10 Things to Do This Week (May 18 to 24, 2017)

1. Camp Time

Pugmarks is organising an 8-day trip to Manali.
Date: May 23 onwards
Age: 10 to 14 years
Call: 020-66499999/ 022-24445938
E-mail: vacationcamps@pugmarksholidays.com
Website: www.pugmarks123.com

2. Workshops

Prithvi Theatre is conducting a range of poetry, acting, pottery, juggling and creative writing workshops.
Date: May 21 onwards
Age: 8 years and above
Call: 022-26149546
E-mail: mail@prithvitheatre.org
Website: www.prithvitheatre.org

Nature Journey is conducting a night camp at Kolar, Karnataka.
Date: May 24 onwards
Age: 9 to 16 years
Call: 080-39577080
E-mail: care@nature-journey.com
Website: www.nature-journey.com

New Delhi
3 Dexter is conducting a specialised 3D printing workshop.
Date: May 20 onwards
Age: 8 to 15 years
Call: 09899023253
E-mail: info@3dexter.com
Website: www.3dexter.com

Cats Learning Centre is conducting art and craft, puppetry, drama, creative writing and storytelling workshops.
Date: May 22 onwards
Age: 3 to 10 years
Call: 09860892287
E-mail: shraddhashah161@gmail.com
Website: www.catslc.com

3. Watch It
‘Dhanak’ was released in 2016. It is an Indian film written and directed by Nagesh Kukunoor. The movie is based on a 300km-long journey that is undertaken by a 10-year-old girl and her blind eight-year-old brother. They travel in search of Shah Rukh Khan in the hope that he will sponsor the boy’s eye operation to restore his sight. The movie has garnered many international film awards and the prestigious National Film Award for the Best Children’s Film category. Catch the film online or on DVD!

4. Learn Something New

In pottery, a lump of clay sits atop the potting wheel that spins and the potter uses his/ her hands to mould the clay into a definite shape. Pottery has physical as well as mental benefits and brings out the creative side of a person. This summer, join a pottery class and learn to create different forms, shapes and objects! Pottery is a good exercise for the hands, wrists, arms and brain. It is also a great stress-buster and improves your focus.

5. Bitten By the Travel Bug

Place to Visit: Mawlynnong

Mawlynnong is regarded as the cleanest village in Asia. Located in the state of Meghalaya, Mawlynnong is home to around 600 people. Adults and children clean this village as a regular activity. The community uses biodegradable wastage as manure. Other wastes are either burnt away from the village, recycled or reused. Mawlynnong also houses one of the rare Living Root Bridges. Mawlynnong is around 90kms away from Shillong and Cherrapunjee and can be reached by road.

6. Log On!
The site calls itself an amusement park for mathematics games, lessons and much more. The site offers online games, quizzes and brainteasers that cover topics like addition, subtraction and multiplication. The games on this site are recommended for children aged up to 12 years. Children above 12 years can visit its sister site, www.coolmath.com for higher and more complex math games.

7. Product of the Week

Architecture series offers sets of iconic buildings from around the world such as the Eiffel Tower, Burj Khalifa, Louvre Museum and many more. Each set contains 500 to 1,000 pieces. They are interpretations of real-world architectural landmarks. The sets come with a booklet on the design, history and other details about the landmark. The products are available in stores and partner outlets. To know more, log on to www.lego.com

8. Little Green Fingers
Meet a New Plant: White Baneberry (Actaea pachypoda)
Native to North America, white baneberry is an herbaceous plant known for its ball-shaped fruits. The fruits or berries are white in colour with a black dot that looks like a doll’s eye. The plant has few leaves and red thick stems and is 2ft tall. The berries are toxic and can cause nausea and vomiting if consumed. It grows on fertile, moist and acidic soil in partial shade and can live up to two years in the wild.

9. Pay It Forward
TreesIndia is a nationwide collaborative effort to photograph, document and map the tree species of India. It conducts campaigns where everyone can take pictures of trees and upload them. The TreesIndia community comprises of 1,200 experts and enthusiasts that help check and curate the uploaded information of trees. Over 90% of the 12,000 trees uploaded have been identified.
For more details:
E-mail: support@indiabiodiversity.org
Website: www.treesindia.indiabiodiversity.org

10. Music for Your Ears
Know Your Instrument: Oboe Pronunciation: o-bo

Originated In: Western Europe
The oboe is a double reed woodwind instrument. It was called ‘hautbois’ when it started appearing during the mid-17th century in France. It is around 2ft long and usually made of wood and other materials. It has metal keys, a conical bore and a flared bell. It is one of the hardest instruments to play but commonly heard in jazz, rock and pop music. An oboe player is called an oboist. Jack Cozen Harel is regarded as the fastest oboist in the world.

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