It’s that time of the year when most schools in Mumbai will shut shop for summer break and the little devils will be home-bound. While I have some activities on mind to keep her busy indoors, exploring Mumbai with H is also on my mind. So, for the coming two months, ‘Chalo ek baar fir se tourist ban jaayein hum dono’ will be my agenda. We’ll try to ditch the malls as much as possible and will dedicate weekends to Mumbai.Considering the heat, we might have to schedule many of our trips early morning or evenings. But we will go 🙂
We used to go cycling at Sanjay Gandhi National Park before H was born. So, this time around, we’ll plan the trip for her. Staring with a picnic by the Tulsi river to watching birds and deers to feeding monkeys and climbing up the Lanheri caves, we’ll do it all.
Last I went to a Planetarium was when I was 13 years old in Jaipur and boy I was excited! H knows the names of all the planets and loves to gaze at stars from our terrace. So, I’m sure she would love a trip to the planetarium.
We have been to the beach many a times but who says we can’t go again! From Aksa to Madh and Juhu to Marine – there are so many beaches that we can explore in Mumbai.
One of the oldest children’s parks in Mumbai, Kamala Nehru Park located at the top of Malabar Hill has a huge and fun structure of a shoe house. While you climb up the shoe house, introduce kids to the rhyme ‘There Was An Old Woman, Who Lived In a Shoe,’ which is the inspiration behind the construction of the shoe house. Timings: 5 am to 9 pm. Entry Free.
Kids have a fascination for the under water world. And Mumbai’s famous Taraporewala Aquarium, which reopened last year after a much-needed face-lift is a muct-visit on our list. Though we have received mixed reviews of the revamped aquarium, but it deserves visit nonetheless, especially for the attractions like the touch pool and the an oceanarium.
Entry charges: Rs.60 adults, Rs.30 kids,
Timings: 8 AM – 9 PM. Monday closed.
Located in Santacruz, this popular garden houses a concrete structure of an airplane – hence it gets its name – ‘Airplane Garden.’ However, the existing airplane was built in 2013 when the original replica of Boeing 707-436, (which was donated by Air India), crashed down. The 50-year-old garden is well-maintained and is a hit among adults and kids alike. While kids enjoy the feel of a real airplane complete with seats here, adults love to spend time in the peaceful environs.
Timings: 6 AM – 10 AM
3 PM – 10 PM
Kids love animals. They don’t bother if they are at a zoo in India or abroad. So, shun all inhibitions and plan a visit to Mumbai’s only zoo. According to some friends, the zoo has animals like Elephants, Tigers, Cheetahs, Deers, Hippos, Monkeys and a wide variety of fishes and birds. Don’t miss checking out the clock tower and the Albert Museum when at the Zoo.
Timings: 9 AM – 6 PM (Wednesday Closed)
An awesome way to explore Mumbai not just for the kids but adults too. Just imagine driving across the colonial structures of Mumbai (Gateway of India to Eros Theatre and Asiatic Library to name a few) sitting atop an open air double decker bus!
Check out the timings and other details at MTDC website.
A small boat ride will be hell loads of adventure for the tiny beings. From Madh island, Ganteway or Elephanta – options are aplenty, just plan a ferry picnic.
Be it at Pritvi Theatre or Canvas Lounge – make sure you introduce your kids to the world of live performances during this summer vacation. While Dr.Bhau Daji Lad Museum is all set to host a Kids’ Drama Festival in association with Kahani Karnival, the second season of celebrated musical Beauty & The Beast is coming back to Mumbai on May 6!
The world cup fever might be drawing to a end, but it’s never too late to watch a match live at the Oval, Azad Maidan, Shivaji Park or Wankhede. Cheer with your little ones, who cares about who is winning when all you want is to have some fun!Also Read:
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