Bangalore might not be known as a child friendly city and on the face of it, the sombre looking IT towers dotting the city might seem to give no joy at all to a child but despair not, Native Planet brings to you, a guide to indulge any young ones that you might know, including the child in you. Whether a day in the Bannerghatta national park or demystifying the secrets in the Visvesvaraya Industrial and Technological Museum, children will love these getaways from the usual visit to the cinemas or your neighbourhood food joint.
HAL aerospace museum
India's first aerospace museum can be the perfect place to encourage the budding astronaut or the pilot in your child, not to mention the wings of fantasy they can lend you. Flight simulators, a mock Air Traffic Control tower and many models of aircrafts will enthrall you and your child.
A green lung in the heart of the city which also doubles up as host for a library, museums, a toy train and many statues and pavilions. In the mornings and evenings, it is a jogger's paradise.
Wonderla Amusement Park
An amusement park might bring the image of being for kids only to you but there is enough to do at the Wonderla Amusement Park even if you are grown up. Different rides of various shapes and sizes all the while ensuring the safety of the young ones, this place is a must visit.
Visvesvaraya Industrial and Technological Museum
More of a science centre and less of a museum, the interactive exhibits here are a great way for children to develop interest in science. Various galleries like the space gallery, science for children gallery, fun science gallery, electro technic gallery and the virtual game area are not to be missed. The museum is open on all days from 10 am to 6 pm. At least three hours are needed if you want to familiarize yourself with this treasure trove.
Bannerghatta national park
What kid was ever there who didn't want to see a bear, a lion or elephant in close proximity? Check out the variety of animals at this national park and when you have had your fill head to the nearby butterfly conservatory to catch a glimpse of beautiful butterflies in a natural habitat.
Timings : 9am to 5 pm.
If you really want to whet your appetite for a date with nature, head to Lal Bagh, Bangalore's gargantuan 240-acre botanical garden which houses over 1000 species of plants and more than 100 year old trees. Children will love the vast expanse dotted with trees, a lake and the odd remnant of some old building.