12 Kid-Friendly Places In Bangalore
12 Kid-Friendly Places In Bangalore
Love Banglore? Well, Manisha Desai has some great advice and suggestions to make your kids love Banglore too!
Bangalore has won itself several titles — from City of Lakes to the Pub Capital of India to Silicon Valley of India. The city is brimming with creativity and culture and Bangalore, or Bengaluru as it is called now, has a lot to offer! So if you are planning to holiday here with your children, gear up because there is tons to do in this wonderful city! While traveling with kids, the big challenge is avoiding the “We are soooo bored!“ statement, something we hear a little too often during holidays. However, I seriously doubt you’ll hear this from your kids when in Bangalore with the many activities on offer. Here are some things you can do with your little ones and enjoy yourself while you’re at it! That’s what family holidays are all about, right?
Depending on how much time you have in Bangalore, plan your visit according to your child’s interests. You’re guaranteed to have a grumpy kid on your hands if you take her to a museum instead of the national park she’s interested in. I jump at the chance to take my little one out so she can experience nature first hand, while I get to reiterate that mud is not bad! 🙂 Bangalore is blessed with several such options, so fix a budget, look at the choices and plan the most exciting holiday ever!
For The Water Baby
The City of Lakes is perfect for those who love water. While a lot of the lakes have dried out or are too polluted to be called lakes, there are still some prize jewels in Bangalore’s crown.
#1 Ulsoor Lake
Bangalore’s most iconic lake is located at the heart of the city and forms a calm oasis in the middle of a bustling city. Kids would love to go on boat rides or soak in the natural beauty here.
#2 Hesaraghatta Lake
Originally created as a source for drinking water in 1894, this manmade fresh-water lake is now an excellent location for some exotic birdwatching.
For The Wild Child
Children hardly ever get out into the sun or nature these days, so I’m generally biased when it comes to opting for the outdoors.
#3 Bannerghatta National Park
The park has a zoo, a mini safari and an aquarium, which means you can spend hours or even an entire day here. There is also a butterfly park nearby, an enclosure with lots of butterflies flying around, which creates a magical world. The park is open on all days, except Tuesday, so if you only have time for one outing with the kids, visit the Bannerghatta National Park.
#4 Bal Bhavan
This amusement park is located within Cubbon Park and has been specially designed for children. Pack a picnic to see the 20-million-year-old fossilised tree, enjoy a horse ride, take the toy train or visit the Dolls Museum for a memorable experience.
For The Nature Lover
Got a child who loves to explore nature at its gentle best? A fun-filled day at a park or some hours learning about farm animals is sure to delight your little ones.
#5 Gerry Martin Farm
Perfect for a half- or full-day outing, this farm houses ducks, pigs, horses, emus, rabbits, guinea pigs and turtles surrounded by large trees and plenty of shade. Kids can feed the animals as well as pet them, which can be exciting for your little city dweller. Getting here can be tricky for some, so make sure you get your directions right.
#6 Lalbagh Botanical Gardens
Open through the year, this garden offers kids a great opportunity to learn about different plants, trees and flowers and attend activities specially planned for them. If you’re visiting in January or August, be sure to catch the flower show. You can also take a well-planned, guided tour around the city.
For The Science Geek
If your child dreams of flying high, is all about science and inquisitive about how things work, the city’s interactive museums present a thrilling experience.
#7 Jawaharlal Nehru Planetarium
The sky theatre has two shows every day, which are a spellbinding experience (even for adults) to learn about the universe.
#8 Visvesvaraya Industrial & Technological Museum
This museum has different galleries dedicated to various streams, such as the Space Gallery, Engine Hall, the Fun Science Gallery, Dinosaur Corner and more. A virtual game area allows children to play music on virtual instruments while the mini-planetarium relays the ‘Taramandal’ show at regular intervals. This is the only museum in the world, apart from the Smithsonian in the US, with a full-scale replica of the Wright brothers’ 1903 flyer ‘Kitty Hawk’.
#9 HAL Museum
This is the first aerospace museum of its kind in India and houses an Orchidarium, herbal garden and sustainability development park. Kids can see, admire and learn about the design, shape and detail of machines here by studying the different working models.
For The Movie Buff
Some kids are die-hard movie fans, while others need constant activity to keep them happy. If you have limited time and want to do as much as possible, visit the city’s all-inclusive entertainment hub.
#10 Innovative Film City
A paradise for movie buffs, the Innovative Film City has 27 different facilities such as the Amphitheatre, Haunted Mansion, Cartoon City, Aqua Kingdom, Petting Zoo, Ripley’s Believe It Or Not Museum, Funplex 4D-Theatre, Louis Tussaud’s Wax Museum, Go-Karting, Mini Golf, Fossil Museum, Double Decker Carousel, theme restaurants and more. Whew!
For The Book Worm
There is much to offer kids who love to read. I sometimes contemplate moving to Bangalore because of its fantastic libraries for children.
#11 Atta Galatta
You will spend hours at this bookstore and library with 10,000 books in regional languages. Sip on coffee, nibble on fresh baked breads and cuddle the adorable cats at Atta Galatta.
This is another children’s library and resource centre that focuses on promoting parent-child bonding. You can attend book readings and storytelling sessions or drop in for events and workshops to reconnect with your pre-teen.
There are also several malls and soft play areas to keep your children busy, but why choose a regular mall when you have so many fabulous choices, right? Bangalore has something to offer for everyone! So have a blast and don’t forget to write in about what you enjoyed the most.
About The Author
Dreamer. Activist. Wannabe painter. Writer. Environmentalist. Mother. Just some of the adjectives that would describe Manisha. A social worker by profession and a writer by accident she combines both these skills while writing content for non-profit organizations and other websites.