A new concept that is catching on in Chennai is the ‘Toy Library', wherein kids can have fun playing with different toys every other week. Parents are also happy because they don't have to spend huge amounts on play things and funky gizmos to keep their little ones engaged at home. They just have to visit the library (with or without their kids) and pick a toy that will be theirs for a week. They can come back the next week and exchange it for a new set of toys.

Kids Funtazy is one such lending library that has been recently opened in Kathiravan Colony Main Road, Anna Nagar.

The library that caters to kids aged between 6 months and 10 years has a wide range of attractive and brightly coloured branded toys for little ones that are of high quality, safe and non-toxic. It also lends children's books, including activity-based books and educative books and compact discs.

Alka Muthukumar, who runs the library along with her mother Sarla Mohta, says: “With increase in nuclear families, parents often find their child getting easily bored with his existing set of toys and books. Branded toys are often expensive. Without compromising on the quality and variety, the best option is to rent them. Thereby, the amount spent on toys and books can be drastically reduced and this would also avoid the clutter of toys and books which are no longer of interest to the kid.”

With a membership at Kids Funtazy, the child can take home one toy, one book and a CD and exchange it for another set the next week, thus giving him variety and wholesome entertainment and learning. “This will also teach the child responsibility and care for things at an early age. The toys are sanitised after every return and hygienically ready to be used by the next member,” adds Alka.

Parents who would like to celebrate their kid's birthday with a difference can also hire high quality play items such as slide, swing and roller coaster ride to entertain their little guests.

To become a member, one has to pay a refundable security deposit of Rs. 1500. The monthly subscription is Rs. 250. Alka says that parents who want to go shopping or attend to some urgent work can leave their child at the library.

A fee of Rs. 100 per hour will be charged. Once at the library, the child can play with the toys, watch fairy tales or activity-oriented visuals on CD and indulge in a bit of drawing/colouring. The kid will also be entertained with story telling or helped with reading books. The library is open on all days between 3 p.m. and 7 p.m.

Alka has come up with a special offer for Children's Day (today). Kids between 6 months and10 years can visit the library and play with unlimited toys of their choice or read at the library without any fees. She is also planning to organise many games in which exciting gifts and offers are to be won by enterprising kids.

All that the parents have to do is to contact Alka Muthukumar at 98408 90785 or Sarla Mohta at 9841148338. Kids Funtazy is located at “Chandra Villa”, AP – 614, H Block, Kathiravan Colony Main Road, Anna Nagar..

Saraswathy Srinivasan

Visit the library, pick a toy that will be yours for a week.