From April 18
Where: Mirage Film Institute, T Nagar
Offering to teach acting and photography, Mirage Film Institute is holding a one-week camp for children between six and 16. Actor David Solomon Raja (Kirumi, 2015) will teach acting through exercises and games.
Six students per batch. 3 pm – 5 pm. Rs 5,000.
Photography will be taught by Sam Kumar, an independent filmmaker and photographer. Learn features of the point-and-shoot digital camera, composition of photographs and more. Six students per batch. 11 am – 1 pm. Rs 4,000. Details: 9952099040
When: From April 22 – 30 and May 22 – 30
Where: Busy Bee Summer Camp, Purasavakkam
While fun craft activities like origami and greeting card-making await three- to six-year-olds (Rs 1,800, from 10 am to 12.30 pm), for those between six and 13, there’s bangle making, photo frame-making, abacus concepts and more (Rs 2,200, from 10 am to 12 pm), organised by Hema Jamad. Details: 9080485079
When: From April 11 to June 3
Where: At Weebees, RA Puram
Weebees, the children’s play centre, is organising multiple events. Harini Sathish, a horticulture enthusiast, will conduct workshops on organic gardening. Dancer Andrea Jacob will host creative movement sessions that will integrate dance and fitness. Kids can also attend the yoga workshop by facilitators from Aura Yoga, and theatre by Helen O’Grady International, the after-school drama programme.
For children between ages three and five, and six and nine.
Rs 7,500 onwards. On weekdays. Details: 8870043373
When: From April 25
Where: Alchemy Kids Theatre, Adyar
For two age groups — four to seven and eight to 14 — the camp is being organised by Alchemy Kids Theatre. They will teach various aspects of theatre, with a focus on voice projection and body language. Other sessions include folk dances of India, storytelling sessions and
mastering public speaking. Rs 4,000 onwards. Details: 98410 47620
When: From April 25 to May 1
Where: Pothole At The Farm, Semmencherry
Potter and ceramic artist, Kaveri Bharath, is conducting a week-long pottery workshop on textures and surfaces. Anyone from 12 years and above will be taught how to make tiles and medallions by hand. Also expect lessons on surface techniques like imprints and colouring clay through flip trailing and other methods. Maximum 10 students per batch, on a first-come-first-serve basis. Rs 3,000 (inclusive of materials). Details: 9884144693
Text: Lalitha Ranjani & Seema Rajpal | Illustrations: Tapas Ranjan