Does anyone know of good places to hang out with kids in Chennai....some place you have personally visited and found good in and around Chennai. Preferably those which won't burn a hole in your pocket.
You could visit some good parks in Chennai like the Nageswara Rao park in Mylapore or Sivam park in K.K.Nagar
Guindy Childrens park - cheap and best
Guindy Snake Park
Vanilla Place in Mylapore - They have an indoor and outdoor play area with babysitters - I think it's Rs 150 per visit. You can see the children and they have access to you while you eat at the cafe, enjoy the wireless internet, or shop at their small (but very high-quality) children's store. The indoor play area is like one that you would find at an American mall, all soft covered floors and things to climb on, etc. Vanilla also offers children's movement classes and massages for mums. It's very nice, especially on rainy days.
Trade Fair in Island grounds - comparitively cheap for a great fun time
Vandaloor Zoo and of course the Beaches, elliots in besti or marina
In Mylapore next to Rex Fashions there is MGM fun world that also has Marrybrown joint.
Try Funciti that is attched to the foodcourt in Citi Centre.
In Besant Nagar there is a go kart track which kids will love.
You could also try Dakshin Chithra, Crocodile Park, MGM etc in ECR
Pulicat (Pazhaverkadu) is the second largest brackish-water eco-system near Chennai, the first being Chilka lake at Orissa.
Its a travel of 54 km from CMBT ( Koyambedu), follow the 100 ft Road, from Koyambedu towards reterri side, follow straight till you reach a dead end, where you have to take a left turn, passing thro' an entry point of "Ennore Port Trust". Up on entry into Minjur, (opp to Inidan Oil Bunk) take a right turn, cross the Railway level crossing, turn first left & continue following the road, for next 17 km ( You can maintain only 25 km/h due to wavy road with potholes). After this 17 km You would hit a road " Ponneri- Pulicat" main road, where take a right turn & the 4 km drive ends in Pulicat Jetty only.
Ideal Picnic place for spending nearly 6 hours...
Remember to carry, plenty of Drinking water and snacks, swim wear, Fishing rods, Beach umbrellas, Beach play materials as you are landing in a place with absolutely no amenities..
MGM Dizzee World
One of the biggest entertainment parks in India.
Address: East Coast Road, Muttukadu, Pin - 603 112.
Phone: 2747 2129
VGP Universal Kingdom
A family amusement park. Located on the East Coast Road.
Address: Injambakkam, Thiruvanmiyur, Chennai – 600 041.
Phone: 2449 1445
A themed entertainment for the family.
Address: 34, East Coast Road, Chennai - 112.
Phone: 2747 2860
VGP Golden Beach
Muttukadu - Boat ride in backwaters.
MRF Danny's Karting
22, I Floor, 2nd Line Beach, Parrys, Chennai – 1.
Phone: 2521 2395
101, East Coast Road, Sholinganallur, Chennai – 119.
Phone: 2453 0386
Located within the campus of Guindy National Park, on Sardar Patel Road, Guindy, it has a mini
zoo and a mini railway. The park is open from 9 am to 5.30 pm. Weekly Holiday – Tuesday
Phone: 2432 1471
Located on Cathedral Road, opposite the Woodlands Drive-in restaurant, this huge garden houses rare trees, shrubs and flowerbeds. Open from 8 am to 3.30 pm (Lunch break – 12 noon to 1.30 pm)
Weekly Holiday – Thursday
Heritage sites / Monuments:
Fort St. George
Founded in the year 1639. construction of this fort is an important event in the history of the city of Madras, now Chennai.
Called the ‘Ice House’ earlier this building was renamed by the Govt. of Tamil Nadu after Swami Vivekananda who stayed here for nine days when he visited visited Madras in 1897. Open for the public from 9 am to 12.30 pm and from 3 pm to 6.30 pm. Closed on Wednesdays.
One of the modern monuments of the city, Valluvar Kottam constructed in memory of the Tamil poet Tiruvalluvar, is located at the junction of Kodambakkam High Road and the Village Road. It is a replica of the temple chariot in Tiruvarur and all the 1330 verses of Thirukkural are re inscribed on bas-relief in the front hall corridors. Open to public on all days from 8 am to 6 pm except Fridays.
Founded by Henry Steel Olcott, Helena Petrovna Blavatsky later joined by Annie Besant, Theosophical Society is located on Besant Avenue Road, Adyar. Open on all days from 8:30 am to 10 am and 2 pm to 4 pm except on Sundays.
Government Museum Egmore
This museum houses Bronze Gallery, Children\'s Museum, National Art Gallery, Contemporary Art Gallery. A must see destination for kids and their parents. Located at Pantheon Road, Egmore. Open on all days except Fridays and National Holidays from 9.30 am to 5 pm. Phone: 2819 3238
Located in the Exchange Building of Fort St. George, this museum is another well maintained and of historically educative museum. It houses rich collection of arms, Porcelain collection, numismatics and portrait collection. Open on all days except Fridays and National Holidays10 am to 5 pm. Phone: 2567 1127
Regional Rail Museum
Established in 2002, thr Regional Rail Museum is located in thr premises of Integral Coach Factory (ICF) Perambur. Apart from many indoor exhibits, the museum houses a joy train, a running model of Jan Shatabdhi express, scale models of different coaches manufactures at ICF and Fowler Ploughing Engine manufactured in 1895. There is also a children's play area.
The museum is open from 10 am to 6pm. Monday holiday.
Contact phone no: 2620 1014, 2614 6306.
Website : http://www.icf.gov.in/rrm/linkpage/about…
A museum dedicated to the mathematics genius Srinivasa Ramanjuan is unique to Chennai city.
The museum is located at 15/9,Somu Chetty, 4th Lane, Royapuram, Chennai - 600 013 Phone: 2596 0877 Website : http://www.ramanujanmuseum.org
P. K. Srinivasan Mathematics Library
An exclusive library of mathematics books, set up in memory of maths enthusiast and teacher P. K. Srinivasan. Address: 14/20, 25th Street, Thillaiganga Nagar, Nanganallur..
U. Ve. Swaminatha Iyer Library
Exclusive Tamil library of collections by the scholar 'Thamizh thatha' U. Ve. Swaminatha Iyer.
It has more than 3000 manuscripts and 1800 books in Tamil. Open to public only for reference. The library does not lend manuscripts or books. Timings 10 am to 4.30 pm. Sunday Holiday.
Located at No. 2, Arundale Beach Road, Besant Nagar, Chennai - 40. Phone: 2491 1697
Connemara Public Library
One of the oldest libraries, it has the largest collection of books and periodicals. Located at Pantheon Road, Egmore. Open from Monday to Saturday from 9 am to 7.30 pm and Sunday from 9.30 am to 6.00 pm. No weekly holiday. Closed on national and public holidays Phone: 28193751
A private library, which has rich collection of books for kids. Located at 153A, Bypass Road, Velacherry, Chennai Phone: 3200 7087. The library has branches in Anna Nagar, Besant Nagar