Whether you seek the comfort of your home or the thrill of outdoor activitieshere is a list of things specially designed for you and your child to keep you busy throughout the week:


* If anything happens I love you

On Netflix

Suitable for: PG rated; 13+ years old

In the wake of the increase in gun violence in the United States, particularly in schools, Will McCormack and Michael Govier’s deeply moving animated short, If anything happens I love you, released in 2020, addressed the emptiness and grief that ensues after the loss of a loved one to senseless violence. Keep the tissues handy for this near-silent 12-minute animation that tells the story of two grief-stricken single parents as they mourn the death of their daughter in a school shooting. The unvarnished expression of grief—the nearly washed-out watercolor palette of all colors that sets the tone for the story, the shadows that lurk in the place of conversations, and the memories that come spontaneously—make McCormack’s film and Govier a classic. It’s also a film that can start conversations about the irrevocable nature of violence and what we can do, together, to slow its spread.

OR: Prithvi Theatre, Bombay

WHEN: Wednesday, May 18, 4 p.m.

BOOK ON: https://in.bookmyshow.com/mumbai/plays/anks-akal-ki-pudiya-p/ET00103300

SUITABLE FOR: 6+ years old

Bhanu and his friends are delighted when the annual jhande ka mela comes to their town, Badripur. But his enthusiasm meets his father’s disapproval when he spends a gold coin to buy wisdom from Chatura, the wisdom vendor. Bhanu wants his coin back but Chatura has a condition before giving it back. Will Bhanu be able to meet him? Adapted and directed by Nivedita Baunthiyal, this hour-long play is the Ank Theater Group’s first children’s drama and promises to be fun and challenging.


  • Going Bananas: Reading Books and Activities

OR: Kahani Tree, Industry Mansion, Peabhadevi, Mumbai
WHEN: Saturday May 21, 11 a.m.-12 p.m.
CHARGES: Rs 650, including the book
SUITABLE FOR: 4-6 years old

REGISTER ON: [email protected]

Kadambari Mehta from Baby Book Babbles will read Bumoni banana tree, written by Mita Bordoloi and published by Tulika Books. Originally written in Assamese, it is the story of Bumoni, a little girl who lives just outside Kaziranga National Park near Assam. Bumoni and the elephants that live in the national park love bananas, and the banana plantation outside Bumoni’s house becomes a not-so-happy hunting ground for the two. The villagers are irritated by the marauding elephants in their midst. Will this lead to another example of human-wildlife conflict, which is increasing in so many parts of India, especially in the south? Find out in this empathetic story of environmental awareness.

  • Skecher Kids Summer Camp

OR: Gate Number 7, Lodhi Gardens, Delhi; Ground of Dominic Savio High School, Sher-e-Punjab Colony, Andheri East, Mumbai

WHEN: May 22 to June 19 (Monday to Friday, 6:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. in Delhi; Monday to Friday, 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. in Mumbai)

CHARGES: 999 rupees

SUITABLE FOR: 6-14 years old

REGISTER ON: https://kidscamp.skechersindia.com/

The pandemic has seen an alarming spike in childhood obesity, but, with the gradual opening up of the outdoors, the holidays could be a good time to get active and work your way to fitness. Skecher’s summer camp is health oriented and will work on general fitness and progressive training for children between the age groups of 6-14. Given the surge in mercury levels in the capital, the four-week course will take place in the early morning in Delhi and in the evening in Mumbai. It will also offer sport-specific training and sports nutrition sessions.

The camp will end with competitions and prize giving.

  • Cool WWF Wildlife and Conservation Ecologist Summer Camp

OR: WWF India, Lodi Estate, New Delhi

WHEN: May 23-June 2

CHARGES: 3,500 rupees

SUITABLE FOR: 8-16 years old

REGISTER ON: [email protected]

For a thrilling summer vicariously learning about birds, butterflies, snakes, big cats and mammals, sign up for WWF India’s comprehensive Cool Conservationist Summer Camp which will be held over two batches, the first batch being scheduled for next week. With video presentations, skits and quizzes, it’s a fun and interactive summer camp for kids interested in nature and conservation.

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