Having spent all our life in a fast paced city like Mumbai and then moving to a relatively laid back Bengaluru was a decision that was overwrought at various levels for my 10 and 4 year olds.
Not so much for the little one, but he was tenacious about following his elder brother’s beliefs, which at that time bordered over anger, resistance, disbelief and curiosity. Having left behind the friends he grew up with, his school, the beaches (I miss the beaches too) and all other things that make Mumbai special; we realized that he was not going to relent anytime soon. We now had a boy who claimed that he would remain unhappy all through his life! Mommy and Papa had a big task at hand – to get Bengaluru to charm our boy and fast (to maintain sanity at home). Well, now that I look back I wonder why we fret over it so much then.
Anyway, here we were, a family of four ready to explore this city. After we exhausted the popular list of - Bannerghatta National park, Cubbon park, Lalbagh Botanical garden, Wonderla Amusement park, Jawaharlal Nehru Planetarium, Visvesvaraya Industry and Technological Museum, Innovative Film City and the various lakes over our first few weekends, we had ‘The Reluctant One’ asking, ‘That is all? Huh?”
So Mommy and Papa busied themselves with digging out a new list of fun things to do in Bengaluru, and this time we emerged victorious.
In the process, we not only reclaimed our happy child but also ended up embracing the city. Psst…I am sharing the fun list with you guys, so it will cut you the trouble if you are in Bengaluru and have a child to entertain.
If your kids love animals as much as mine do then you have got yourself covered here! Spread over two acres of land off Sarjapur road, Martin’s farm is ideal for a day’s outing. Spending your day with horses, cows, pigs, rabbits, emus, turtles and ducks is far more refreshing than any mall outing. The place is open on all days except Mondays. At Martin’s farm, feeding animals, getting dirty and running wild is all in a day’s work! The place has clean washrooms and drinking water. Look out for nature workshops organized by the farm. The farm also doubles up as a fun venue for birthday parties.
What’s not to love when you can gather a fun crowd and head out to meet the animals!
Important: They do not have restaurants inside and you are advised to carry your own food.
Sign up for some really informative, tours that help you discover ‘Namma’ (Our) Bengaluru like never before. Sometimes there is nothing like exploring a city on foot. Scheduled for over three hours, these guided tours cover the history, culture and food of this city to give you an ordinary city experience. Older kids will love to discover facts and details that the guide continuously narrates. For the younger ones, well parents, do stock snacks and a few toys to keep them occupied through the tour. The walks are not tedious, they give you enough breaks in between. There are many groups that will organize these walks for you. Some of the popular ones are Bangalore Walks, Bengaluru by Foot, Unhurried and Chai with History. Its vacation time, so sign up for one right away!
Important: Wear a good footwear as this requires a fair amount of walking.
This quirky place in Kormangala will provide you books, bread and all things that you and your child will need to bring up a ‘gallata’ (racket)! From book readings, performances, workshops, storytelling sessions, to playing traditional games, you will find something for every child (child in you, included). Look out for their events on EventsHigh.com.
Indoor Play Gyms
I was amazed to find some good quality play gyms in Bengaluru, to satiate the gymnasts in my kids. Funky Monkeys, the play gym at MG Road, offers giant slides, bridges, rope, tunnels and more. With separate areas called Toddler Zone and Junior Zone, the place is just perfect for kids as young as 6 months and kids as old as 10 years. (Thank God, I have both of them covered! At least for now)
Girias Children’s Explorium is a 25,000 sq.feet indoor play area that is located in Domlur and is a treat for every child. With galleries named, Explore, Splash, Live, Create, Build and Invent, this place has so much to keep the little hands and feet busy. With a café and toy store, this place means a full day well spent.
While I keep adding to this list, all you Mums of Bangalore, along with your kids must keep exploring the city too! If you come across some more fun stuff to do in and around Bangaluru, share in the comments below.