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:
1) Aavishkar India Summer Camps for Kids
Ages: 9-15 years
Location: 34, 2nd Main Road, CIT Colony, Mylapore
Activities: Trekking, rappeling, rock climbing, rope activities and nature walks
Dates: 6 May to 10 May, 11 May to 12 May, 14 May to 18 May
Having started its operations in the year 1996, Aavishkar has since organised quality experiences for school children over the years. The camp has two divisions:
Aavishkar organises jungle and adventure-filled camps in South India’s most scenic locations such as Coorg, Wayanad, Nagarhole, Bandipur among others.
2) Tamaso Ma Jyotirgamaya - Lead Me From Darkness to Light
Ages: 7th to 12th Standards
Location: Ramakrishna Mission Ashrama, 3 Maharajapuram Santhanam Salai, T. Nagar
Activities: Yoga, meditation, fun with math, Gita chanting
Dates: 7 May to 28 May
The Ramakrishna Mission Ashrama is conducting a personality development programme for students at high school and higher secondary school levels. The programme includes sessions on Indian culture, moral education, mind mapping, goal setting, and Vishnu Sahasranama and Vedic chanting.
3) Summer School at British Council
Location: British Council Division, British Deputy High Commission, 737 Anna Salai
Activities: Script writing, storytelling, plot and character development
Dates: 15 May to 26 May and 29 May to 9 June
The Summer School provides a great opportunity to young children to the pick of the works of Shakespeare and the plays of Roald Dahl. The course aims to help students overcome stage fear, build confidence and learn to work together. Your child can gain self-confidence by engaging in drama and theatre.
4) Camp Green
Ages: 10+ years
Location: Blink Room No 4, IDCR Building, Loyola College, Nungambakkam
Activities: Growing an organic garden, waste management, visit to dairy factories
Dates: 10 May to 14 May
Camp Green is a wonderful way to introduce your child to the concept of growing his own food and learning about the various ways by which to help the environment. Starting from growing an organic garden at home, children are taught the concepts of waste management, cultivation, management of resources. The camp includes a visit to the farm.
5) Summer Camp for teens on personality development
Ages: 8th to 12th standard students
Location: Action DnA Leadership Training Centre, 57/13, Dhandapani Street, Parthasarathi Puram, T Nagar
Activities: Workshops on confidence building, communication and teamwork
Dates: 6 May to 13 May
Targeted primarily at teens, this camp conducts workshops on issues related to teens such as the power of positive attitude, improving self-esteem and confidence, setting and achieving goals, public speaking and personal grooming.
6) Kaizen Robotics Program
Ages: 8th to 10th Grade
Location: LemaLabs, IIT Madras Research Park
Activities: Creating robots from scratch, guidance to participate on robotic competitions
Dates: 8 May to 14 May, 23 May to 28 May
The Kaizen Robotics Program conducted by LemaLabs is a wonderful opportunity for your child to learn about making a remote-control car or a robot. The programme offers comprehensive, hands-on lab sessions where your child will learn the different stages of making a variety of robots from scratch.
7) Tasmin’s Summer Camp for Kids
Location: A-5, Sakthi Elegance, #321, Velachery Main Road, Velachery
Activities: Painting, pot decorations, craft making, jewellery making, puppet-making.
Dates: 6 May to 15 May
Tasmin’s camp is a creative camp for children. Your child can learn painting, drawing, colouring, jewellery making, decorating pots, mask decoration, stitching and salad making.
8) Summer CAMP – Acting, Photography and Film Making
Location: Mirage Institute of Film Making and Photography, 14/65, Tirumalai Pillai Road, Dharmapuram, T Nagar
Activities: Acting, film making, photography
Dates: May 8, May 15 and May 22
The Mirage Institute of Film Making and Photography is a great place to learn the finer nuances of acting, film making and photography.
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.