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Review: ‘Funky Monkeys’ Play centre at Koregaon Park, Pune

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Author: Gauri Kshirsagar

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An indoor play center is a fantastic way to give your children 60 minutes of physical activity and best of all it is “Exercise in Disguise” as the kids are just having great fun…Running, Jumping, Climbing, Crawling and Sliding… Play is what kids do best!! ‘Funkey Monkeys’ is an indoor play area at Nitesh Hub in Koregaon Park, is a very good option for parents who want to have a fun and relaxing time with their kids in Pune. Continue reading

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DIY activity 16: Easy-to-make kid’s Christmas pin/brooch

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Since Victorian times, people have worn decorative jewellery to show their excitement and affection for the Christmas season. Some wear brooches with trumpeting angels, while others favour pins sporting silver bells, red-nosed reindeer, or a Christmas tree. This year I decided to make a funky and  Christmas brooch for their school Christmas party. Continue reading

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School Admissions (Part 1): Types of school boards in India

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“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.”- Nelson Mandela

Education plays an important role in the progress of an individual’s mind and country. Education being one of the most important factors responsible to shape the personality of an individual.

Quality is the most cherished goal in human endeavour and especially in the field of education, hence choosing the right board and school for your child becomes a very important factor. Education in India is very highly dependent on the syllabus offered and most parents choose schools based on the syllabus it offers rather than on the kind of education imparted by the school. There are lot of factors which determine school admissions, so in this post I have discussed  basic points about the types of school boards in India. Continue reading

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School Admissions: Introduction

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If you are reading this article, that means you have come to the stage where your child is ready to go to school, and you are gearing up for school admissions. I know, it’s quite a competition out there, but relax if you have your sorted out your priorities regarding school selection, then it gets quite easy from there. Continue reading

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DIY activity 15: How to make an easy kid’s playhouse out of an ordinary cardboard box.

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Childhood….. it’s that time in life where a simple cardboard box can make you incredibly excited and entertained for hours on end. And if you throw in a couple of sheets and pillows, well, that’s icing on the cake. In this article, I will give you some tips and ideas on how to convert an ordinary cardboard box into a fun play house. Continue reading

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DIY Activity 14: WALL-E and EVE amigurumi plush toys

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Slide3In the movie WALL-E, in 2805, Earth is abandoned and largely contaminated with garbage, with its people evacuated on giant star liners. Humans have left behind WALL-E robot trash compactors to clean up, however, all have since stopped functioning, except one unit who has gained sentience and is able to stay active using parts from other units. He is a small mobile compactor box with all-terrain treads, three-fingered shovel hands, binocular eyes, and retractable solar cells for power. Although working diligently to fulfill his directive to clean up the garbage he is distracted by his curiosity, collecting trinkets of interest.  EVE (Extraterrestrial Vegetation Evaluator), is a sleek robot probe whose directive is to locate vegetation on Earth and verify habitability. She has a glossy white egg-shaped body and blue LED eyes. “WALL·E” is everything we’ve come to expect from Pixar and more- colorful, vibrant, imaginative, exciting, involving, beautiful, and most importantly a film with interesting, involving characters. Most importantly, however, it is perfect entertainment.

Wall E and Eve (in Wall E’s words Evaaa…..) are of  my twin’s favourite cartoon pairs, among their many pretend play toys. WALL-E movie toys are hardly available, especially in India and so tried my hands with amigurumi. The pattern came out quite good for both WALL- E and EVE. Continue reading

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Review: Krazzy Kidz -Kids’ salon at Deccan Gymkhana

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Overall Rating:  ★★★★  (4 out of 5)

Timings: 10:00 AM to 7:00 PM

Location: 903, Yashashri Apartment, Bhandarkar Road Lane No 3, Deccan Gymkhana, Pune – 411004, Amarai Camp, Near New Gupte Maternity Home.

Phone: 02025670125 / 9922929922 Continue reading