For regular and one-off children’s activities, the best place to look is the “Kids” section of Time Out Delhi, a fortnightly listings magazine covering Delhi and its environs.
Most schools offer extracurricular activities. Depending on their interest, you can choose private tutors (look in the newspaper classifieds under ‘education’ or ask around in expat circles) to give piano lessons (can be as much as $22 per hour), ballet and jazz (approx $7 a lesson at the American Embassy School) or you can enrol your children in hobby classes and activities happening in your neighbourhood. For an exhaustive list of hobby classes in Delhi, click here: http://www.indianmoms.com/aide/infobank/delhi/hobbyteachers.htm
Diksha Weekend Classical Workshop (Baba Kharag Singh Marg) is a weekend workshop that offers many things deemed classical – theatre, music, drawing and painting, Sanskrit chanting, classical dance, yoga, even krav maga. Children learn from experienced theatre-persons [Phone:23742083].
Pottery for Kids (New Friends Colony) – Children will work on a potter’s wheel and the pieces they create will be varnished or painted. They will also learn to model clay with their hands. [Phone:9810015723]
Rangshala Children’s Theatre Workshops & Puppet Workshops are conducted all year through. In these workshops, the child is made to explore himself, his society, family, surroundings and group-based interaction through various theatre games and other allied arts like writing, painting, etc [Phone:98105 44022] http://www.rangshala.com/childrenworkshop.htm
If your children like horseback riding, you can enrol them in the Children’s Riding Club (Safdarjung Road) [Phone: 3012265]
Various swimming camps for children are held at the following clubs:
- YMCA (Jai Singh Road) Around Rs 1,250 per month for three classes a week. [Phone:23746668].
- Khazan Singh Academy (Old JNU Campus) About Rs 1,300 for the first month and Rs 700 thereafter. [Phone:32933828]
- Pacific Sports Complex (Andrews Ganj) One hour every day of the week at Rs 1,800 a month. [Phone:64520555, 65079552/3]
- Indian Aquatic Academy (Kendriya Vidyalaya, Noida) Rs 1,200 per month and coaching for children aged five and above is an additional Rs 800 per month. [Phone:951202411777, 9868516751]
The Children’s Park
The park located near India Gate has large, well-maintained lawns and is a good place to enjoy an evening with children. The park has a number of swings, good play areas, and even an aquarium.