To all the kids of Thiruvananthapuram! Enjoy your much-awaited summer break in various camps rich with different kinds of activities!

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As the vacations are about to kick in for school-going children, Trivandrum will play host to a variety of summer camps that deal in all kinds of topics, ranging from sports to even science and arts.

It is the last week of March, and all young boys and girls everywhere are eagerly waiting for their exams to get over – as what lies ahead is at least two full months of fun and frolic. The kids will happily forget their textbooks and other study materials, as they expect to take a much-needed break from regular school-life in their upcoming summer vacations.

Meanwhile, care must also be taken to ensure that their time does not go to waste, as it is these formative years that play one of the biggest roles in the overall development of any individual. With that in mind, we have compiled a list of various summer activities that kids can engage in – eventually helping them not only to have fun, but also to learn handy things in the process.

The biggest advantage that the parents in the city have, is that different summer camps will be opened all over the city, to teach kids different things and also to help them stay active and happy. The following list of summer camps are some places where parents can enroll their kids so as to ensure that they do not waste their vacation idly.

Horse riding and robotics are the highlights of the Vandrum Summer Camp to be held at the Greenfield Stadium from March 25 to May 25. Football, cricket, basketball, badminton, tennis, wrestling, table tennis, squash, skating, swimming, karate, cycling, chess, etc. are also included in the camp. In addition to these,”Developmental Drama” training by Helen O’Grady Drama Academy and “Vedic Mathematics” classes by Cosmic Maths will also be held. For more details, log on right here, or contact: 0471 – 4000960, 8129924904.

The Resonance School of Music will organize “Summer School of Music” for children between 8 and 12 years of age. For details, log in right here.

Goethe Zentrum in association with the Kochi Biennale, will organise a special workshop from April 3 to May 11 from 9 am to 12.30 pm. The camp has been titled “My Summer World” and it will focus on the creative talents of the children participating in the camp rather than giving only theoretical classes. The workshop will be conducted by experts in different fields from India and abroad who will take classes on different topics and will include a lot of innovative activities. The main attraction of the camp is German cooking which will be taught by teachers from Germany. In addition, the basics of the German language will also be taught.

Another attraction of the event are the Biennale artists Blaise Joseph, Vipin and Anto who will give sessions to the children in clay modelling, puppetry and so on.

An important point here: A total of only 25 seats are available for the workshop, which has been divided into two sections – one for children from 6-10 years and the other for children of 11-15 years. Last date for registration is March 31.

The Reading Room is also back – with the third edition of its summer camp this time. Listening to beautiful stories and having avid discussions, theatre, music and dance is the main highlight of the camp. Children will also get an opportunity to do projects on chart papers and explore their creative side. The camp will also include activities such as story telling, public speaking, theatre, art and craft, games and personality development. The workshop is open to children from 5 to 12 years. The camp will be held from April 1 to May 24 from 9.30 am to 1.30 pm.

The Department of Sports and Youth Affairs has announced to conduct a summer camp in April and May. Training in swimming, shuttle badminton, basketball, table tennis, tennis, gymnastics, judo, karate and taekwondo will be provided. For details, log in here.

A “French summer camp” will be conducted by Alliance Française at its centre at Vazhuthacaud from April 3. For details, reach out to them via phone (0471 – 2320666) or email (courses.trivandrum@india.org).

Summer camps are being organised by the Sports Authority of India, Lakshmibai National College for Physical Education (SAI LNCPE) as well. The camp is for school children aged 10 to 18. Classes will start from April 2 and end on May 31. Training will be imparted in athletics, football, basketball, cricket, swimming, cycling, gymnastics, volleyball, tennis, boxing, kabaddi, kho-kho, taekwondo, netball, kalaripayattu and health-cum-fitness. For more information, visit their website or contact 0471 – 2418712.

The District Tourism Promotion Council (DTPC) of Thiruvananthapuram will conduct swimming training programmes for children of ages 8 to 15, at the Akkulam Tourist Village swimming pool from April 2. Registration for the programme will begin on March 25. The application form is available at Akkulam Tourist Village. For more details, contact 0471 – 2315397 or 9400055397.

Reading through the above, parents may have understood that they have a plethora of useful options available right in front of them, and they can easily make use of these choices to give their children a wonderful vacation before they are ready to go to school once again.

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