Dussera Workshop @ Hippocampus Chennai 15th October 2012

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Honey-coated Saturdays!

Date: 29th SEP’12 Saturday || Time:11.00 am | – 12.30 pm | Age: 3 to 6 years

Calling all you honeypots to Hippocampus for a little “Bear Picnic”, to celebrate Stan Berenstain’s birthday! Do you know who Stan Berenstain is? He and his wife Jan published the popular series of books called The Berenstain Bears.

 So join Aunty Praba for a picnic with some lemonade and chocolate-chip cookies, while reading some bouncy, rhyming text from the series. And yes, Mama, Papa, Sister and Brother from the Berenstain Bear family will join us there for an afternoon of fun and adventure!

Music and Lyrics!

Date: 29th SEP’12 Saturday || Time:11.00 am | – 12.30 pm | Age: 7 & above

 Music makes our heart light and makes us want to sing along, and dance. Music makes us happy with joy.

Oh, What would our world be without music, dear friends?

 If you love music and want to be try out some very cool musical instruments, then pop over to Hippocampus this Saturday for a musical time with Aunty Shema. She’s bringing the Djembe, an egg shaker and the tambourine with her!

Now isn’t that exciting!

 Come clap your hands, sing a tune and show off those moves!


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Why So Curious?

Date: 22nd  SEP’12  Saturday || Time:11.00 am | – 12.30 pm | Age: 3 to 6 years

He is tiny, furry and incredibly curious.If you have an eye for mystery and a million questions to ask, then join Curious George on his adventurous journey to the Chocolate Factory! 

Its H.A Rey’s birthday and we’re celebrating by cooking some yummy chocolates. What’s more exciting?! You get to eat them too!

Meet Mr Fantastic!


Happy Birthday Roald!

Date: 22nd SEP’12 Saturday || Time:11.00 am | – 12.30 pm | Age: 7 & above

Boggis and Bunce and Bean
One Fat, one short, one lean
These horrible crooks
So different in looks
Were none the less equally mean.
Hop aboard the quirky wagon of prose and poetry as Aunty Shaan gives you a bumpy and thrilling ride through Roald Dahl’s Fantastic Mr Fox.


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Poetry & Theatre workshop with Shaan Katari Libby.

Date:  Sat 25th August ’12|| Time: 10.30 am – 12:00 pm||

Poetry workshops are fun! Theatre workshops are exciting!! When they merge, what else can it be but simply awesome!!!

Join the fun with Shaan, the founder of A to Zee Creativity. She has been involved with theatre for over 20 years, performing with The Madras Players in several productions, as also with The Boardwalkers, Loyola Theatre Society, Oxford University Asian Society and other groups.

F is for Fractured Fairytales 

Date: Sat 25th August ’12|| Time: 4.00  – 5.30 pm||

Join Praba Ram for some hilarious re-telling of classic Grimm’s Tales –

Rapunzel and The Frog Prince!

Praba worked initially for NGOs and government agencies, focusing on disability issues and early childhood education policy. Back in 2006, she started Saffron Tree, an award-winning website, dedicated to reviewing children’s books from India and the US, particularly with a strong multi-cultural thrust.

“Captain Planet” by Arun Krishnamurthy, EFI

Date: Sun 26th August ’12|| Time: 10.30 – 12.00 pm||

 Arun could talk about urban eco-responsibility or lake restoration or sparrow re-introduction or plastic free cities or again zoo volunteering. Or all of them! You never can tell once he gets going on his pet themes.The programme aims at inspiring children, the future conservationists.

Environmentalist Foundation of India is a Not for Profit focusing on wildlifeconservation and habitat restoration in 5 cities across India. With 18 projects and close to 872 volunteers, EFI is one of the youngest NGOs in India.

Adventures from Chennai to Berlin with Love !!

Date: Sun 26th August ’12|| Time: 4.00pm – 5.30 pm||

Date: Sun 2nd September’12|| Time: 4.00pm – 5.30 pm||

A theatrical creative movement session involving kids to create their own interpretation as tourists visiting Germany and exploring cultural differences. Props and musical influences will play a pivotal role during this session. Every child will be actively involved, as they become the props in this movement story. Acrobatic and physical moves will be interspersed with touristic highlights from Chennai and Berlin.

Andrea Jacob started her dance career as a child. A passionate dancer, she is equally passionate about sharing her knowledge and skills in the performing arts, creative movement and fitness tools with others, especially children.

Storigami by Latha Subramanian.
Date: Sat 1st September ’12|| Time: 10.30am – 12.00pm
A session of colour, creativity and concentration. An exciting, fun-filled Story-origami session
Story-origami is the art of combining paper folding (origami) with storytelling. With some really colorful origami exhibits displayed in the background, children will not only get to create origami models but will also be encouraged to come up with stories of their own.

