Weekend Activities for kids in Bangalore – Part 4

January 4, 2011 at 3:16 pm Leave a comment

This is the final part in the four part series on Weekend Activities for kids in Bangalore.

Government Archaeological Museum

Location: Cubbon Park, Near Aquarium (Closed: Wednesday and Public Holidays , Time: 10am to 5pm)

The Government controlled archaeological museum is one of the oldest in India. It has two floors of exhibits in various galleries pertaining to geology, natural history, sculpture, art and numismatics. There are relics of various civilizations and jewels, paintings, textiles, coins of yester years and excavations from Tipu Sultan’s era. The building itself is an architectural mansion.

Karnataka Folk Museum

Location: Kumara Park West, Seshadripuram, Bangalore-Mysore Highway (Open : 10:30am to 5pm)

This museum is one of the largest in Asia housing about 6500 folk based articles. It is located about 53 kms from Bangalore in the Mysore University campus and consists of 3 buildings. The items displayed are varied as wooden figurines, temple models, masks, photographs, puppets, costumes, artifacts. The main attraction is a carved temple chariot. You can also view videotapes of folk dances and folk music.

Toy libraries (Rentoys, toys-on-rent,cuboid,toy hub,Kids Gurukul)

Something new these days and offering a host of options to parents, is a local toy library. Look around your neighborhood and you might be able to find one. These centers offer toys, books, and children CDs for rental. Sometimes you can sit back and read books in the library itself. A membership fee is charged depending on how many toys or books you would like to rent. They also might offer weekend readings of stories or story telling. They might also conduct workshops for the kiddies.

Activity centers you can check out are:

Monkey maze (HAL Stage 2): They have a huge soft play area with books, games, puzzles, toys, art, craft, potters wheel. They have activities like pottery, dance, skating,tennis, gymnastics , theater etc. They have regular activities and weekend and holiday workshops and camps. Do check their website for events.

Discover kids (HSR Layout): A place for books, toys and discovery

Out-of-the-box (JP nagar 7th Phase): This center has books,magazines, reference and multimedia for kids of all age groups. They also have thinking skills programs. They also have reading and writing workshops and programs.

Hippocampus (Koramangla): This was one of the first in the area, offering a fun place for books and activities. They have clubs, workshops on adventure, science, cooking, nature, photography, theatre. You can order books online and also available for pre-schoolers, on becoming a member.

British Council Library

Location: Kasturba Road Cross (Open: Mon to Sat , time: 10:30am to 6:30pm)

The British Council Libraries affiliated to the embassies are a good source of books. You can find a wide and fine collection on IT, Management, Medicine, Science, Technology, fiction etc. They have literary events and English training workshops and IELTS sessions also.

Germany’s Max Mueller Bhavan is located on CMH Road, Indiranagar. They also have a library and avail of German language teaching classes. They also conduct film festivals and screening and have workshops on art and visual spaces.

Alliances Francaise of the French Embassy is involved in the art and culture space. They have an auditorium and host plays,recitals,concerts from time to time. They also conduct French classes, workshops on studying in France and also dance and yoga classes. Just become a member and be informed of the events.

I hope this series has been a starting point for you to explore places in Bangalore. You can look up the websites of many of these places for additional information and go through sites like events in bangalore, buzz in town for more events. You can also attend hobby classes or visit magic shows or circus or theater, just keep looking in the newspapers or ads or posters and you are sure to find something interesting.

Spending a weekend with your loved one is the best way to make them feel special and cherished. So have fun exploring and come back here to put in your comments.

- Rita

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