6 Offbeat Kid-Friendly Places To Explore Near Mumbai

    The summer holidays are here and it’s the perfect time to make memories with your little ones. We’ve got some great, offbeat, kid-friendly recommendations lined up for you. These places are specially suited to your kids and will give wings to their creativity while having loads of fun.

    1. Hideout Farmhouse

    Your kids will love this! Hideout Farmhouse is an animal friendly and nature loving farm. You and your kids can engage in activities like planting trees, feeding and playing with the animals. The cherry on the top is that it is located near several waterfalls and wells. Become one with nature. Teach your kids the joys of just being in the outdoors. Healthy cooking and salad making is on the itinerary too.
    Where: Zadapolli Village Thapadpada Road,VikramgadTaluka,Palghar, Maharashtra 401605
    Type: Child-Friendly animal farm.
    Contact: 099206 4081
    Tip: Carry extra clothes as the actives are messy.

    2. SMART

    Be smart in a fun way on your one day trip to this non-profit ecological park. People of all age groups can jump in and participate in outdoor games and other physical activities. You can spend time at the animal barn, butterfly garden, planting and watering trees or even attending news reading sessions. 

    Where: 18/1 Usarli Budrukh, Panvel Dundra Road, Next to Ritghar High School, New Panvel, Raigad 410206
    How much: INR 870 onward
    Contact: +91 22 6630 8100 +91 73038 44511
    Website: [email protected]
    Timing: 9 am to 4.30 pm, Monday to Sunday
    Type: Ecological Park
    Note: Visits to the park are by prior booking only.

    3. Save Farm – Tarpa

    Get your kids off their XBoxes and phones. It’s time to rediscover nature and get their hands dirty. Here you will learn basket and mat weaving, river cross, rope walking and many other country side activities. You also get to experience tractor rides and harvesting the seasonal fruit. You can even pick up organically made goodies before leaving.
    Where: Save Farm, Tarpa, PT: Gholwad, Tal: Dahanu, Dist: Thane, Dahanu, Maharashtra 401702
    How much: INR 3,000 onwards.
    Timing: Day Tour-9:00am to 3:30pm
    One day and One night-11:00am to 9:00am
    Two days and One night -11:00am to 3:00pm
    Contact: 9822078153
    Website: www.savefarm.in
    Type: Organic Farm
    Tip: Due to unpredictable farm conditions, visitors are expected to take care of themselves and carry anti-insect sprays with themselves.

    4. Kidzania

    When I was growing up, I wanted to be a teacher more than anything else in the world. I would keep all my stuffed toys in line and teach them for hours. If only there was a Kidzania back then. This indoor themed park is designed for kids aged 4 to 16.
    Your kids get to do a real-life-role play in a city with battery operated cars and its own currency. This is a unique way of educating kids and making them aware of real life situations.

    Kids enacting a hospital scene at Kidzania

    Kids enacting a hospital scene at Kidzania

    Where: R City Mall, R City Mall, 3rd Floor, North Wing, Lal Bahadur Shastri Marg, Amrut Nagar, Ghatkopar West
    How much: INR 300 onward
    Timing: 10am to 9pm
    Contact: 1800 102 1222
    [email protected]
    Type: Theme park

    5. Imagica

    You might have heard a lot about this amusement park from your kids, it’s time you take them there! Imagica is a trio of theme park, snow park and water park and can host about 15,000 people at a time. This place will take you and your little one to places you’ve seen only in your childhood fantasies. You can dine with the lion chef, experience zero gravity or get the chills on the thrilling rides. The Snow Park here is spread over 30,000 Sq.Ft. of land with 100% natural snow which makes it the largest in India. The water park also known as Aqua Imagica is an experience in itself!
    Now the choice is yours if you want to enjoy Tufani rides or play in the snow or dive in the pool.


    How much: Theme Park: INR 999 – INR 1499
    Snow Park: INR 499, Add on- INR 399
    Water Park: INR 599- INR 899
    Timing: Park Timings: 10:00am – 8:00pm, Ride Timings: 11am – 7:00pm
    Contact:  +91 (22) 42130405
    Type: Theme, Snow and Water park.
    Tip: Look out for offers on their official website before booking tickets

    6. Tooth Mountain Farm and Nursery

    Tooth Mountain is a private farm house in the valleys of Karjat. You can go kayaking in a lake attached to the cottage or bicycle around the property. The farm house is surrounded by beautiful mountains that offer spectacular views. Not just that, camping and hiking here will surely amuse you if you’re looking forward to making adventurous memories with your little ones.

    Where: Neelam Sagar Farms, Karjat Road, Next to N D Studios,, Off Chowk Village, Hatnoli.
    How much: INR 6,495 per night
    Contact: 099690 30207
    Type: Airbnb

    Let us know in the comments section below if you are planning to visit any of these!

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