Carnival: Kidzoocamp offered school children entertainment that kept them away from the virtual world for a while

Fun, frolic and fervour was evident at Kidzoocamp, a carnival organised at Kalka Public School with a plethora of colours, carnival rides, workshops and performances making it a perfect occasion to enjoy. Organised by Mic N Melons last week, the main attraction of the carnival was Chhota Bheem and the Dholakpur village where children met their hero and enjoyed his tales.

Two ‘crazy scientists’ from Ukraine regaled the audience with their chemical stage show with children flocking to try the spin art machine. Milagree, one of the scientists said, “We have brought this project directly from Ukraine to impart intellectual entertainment. We want the kids to explore something new and establish that science can be fun.”

The two-day event was aimed at bringing back the essence of playing and breaking the shackles of the virtual world on the young. There were more than 80 kiosks at the carnival offering the children various mouth-watering snacks and craft items and also entertainment such as puppet show, Bhangra, magic show and fashion show. The adventurous ones enjoyed paintball shooting, rocket boom, spider’s web, running bungee, etc.. Salik Khan, organiser of the event, said, “Kids of the 21st Century are trapped in a virtual world and our theme is based on the idea of providing them an opportunity to experience creativity, critical thinking and self- regulation.”

Several workshops were also lined up. The art workshop, headed by Paromita Basu, taught kids graffiti and how to create tiaras, eye masks and tribal caps. Mozartsey, the music workshop provided an exposure to music. Sonam Saini at the music workshop said, “At any place where children are around there should be music. The idea is to stimulate children with live sound. They can experience instruments like keyboard, saxophone, electric guitars, tabla, etc. So, we are trying to bring music closer to them.”

The Brain Wonders stall offered to gauge the participants’ potential through a reading of their fingerprints. A Crayola-sponsored painting competition was also organised.