The Telegraph
Friday , May 16 , 2014
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Summer surprise for kids

Art, theatre, cookery, fitness... it promises to be a happening summer for city kids.

The Telekids Summer Carnival ’14, in association with Club Solitaire, offers a packed itinerary with the right blend of learning and fun.

The workshops will be held from May 19 to June 7 but Preksha Shah of Class X, Mahadevi Birla World Academy, can hardly wait. “I have always wanted to learn radio jockeying and self-defence and so I registered for the same,” said Preksha, who takes karate lessons in school.

Rijita Chatterjee, the founder and director of Part Time Lovers, who conducted the theatre workshop at last year’s carnival plans to acquaint participants with musicals this time. “The kids were amazing last time. This year, I am planning to show them how live music can be incorporated in theatre. For juniors, I intend to combine popular fables and music. Musicians from Sri Lanka will come over and accompany them on Latin percussion instruments,” she said. “For seniors, I plan to work with music and poetry.”

If food, rather than music, is your love, the non-fire cooking classes may just be right for you. Pralika Roy, 9, of Modern High School for Girls has been cooking for two years now and has enrolled for the cookery classes to learn a few new recipes. “I love cooking but hardly get time because of studies. At the carnival, I’ll have all the time to learn new dishes and cook as I please. This is a great way to spend my vacation,” said the amateur baker.

Photography to patachitra and puppetry, origami to zumba and even a workshop on innovation — students aged five to 17 can take their pick. The registration fee is Rs 299 a workshop and Rs 199 for Club Solitaire and Telekids Wiz Club members.