Parents are often spoilt for choice when it comes to zeroing in on the apt summer vacation class for their children. There are bombarded with too many options. The classes must be decided depending upon the location, time, aptitude, attitude and interest of the child, says B. O. Sebastian, author of books on moulding children, who also served as principal in many schools. He said that television and computers diminish children's creativity, stifle their imagination and strain their eyes. There is also a risk of children developing obesity and other ailments due to inadequate physical activity.
Out in the city, the fads include attending coaching in abacus, learning-enhancement techniques, magic and skating. Apart from conventional streams, the Regional Sports Centre (2204068, 2205071) at Kadavanthra is offering training in learning enhancement, billiards and snooker, checkers/draughts, fencing, magic, scrabbles, rifle shooting and ‘Summer Sault'.
Skating classes have already begun at the Ernakulam Children's Park (2361050). There would also be entertainment programmes in the evening. Classes at the Cochin Kalabhavan (2354522, 2381400) include music, dances, drawing, painting, musical instruments, mimicry and handicrafts making.
The Palarivattom YMCA (2534909) offer classes in abacus, calligraphy and karate, while the Kadavanthra YMCA (94951 57491) trains children in table tennis, basket ball, roller skating, shuttle, painting and drawing. The Rajagiri Outreach will begin camps titled ‘Namukku unaram, nanma valartham', aimed at understanding oneself, family, rights, duties and reaching out to society from April 17.
A visit to the Museum of Kerala History (2541768), Edapally, will be worth for those interested in knowing more about the State's history.
The Swadeshi Science Movement (2393242) has organised a face-to-face programme for children on ‘new frontiers in science' from April 25 to 29.
The Santhwana Institute of Counselling and Psychotherapy (2352961, 2381497) will begin five-day sessions in personality development and accelerated learning, aimed at students from Class V to XII. The Youth Hostels' Association of India (99612 13737) will organise a trekking camp for students through the old Munnar route. Parents too can accompany. The Centre for Health Intelligence Learning and Development (CHILD), Tripunithura, (2782582) offers training in fun mathematics, values, communicative English, clay modelling, ‘science in daily life' and ‘letting out your emotions'. Children can be judges at the Junior Chamber International's (95679 51122) ‘Muthassikatha contest' that would be held at Changampuzha Park on April 14. The last date to register is April 6.
The Indian School of Arts, Ravipuram, has begun vacation classes in fine arts, flower-making, Tanjore painting, memory sketching, perspective drawing and classical music. The Nanappa Art Gallery would train students in painting and sculpture making. A vacation camp by Markaz Arabic College (3216648) would begin from April 4. The Brain O Brain Abacus Training Centre (93492 55999) in Panampilly Nagar offers classes once a week.