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Critters & Scales: Of Colorful Creatures!!

Calling all little campers to get excited for story-telling, as we explore the works of Eric Carle.Through the classic,Panda Bear, Panda Bear,  What do you see? We will look at endangered species & how we can help them. Let’s stroll along the animal trail with a story each day and get our creative juices flowing to create offbeat crafts featuring    the very quiet cricket,the greedy python and the foolish tortoise. Let’s bring the beautiful world of Eric Carle  alive through this very colorful camp! Storyteller and children’s writer Praba Ram will lead the session along  with arts resource person Vandana.

Mentor: Praba Ram & 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 – 3-5 || Dates – April 21 – April 25th, 2014 || Time – 10.00 am to 12.30 pm

Workshop fees – Members- Rs. 2600 || Non Members – Rs. 2800



Alien Science!!

Do you believe in Aliens? Well, let’s go exploring into space in our mean flying machines. Let’s see what kind of habitats support life and what the probabilities of creatures growing on different planets are. Can we imagine alien creatures, how would they look and what special characteristics would they have? Did you know that astronauts eat special food in space? Are there really aliens? Meet some aliens who love under pants even more than you do . Get hooked onto stories of Aliens and spaceships. Join us for a space celebration with,stories, crafts and activities.

Mentor: Padma & Niveditha

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 .

Age group – 3-5 || Dates – April 28th – May 2nd, 2014 || Time – 10.00 am to 12.30 pm

Workshop fees – Members- Rs. 2600 || Non Members – Rs. 2800


Waves of fun!!

Cool off this summer with a whole range of water based experiments- Learn about density. Viscosity, Surface Tension, water pressure and whole range of properties of water in a way that’s super duper fun! Splash away the summer heat with wet and wild books, dip into water based art projects and activities.

Mentor: The Science Factory & Vandana

The Science Factory is one of India’s first science enrichment programs for school kids, making science study a truly visual and participative experience. The Science Factory conducts workshops and partners with schools to offer hands-on, fun, scientific experiences designed especially for children between the ages of 4 to 11.

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 – 3-5 || Dates – May 5th – May 9th, 2014 || Time – 10.00 am to 12.30 pm

Workshop fees – Members- Rs. 2600 || Non Members – Rs. 2800


A Dash of Folk and a Pinch of Mime!!

Hop on stage and give it a go, A song, a tune, a joke or a jig,Come and give it a go. Energise your body and mind into creative action. Express yourself through movement & mime.An Introduction to drama though role play, mime & creative movement.Let your creativity take flight through dance,drama & singing. A fun filled theatre camp with emphasis on mime, movement & folk theatre.

Mentor: Shakila & Andrea Jacob

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 – 3-5 || Dates – May 12th – May 23rd, 2014 || Time – 10.00 am to 12.30 pm

Workshop fees – Members- Rs. 3800 || Non Members – Rs. 4000


Cooked ‘n’ Booked!!

Enjoy the essence of Cooking. Explore important cooking skills such as mixing, pouring, shaking, spreading, peeling, rolling & mashing. Learn all about colours shapes textures & smells of the ingredients and increase your math skills through measuring & mixing.Churn out a wide variety of recipes that the kids will be thrilled to make and munch on!! Did you ever think Dragons could love tacos or a Spoon could have feelings? From finger licking food to nail biting books, this workshop has it all.

Mentor: Anusha & Vandana

Anusha kaushik, founder of Delicioso, a one stop bake shop conducts workshops for kids. Easy to make, simple recipes and methodologies which will introduce children to the world of baking.

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 – 3-5 || Dates – May 26th – May 30th, 2014 || Time – 10.00 am to 12.30 pm

Workshop fees – Members- Rs. 2600 || Non Members – Rs. 2800



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Did you know that animals grow their own winter coats?? Would you like to know what happens to trees in winter? There may not be snow on the ground but that won’t stop us from learning and having fun with Snow.
Join us for some seasonal stories, make special crafts and enjoy holiday treats with Hoo !!

Mentor:Vandana/ Ages: 3-5/Mem:Rs.2471/Non Members:Rs.2696



Fun with Science !
Put on your Sci – Q and journey into Ice Age with Maddy, Diego and Sid. Build Dino Alarms,raise an army of Beetle probers,and learn all about simple circuits.
Cook it Up !!
Is your menu all set for the Christmas party ??
Are you planning a sleepover with your friends these holidays ? Look no further..
Come along and make some Corn canapes, Chocolate walnut Rocks, Chips ‘n’ Dips, Pizza Crackers and Christmas Cookies.
Read With Hoo !!
Get into the spirit of the holiday season ! let’s ring in the New Year with some warm and cozy stories about snowmen,crafts featuring hibernating bears, word puzzles, games & more. Join us for a jolly good Winter Workshop and have a Icy cool time.
Mentors : Curiokidz, Anusha & Praba Ram
For Ages : 6-8
Members: Rs. 2809
Non Members: Rs.3033



Make Art Come Alive ! Enter the magical world of animation and turn your ideas into reality. Participants will get to be Writers, Special effect Technicians and

Directors of their own films.They will put together story idea, create

elements for their film and shoot the animation.Create your very own

short-stop motion animations with Sandhya Prabhat .

