Hold on to your wallets, people. The summer holidays are here and it’s enough to fill you with dread. A month and a half of free calendar space that will demand to be filled with amazing, exciting adventures for your kids. If you’re not careful, the summer sun will effectively burn a hole in your pocket So, we got crafty. We hunted down some of the best things to do in the major cities in India, and we found them priced at less than 100 bucks! So whether you live in these cities or are planning to visit during the summer vacation, here are fun, summer activities you can enjoy.

CITY#1: New Delhi

1. National Zoological Park

zoological park in New Delhi boasts of tigers chinkaras and 1000 plus species

source: https://tinyurl.com/yyv8qwno

Home to around 1,350 creatures like the one-horned rhino, the Royal Bengal tiger and the chinkara, this zoo is your child’s favourite animal book come to life.

Entry Fee:

  • Adults: Rs 40
  • Children 5 – 12: Rs 20
  • Children under 5: free

2. Bal Bhavan National Children’s Museum and Aquarium

bal bhavan New Delhi has mini zoo aquarium science park etc

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You could probably spend the whole summer here alone, as they have a science park, mini zoo, an aquarium, a traffic park, library and several museums. A toy train ride is also available for Rs 10 per child.

Entry Fee:

  • Adults: Rs 20
  • Children: free

3. National Rail Museum

spend fun and informative day with your child at rail museum new delhi

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If your children love trains, bring them here. They have a stellar collection of vintage trains, historic photographs and even 3D simulation rides. End of the day, you’ll be the mother of the year.

Entry Fee:

  • Adults: Rs 50
  • Children: Rs 10
  • Note: doubles on weekends

4. Sunder Nursery

your child sees variety of trees, birds, butterflies at Sunder Nursery New Delhi

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This 16th century park complex is a history, geography and biology lesson in one beautiful, outdoor classroom. They have 6 UNESCO world heritage sites, over 300 varieties of trees, 80 species of birds and 36 types of butterflies within 90-acres of greenery. Little wonder that this park made it to Time Magazine’s ‘top 100 places to visit’.

Entry Fee:

  • Adults: Rs 30
  • Children: Rs 30

5. Lodhi Gardens

Lodi Gardens new delhi is a historical site with huge open park, great for history lesson and picnic

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A perfect place to run around, play frisbee or just lie back and enjoy the stunning view of this gorgeous 90 acre landscape. Great place to burn energy and have your kids asleep by bedtime without any fuss.

  • Adults: free
  • Children: free

CITY#2: Kolkata

1. Botanical Garden

Kolkata botanical garden is a place for children to explore plants and nature

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They have over 12,000 different specimens that include flowers, trees, rare plants and even the largest banyan tree in the world. 

If these gardens don’t make your kids’ jaws drop to the floor, nothing will. The beauty and variety here really help kids appreciate the wonders of nature. Just a perfect summer outing.

Entry Fee:

  • Adults: Rs 10
  • Children: Rs 10

2. Alipore Zoo

Alipore zoological park will make your kids a nature enthusiasts

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Introduce your little ones to their first live elephants, giraffes and chimpanzees. There is a couple of hours’ worth of exploration here, so brace yourself.

Entry Fee:

  • Adults & children over 5: Rs 25 (Rs 30 on weekends)
  • Children under 5: Rs 10

3. Science City

outdoor science park kolkatta a place for curiosity and understanding the working principles of the exhibits

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Start your journey here with an open-air cable ride that offers you a bird’s eye view of the entire landscape. There are museums, exhibits and rides for older kids, while younger ones can enjoy the dinosaur ride and the science-related children’s playground. If all schools were this interesting, no child would ever complain.

Entry Fee:

  • Adults: Rs 60
  • Children: Rs 60 
  • Note: Pay extra for rides and exhibits: up to Rs 80

4. Millenium Park

Millenium park kolkatta - beautiful landscaped gardens and numerous slides and swings

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This park stretches for 2.5 km along the river Hooghly. The garden boasts of lovely greenery along with many children playground rides here that can be enjoyed in the evening, along with some cool river breeze.

Entry Fee:

  • Adults: Rs 5
  • Children: Rs 5

5. Victoria Memorial

The Victoria Memorial Kolkata showcases city's history and light and sound show

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This iconic monument is known for its beautiful, manicured lawns and a museum that chronicles the city’s history. What will get the children excited, is the dazzling light and sound show held during the evening.

