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Best Summer Camps for kids in Trivandrum 2022

Looking for summer camps Trivandrum parents? We’re here to help your kids have an amazing summer with these selections.

So you’re in luck: We are listing the best summer camps in and around Trivandrum that your kids will love, so start taking notes, Mom and Dad!

Here is a comprehensive list of the most awesome Summer Camps @Trivandrum in 2022.
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Paadashala TEEN PREP PROGRAMME (Location: Vellayambalam)

Paadashala Summer camp 2022 Trivandrum

Paadashala launches an attractive back to school program for children of class VIII – X.(Age 13Yrs to 15 years) Prepares children to return to school with enthusiasm and leaving back a load of anxiety and fears. Come and Experience a program to alleviate your fear of school…. Intensive 50 Hrs programme stretched to 14 days without break . Everyday 3 hrs each (Fun filled interactive and activity based sessions handled by experts.) Brainstorming sessions, interactive and activity based sessions,problem solving session. No textbook no notebook, no pen. BACK TO SCHOOL PROGRAMME FOR KIDS OF 2 TO 12 YEARS. Contact or whatsapp at 9995458074.

Cocoon Preschool Summer Camp Location: (Location: Edapazhanji and Puliyarakonam)

Cocoon Preschool is also coming up with an amazing summer camp for children aged 7 to 10 years.

At the Cocoon summer camp, we have got days jam packed with creativity,  adventure and excitement. Life is full of experiences! Cocoon kids camp brings big experiences to little people. Hourly change over of activities means great fun and pleasure throughout the day. There is something for every child aged 4 years to 14 years. Loved and trusted by parents, our ethos has always been to put children 1st. Each unforgettable experience at the camp will enhance their well being and revitalize them for their return to school.

The Learning Minds Summer Camp (Location: Maruthankuzhi)

The learning minds are conducting summer classes for the children aged 6 years to 12 years. This is a gateway for students to develop and sharpen their skills on English language, handwriting improvement and mental ability. The class is scheduled to be held from April 6th 2022 to May 6th 2022. Registrations are open now. The learning minds conduct sessions by complying with all covid appropriate protocols. Contact 7994147887 for more details.

Schoolmynd Summer Camp Location: (Location: Ambalamukku)

  Schoolmind summer camp 2022 trivandrumGet yourself immersed in the joyful, fun filled world of scintillating science experiments ranging from Martian Robots to Spiralling cyclones, and get unshackled from the learning constraints. We proudly present the fifth edition of the premier science camp, Eurecka 2022 conducted by Schoolmynd, Ambalamukku, Trivandrum. Meant for students of grades 3 to 9, the camp is tentatively planned to be held from April 15th to May 2nd ( except Sundays & Saturdays ).
Timings : 10 am to 1 pm. Registrations open. First come first serve basis, only for 15 students following all Covid protocols.

For more details please contact Dr.Kishore: +91 6282103148 What’s app: 9847091451.

If your institution is coming up with an interesting summer camp, please email the details to For enquiries, please contact 8606405917 or 9847320281.

Let’s Talk About the Birds and the Bees

Soon-to-be big brother/ sister asks, “Daddy, how did baby get in mommy’s tummy?” Crimson-in-the-face daddy looks at mommy for help. Mommy grins and shrugs the ball back into daddy’s court.
And then we fill the poor child with fairy tales about storks and chimneys. Really? And for this reason, ‘sex education’ gets tip-toed around, ignored, swept under the carpet, you name it. Very few parents actually seize the bull by the horns, see this as a learning opportunity for the child, and give
them the facts of life in an age-appropriate manner. This stems from the way we treat the very topic of sex. If we want our children to grow up to be informed, respectful, responsible adults, we need to make sure that they have the information they need. And they need to feel comfortable enough to come to you with any query, no matter how delicate. This is the single most important skill every parent should try to develop.

Wait, isn’t it the duty of schools to impart ‘sex education, you ask? Why is that? The school system did not beget your children. You did. Sex is a part of life and life is what families go through day in and day out. Ipso facto, home is the best setting to talk about the facts of life. So, here’s grabbing the bull by the horns. Forget about the traditional “we need to talk” method.
One big talk is not going to cover all the important things. Besides, it is likely to be a cringe fest, is it not? Rather, slip in bits of information in your daily conversations with your kids. It’s not just talking about the so-called ‘mechanics’ of it. It is also important to talk about being respectful of
your own bodies and others’, pregnancy, contraception, STDs, being sexually responsible, sexual harassment, rape, pornography – all of this is relevant. Think hard about what you want your children to know and take away from your conversations and give them age-appropriate information on the same.

Before you stick your head in the sand and say, “No, I cannot do this…”, there is good news coming
your way in the form of a very informative, funny, and wonderfully illustrated book titled ‘It’s Not the Stork!’. Written by Robie H. Harris and illustrated by Michael Emberley, It’s Not the Stork! is for kids aged 4 to 7, but is actually applicable for anyone above the age of 4.

It is a picture book (hooray!) and it gives simple yet detailed information on anatomy, the physical differences between boys and girls, how body parts work, sex, pregnancy and so on. No, you cannot just hand over the book and tell your children to read it. You need to sit down with them and read
this together. Talk about things openly and freely (any awkwardness you feel will go away in a bit, so keep at it). Here are a few things to make sure of before you sit down together with this book.
1) Use the actual names of body parts in your daily conversations with your kids. You should be using the words testicles, penis, vagina, breasts, etc., like you would any other body part like elbows or toes.
2) If you are not a family that reads to the kids, get into the habit of reading to them bits and pieces from books, magazines or newspapers that you are reading. Otherwise, when you suddenly sit them down with this book, things won’t seem quite comfortable for either party.
3) Go through the book before you read it to your kids – being familiar with the contents is a great confidence booster. You can also point out the funny bits because on every page of this book there are 2 really cute characters – a confident bird and a timid bee – who provide comic relief.

Now that we’ve set the stage, go ahead and draw your kiddos around you and go through the pages, a few at a time. Read the book to them in multiple sittings because it is pretty comprehensive. Have many, many conversations and discussions about it. Let your children go through the book when you are not reading it together (the illustrations are a real joy). Read the book multiple times over the years. They will pick up something new with each reading. Be accessible to your kids, answer any query appropriately and if you don’t know the answer to something or are unsure how to answer, you can always say “I really don’t know but I’ll find out and let you know, OK?” It also helps bring home the fact that dad and mom are not perfect, omniscient beings after all. There is the common belief that if you talk about sex to kids, they will be more likely to experiment early on in their lives. Is this really true? Think about it. As with any other socially relevant topic (like climate change or teen suicides), the more you have honest, open conversations with your children, the more likely they are to understand and form intelligent opinions of their own. The more understanding there is, the more they’ll be capable of making informed decisions. So parents, let’s take a pledge to be more available to our kids, to have more conversations with them, to incorporate critical thinking in their lives and most important of all, to listen to our kids without judgment and answer their questions the best way we can. Remember, it’s called parenting,
not perfecting. We’re all in this together.

– The author is an independent researcher in the fields of alternative education and self-directed learning. Besides being a homeschooling parent, a lover of libraries and a lifelong learner, the author is also passionate about minimalism, cats and tiny homes. Go figure!
The book It’s Not the Stork! is available at children’s library. So are the second and third parts of the series – It’s So Amazing, for ages 7 and up and It’s Perfectly Normal, for adolescents and those approaching their sexually active years.