Keeping children occupied during vacation is a tough task. Summer camps are a good way to keep them engaged and happy. Check out some of the best camps in Chennai!
By Ashwin Dewan
The sweltering heat of Chennai leaves parents with no option but to keep their children indoors for most part of the day. If you’ve run out of ideas to keep your child engaged in activities that are fun and also help them learn something new, try enrolling them in summer camps. Such camps boost the self-esteem of kids and help them develop social skills. Not only do they provide a break to kids from academics, but they also offer a wide variety of fields to explore – theatre, robotics, art and craft, gardening, cooking, etc.
We have compiled a list of some of the best summer camps in Chennai. Find out which one suits your child and get to know what they have to offer:
Ages: 7-17 years
Location: British Council Division, British Deputy High Commission,737, Anna Salai
Activities: Learning language skills, exploring communication channels such as radio, Internet, scriptwriting and speaking.
Dates: Exact dates to be decided
Contact: +91 120 4569000, +91 120 6684353
About the Camp: Every year the British Council conducts the Summer School, which is a fun-filled, project-based course. This year there are two themes - Explorers and Media Magic. The first one focuses on teaching children about different cultures and languages and building confidence through a lesson about one city each day.
Under Media Magic, children will explore communication channels such as the radio, television and the Internet. Some of the activities include how to write blogs, create an advertisement and even explore ways of safe usage of the Internet.
Ages: 7-9 years and 10-12 years.
Location: STEP, The Hindu Group, Kasturi Building, Anna Salai.
Activities: Multiple activities to enhance different forms of communication skills in children.
Dates: Exact dates to be decided
About the Camp: Help your child become a confident and well-spoken individual with this workshop. With the help from qualified trainers, he will learn how to speak, read and write perfectly in English. The workshop will end with a grand carnival on the final day.
Contact: 180030006063 (10:00 a.m.to 6:00 p.m. on weekdays)
Ages: 11 – 15 years
Location: No. 10 A, 2nd floor, Thiruvalluvar Nagar, 1st Main Road, Thiruvanmiyur.
Activities: Complex mechanical designing, electronics and programming, creating a robot at the end of the programme.
Dates: (Exact dates to be decided)
About the Camp: Technopundits Knowledge Solutions is a globally-accredited professional training institute with an extensive portfolio of professional certification courses. The summer camp will give school-going children a hands-on experience in electronics and robotics.
Ages: 9-15 years
Location: 34, 2nd Main Road, CIT Colony, Mylapore
Activities: Trekking, rappelling, rock climbing, rope activities and nature walks
Dates: April 26 – 27, April 30 – May 4, May 4-8, May 9-10
About the Camp: Having started its operations in the year 1996, Aavishkar has since organised quality experiences for school children over the years. Aavishkar organises jungle and adventure-filled camps in South India’s most scenic locations such as Coorg, Wayanad and Yelagiri among others.
Contact: 044-4265 8628/9940056618
Ages: 10-13 years
Location: 5/25, Blue Beach Road, Neelankarai
Activities: Introduction to turtles in the rescue centre, observing the turtles eating and their habits, activities that help understand about the workings of the marine world. Course kit will be provided. No transport.
Dates: Six-day workshops from Monday to Saturday (9:30 am to 4:00 pm). Starting from April 23
Registration fee: Rs 6000 per participant
About the camp: A special workshop by TREE Foundation, this is a golden opportunity for children to learn about the lifestyle of turtles. Right from the hatchlings till the time they are released into the ocean, children will be able to see and observe all.
Participants will get a certificate of participation from TREE Foundation and Dr. Jane Goodall’s Roots and Shoots Voluntary Network India.
Contact: Shalini Kumar, Anjali Gopakumar +91-9444306411 / firstname.lastname@example.org
Summer vacation does not have to mean couch-potato sessions for children. Go ahead and let your child choose where she’d like to go to make the most of her holidays.
Ages: 3 years and above
Location: Old No. 32A, New No.73, Tirumalai Lane, Opp Benz Park Hotel, T. Nagar, Chennai - 600017.
Activities: Dance, public speaking, cooking (without fire), sing along, brain teasers, creative writing etc.
Dates: Exact dates to be decided, but timings are: 9 am to 1 pm and 9 am to 5 pm
About the Camp: This is a play house and an activity centre for kids with not only teachers who are trained but a comfortable environment with AC to battle the scorching Chennai heat along with refreshing snacks and juices.
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