Entry Fee:

  • Adult: Rs 20
  • Children over 3: Rs 20
  • Children under 3: Rs 10

CITY#3: Mumbai

1. Nehru Planetarium

Nehru Planetarium Mumbai encourages scientific thinking in kids via fun astronomy programmes

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For an out of this world experience, bring your kids to the planetarium. Here, they can discover galaxies, stars and other celestial bodies in the 3D, dome-shaped theatre and also experience some of the other space-related exhibits.

They also conduct various programs and competitions to inculcate scientific temper in children.

Entry Fee:

  • Adults: Rs 100
  • Children over 5: Rs 100

2. Nehru Science Centre

Nehru Science Centre Mumbai has exhibits workshops for inculcating scientific temper in children

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With over 500 interactive exhibits, this centre has been designed to teach and thrill your children. There are ‘oh so many things’ to do here, you can easily lose half a day here without noticing.

Entry Fee:

  • Adults: Rs 50
  • Children: Rs 50

3. Juhu Beach

The sea shore and the sand for hours for play at Juhu beach Mumbai

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A wide span of relatively clean beach where your kids can build sandcastles, jump over waves or just enjoy the cool summer breeze. Juhu beach is Mumbai’s gift to children in the heat, and it’s a great place to cool off.

Entry Fee:

  • Adults: Free
  • Children: Free

4. Shivaji Park

huge open space with toddler play areas and sport pitches

source: google.com

This is Mumbai’s largest park and a great place for adults and kids to hang out in the evenings. There is a playground, a cricket pitch and football arena as well for the kids to enjoy. Great place to let off some steam, especially in the summer.

Entry Fee:

  • Adults: Free
  • Children: Free

5. Sanjay Gandhi National Park

sanjay gandhi national park mumbai is an oasis in the city for bird watching, hikes and animal sighting

source: official website SGNP

With over 25,660 acres of parkland, there is so much you can do here. Plan a picnic, explore the Kanheri caves, or go bird watching, on a tiger safari, boating, mini train ride… the options are endless.

Entry Fee:

  • Adults: Rs 74
  • Children: Rs 29

CITY#4: Chennai

1. Arignar Anna Zoological Park

Arignar Anna zoological park Chennai will make your child a wildlife addict

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160 species of birds and animals call this zoo home. And a number of them are endangered species as well.

Take your child on deer safari and even a lion safari. They also have a shark aquarium, a habitat for water birds, and many other attractions to capture your child’s rapt attention.

Entry Fee:

  • Adults: Rs 30
  • Children between 2 – 12: Rs 10

2. The Madras Crocodile Bank Trust Park

a must visit place to see the mighty reptiles at madras crocodile bank trust park Chennai

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Enough cartoon crocodiles. Bring your child here to see the real deal. This is one of the largest reptilian zoos in the world, housing 35 species. They also host a large number of snakes, amphibians, water birds and contain a nesting beach for Olive Ridley sea turtles. The star is, of course, the crocodile. And if you want to see this creature is all his glory, come on down. Try to visit on the day when crocodile feeding is done.

Entry Fee:

  • Adults and children over 10: Rs 60
  • Children under 10: Rs 30

3. The Anna Centenary Library

Anna Centenary library Chennai encourages children to spend more time with books

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If your child is a book lover, bring him here. If he isn’t, he’ll convert to one. This is South East Asia’s largest library, with one entire floor dedicated to children’s literature. There are lovely little reading nooks that let your child explore many different worlds in air-conditioned comfort.

Entry Fee:

  • Adults: Free
  • Children: Free

4. Marina Swimming Pool

Marina swimming pool Chennai a public pool to cool and splash for children

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This 100 feet long pool is double the size of an Olympics pool, and even comes with its own sea view. Located right next to the popular Marina beach, this pool attracts its fair share of visitors. After a swim here, you could stroll down the Marina promenade with your kids and take in the relaxing scenery.

Entry Fee:

  • Adults: Rs 15
  • Children: Rs 15

End Note

There are plenty of ‘fun’ and interesting things to do with your kids this summer that are also pocket-friendly.

Note: All the ticket prices mentioned are as per the latest pricing information available on 31st March 2019. Please check the website of the respective attractions for any changes in the ticket prices.

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