 Latha Subramaniam’s interest in learning about child development was reinforced when she completed a month-long training program at the Madras Dyslexia Association. The idea of becoming a professional storyteller came about when she decided to explore how story-telling can be used as a tool to understand children.

Puppetry with R.Bhanumathi

Date: Sat 1st September ’12|| Time: 4.00 – 5.30pm

Children will learn how to make finger puppets with Dr. R.Bhanumathi

while learning more about nature and wildlife and how they can help with


 Bag of Stories

Date: Sun 2nd  September ’12|| Time: 10.30am – 12.00pm

Book Lovers’ Program for Schools BLPS*

What can be more marvellous for children than a mix of storytelling, drawing/colouring activities and reading sessions? Join the fun with Shilpa Krishnan and Karthika Gopalakrishnan, who will use actions, songs and dance along with a few props to keep the session lively and interesting.

For further details and information contact Chandni @ 42116417/ 9444049175 or write in to


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A Tribute to Maurice Sendak . 

Date: Sat 9th May|| Time: 11:00 am – 12:30 pm|| Ages: 5 – 8 Yrs

Join us for a special storytime in honour of Maurice Sendak – read a really mischevious story, make a grotesque monster craft and have a wild time with HOO !

 Generations of youngsters have grown up reading about Where the Wild Things Are – a story which follows young Max through his childhood imaginings of monsters. The large double-page illustrations of the grizzly and grotesque creatures get children coming back for more every time !

 Let the wild rumpus stop, for a moment !!


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Books, Visits by Authors, Book Promotions, Activites for Children, Contests and A Whole lot of Fun!

Date: 21st & 22nd April’12 || Time: 11:00 am onwards || Entry Fee: Rs 20 per head


On the 21st

Enter the wonderful world of Amma’s Tales

With Hema Vaidyanathan 

(Author of Amma’s Tales, Dhika Media (P) Ltd)

Time: 11 am to 12 pm|| Age group: 3 to 8 years

About The Books: Tales of How and Why (Volumes 1-4): Quirky stories and catchy characters from the animal kingdom make these books a must-read for this age group. Find out why the cuckoo doesn’t build a nest, why the crow sees through one eye and a lot more. Activities at the end of the book help engage the reader and synthesize information from the book. 

Tail Tales (Volumes 1&2): Jump into the jungle kingdom of monkeys from the Ramayana. Follow the exploits of Vali, the monkey king and the pranks of other monkeys in Kishkindha! Monsters galore and funny faces make for some swinging good fun!


Join The Great Taranaut Puzzle Pentathlon!

With Roopa Pai (Author of Taranauts, Hatchette)

Get code-cracking, memory-testing, wits-matching, number-crunching, and puzzle-solving with the Taranauts! Five challenges, five earth dinglings to solve each in – are you up to it? Psst! Winners get prizes!

Time: 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm|| Age Group: All Earthkins between 8 and 12 yrs.

Plus: Get a sneak peek into the next book in the series –

Book 6 – Taranauts: The Key to the Shimr Citrines!

Participate in the ‘Draw A Kolaverobot’ contest and (if you win) get your name – and your drawing – into Book 6!

Have your Taranauts books autographed by the author, Roopa Pai!


On The 22nd

Miaow Away!!!

With Alankrita Jain  (Author Of Miaow, Tulika Publisher)

Storytelling session by the author based on the book.

Time: 11 am to 12 pm|| Age group: 3+ years

About the book: A black cat with bright green eyes becomes a white cat with bright green eyes. How does this happen? Come find out how.


Lets have some Idiomatic Fun!

With Ishvar Vedam (Author Of ‘A Leap in a Blue Moon’, Good Luck Publisher)

Book reading and activity session by the author based on the book.

Time: 12 noon to 1 pm||  Age group: 9+ yrs

About The Book: Jumping from the top of a mound of sand, you would say, is child’s play. And that’s what 11-year old Nidhi is doing one twilight, alone in the neighborhood making fun of the idioms “a leap in the dark” and “once in a blue moon”. What starts off as an innocuous prank makes the ground slip from under her feet, literally, and she falls into a world called Graria where events and people have tumbled out of a dictionary of idioms. Little does she know that there is someone out there who doesn’t want her to go back…

Please Note: These sessions are open for members and non members. There are no pre-registrations. Participation is on a first come first serve basis only.  

If anyone would like to put up a food stall at the fair you can do so by contacting us at 41101927 for more details.

About the Book Fair
Come shop your heart out with Scholastic, Tulika, Good Luck, Hatchette, Puffin, Penguin, Paragon and many more publishers all under one roof at the Hippocampus Children’s Book Fair. Dont miss this opportunity!!!!


