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. Summer camp activities 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: 3 - 18 years
Location: Multiple Locations in Chennai
Activities: Storytelling through Puppet Making, Storytelling Session by Janaki Sabesh, Calligraphy Workshop for Beginners and Board Gaming Week
Dates: April 27 - May 18
Contact: 9840154511/ 9748069020
About the Camp: ParentCircle presents #SummerIsOn, a series of Activities for Children and Parents this Summer. Learn, experience, interact, immerse and have fun in our activities happening in Chennai that will help your child kindle their creativity, learn new life skills, explore various avenues, meet and interact with new people, engage in experiential learning.
Activity 1: Storytelling through Puppet Making - A Workshop for Children by Thinnai The Storytellers [April 27]
Activity 2: Tales from Here and There: Storytelling Session by Janaki Sabesh [May 4]
Activity 3: Calligraphy Workshop for Beginners by Raju S Patil [May 11]
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: 22 April to 24 May
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: Multiple locations in Chennai
Activities: Multiple activities to enhance different forms of communication skills in children.
Dates: 29 April to 16 May
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: 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.
Ages: 4 to 9 years
Location: The Book Office, #9,1st floor, 4th St, Venkateswara Nagar, Adyar, Chennai, Tamil Nadu 600020
Activities: Reading and storytelling.
Dates: 15 April to 31 May, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
About the Camp: The ilovereadin library is all about spreading the joy of books and stories. So, it’s a great place to send your child, if you want her to develop her love of books.
Contact: +91 8122074406
Ages: 10 to 13 years
Location: Tiny Teddies, 253, Alagiriswamy Salai, K K Nagar, 600078, Chennai
Activities: Creative writing, lateral thinking, playing word games, reading, role-plays, film appreciation and much more
Dates: 6 May to 10 May, 13 May to 17 May, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
About the Camp: This camp is all about the love of words and film. If your child enjoys reading, writing, or just watching films, he is likely to enjoy this dive into the literary arts. After all, language has so much more to offer than just basic communication.
Contact: +91 044 23660768 and +91 9080369840
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: 11 to 18 years
Location: 3, Maharajapuram Santhanam Salai, near Panagal Park, T. Nagar, Chennai, Tamil Nadu 600017
Activities: Vedic chanting, yoga, meditation, time management, math, et.c
Dates: 5 May to 26 May, 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
About the Camp: This is a Hindu ashram focused on not only helping children with education, but also religion and spirituality.
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