Mentors: Sandhya Prabhat/Ages: 8-12/Mem:Rs. 2809/Non members:R s.3033


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Book Picnic!


Saturday, Nov 30th’ 2013 @ 11.00am
Ages 3-6 Years
It’s time to get together to read, sing, and move. After all, that’s what our Book Picnics are about! Books are windows to discovering stories from different cultures. Together, let’s travel to South America as we open the pages of Biblioburro: A true story from Columbia by Jeanette Winter, and find out how one school teacher brings books and reading to far-away villages.
Join Praba Ram for a fun and interactive read-aloud session this Saturday, November 30th to celebrate the many joys libraries and books give us.
Bring a Story to Life!
Book cover
Saturday, Nov 30th’ 2013 @ 11.00am
Ages 7 & above
Meet Sandhya Prabhat, an animator and learn how to sketch drawing and make creative picture book.A picture’s worth a thousand words….Join us on Nov 30th and explore illustration techniques used in picture books.Come draw and colour with us.

This Weekend @ Hippocampus Chennai 19th Oct, 2013

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Book Picnic!


Saturday, Oct 19th’ 2013 @ 11.00am

    Ages 3-6 Years

Discover line drawings in Crockett Johnson’s classic, Harold and the Purple Crayon and the adventurous journey one purple crayon can take a little boy on. Explore simple, black and white cartoon-style illustrations in The Giving Tree, a profound tale about an amazing friendship between a little boy and a tree.
Come along this Saturday for a book picnic as we remember the birthdays of these two award-winning authors who have given us some classic gems in picture books.
Karoke Morning!!
Saturday, Oct 19th’ 2013 @ 11.00am

Ages 7 & above

  Let’s have a Sing Song battle!

Sing your hearts out!
Even if you aren’t the singing sort, just come along and have a blast.


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Happy Birthday H.A. Rey !!


Date: Sat 14th Sep||Ages: 3-6 ||Time: 11.00 am

Hurray, it’s time for a Sing-along Storytime this Saturday !
The creator of the world famous mischievous monkey, Curious George, was born on September 16th.
Celebrate his birthday reading stories about the curious chimp while going bananas singing along with Praba Ram and making a yummy banana yogurt
pop !!
DAHLicious Time @ Hippo !!
Date: Sat 14th Sep||Ages: 7 & above ||Time: 11.00 am
Did you ever hear of eating mice with rice , mudburgers or perhaps a jellied gnat ??Roald Dahl, one of the very bestest children’s writers had an inexhaustible supply of quirky quips and naughty tricks.

Come along and have loads of fun with Anusha, who is going to whip up some tasty treats to make it a delicious “DAHLicious” Saturday!!


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Janmashtami Celebrations at Hippocampus
Date: Saturday, 31st August 2013
Time: 11 a.m.
Ages: 3-6
Come along and  celebrate the birth of Krishna, the Cowherd Prince, the very adorable Kanha, at Hippocampus. Listen to the story of this naughty boy who loved stealing butter,  troubling the Gopika’s, enjoyed playing the flute and dancing to the Raas Lila . He grew up to be a great warrior, philosopher and a true friend.
Join us as we listen to stories from Krishna’s childhood with Aunty Niveditha and make some crafts to celebrate this joyous occasion.
A Date with Olivia!
Date: Saturday, 31st August 2013
Time: 11 a.m.
Ages: 7 & above
A little precocious pink pig who loves the colour red. That’s our Olivia.
Join Praba Ram this Saturday in a unique art & writing activity based on author Ian Falconer and discover just what makes this one-of-a-kind piglet so very adorable!
Come along this Saturday to celebrate the birthday of the author of this Caldecott Honor Book, perfect for pig-loving kids!
Call us at 044-24433544/42116417 to register NOW!

Book launch at Hippocampus – Chennai

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DATE: 27TH JULY 2013
TIME: 11.00 – 12.30 P.M.
Join us on a journey into the wild as we travel from the snowy Himalayas up north down to the Indian Ocean; from the swampy Sundarbans on the east to the deserts on the west.  Children’s writer, Praba Ram will be reading from her new children’s book The Endangered Animals of India,  published by Mango Books of Cochin. The event will aim to create awareness and promote understanding of the different endangered animals that live in varied habitats across India.  It will encourage children begin thinking and empathizing with the many diverse wild animals of India – from Snow Leopards to Red Pandas, Fishing Cats to Gharials. With word finds, animal quizzes and a crossword galore, let’s celebrate the diverse natural habitats we share with animals and what we can do to help with conservation.