Whether you are a new parent in the city of Bengaluru- or are just looking for options to explore and know the city better- you are at the right place! The city has got a world of fun things to do for you and the kids- that only a hard-core Bengaluru mom can tell you!
This post has been contributed by Deepthi Rai Gohain, mommy to a 3-year-old and Senior HR manager with a leading ITES firm – two things that keep her busy when she is not sleeping or shopping. She is always ready to step out with her lil one, whether to the nearby park or on a long family holiday. Deepthi resides in Bangalore with her family and is an avid reader of kidsstopress.com.
1. Bannerghatta National Park
If you have time for just one outing with kids, you should definitely take them to the Bannerghatta National park. You can spend half to full day here with kids of all age. The park has a zoo, a mini safari and an aquarium. There is also a butterfly park nearby – an enclosure with lots of butterflies flying around which little kids really enjoy watching. The park is open on all days except Tuesday.
Address: Bannerghatta National Park, Bannerghatta Road, Bannerghatta
2. Cubbon Park and Bal Bhavan
Bal Bhavan is a wonderfully designed amusement park. Located within is the Cubbon Park which is a great place to spend some time with your kids in the outdoors You can have your own picnic and play at the mini park. There is a Toy Train Ride as well as a Doll Museum where you will find an assortment of dolls and toys collected from different parts of the world.
Address: Kasturba Road, Bengaluru, Karnataka
Contact: 090151 57913
3. Lalbagh Botanical Garden
During Jan or Aug, one shouldn’t miss the flower show at the Lalbagh. The garden can be visited any time during the year and children can enjoy the open space and learn about different plants, trees and flowers. There are various activities planned at this garden for kids.
Address: Bengaluru, Karnataka
Contact: 080 26578184
4. Wonderla Amusement Park
Bangalore’s amusement park for kids and adults. If you are looking for some thrill, then pack your swimsuits and sunscreens and head to Wonderla. They have up to 59 rides for various ages. However, recommended by a Bangalore mom to carry a pram if travelling with toddlers to the park.
Address: Wonderla Bangalore Amusement Park, 28th k.m., Mysore Road, Bangalore
Contact: 80 22010333 | 80 22010300
5. Visit one of the lakes
Bangalore is called a lake city and you must include one of the many lakes in your itinerary depending on whats close to the place of your stay. You can enjoy bird watching, boating or a relaxed walk around the lake. Recommended lakes are the Ulsoor lake, Agara lake or even the Lumbini garden at the Nagavara lake which is more crowded but also has many things around for kids to do.
6. Jawaharlal Nehru Planetarium
With a similar attraction in Mumbai, The Nehru Planetarium is an unconventional way about the solar system. The planetarium has a sky theatre with two different shows daily.
Address: Sri. T. Chowdaiah Road, Bengaluru
7. Visvesvaraya Industrial and Technological Museum (VITM)
This museum has different galleries dedicated to various science galleries like Fun Science Gallery, Space Gallery, Engine Hall and more. They also have a virtual game area, where children can play music using virtual instruments. The museum also conducts a mini-planetarium show called ‘Taramandal’ at regular intervals. This is the only museum in the world other than the Smithsonian Institutions in the US, to have a full-scale replica of the 1903 flyer of Wright brothers.
Address: Kasturba Road, Bangalore
8. Innovative Film City
Innovative Film City is an entertainment paradise with world-class facilities. It houses 27 different facilities ranging from, Amphitheatre, Retail High Street, Food Courts, Theme Restaurants, Entertainment District with India’s first Dinosaur Park, Haunted Mansion, Cartoon City with India’s biggest Roller Coaster, Aqua Kingdom, Miniature city, Ripley’s Enchanted Mirror Maze, Ripley’s Believe it or Not Museum, Funplex within 4D- Theatre, Louis Tussaud’s Wax Museum, Go-Karting, Mini Golf, Innovative Wannado City, Adventure Sports, Roller Skates, Fossil Museum, Fossil Hunt, Double Decker Carrousel, etc.
Address: 24 & 26, Bidadi Industrial Estate, Bidadi, Bengaluru
Contact: 080 22099999
9. HAL Museum
If your kids dream of flying high or are interested in aerospace, they will absolutely love this museum. This is India’s first aerospace museum and kids can admire and learn about the design, shape and details of different air machines.
Address: Varthur Road, Bengaluru, Karnataka
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10. The Martin Farm
Reconnect with nature and peace while your kids enjoy interacting with animals. The Martin Farm gives kids a chance to spend time with farm animals and feed them. A great experience to get away from the hustle-bustle of the city.
Address: The Martin Farm Bangalore, 33 Carmelaram Post, Sarjapur Road, Chikkabelandur, Bangalore
Contact: +91 98457 79666 (between 9am and 5pm)
11. Snow City
No matter what the temperature outside, you can take your kids here for some freezing fun. Various attractions like Real Snowfall, Snow Café, Snow Dance Floor, Snow Basketball, Toboggan Rides, Snow Rock Climbing, Snow Rafting, Ice Igloo and Snow-Free Ball Play. However, there may be some issues with the hygiene conditions warns our mum from Bangalore
Address: 5, Fun World Complex, Opposite TV Tower, J C Nagar, Bangalore, Karnataka
Contact: 080 2355 0000
12. Nandi Hills
In case you are looking for a day picnic, Nandi Hills is perfect. It is a popular hangout for Bangaloreans. The attractions here include a garden maintained by Horticultural department, Tipu’s drop from where Tipu used to kill his prisoners and a temple with a thousand-year-old Nandi statue. On the way to the hills, there are sunflower gardens and wine yards. It is approximately 60 kms from Bangalore.
13. Embassy Riding School
Embassy International Riding School Bangalore (EIRS), is India’s premier horse riding school, run according to British Horse Society (BHS)standards. The 240-acre campus is in Devanahalli, where they offer structured riding lessons for all levels from beginner to advanced conducted by highly-qualified BHS Instructors, Pony Club activities for children of all ages. A range of leisure, entertainment and hospitality activities, celebrate a birthday or anniversary, or a weekend or at outdoor tented guest camps or dine at Ai Cavalli, one of the city’s longstanding Italian restaurants widely known for its simple, rustic appeal and delicious home-style cooking. Also take a look at our list of the best horse riding schools in Bengaluru.
Address: 149/223, Next To Stone Hill International School, Tarunhunse Village, Jalahobly, Bengaluru, Karnataka
Contact: 080-22796391, 7353779533
14. Indira Gandhi Musical Fountain
Indira Gandhi Musical Fountain is located inside an energy park maintained by the Horticulture Department and the department of Karnataka Renewable Energy. The fountain, solar panels, a windmill and a biomass plant powered by renewable energy resources. children’s park is there. Shows are for 30 minutes each and are held at 7 PM and 8.30 PM daily. The shows start with the national song of ‘Vande Mataram, tunes of patriotic songs, popular Bollywood numbers, few Kannada songs and ends on a spectacular note to the music of ‘Sare jahan se achha’. Truly a sight to see!
Address: Indira Gandhi Musical Fountain, T. Chowdaiah Road, Bangalore
Contact: 080 22864125
15. Equilibrium Climbing Station
Perfect for all ages! This is an indoor climbing gym with various activities. A challenging experience for kids and adults!
Address: 606, 6th Floor, Devatha Plaza, Residency Road, Bengaluru, Karnataka