23.11.17

10 Things to Do This Week (November 23 to November 29, 2017)

1. Workshops
Mumbai
Woman’s Extravaganza is hosting the Kidtown Fair Exhibition where children of all ages can enjoy a lot of fun activities and workshops.
Date: November 25 and 26
Age: 1 year and above
Call: 09930685711
Delhi
Ride on the miniature trains, boats and cars at Garden Railway, India’s only miniature world, and learn more about different models of trains, cars and boats.
Date: November 25 and 26
Age: 1 year and above
Call: 09873088943
Website: www.moglys.in

Jaipur
Kahaani Festival by Teamwork Arts is a two-day event where the ancient art of storytelling will be showcased via puppetry and role play. The event has many creative workshops too.
Date: November 24 and 25
Age: 4 to 16 years
Call: 09582581267

Bangalore
Learn how to make coffee paintings at a workshop conducted by Trishna Patnaik.
Date: November 25
Age: 6 years and above
Call: 09811974842

2. Read a Book
Discover India State by State: Off to West Bengal by Sonia Mehta (Age: 8+ years)
This book is part of the ‘Discover India State by State’ series by Sonia Mehta, which is about Mishki and Pushka a brother and sister duo from planet Zoomba who travel to Earth. Here, they meet a sweet old man called Daadu Dolma who tells them wonderful stories and facts about India. In ‘Off to West Bengal’, Mishki and Pushka discover the vibrant culture and hidden secrets of West Bengal. For example, did you know that West Bengal is the only Indian state that touches the Himalayas as well as the sea? To know more about maccher jhol, Rabindra Sangeet, nolen gurer payesh, Durga Pujo and other specialties of this state read this colourful book. Published by Penguin India.

3.Watch It: Sing
'Sing' is a 3D musical animated movie about a koala bear named Buster Moon who owns a theatre but has recently been told by his financial adviser Judith, a brown llama, that his theatre is in a major financial mess. Buster Moon decides to host a singing competition and gift the winner $1,000, hoping that this will increase footfalls.
However, his assistant Miss Crawley, an iguana, accidently adds two extra zeroes, raising the prize money to $100,000 on all the promotional flyers! Animals from all over the city join in the competition, but does this help Buster Moon save his theatre? Watch the movie to find out.
4. Learn Something New 
Greeting Card Making 
Making greeting cards is a great way to showcase your talent and creativity. You can use painting, weaving, quilling, paper collage or any other art form to make cards for a variety of events such as birthdays, anniversaries, Holi, Easter, Ganesh Chaturthi, Navratri, Diwali and Christmas. Creating something personal instead of buying it is a great way of showing people you care about them.

5. Log On 
This website is a search engine powered by Google. It has an interesting child-friendly design and throws up only child-friendly information, linking the search query to sites that have easy to understand information and listings of books and television shows.

6. What's New 
Camlin Adult Colouring Kit 
Kokuyo Camlin recently launched the Adult Colouring Kit with 32 colouring pages of animals, flowers, mandalas and forests. This is a great buy for anyone above 10 years of age. 

Colouring is de-stressing and helps reinvigorate your imagination. It is also a great way to spend a lazy afternoon! The kit comes with a set of 24 colour pencils and a sharpener.
7. Pay It Forward 
Ashray Akruti
Ashray Akruti is a registered NGO that works towards improving the lives of children with hearing impairment from underprivileged backgrounds. The organisation was established in 1996 and to date has sent more than 200 students to mainstream schools, colleges and universities. The NGO conducts many projects such as granting free cochlear implant surgeries, which are carried out with the help of Max Foundation, Hans Foundation, Vijaya Diagnostics-Hyderabad, AYJNIHH-Mumbai and the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment. After the child receives the implant, he/ she receives auditory verbal therapy from a speech therapist at Ashray Akruti. You can help and volunteer with the organisation. To know more, log on www.ashrayakruti.org or E-mail: ashrayakruti@yahoo.com

8. Little Green Fingers
Meet a New Plant: Limonium Bellidifolium
Limonium bellidifolium commonly known as misty, statice, sea lavender or marshrosemary is usually seen growing in meadows and can be identified by its soft and feather-like plumes of lilac and baby blue flowers. The plant grows to 18 inches in height. The flowers are dried, coloured and used by florists in dried floral arrangements, wreaths and other d├ęcor items. In their fresh form, sea lavenders can last for 14 days.

9. Music for Your Ears 
Know Your Instrument: Dizi
Pronunciation: di-zee
Originated In: China
A dizi or bamboo flute is a traditional musical instrument that is played by the Chinese. The flute is carved out of a single bamboo stick. The instrument has six finger holes that are drilled on the flute at measurable distances. The dizi is different from other flutes because of an extra hole called mo kong that is drilled between the blow-hole and the finger-hole that is covered by a thin membrane of reed that gives it a unique resonant sound. Northern Chinese dizi are made from purple or violet bamboo, while dizi made in South China are made from white bamboo.

10. Bit by the Travel Bug
Place to Visit: Palampur Hill Station, Himachal Pradesh
Palampur is known as the Tea Capital of North-West India. It is located amidst the breath-taking Dhaulandhar ranges in the Kangra valley region. This hill station is blessed with beautiful landscapes, pleasant climate, ancient temples, babbling streams and lovely hamlets. Palampur is also home to a lot of adventure activities like paragliding and trekking. One can reach Palampur by road or rail.

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