- December 10, 2020
- Posted by: Planet Goa Team
- Category: Fun for Kids in Goa
STAYCATION: Whether you are visiting Goa or live here, use the monsoons as the perfect excuse for a staycation at one of the many resorts and hotels out here. The room rates are lowest during this time of the year and very often even f ve star resorts roll out attractive discounts on hotel services and freebies for guests. Further, imagine leaving your kids at the hotel’s kid room and getting a couple of hours to unwind for yourself too. All you-can-eat buffets, swimming pools, entertaining activities for kids, and quality family time are just some of the reasons why you must opt for a monsoon staycation.
WATERFALL EXCURSIONS: Goa comes alive during the rainy season with natural waterfalls springing up in remote corners of the state. Most of these are very easily accessible and serve as good picnic spots for families. Kuskem, Tambdi Surla, Netravalli, are just some of the popular seasonal waterfalls frequented by locals in Goa. Ideal for kids above 7 to 8 years of age, half day and full day excursions can be easily planned to one such waterfall. Just remember to pack in lots of snacks because hungry kids are not happy kids.
LIBRARY WEEKENDS: Well, it is rightly said that the earlier you sow the seeds of love for books, the higher the chances that your kids will enjoy the activity. We have two wonderfully stocked libraries in Goa funded by the government, one at Patto, Taj Exotica Resort & Spa # goa for kids 75 www.planetgoa.in Panjim and the other at Navelim. These central and state libraries have dedicated f oors for the kids, as young as 1 year old. With multiple toys, cute little desks, picture books for the toddlers and lots of fun to read books for the elder group, a library day out is the best play gift you can give to your kids. There are also several private libraries and bookstores around Goa, perfect for the slightly older children, who love to read.
INDOOR SPORTS: Did you know that Goa has its own FIFA recognized futsal indoor court, that too in Margao? Located within the campus of Chowgule College, there are regular futsal classes held for kids of all ages, and there is an under-10 futsal team as well. Understandably, during the monsoons kids don’t get to play outdoors much, and thus, enrolling them for indoor sports is a good option. There are indoor badminton and table tennis classes and play spaces as well. Caculo mall, Mall de Goa and Rush at Porvorim have play zones for kids.
HOBBY CLASSES: Find something that interests your kids, and enroll them into some short term hobby classes. Not only will your child learn a new skill but will also make friends and improve their social skills.
FORTS & HERITAGE SITES: Goa has a rich cultural heritage and the many forts dotted around the state are just an example of the strategically important role that the state has played in the past thousands of years.
WILDLIFE SANCTUARIES: Goa is the only state in India where the wildlife sanctuaries remain open throughout the year. Yes, that’s right! So pack up your bags and head out with your kids to explore these treasures. Most sanctuaries allow a car permit but it is highly recommended to go on an open jeep, and bike or cycle in the less dense forests. If you are up for it, you can even opt for guided walks offered at some of these wildlife sanctuaries. The Chorao bird sanctuary comes alive at this time of the year and is a must visit for kids who love bird- watching.
SPICE PLANTATIONS: Although a year round destination, the spice plantations are beaming with renewed freshness in monsoons, and are a perfect option for a day out with your kids. You get to unwind amid scenic beauty and your tiny ones can enjoy water swims, elephant rides, delicious local meals and much more. Ideal for kids as young as 5 or 6, the Ponda region is dotted with multiple spice farms. The golden rule while enjoying any activity with your kids is to get them onboard with the idea. If your child is resisting a particular activity, you will have a tough time making them enjoy it and are most likely to end up having disgruntled kids. And f nally! Let kids be kids and allow them to get drenched in the rains once in a while. You can check out the quick health tips we have rounded up for you, to keep your kids healthy and strong.