Summer Vacation Outings for You and Your Children

Summer vacations are sadly the only time children have to actually be children now. Though schools might be fun sometimes our education system just puts too much pressure on results rather than learning. This is your time to actually mix both fun and learning and cultivate your child’s cultural interests. Our city is full of many lesser known museums, art galleries, cultural centers and even the big alternate exhibitions that you should introduce your child with. Instead of just sitting at home in trying to avoid the hot weather on your off days why not spend some quality time with your child around the city.

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National Gallery of Modern Art (NGMA): Apart from its perennial collection of modern art by great Indian and international artists this gallery also has many visiting exhibitions from world over. At the moment NGMA has two interesting exhibitions about the Indian minority of Parsi people. The exhibitions through pictures and paintings explore the Parsi culture and its development in the country. Visit Painted encounters: Parsi traders and the community and No Parsi is an island, to learn about the cherished Zorashtrian History of our country.

Another interesting exhibition is In seeds of time by a collective of artist, this show traces the trajectory of modern Indian art from the colonial encounter from the 18th century to current trends in the 21st century.

The NGMA also conducts art workshops to inculcate artistic tendencies in children. So if you think your child has the talent for the paintbrush why not encourage him to join these workshops.

Upcoming Workshops:  

PAINTING WORKSHOP– 23rd May – 1st June 2016 (10 days)

Time: 10.30 am to 12.30 noon

Age Group: 5-8 years, 9-12 years, 13-17 years

Fee: Rs 800/- (60 candidates per group)

PRINTMAKING WORKSHOP– 3rd June- 7th June 2016 (5 days)

Time: 10.30 am to 12.30 noon

Age Group: 9-12 years, 13-17 years

Fee Rs 800/- (45 candidates per group)

ART OF PUPPETRY– 15th – 19th June 2016 (5 days)

Time: 10.30 am to 12.30 noon

Age Group: 5-8 years, 9-12 years

Fee Rs 500/- (45 candidates per group)

Timing on entry: 10:00 AM to 05:00 PM (Mondays closed)

(Scheduled guided walks through NGMA start from the reception at 11.00 am, 1. 30 pm and 3.30 pm.)

Tickets: Adultrs. 20, student’s upto class 12th have free entry with school ID-card.

Contact:  011 – 23384640, 23382835

Nearest metro: Central Secretariat, Udyog Bhavan

National Museum: Visit this museum (if only to tell them to keep it in better state) this summer for the object of the month, the Vajrasattva Headdress. The 20th century Tibetan artifact, like all other headdresses belonging to the Buddhist tradition indicates the wearer’s spiritual attainments and status.
The metallic headdress symbolises the Mount Meru (a mountain with five peaks which occupies a sacred position in Hindu, Buddhist and Jain cosmology) surmounted by a vajra (thunderbolt). This headdress which is stylistically closer to the ones adorned by the Newar priests, suggests an affinity with the Newar community of Nepal.

National Museum

This interesting artifact combined with other ancient jewelry and artifacts on display at the museum are sure to wake the dormant Indian Jones in your child and then who knows the momentary interest in archeology might turn out to be something permanent.

Timing on entry: 10:00 AM to 05:00 PM (Mondays closed)

Tickets: Adult- rs. 20, student’s upto class 12th have free entry with school ID-card.

Contact: 011-23019272

Nearest metro: Central Secretariat, Udyog Bhavan

 Delhi Crafts Museum: Remember how amazing it is when you visit a state other than yours and find their handicraft in the market. It becomes a most satisfying shopping experience. Well you can experience all that in Delhi itself. The Delhi handicraft museum is a charming complex of mud huts and painted walls showing crafts from faraway places Bastar, West Bengal and Bihar, clay and terracotta pots, toys and images, folk and tribal paintings, jewellery and textiles. After the pleasant visit eat the scrumptious food at Café Lota.

Address: Pragati Maidan Bhairon Marg, New Delhi, Delhi 110001

Nearest metro: Pragati Maidan

Contact: 011 2337 1887

Shankar’s Doll Museum: Dolls are just a miniature version of us humans and won’t it be great if we could meet people from all over the world. In the doll museum you can, at least in some way. With a collection of 6000 dolls from over 85 countries it a treat for children and adults. The dolls are dressed in the traditional garner of the country they represent. A third of the collection represents different ethnicities from parts of our country.

Doll Museum

Address: Nehru House, 4 Bahadur Shah Zafar Marg, New Delhi

Nearest metro: Pragati Maidan, ITO

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