10 Things to Do This Week ( September 07 to September 13, 2017)

1. Workshops
Yomickey is conducting a workshop on bottle art.
Date: Ongoing
Age: 5 to 7 years
Website: www.yomickey.com

New Delhi
StageCoach Kids Club is conducting a workshop that teaches calligraphy, communication skills, creative thinking, creative writing, personality development, singing, story writing, storytelling, theatre and western dance.
Date: Ongoing
Age: 8 to 14 years
Call: 09818888648

Bohemian Snuffbumble is conducting a mosaic workshop using recycled broken tiles.
Date: September 9 and 10
Age: 12+ years
Call: 09886294444/ 7259956644

Pratham Books is conducting a reading workshop called ‘One Day, One Story’.
Date: September 9, 2017
Age: 3+ years
Call: 08042052574/ 020-41159009

2. Read a Book 
The Adventures of Shrilok Homeless by Pika Nani
(Age: 8+ years) 
The protagonist of this book, Shrilok is a chaiwala by day and a detective by night. Rohan Doctor is his partner in crime. Together, they solve crimes that have shaken up the city of Mumbai. Shrilok is a champion of deduction, disguise and drama and this makes it very easy for him to solve the most bizarre cases.‘The Adventures of Shrilok Homeless’ is a compilation of some of the cases he has solved. Published by Puffin Books and available on Amazon.in

3. Watch It
An American Christmas comedy, ‘Elf’ will tickle your funny bone any time of the year. Buddy, the protagonist, has been raised at the North Pole as an elf. 

However, as he grows up, he realises that he is not an elf but a human being. The movie focuses on Buddy’s search for his biological father. Released in 2003, the movie is a must watch.

4. Learn Something New
Taekwondo, also spelled taekwon-do or tae kwon do, is a Korean martial art. It combines combat and self-defense techniques with sport and exercise. Taekwondo is characterised by its emphasis on head height kicks, jumping and spinning kicks and fast kicking techniques. To facilitate this, taekwondo adopts stances that are narrower and hence less stable than the broader, wide stances used by martial arts such as karate. Taekwondo enhances self-esteem, builds confidence and develops discipline. You can enrol for taekwondo classes in Mumbai at RobinAge’s Bright Sparks Centre. Call 09820346210 for details.

5. Log On
This website has a lot of interesting crafts, recipes, experiments and magic tricks. It also has a list of games that can be played both indoors and outdoors, which includes party, travel and pool games. The website also has a section on jokes and general knowledge.

6. What's New
My Cute Stickons
My Cute Stickons are colourful, child-friendly vinyl labels that are both heat-resistant and waterproof. Parents can either buy ready-made labels or custom design them with their children’s name, address and special needs mentioned. The labels do not wear out in wash or in the microwave and are long lasting. My Cute Stickons also has adorable decals and frames that can be stuck on walls or in the washroom. Their Chalk Decals allow kids to scribble on walls without damaging the wall! For information log on to www.mycutestickons.com

7. Pay It Forward
School on Wheels
School on Wheels (SOW) is an interesting initiative started off by NGO Door Step School. SOW is a mobile classroom that reaches out to children who don’t have access to schools like street children, children of construction workers and children who have dropped out of government schools. SOW was initiated in 1998 in South Mumbai. Today, there are about five SOWs in five different wards of Mumbai. A single bus travels to these locations, reaching out to over 500 children annually. To volunteer or know more about SOW and Door Step School log on to www.doorstepschool.org or e-mail mumbai@doorstepschool.org

8. Little Green Fingers 
Meet A New Plant: Prunus Serrulata 
Prunus serrulata is commonly known as cherry blossom or sakura in Japan. It is one of the most beautiful flowers of the spring season. Sakura belongs to the rose family. Japan alone has more than 600 species of this genus, of which someiyoshino is best known. The species are segregated based on the composition of the petals on their flowers. The flowers that have up to five petals are called hitoe, those with up to 10 petals are known as hanyae and those with more than 10 petals are called yae. Most flowers are either white or pale pink in colour.

9. Music for Your Ears 
Know Your Instrument: Xylophone 
Originated in: Asia or Africa
Pronunciation: zaay-loh-fon
The xylophone is a percussion instrument that most likely originated in either Asia or Africa. It is a set of metallic keys, arranged in order from long to short, which are set on wooden bars and need to be hit by mallets to make a sound. Today, there are about nine common types of xylophones, each one having a different number of keys and thus making distinct sounds. The xylophone has a brittle,metallic sound and it is often played in an orchestra.

10. Bit by the Travel Bug 
Place to Visit: Jim Corbett National Park 
Jim Corbett National Park in Nainital, Uttarakhand was established in 1936 as Hailey National Park. It is India’s oldest and most prestigious national park. Project Tiger was first launched here in 1973. The park comprises of hills, marshy depressions, riverine belts, grasslands and large lakes. For tourism purposes, the park has been divided into six zones. Tigers are most often spotted in the Dhikala zone. The park is known for its rich flora and fauna. Visitors can spot otters, crocodiles, leopards, black bears, elephants, four to five species of deer and rich bird life. Jim Corbett National Park can be reached via road and rail.

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