Ruth posted on 5th February

It's Kiddy Time! Here's Where you can take your Tyke for some Fun

Dreading the weekends or those unexpected holidays and the thought of keeping your little ones entertained? We understand. Thus, here is a list of places you can take your little ones to and watch them have a blast. In fact, you will have a great time too!

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Heritage Center and Aerospace Museum

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Giria’s Children’s Explorium

Heritage Center and Aerospace Museum

This museum takes you through picture galleries that document the growth of Indian aviation including aircraft and engines. Don’t miss the exhibits outside that make some fascinating photo ops. The little café and a small koi pond complete the experience. 

Price: INR 30 per head

Giria’s Children’s Explorium

With six sections to discover, don’t miss the five-storey climbing structure in the Explore section. The Splash gallery is all about water, the Live gallery is for budding actors, and the Create segment, is  all about making things. They also get a chance to construct and invent in the Build and Invent areas. 

Price: Weekdays/Weekends – INR 600/Rs 750, Adults INR 200/Rs 250

The Amma Saraswathi Loka

PD Ravindra, former Chief of Maintenance at Hindustan Aeronautical Ltd (HAL) opens up his terrace as a science museum. Some of this compulsive creator’s exhibits include a shuttle launcher, a dancing fountain, a massive star gazing umbrella and even a cycle cum wet grinder.

Bangalore Aquarium

The place, with quite a good collection of fish, could do with a little more light to help navigation, but that should not deter you from a visit. You need about 30 minutes to get through it all so club this one with a picnic at Cubbon Park.

Price: INR 5 for adults and INR 2 for children

The Big Banyan Tree (Dodda Aalada Mara)

This Banyan tree is around 400 years old and is spread over 3 acres. It is a massive maze of vertical roots that make for some great picnic spots and places to let the children roam around. Do be careful of the monkeys that have made the tree their home.

Jawaharlal Nehru Planetarium

We have already raved about them here, and think it’s great for kids too. Shows in English are at 12.30pm and 4.30pm and are completely worth your little one’s time. Stop by the interactive science exhibits for extra fun.

Price: INR 35 for adults and INR 20 for children up to 16 years

Vishwashanthi Ashram

A good half-day option, the Ashram is home to some beautiful temples and larger-than-life statues. Children will be mesmerized with the 36ft Vijaya Vittala statue, the Seven River Goddesses, the Gitopadesha Chariot, the Vishwaroopa revelation by Lord Krishna. Plus, a neat little play area.

Where: Gayathri Mandira, Vishwa Shanti Ashram, Arasinakunte, Bangalore-Nelamangala Expressway

When: 8.30am-12.30pm and 4pm-7.30pm (free entry)

The Mytreyi Meditation Pyramid at Pyramid Valley

At 160ft by 160ft, this stands as the largest pyramid created for meditation only. Inside is the King’s chamber, fitted with 640 natural Himalayan crystals, for meditation as it is said to be closest to the strongest energy point. The functional canteen helps with all those hunger pangs.

Where: Pyramid Valley International, Kebbedoddi Village, Harohalli Hobli, Kanakapura Taluk, Ramanagar District

When: 9am-6pm (free entry)

Contact: 080 32723143

Check out their website here.

Tippu’s Summer Palace

A beautiful example of ancient architecture, children will love walking through the cool, ancient interiors. The little balconies where they can stand and pretend to have a durbar, just like Tippu did, are fun. 

Price: INR 5 for adults

Freedom Park

Apart from space to run around, the wax statue exhibits of freedom fighter, makes for a great evening outing.

Where: Ramachandra Road, Gandhinagar

When: 5am-8pm and 5pm-8pm (free entry)

Lumbini Gardens

Start with a leisurely ride on the coffee boat (where incidentally coffee is not served). Follow it up with a splash about the pool area, with water slides and other games. Dry off then hit the stalls for munchies.

Price: INR 50 for adults (free for children below 3 years)

The Bangalore Palace

Walk through history at this palace. If you would like to make a day out of it, you can also stop by at Fun World or catch one of the many expos and events that take place on Palace Grounds.

Where: Near Mount Carmel Institute of Management, Palace Road, Vasanth Nagar

When: 10am-5.30pm

Contact: 080 233135789

Price: INR 210 for adults

Indira Gandhi Park

Apart from the park, the highlight of the place is the musical fountain and light shows in the evenings. Grab your seats by 6.45pm to get the best view of the show. Songs are in Hindi and Kannada and make for some nice entertainment.

Price: INR 30 for adults

Sankey Tank

Rent out boats to get to the little island at the center of the tank or to simply take in nature at its best. Closer to sunsets and sunrise are ideal for boating here.

Price: INR 30 for adults