The monsoon can be a difficult time for children. With the onset of the rains come the long days spent indoors, but it doesn’t have to be that way. There are plenty of places in most major cities where kids can go to have a great time with one another, indoor and away from the rains.
KidZania: R-City Mall, Ghatkopar
A miniature ‘city’ which is completely indoor, where children can independently explore and choose to role-play a multitude of careers, such as pilot, surgeon, RJ, and chef. What’s more, the entire place functions with its own micro-economy and kids earn ‘money’ for the tasks they complete, which they are then free to spend on other activities. Each experience is designed to empower kids and teach them new skills. Who said learning had to be boring?
Millk: Kamala Mills, Lower Parel
The façade looks a whole lot like an ‘It’ nightclub, but within lies an indoor recreation space that both parents and children look forward to visiting. The idea behind Millk is to give parents a chance to unwind and relax while their children go wild in the state-of-the-art play area. So, while the kids enjoy the ball pool, trampoline, slides and rides, their parents can grab a coffee from the café or hit the spa for some much-needed R&R.
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KidZania is a truly unique and fun learning experience for children
Snow City: Fun World Complex, JC Nagar
If you’ve never seen the snow, then this is as close as you’re going to get in the south of India and, best of all, it's completely indoor! With snow made from purified water, you don’t have to worry about your kids’ health as they frolic in icy conditions, which mimic those found in the hill stations in the north of the country. And since there are no age restrictions, you too can join your children on the ice slides or frolic in the snow with them. If you’re worried about warm clothing, they provide pre-heated jackets and boots on the spot.
The Magic Garden: VR Mall, Krishnarajapura
Let’s face facts – it’s becoming increasingly difficult to find open spaces and greenery in our big cities. The Magic Garden is a unique solution to this problem and meant exclusively for children under the age of five. Let your kids run loose in a garden straight out of an Enid Blyton book, but with one important difference – there are no real bugs or dirt here! The entire play area is fully cushioned and covered with mushrooms, caterpillars and colourful flowers to let your kids’ imaginations run wild.
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Nehru Planetarium: Teen Murti Marg, Teen Murti Bhavan
Given the opportunity to observe celestial bodies and their movements using the high-end equipment at the stunning Nehru Planetarium, who knows what could happen? Maybe this could be the start of a child’s lifelong love affair with science and learning. What’s more is that there’s plenty to keep mom and dad busy, as they, too, can probe the mysteries of space. The planetarium’s location, in what was once the official residence of our country’s first Prime Minister, Jawaharlal Nehru, also provides an opportunity for a quick history lesson if the kids are thus inclined.
Smaaash: Cyber Hub, Gurgaon
Before you start scolding us for adding a video game parlour to the list, hear us out. Smaaash is way more than just a simple video game centre. While VR gaming is still a novelty to most of the country, you can try out this unique experience here. What’s more is that you can also play some real sports with provisions for cricket and football games available. Add to that the bowling alley (did we mention there’s a bar, too?) and parents are bound to have some fun here while the kids lose themselves to a VR world.
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