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Let’s  Get Curious !

( Where Art, Science and Adventure  Meet )

Hold on to your yellow Hat for an exciting and adventurous Summer Workshop at Hippocampus. Go bananas making George’s favourite foods. Go on outdoor trips and encounter fun-filled adventures just like George. Explore the adventures of Curious George, with storytime, Outdoor trips and creative crafts. This workshop inspires children of all ages to ask questions and find answers through hands –on solution seeking.

Mentor:Sapna Dugar

Sapna Dugar a Mass Com graduate has been working with kids for over a decade. An early child educator, a good storyteller, dancer and a very creative personality will conduct this workshop.

Age Group – 3 to 5 years|| Dates -16th April to 20th April 2012|| Time -10:00 am to12.30 pm

Workshop Fees – Members – Rs.1800 || Non members – Rs. 2000


Get Bitten by GOGO, theTravel Bug. Let him be your travel guide. Explore different cultures and customs through folktales, activities, music, dance, costumes, food and audio visuals . GOGO will teach kids the basics of travelling and give them tips on how to help their Mom’s when they travel together.

Prance Around the World , learn the African Stomp, do the Hawaiin Hula, enjoy the Chinese fan dance . Enjoy some great movement and footwork with Andrea.

Mentors:Padma Nagarajan and Andrea Jacob

Padma Nagarajan has been working with children and edutainment, across television theatre and workshops for over ten years. Her aim is always to pass on information in a pictoral , hands-on ,fun way . For this she employs games ,stories , day to day parallels and models . She loves working with children and learning from them .

Andrea Jacob,a fitness enthusiast, a dancer, choreographer and a creative movement instructor will share her global experiences with us at Hippocampus.

Age Group – 3 to 5 years|| Dates -23rd April to 27th April 2012|| Time -10:00 am to12.30 pm

Workshop Fees – Members – Rs.1800 || Non members – Rs.2000

Panchatantra – A Musical

Meet the musical donkeys, talkative tortoises, clever rabbits, foolish frogs, slithering snakes, lions, elephants and foxes . Catch the kids perform a musical,  based on Tulika’s Panchatantra  at Hippocampus this summer. A lot of animal based dances and movement , song and theatre  and loads of animal masks and crafts  will keep the kids busy this summer

Mentors:Sangeeta, Andrea Jacob & Shakila

Sangeeta is basically an Interior designer but also a mom,who loves doing craft with her daughter and with other kids too.

Andrea Jacob,a fitness enthusiast, a dancer, choreographer and a creative movement instructor will share her global experiences with us at Hippocampus.

Shakila Arun , Director , Programmes of Applause Theatric activities has been involved with theatre since 1991. She has performed in the capacity of actor in more than 30 plays.Shakila has directed many plays for children and is conducting workshops in corporates, educational institutions and other organizations.

Age Group – 3 to 5 years|| Dates -30th April  to 11h May 2012|| Time -10:00 am to12.30 pm

Workshop Fees – Members – Rs.3500 || Non members – Rs.3800

Clowning Around !

Everyone loves the circus ! Clowns, Acrobats and exotic animals assure you that there will be always something fun to see and do.From circus foods to crafts, acrobatic clowns and tricks, face painting and balloon sculpting and meeting a clown, learn all kinds of cool tricks and get plenty of exercise. Juggle your way to Hippocampus this summer and have fun with circus themed activities.

Mentors:Vandana, Andrea Jacob & Sangeeta

Vandana enjoys doing storytime ,craft and fireless cooking with kids.Started off as a hobby,but now runs workshops and does birthday events too.

Andrea Jacob,a fitness enthusiast, a dancer, choreographer and a creative movement instructor will share her global experiences with us at Hippocampus.

Sangeeta is basically an Interior designer but also a mom,who loves doing craft with her daughter and with other kids too.

Age Group – 3 to 5 years|| Dates -14th May to 18th May 2012|| Time -10:00 am to12.30 pm

Workshop Fees – Members – Rs.1800 || Non members – Rs.2000

A Day With….

This camp focuses on fun visits, stories and activities to introduce children in a friendly way to situations and people they meet for the first time. A visit to the Bakery, an introduction to a police officer and a trip to the fire station are some of the situations and people they will encounter in this camp.

Mentors:Vandana Gobind

Vandana enjoys doing storytime ,craft and fireless cooking with kids.Started off as a hobby,but now runs workshops and does birthday events too.

Age Group – 3 to 5 years|| Dates -21st May to 25th May 2012|| Time -10:00 am to12.30 pm

Workshop Fees – Members – Rs.1800 || Non members – Rs.2000