Chennai boasts of many attractions, ranging from the famous Marina beach to the monuments of Mahabalipuram, the city and its surrounding areas offer many options for adults. But what about kids? Well, the wonderful city has many options for children too, in fact these are places where you are bound to enjoy the amusements as much as your little ones.
Skip the usual beach trip or the now-common child-friendly centres at the mall, this weekend plan to do something beyond these two options. Be mesmerised by the open jaws of the crocodile and prepare to answer your children when they ask you, 'How many teeth are in there dad?' or take them to the Muttukadu Lake, where they can learn to appreciate the beauty of nature. Choose from our pick of five options that is sure to earn you the tag of the 'Best Parent in the World'!
1. Crocodile Bank
Children will be awed and amused at the sight of the many crocodiles that can be see here, both in the water and on the sandy banks. With their mouths open and sharp pearlies on display, the crocodiles are sure to imbibe curiosity in your children, so be prepared for a barrage of questions! It was initially started as a conservation effort, but is presently a Centre for Herpetology.
The place allows visitors to play volunteers and you can join the feeding sessions every Sunday. Weekends have fun programs and workshops too. You can book in advance for a night safari, available only over the weekends, between 7:00 to 8:30 pm.The Crocodile Bank is only closed on Mondays and the entry fee is INR 35 for adults and INR 10 for children. If you take your camera or camera phone, there is a small additional charge.
Check their website for more information, here.
Sun Bathing at the Crocodile Bank.
Photo Courtesy: Sunil Soundarapandian
2. Muttukadu Lake
Located on the East Coast Road at a distance of 40 km from Chennai, the Muttukadu Lake is popular among both residents and tourists. The most popular activity at the lake is boating. There are a few options to choose from, including the paddle and motor boats. Depending on the time and energy, you can choose from either. The surrounding vistas are a delight and children will love to pitch in by paddling the boat and enjoying the waters. Early mornings and evenings are the best time to go for this activity, as that will let you enjoy the pleasant weather as well.
The boat house at Muttukadu.
Photo Courtesy: Sudarshan V
3. Guindy National Park
Children are always amused by the world of animals and nature around them, sights of such kind make the inquisitive little ones probe for answers about the world we live in. One such place is the Guindy National Park. Centtrally located in the city, it is easy to plan a trip here. There are many amusements at the park to keep your children well-occupied. The most fascinating sight will be that of the deer and ducks roaming about free without any care in the world. The park is only closed on Tuesdays. Entry fee is INR 15 for adults and INR 10 for kids. Children below five are allowed free of cost.
Check their website to know more about them, here.
Spotted Deer at the Guindy National Park.
Photo Courtesy: Vinoth Chandar
4. The Farm
The place on Old Mahabalipuram Road will provide a great start for the weekend with good food and fun activities for children. If children love one thing, that is ample space to play and The Farm located amidst greenery offers that and more. The Farm true to its name has home grown veggies and farm animals too! The children can pet the cattle and horses, feed them and even take part in the milking process, just imagine the fun and learning your children are bound to experience! They can give their hand at cooking as well, but the key highlight is that after all the farm work, there is a big pool to splash around and wash away the fatigue. This would be followed by a delicious meal of course! Enjoy.
To know more about the farm, click here.
Beautiful horses at The Farm.
Photo Courtesy: The Farm
5. VGP Universal Kingdom
The VGP Golden Resort created quite the stir when it was first launched in the 1980s and became a fully fledged amusement park in 1997, since then the park has received a steady inflow of tourist crowd, and parents keen to let their little ones have some fun. The Aqua Kingdom at the park offers many fun rides in the water, the wave pool and other activities are sure to keep kids in high spirits. The place also has restaurants and gardens for parents and children to rest after the rides. It is open across the week and there are various packages to choose from, the basic package starts at INR 225 for adults and INR 175 for children.
Check their website to know more, here.
Water based amusements at VGP.
Photo Courtesy: VGP