5 Places to visit with your child in Bangalore

Bangalore, as a city is getting higher on kid's quotient by the day, be it schools, shopping for kids, or entertainment. Here are a few places you could take your child to in and around the city for both fun and learning:


1. Bannerghatta National Animal Park and Safari

Location: Bannerghatta National Park, Bannerghatta Road, Bannerghatta.
Contact: +91 9164950099
Day & Timings: Open all days, except Tuesdays.
Zoo: 9.30 am to 5.00 pm, Safari: 10.30 am to 4.00 pm
Entry fee: Zoo: Rs 80/- Adult, Rs 40/- (6 to 12 yrs.), Below 5yrs - Free, Safari: Rs 260/- Adult, Rs 130/- (6 to 12 yrs.), Below 5yrs - Free.
Preferred age: Open to all ages

 

Fun quotient for Kids:
• It is one among the few places in the world where wilderness is preserved so close to a big city. It has different units such as Zoo, Safari, Butterfly Park and Rescue Centre (Conservation of captive animals).
• Hop onto the buses that will take you through the safari where the kids can get up close and watch wild animals like tiger, lion, bears, elephants all in their natural elements.
• For the kids, this is a safe and good option for observing and learning about wild animals.
• The zoo has a good selection of animals, reptiles and birds to keep the little ones amazed and amused.
• The place itself is amazing for kids to just run around and have a good time.
• Don't forget to hop into the butterfly park, it's a "not to be missed'' place and is situated at the entrance of the Zoo.

 

Tips for Moms:
• The Zoo spans across a large area so it's a bit difficult to cover it all. So be prepared to run behind your kids, infact those running shoes will come in handy. For kids below 2 yrs, you can bring along a small foldable stroller, but all pathways aren't small wheels friendly.
• The Zoo does have two restaurant options to grab a bite to eat, but it is recommended that you carry a snack enough to last for 3-4 hrs. Quick bites like Egg Mayo Sandwiches, Pasta Salads, and Wraps etc. are good options. Carry water, but mineral water can be bought near the restaurants.
• Dress the kids in cottons and casuals that are good for conduction of heat and sweat.
• Remember to carry cash because these places don't accept card and the nearest ATM is atleast a kilometre away.

 


2. Cubbon Park / Bal Bhavan

Location: Kasturba Road
Day & Timings: 10.00 am to 5.00 pm
Entry fee: Rs 15/-
Preferred age: Open to all ages


Fun quotient for the kids:
• Cubbon Park is more than just a huge park; it's much more than that. You can meander in the sprawling area and fill your lungs up with oxygen. It also houses some fun attractions for the kiddos.
• Bal Bhavan is a park inside Cubbon Park which has the most famous Toy Train ride called Puttani Express. Any Bangalorean born and brought up here would have taken a ride there, atleast once as a kid or an adult.
• The themes around the route which the train takes is also amusing for the kids as life-sized animal statues can be seen around the park.
• The Park also houses an Aquarium showcasing a variety of indigenous and exotic, cultivable as well as ornamental pet fish. This park is an excellent option for having a picnic with the kids - Bring in your own food, couple of fun outdoor games and make the most of the beautiful greenery.


Tips for Moms:
• It is best to visit the Toy Train and Aquarium preferably on a weekday since weekend can get a bit chaotic.
• Though there are stalls to buy snacks, it's recommended that you carry few quick bites for the kids.

 


3. Wonderla Amusement Park

Location: 28th km, Mysore Road, Before Bidadi, Bengaluru -562109, Karnataka
Contact: 080 2201 0333
Day & Timings: Mon-Sun- 11.00 am to 6.00 pm
Entry fee: Adult: Rs 870/-, Child: Rs 680/-
Preferred age: 1 yr and above


Fun quotient for kids:
• Well, everything at Wonderla is pure enjoyment for the kids. There are many attractions from water slide to a wave pool and whole lot of other fun rides to choose from.
• Kid's rides have various themes like pirates, jumping frog, flying jumbo etc. to a mini express.


Tips for Moms:

• The rates for children depend on the height of the child i.e. 90 to 140 cms. Few rides aren't meant for younger kids due to safety reasons, please abide by them.
• Consider carrying a pair of extra clothes to change into, both for yourself and your kid.

 


4. Indira Gandhi Musical Fountain

Location: Opposite Jawahar Lal Nehru Planetarium, Raj Bhavan Road, Bengaluru, Karnataka 560001
Contact: 080 2286 4125
Day & Show Timings: 7.00 pm - 7.30 pm and 8.00 - 8.30 pm, Mondays and second Tuesdays are holidays.
Entry fee: 30/- Free for kids below 10 yrs.
Preferred age: Open for all


Fun quotient for kids:
• Kids will love the musical fountain and it's dance to various catchy tunes from Bollywood numbers to patriotic ones.
• Colourful lights and ample open space is a brownie point for the kids.
• There is also a park for kids to play before the show starts.


Tips for Moms:
• The shows take place at night hence it may be a tad cold and there could be mosquitoes around, so always better to dress the kids appropriately and keep mosquito repellent handy.
• The place also has a few stray dogs running around, which though are friendly, it's better to be precautious when kids are around.

 


5. Play Arena

Location: No. 75, Central Jail Road, Opposite Silverwood Regency Apartments, Kasavanahalli, Bangalore-560035, Karnataka
Contact: +91 98860 98819
Day & Timings: Mon to Sun: 10.30 am to 10.00 pm
Entry fee: Kids play area: Rs 200/30 mins.
Preferred age: Open for all ages.


Fun quotient:
• Play arena offers a gamut of activities for both parents and kids. They have an exclusive kids play area consisting of sand pits, slides etc.
• They also conduct workshops for kids.


Tips for Moms:

• This place is huge and it's always crowded so plan well ahead.

 

 

Please be advised that all these places are kid friendly to an extent but always take necessary precaution and never leave the kids unattended without your supervision.

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