Juggling between school, extra classes, tuitions, play-time & a little time kept for other activities, your child does deserve a break!! So, what if there are only weekends; why not make weekends special & see them all set for the rest of the week? Here are some ideas for a well-deserved breather for the tiny tots!
For the Nature Lovers
Located near the Old Fort & open on all days except Fridays, the zoo offers a variety of animals including tigers, bear, foxes, deer, antelopes & many birds which would thrill the onlookers especially children!
National Zoological Park | Mathura Road, New Delhi-03
Children Park, located near India Gate, is one! Perhaps one of the oldest, it still has many loyalists. Housing many swings, this park is an ideal picnic spot, where you can just carry a picnic basket, enjoy the swings & play outdoor games.
This is the perfect place to have a picnic and unwind and relax with your tiny tots with your feet in soft grass, cool breeze against the skin & the wonderful blue sky as far as the eye can see. Children can run about in the vast park which is dotted with various monuments and ruins, soaking in the heritage of the city.
This park is a delight for the kiddies, being able to spot Deers that can be found in their enclosed area. It also offer scenic views masked in heritage and a lake. Here you can be assured of a great learning and enriching experience to families especially the children.
Deer Park | Safdarjung Enclave, New Delhi-29
Delhi’s Wondrous Museums
This museum through its large collection of dolls, toys, currency, and art & craft material from all across the world enlightens children about India’s cultural & traditional aspects. Then there are exhibitions, workshops, puppet shows, skits & what not. A must-have experience!
It was the famous Political Cartoonist K Shankar Pillai’s fascination with dolls that gave us what today is touted as one of the finest collections of dolls around the world. The museum started off with 500 assorted dolls, but today it holds about 6,500 exhibits from as many as 85 countries around the world.
Shankar's International Dolls Museum | 4, Bahadur Shah Zafar Marg, New Delhi-02
This museum was once the residence of Pt Jawaharlal Nehru, the first PM of free India. A haven for the astronomy enthusiasts, the museum provides information on a string of topics like the solar system, cosmic heritage, Haley’s Comet & other related things.
Its a hub of knowledge. Apart from the galleries showcasing the exhibits explaining the fundamentals of science as well as dealing with a range of subjects like science & evolution etc the centre is sure to impress children & adults alike.
The Stellar Children's Museum is the first of its kind in India, modelled after some of the best Children's Museums in the world. The extremely interactive & play-based exhibits offer a safe & interesting place for children to play, learn & discover the world around them in exciting ways. Here, they engage children & families in exciting experiences that instill an appreciation of the environment, develop foundational skills & ignite the thirst for learning.
Here your kids can have a great time exploring the different facets of the Indian Rail. An indoor gallery at the museum houses models of the engines & coaches of several different trains that are currently running or were in the Railways’ service during bygone times. A major attraction of the museum is the Toy Train that runs along the perimeter of the museum & affords the riders a glance at the various live locomotives on display - a truly fun experience.
National Rail Museum | Shanti Path, Chanakyapuri, New Delhi-21
Colour Me Happy – Amusement Parks
This amusement park made its presence felt after the ever so popular, Appu Ghar shut down. With their amazing adventurous rides & food courts that serve sumptuous food, they've surely won many hearts.
Worlds of Wonder | Sec-38 A, Plot A2, Noida-01
Its a part of the Unitech amusement parks Ltd project which combined this park with the Metro Walk, a large, well designed, shopping & dining area. It has some amazing rides, food courts and splash pools.
Adventure Island | Ram Murthy Passi Marg, Rohini, Sector 10, New Delhi-85
What with the amazing joy rides, water slides, health club and resort facilities, this place is nothing short of a mini Disneyland.
It has everything you can think of! Popularly known for its bowling alley, it also has air-hockey pool, bumpy cars and Indoor Basket besides video gaming options which can be enjoyed amongst the spacious, well-lit space.
Gaming Zones | Shop No 35, Gaffar Market, Karol Bagh, New Delhi-05
Here you can enjoy bowling, bumpy car rides, air-hockey, and video games. A one-stop destination for kids. They also have a separate lounge area outside the bowling area where you can just relax & can order for some nice snacks and beverages.
Amoeba | Pacific Mall, Kaushambi, Ghaziabad-10
F.o.G encompasses gaming under one roof and is the perfect place to hang out for the youth of Delhi. it houses a total of 9 big screens, 5 Xboxes, 4 ps3s and low seated black leather couches. They have a fixed rate for gaming, 50 Rupees per 10 minutes and feature about 100-150 games of varied genres, picked with care and an option to play online matching the popular public demands of most youngsters.
Various malls also provide hang out zones for kids while the mammas and pappas shop away to glory.
Hang out is a unique, Rainforest Themed Family Entertainment Center and Cafe. From toddlers to adolescents this is the ultimate entertainment destination for party, play and fun. They offer exciting Arcade/Redemption/Skill Games, Amusement and High-Tech Rides, Virtual Roller Coasters, 3D/4D Motion Theatre, Indoor Playground with Monku’s show and much more.
Fun City is a great hang out for kids offering a themed environment with virtual games, redemption machines, kiddie rides, simulators, skill based machines, bumper cars, prize machines, novelty machines and many more innovative concepts. if you are quite a sport, then here you can enjoy fun activities like ice skating at I-Skate, ice-hockey, and bowling.
Ambience Mall | 2, Nelson Mandela Rd, Vasant Kunj, New Delhi-70
Ambience Mall | DLF Phase III, Gurgaon-01
At Kiddyland, your child will be spoilt for choice with a wide range of outdoor play structures such as swings, rope climbs, slides, sand pits. The area also includes fun activities like paint a poster, colour-up fun, photo banners, alphabet magic, finger puppets, cookie factory and water splash zones. There is also separate zones for play activities, movie viewing and storytelling, which can be booked exclusively for birthday parties.
DLF Promenade | Kiddyland, Vasant Kunj II, New Delhi-70
Meet Us, The Literary Types
No, no, we are not asking you to go back to text books or anything, but introducing you to the world of imagination, wonder, and realism through some books which you don’t get to do otherwise. Take your pick and enjoy some reading time in the libraries where you have a separate kids’ zone in places such as:
The green decor with awesome wooden interiors draws you to this cosy, warm place. Located in SDA market, opposite IIT campus, find your corner in the kids’ section or in the open air with some coffee and sandwiches.
Spell & Bound bookshop Café | C-11, Shop No 2, SDA Market, Opposite IIT Main Gate, New Delhi-16
Located in Alaknanda, bang opposite to Don Bosco School, this creatively created bookstore is a sheer delight. Apart from housing and promoting good books, it holds many workshops and competitions for the kids. A must visit.
Eureka Book Store | 6, Local Shopping Complex, Alaknanda, Greater Kailash II, New Delhi-48
Standing tall, the spacious brown-walled library, located at CP has a separate kids’ section where kids can find their corner and sit and relax on bean bags (yes, the place has a great laid-back set up).
Deemed as the largest library for children, CBT, located at Bahadur Shah Zafar Marg, it has a stock of more than 40,000 books, from mythology, religious, history to literature and science! What makes it popular is the quality of the collection. One needs to be a member of the library, for which you’ll have to pay somewhere between 1000-1250 rupees.
Children’s Book Trust | Nehru House, 4 Bahadur Shah Zafar Marg, New Delhi-02
Enjoy your kids day out!